Your skin colour, gender identity, sexual identity, body shape, augmentation, location in the universe, political and religious beliefs, and everything else do not exclude you from being a maker.

The types of things you make, whether they are kid-friendly or not, whether they are weirdo-creative or not, do not exclude you from being a maker.

If you actively work to prevent, or dissuade someone from making, you are doing a disservice to that individual, and the maker community and movement and are not welcome until you’ve educated yourself on it’s beliefs.

If you scrapbook, you’re a maker.

If you craft


The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution was written (and poorly written at that) on 15 December 1791 as follows:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

We need to have a talk about the English language and sentence structures. Let’s have another look at said amendment as it was written.

A well regulated Militia[comma], being necessary to the security of a free State[comma], the right of the people to keep and bear Arms[comma], shall not be infringed[full stop].


TL;DR — I love cars. The people I work with love cars. We get to work on cars, and this is an introduction to a series of automobile related posts. If you’re looking for information or a case study this is not the post you’re looking for.

TL;DR pt. II — Seriously. This is just fluff. The next one will have real stuff. Promise.

I have a secret. I love cars. Why is that a secret? Well, primarily I fit into Nerd Club. …


Apple just released iOS 9 and with that Safari Content Blocking. Personally I think that is a much needed feature. Not for blocking advertising. But for making web designers (and the industry of website building) better.

I use Ghostery religiously. It runs in all my browsers, I use the iOS app as my primary browser and I have it blocking everything. Every ad, every widget, every tracker, beacon, and analytics. Everything. Not because I don’t want to see ads, but because I don’t want you following me around the Web and across devices. I also don’t want to run into…


“Know, O prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars — ”

Apologies for the dramatic opening. I feel like the Nemedian Chronicler who is chronicling the ages long ago for his king-lord about the undiscovered histories and exploits of a famous barbarian. But instead of me looking at a world from long ago it is happening…


Obsess over the big picture, don’t sweat the small stuff.

Photo: Roth Ritter, The Universe Is Alive.


Invisible Infrastructures is a blog documenting the often hidden-in-plain-sight facilities that keep our societies working properly. From water booster pump stations disguised as bungalows, to Internet exchange points being operated in office buildings, to the Industrial Revolution era infrastructure keeping Manhattan upright that is only visible while taking the train from Newark International into Penn Station.

The Details.

The format would ideally be such that only a single facility is covered at a time. Perhaps a five minute video tour accompanied by a short article/interview as well as extensive photo coverage. The interviews would be with the people that maintain the fake…


Don’t hoard ideas. Give them away. Keep only the ones you are actively working on or have scheduled to be worked on.

If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done. — Bre Pettis and Kio Stark. Cult of Done.

Your brain is the Land of Misfit Ideas and unpublished ideas are the inhabitants. Presenting the idea freely to the public gives the idea a new lease on life and opens up unlikely collaborations and partnerships.

There are many reasons why you can’t complete an idea. From timing, funding, lack of…


There are lots of tools that will get a job done, but there is a right tool for every job. There are tools that are completely wrong for the job that may also get it done. You should understand the basics of all of them so you know which is which for any given job.

Don’t go through your toolbox until you know what you’re building.

Don’t define yourself based on the tooling you use and don’t assume that better, newer, flashier, or more expensive tools make you better at your job or will make the result better.

Tools are…

Derek J. Kinsman

Rude mechanical. Crafter, maker, & repairer of things at Siberia. Formerly Teehan+Lax Labs.

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