All posts for “offtopic”


What's Missing From This Sign at Airport Security?

Posted by: leelefever on December 7, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: communication, design, offtopic, signs, travel


Me (to the friendly TSA ID checker):  Do I have to remove my laptop computer? TSA Employee: Yes, you do. Me: It's not listed on the sign TSA Employee: Well, it's the most important thing to remove. Me: But not important enough to be on the sign? TSA: It's supposed to be on there, the people that printed it messed up (rolls eyes). The TSA folks have hard jobs and I appreciate what they do. However, it doesn't exactly give me a safe feeling when the instructions for moving through... Continue Reading

You've Spoken: Common Craft and Politics

Posted by: leelefever on October 5, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: offtopic, personal, politics, thissite


Through nearly 50 comments and 15-20 emails, you have spoken. You don't want to see politics on Common Craft. I agree that it is the right move - political discussions will not appear on the Common Craft web site. We may make videos about events that relate to government, but these will not reflect personal/partisan views.  A couple of things: 1) First, wow.  We are both so excited to see such amazing comments. The thoughtfulness is inspiring. Thank you so much for being involved - we are... Continue Reading

Not Talking Politics is Hard

Posted by: leelefever on October 2, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: offtopic, personal, politics, thissite


Sachi and I have an ongoing discussion that I want to share with you, dear reader, because I want to hear your feedback. When I was a consultant, people would ask me what subjects are appropriate for a blog.  Inevitably I would say that it should reflect the person behind the blog and what is important to them. It should be multi-faceted and provide personality along with on-topic content.  I would also say that context matters - company blogs deserve special care, for instance. So here I... Continue Reading

Friday Funny: Demetri Martin's Flipcharts and Indexed

Posted by: leelefever on September 4, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: humor, offtopic


Thanks to Mary for making me crack up at this flipchart-based comedy skit by Demetri Martin, a young New York comic that also appears on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Hope it makes your Friday a little funnier. On a similar theme, you might also be interested in Jessica Hagy's Indexed - a blog that makes clever use of index cards. Lastly, My ingenious friend Bre Pettis, a Seattle boy and school teacher who is now living in New York, has a pilot TV show coming on the History Channel... Continue Reading

China Week: It All Started In China

Posted by: leelefever on August 3, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: china, offtopic, olympics, travel, video


In honor of the start of the Beijing Olympics, we've decided to make it "China Week" here on the Common Craft blog.  In a lot of ways, China was where we first started to experiment with video.  We bought our first video camera (a Sony DCR - PC 1000) in Hong Kong, just before spending about a month in mainland China in 2006.  Over the time in China, we edited and posted our first "real" videos.    This week, we'll share a few of those videos and some stories from our time there.  It's stuff you... Continue Reading

Are Spammers Machiavellian?

Posted by: leelefever on April 28, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: business, history, offtopic, personal, spam


It started with a tweet.  Eddie Codel described Boston's streets as "Kafkaesque."  I found it on Wikipedia (it means disorienting), along with a listing of other name-inspired words. One caught my eye: Machiavellianism. The first line of the Wikipedia entry:Machiavellianism is the term that some social and personality psychologists use to describe a person's tendency to deceive and manipulate others for personal gain.It comes from Nicollo Machiavelli, a Renaissance writer, diplomat, etc. known... Continue Reading

10 Photos from Our Time in Japan

Posted by: leelefever on February 17, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: offtopic, personal, photography, travel


The delicious food, the amazingly nice people, the sites, the experience, Japan is one of our favorite places. Thankfully one of our friends moved there recently and has an extra bedroom (thanks Ken!).  Before the planning was done, 5 of us from Seattle decided to go. The photos below will give you a taste of our time there.I took 2,900 photos in the 15 days we were gone. You can see a set of 135 photos on Flickr. The photo below is one of my all time favorites.  We happened to be a Meiji... Continue Reading

Having an Old Dog

Posted by: leelefever on January 24, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: home, humor, offtopic, personal, seattle


He's 13, his breath smells really bad, he's deaf, he walks like a retired football player, begs with renewed vigor and is increasingly obstinate.  Indeed, the old dog experience is so different than the young dog experience. He's still the same sweet dog, but with new quirks that keep things new, even in old age. He is not the Frisbee catching dog of yesteryear. He is more like Jabba the Hut. A deaf Jabba the Hut with with a better disposition. His deafness is sad and amusing at the same time... Continue Reading

China's Three Gorges Dam Project - Our First/Only Documentary

Posted by: leelefever on August 28, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: offtopic, travel, twinf, video


Exactly one year ago, we published the video below - one of our first. We had just finished a six day river trip from Chong Qing to Shanghai, China on the Yangtze River, which goes through the Three Gorges. China is damming the Yangtze River with the Three Gorges Dam Project, the worlds largest dam. It has displaced over a million people and caused a huge and well-deserved global controversy. At this time last year, we had just purchased the camera we use today. I decided I'd try to do a... Continue Reading

Would You Share Your Retina Online?

Posted by: leelefever on January 26, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: offtopic, privacy


Robin Hamman just got new glasses and at the same time, had high-res digital scans of his retinas... Today, about a month later, I've finally received an email with those images attached and they're really beautiful. Not just because they contain a view of my own eyes that I've never been able to see before or, indeed, because my eyes are in any way particularly lovely or different from the next person's. But from a "isn't biology wonderful" and "hey, check this out" perspective, I'd love the... Continue Reading