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Episode 59: Liberation

6/7/2019
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Liberation is our challenge this episode! Thanks to Erin O'Brien for the challenge! Abigail Glaum-Lathbury is our guest this episode! Chicago in tha house! For nearly a decade Abigail produced a women’s ready to wear collection that showed during New York Market week and sold national ly and internationally. Her recent work takes the form of a counter-practice within the emergent field of critical fashion. We learn about Abigail's educational platform and free online pattern library called...

Duration:00:57:46

Episode 58: Hashtag

5/24/2019
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Hashtag is our challenge this episode! Thanks to Federico Tobon for the challenge! We have no guest this episode. Just Taylor and Rob #putting #pound #signs #in #front #of #everything. Taylor digs into dance movement therapy! Pretty cool stuff! Good job body! Taylor pulls together the topics of USAmerican football to telephones to twitter in a way that no hashtag can. Rob applies "social media strategy" to what he makes and it felt pretty meh. But #colorfulfashion IS pretty cool. Instagram...

Duration:00:44:37

Episode 57: Balancing Act

5/10/2019
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Balancing Act is our challenge this episode! Thanks to Emily Kuehn for the challenge! We have no guest this episode. Just Taylor and Rob left alone with the cavernous echoes of their own thoughts. Rob talks about getting duped by an Instagram ad. Maybe. Or maybe he just duped himself. They also talk about the very vaporware-y Star Citizen game and the pitfalls of crowdfunded things. Rob is pretty into the word "diegetic."We also talk about listmaking, productivity, the ever-fascinating KT...

Duration:00:58:30

Episode 56: Anonymous

4/26/2019
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Emily Kuehn is our guest this episode! Chicago in tha house! We talk about The Black Egg and kid feelings. Taylor's Sledgehammer Keyboard brought Taylor, Emily and Rob all together before so this feels a bit like a reunion... without all that face pain stuff. We also talk about time management for art-making. It pretty much sucks. Taylor has a Ken Nordine moment and "puts the mask on now." Emily makes an awesomely weird app. Rob puts a lot of work into ping pong balls. You can check out our...

Duration:00:55:14

Episode 55: Citizen Science

4/13/2019
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Citizen Science is our challenge! Thanks to Vanessa Rey and Ariel Lynne for the challenge! We have no guest this episode. Taylor and Rob wade hip deep into the challenge with their phasers set to stun. Rob wonders if his dog is impacted by the earth's magnetic fields. Taylor logs onto the Internet of Sewage Holes. They also talk about sewer gas, Bosozoku culture, and try to tease apart differences between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation. And they talk about dinosaur death...

Duration:00:45:49

Episode 54: Chemistry

3/29/2019
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Vanessa Rey and Ariel Lynne are our guests this episode! Chicago in tha house! We talk about the beauty and fun of bioplastics, product design and the challenges of Kickstarter! We also nerd out about Dungeons and Dragons, 99% Invisible, Bedo's Leatherworks, DD-WRT and the Monarch Wellness Fair. Yep, you've found your people! Tayler gets his molecules on track. Vanessa whips up a prize winning prize (we're stoked and humbled!). Ariel is inspired by the 5 branches. Rob has the power! You can...

Duration:01:02:42

Episode 53: Periscope

3/12/2019
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Printmaker Amy Leners is our guest this episode! Chicago in tha house! "Periscope" is our challenge! Thanks Ranjit Bhatnagar for the challenge! Taylor slices... he dices.... And then he is bitten by a grasshopper. Amy makes a book and Taylor and Rob flip for it! Ombré! Rob pursues powerlifting for people who sew. You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam...

Duration:00:57:34

Episode 52: Camouflage

2/27/2019
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No guest this week! Just Rob and Taylor excited to be talking to one another. Thanks to Charlene McBride for the challenge! Rob and Taylor dive in on projects! Rob jiggles it... just a little bit. Taylor puts the "imp" in imposter. Taylor discovers "sharenting." Yowch. Bruce Nauman is a wacky dude. Roger Corman is too. You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully,...

Duration:00:47:39

Episode 51: Backwards Safety Dance

2/14/2019
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No guest this week! Just Rob and Taylor going big and... then also going home. Rob and Taylor dive in on relational aesthetics, branding and hoping the artist whose art you like isn't a giant butthole. R. Kelly, Carl Andre and Henry Rollins walk into a bar... Which person's art do you choose to like? That's not a very good joke. And then we deep dive into electronics. Taylor reaches the melting point! Rob conjures triple five soulessness Go see Taylor at the Hilton Bar in Manhattan! Whew!...

Duration:00:43:46

Episode 50: Survival

1/31/2019
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Jen Costillo and Álvaro Prieto of the Unnamed Reverse Engineering Podcast are our guests this episode! Undisclosed Unnamed geographic locations in tha house! We dig into the concept of reverse engineering and also the complexities and simplicities of cheesemaking! Taylor brings a serger to a #fingergunfight. Taylor is an I... And a very slight A! Jen asks us "can you ensure your survival?" Always check the QR code to be totally sure! Plants! Humans! Electronics! Álvaro may have created of a...

Duration:00:58:24

Episode 49: Iteration

1/17/2019
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Melissa Potter is our guest this episode! Chicago in tha house! We talk to Melissa about bad art history books, the radness of papermaking, the earnestness of hardcore kids... and the rad earnestness of papermaker hardcore kids. Rob brings the patterns of life and the YouTube-ness of "How To Lyfe" to the Roland TR 909 drum machine. Mel also examines iteration through life but through the lens of multiples and the microbiological. Taylor takes takes his iteration on a train to... to... Grand...

Duration:00:57:27

Episode 48: Happy New Year!

12/31/2018
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Just Rob and Taylor on this episode! Taylor made a thing! And it's gonna take some time to do the things he never had. We also talk about our first jobs, Fimo, the OpenDeck, beadwork and computer security. We'll be back in two weeks with a guest and a challenge. Happy New Year everybody! A big shoutout to the 20 guests we had over 2018! Thank you Kelly Martin, Molly Allis, Cedric Tai, Meghann Sottile, Megan Sterling, Rita Blaik, Tim Sway, Charlene McBride, Andy Birkey, Liz from Blitz City...

Duration:00:20:04

Episode 47: Make Me Cry

12/21/2018
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Madeline Vaccaro is our guest this episode! Chicago in tha house! We talk about Maddie's work and the challenge of making multiples. It's so hard to re-make a thing over and over with the same amount of enthusiasm as you had for the first one. We also talk about Hachiko the dog * sniff *. Also, Taylor and Rob are addicted to podcasts. Taylor merges the new-schoolness of NFC tags to re-invent a 20th Century past time. Need a good cry? Maddie's project has got you covered. If it doesn't make...

Duration:01:02:14

Episode 46: Paradox

12/6/2018
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Michelle Sheng is our guest this episode! Ann Arbor in tha house! We talk about the NASA InSight landing and the weird fun that comes along with being multihyphenate creator of things. Rob takes a swing at animation and gets beaten up by about 5 different animation applications. Michelle brings her sketchbook pages to the web and navigates the dark forest of self-identification. Taylor rolls with the punches this episode. We also talk about jumpsuits, fireworks and the health ramifications...

Duration:00:59:30

Episode 45: The Falsely Accused

11/21/2018
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Debbie Chachra is our guest this episode! Boston in tha house! “The Falsely Accused” is our challenge this episode! Thanks to F. Douglas Brown for the challenge! Taylor creates Castle Gradenstein (an FPG?) and we talk about the weirdness that is grading. Debbie investigates the cost of false positives, atypicality and the emotional weight of not knowing what to do next. Rob takes a thing apart as a meditation on women's liberation, invention and the master's tools. We also talk about making...

Duration:01:04:38

Episode 44: Making Things Flat

11/7/2018
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F. Douglas Brown is our guest this episode! Los Angeles in tha house! “Making Things Flat” is our challenge this episode! Thanks to Mathew Lippincott for the challenge! Rob makes things flat and makes things rat! Doug took the flatness and folded it up into an complex sphere of ideation speaking and listening. Taylor heats it up and makes it round so he can make it flat! We also talk about ekphrasis poetry, Frederick Douglass, re-dad-ing. And we have to give a shout out the Mr. Brown's 7th...

Duration:01:01:50

Episode 43: Precision

10/24/2018
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Mathew Lippincott is our guest this episode! Portland in tha house! “Precision” is our challenge this episode! Thanks Quinn Dunki for sending us the challenge! Taylor puts the work and flow into rework and reflow. Mathew folds, unfolds and beholds! Rob's morning ritual goes exactly as planned. Exactly... As... Planned... We also talk about Mathew's encounters as a volunteer operator for the Futel telco network and AirPup, his latest amazing dirigible project. You can check out our projects...

Duration:01:06:54

Episode 42: Build a working camera and take a photo with it

10/10/2018
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Quinn Dunki is our guest this episode! Los Angeles in tha house! "Build a working camera and take a photo with it" is our challenge this episode! Thanks Arturo Romo for sending us the challenge! Rob goes for broke and then goes for broke again.... and... ends up broke. Quinn brings tha heat in order to freeze a moment in our lives. Taylor risks being arrested capturing photographic psychedelia but perseverance and Metallica gets him through. We also talk about amazing wire walker and...

Duration:01:12:40

Episode 41: Hate

9/26/2018
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No guest this episode! Just Rob and Taylor making it to Episode 41!!! "Hate" is our challenge this episode! We talk about gamifying meat popsicles for the big cats and Taylor gives two thumbs up to the new film Hereditary. Taylor adopts his least favorite style and rocks it! Rob gets a smart home device. He also lets us know how dumb he was when he was in high school. This episode is one embarrassment after another for Rob. You can check out our projects at...

Duration:01:01:30

Episode 40: Oceanic

9/13/2018
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No guest this episode! Just Rob and Taylor making it to Episode 40!!! Oceanic is our challenge this episode! Thank you to previous guest Matthew Shenoda for the challenge! Also, every 10 episodes we ask our previous guests to call in and let us know what they're up to. We're so excited by the calls! Many thanks to Andy Birkey, Charlene McBride, Cedric Tai, Kelly Marie Martin, Molly Allis, Ranjit Bhatnagar, and Tim Sway! Rob makes a map from (and for?) the mind. And it spins at 33RPM. Taylor...

Duration:00:55:01