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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

Episode 39: Overkill

8/28/2018
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Matthew Shenoda is our guest this episode! Providence, Rhode Island in tha house! We finally have a poet on the podcast! Huzzah! We speak with Matthew about the craft of poetry and also hear from him about the African Poetry Book Fund, a really cool organization he cofounded that publishes 3 to 4 books a year and works with Akashic books to publish an African poetry box set! Ask Taylor about the Big Bang. Matthew is born again hard-boiled. Rob goes the distance to get a pose-able figure....

Duration:01:09:51

Episode 38: Eavesdropping

8/14/2018
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Kate Conlon is our guest this episode! Chicago in tha house! Rob rubs Buenos Aires the right way. Kate takes all of us on a nefarious and wild ride (or is it a drive?) across Chicago. Taylor yearns to put the urn in turn. You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com Props to Blondihacks, Nik, Walter, Federico, Kelly, Luke, Mike and Tim! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs Special Guest: Kate Conlon.

Duration:01:04:36

Episode 37: Not My Style

7/31/2018
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Nigel Poor is our guest this episode! San Francisco in tha house! We speak with Nigel about her teaching, photography and her artmaking projects at San Quentin State Prison. Nigel co-hosts the podcast Ear Hustle with Earlonne Woods who co-founded the podcast with fellow inmate Antwan Williams. Taylor cops Nigel's style. Nigel leaves listening to chance and gets earfuls of anger. Rob goes from rock crawler to kissyface. You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com...

Duration:01:09:49

Episode 36: Resistance

7/19/2018
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Jarrett Quon is our guest this episode! Los Angeles in tha house! We talk about the fallacy of "talent" and the hard-workin fun-work of practice and learning and practicing some more. Rob wears his arm out drilling holes. Jarrett asks what a swimming pool, BBQ grill, and water bottle have in common. Taylor hones his routing and printing skillz! Oh, and ABOLISH ICE. We also talk to Jarrett about his experiences with the Glowforge laser cutter. You can check out our projects at...

Duration:01:05:29

Episode 35: Macro

7/4/2018
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Liz Clark of Blitz City DIY is our guest this week! Massachusetts in tha house! Rob and Taylor talk to Liz about quarter-life crises, YouTube Lyfe, and strategies for encouraging people to dive into something new. We also talk about some new music we're diggin, thingaverse, neopixel variants and Liz's upcoming Tinkerboard book! Taylor's CNC printmaking work goes to 11. Liz turns micropython into macro-awesomeness. Rob mails a letter of bad feelings. You can check out our projects at...

Duration:01:03:24

Episode 34: Opposable Thumbs (yep, that's the challenge!)

6/19/2018
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Andy Birkey is our guest this week! Central Illinois in tha house! We learn a lot from Andy about gothic woodworking, church furniture design and working with clients. We also hear from Andy about buddhism and working to get rid of anger. Thanks to Nik Kantar for giving us our listener-contributed challenge! Rob goes for a semi-murdered-out... something... and then gets in a pickle. Andy shines some light on Opposable Thumbs. We're dying to know the tales Andy's compound miter saw could...

Duration:01:10:00

Episode 33: Bending Time

6/5/2018
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No guest this week! Just Taylor and Rob talking about cigarette butt-flavored gummi bears, ambergris, the power of community, and how we first got into technology and art. We also discuss being rigorous about our creative practice. It's hard! Taylor creates some very surreal and spooky environments! Trent Reznor eat your heart out! Rob is a tape loop. Rob is a tape loop. Rob is a tape loop. Rob is a tape loop. Rob is a tape loop. We crossed the 20,000 downloads mark!!!!!...

Duration:01:00:54

Episode 32: Mechanical Breakfast

5/23/2018
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Charlene McBride is our guest this week! Seattle in tha house! YESSSSS!!! We talk about La Croix, crafting, patterns, deflated currency, fraud, and illegal owl bartering and machine assisted creativity! Taylor's juicy photography makes everything look like candy. Mmmmm... rosin core... Charlene channels the alpha, beta and gamma. Rob reflects upon his poor drawing skills. Reflects... get it? Get it? You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com Props to Nik,...

Duration:01:07:31

Episode 31: Lateral Motion

5/10/2018
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No guest this week! Just Taylor and Rob going big and then going home and then maybe taking a nap or making a nice egg n' the hole. A big thanks to Nhung Walsh for giving us our next challenge! You'll have to listen to find out what it is! Send us your challenge ideas to us at opposablepodcast@gmail.com or hit us up on Instagram at opposable_podcast. But they need to be a secret. Hrm. That seems like a problem. Hrm... Well... We're excited to see how you tackle that problem. Johnny Depp...

Duration:01:03:17

Episode 30: Prove Yourself Wrong

4/24/2018
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Tim Sway is our guest this week! Connecticut in tha house! We get the juicy details from Tim about how he ended up making "The SqWAYre," his super cool measuring and marking tool. We also talk about the mighty power of high school art teachers (Thank you art teachers!). It took Rob only four months to go from swearing he would never do something to doing it twice in one week. Don't look to Rob for guidance about self-control. Tim lets fly but in a peaceful way. Except for those birds he's...

Duration:01:14:24

Episode 29: 10x Bigger

4/11/2018
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Rita Blaik in our guest this week! Los Angeles in tha house! We kick things off with some discussion on design vs art and gender diversity in science. Then we dive into the projects! Taylor the Chef cooked up some Supermax treats to get your mouth watering on some nutraloaf! And he gets dinged in the cheek by a bullet fragment that can't be stopped. Rita Blaik drops the cryo-electron microscopy science on us! And she shares the wonderful curiosities of Ernst Haeckel and Robert Hooke. Rob...

Duration:01:17:47

Episode 28: Stranger Skill Share

3/27/2018
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No guest this week! Just Taylor and Rob making big dreams... happen? Chicago, Los Angeles and worldwide! We talk about the professionalization of YouTube, the words we say with an accent. Rob pronounces the word pencil as PEENcyll. You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com Taylor casts forth his knowledge of Adobe llustrator like those little whirlybird samara seed pods that fall from Maple trees. Those seed pods are awesome. And so is Taylor's Illustrator...

Duration:01:01:29

Episode 27: Nudity

3/14/2018
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Megan Sterling and Meghann Sotille are our guests this week! Chicago in tha house! Nudity is our challenge this week! Artists work a lot of jobs. Motorcycle jewelry is a lot of skulls. Intaglio is pronounced "intalio." Huh! Rob makes a thing to make it rain. Megan Sterling (aka Sterling) and Meghann Sotille (aka Mego) joined forces for a really great printmaking meets metalworking collab! You gotta see their process photos over on http://projects.opposablepodcast.com. The photos really...

Duration:01:07:34

Episode 26: Fermentation (and our 1 year birthday!)

3/1/2018
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Cedric Tai is our guest this week! Los Angeles in tha house! Fermentation is our challenge this week (and none of us brewed beer.) and it's our 1 year anniversary!!!! WOOP! WOOP! We talk about the power and energy of learning, cooking, Alejandro Jodorowsky and getting unstuck! Taylor creates CDC-JNCO! Cedric ummm... he ummm.... well... we're not sure. But Taylor and I are overwhelmed and stoked by it. Rob had a great conversation with Adam Rothstein of Transistor Beverages in Portland! And...

Duration:01:38:49

Ursula K. Le Guin

2/14/2018
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Molly Allis is our guest this week! Los Angeles in tha house! Ursula K. Le Guin is our challenge this week. We talk about style and the awesome power of Pee Wee's Playhouse, black holes and sneaker style. We also talked about Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which Rob has not yet seen. Rob read Le Guin's "Lathe of Heaven" and got a janky string drawing machine built. Molly read "Tales from Earthsea" and wrote an amazing song! Taylor also read "Lathe of Heaven" and got heaven on the lathe! Thanks to...

Duration:01:10:54

Dismantlefesto!: Undoing Things with Purpose

1/30/2018
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No guest this week, just Taylor and Rob holding down the fort. Very handy in case a strong wind comes along with its mind set on blowing the fort away. We talk about the art of redundancy. Rob believes no baseball cap should have that little rope in between the cap part and the brim. Rob is also wowed by Taylor's awesome Adobe Illustrator skillz! Taylor breaks down the cool differences between copperplate etching and woodblock printing techniques and he shares his 4 Horseman of the...

Duration:01:12:04

Click Training

1/15/2018
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Kelly Marie Martin is our guest this week! Greetings Kelly! Los Angeles in tha house! "Click training" is our challenge this episode! We talk about occult rocketry, racist christian cults, and Krazy Kat's gender fluidity. We also talk indie comics we have loved and bullets frozen in time. Kelly also shares her love for "My Favorite Thing is Monsters," the rewards of painting and the pleasures and struggles of being a musician. Taylor creates a really cool chunky talisman for staying...

Duration:01:02:15

Happy New Year! (no challenge)

1/2/2018
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We have no guest and no challenge this episode! We just wanted to say Happy New Year! We discuss the visibility of success and the invisibility of the work it takes to succeed. It also is so hard to measure the work it takes to do something when we only see the end result. Rob is trying to find ways to make other peoples work more motivating. He's also trying to be mindful of creativity when buying deodorant. Taylor is working to stay productive day-to-day and also strategizing to keep his...

Duration:00:46:45

Swallow the Frog: Tackle the important and uncomfortable in your creative practice.

12/5/2017
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Sara Schnadt is our guest this week! Los Angeles in the house! Sara, Taylor and Rob talk about tackling things we don't want to tackle. We also chat about collaborating with non-artists and merging the work-life with the art-life. Mirrors are pretty cool, even in the 21st Century. It seems Colonel Sanders had a proclivity for the pistols. We also fit Daredevil and Systems Engineering into the conversation... somehow! Taylor decides he should really get his archive situation in order before...

Duration:01:27:24