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Episode 44: Making Things Flat

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...


Episode 43: Precision

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...


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

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...


Episode 41: Hate

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...


Episode 40: Oceanic

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...


Episode 39: Overkill

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. You...


Episode 38: Eavesdropping

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.


Episode 37: Not My Style

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...


Episode 36: Resistance

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...


Episode 35: Macro

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...


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

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...


Episode 33: Bending Time

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!!!!!...


Episode 32: Mechanical Breakfast

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, Walter,...


Episode 31: Lateral Motion

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 shot...


Episode 30: Prove Yourself Wrong

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...


Episode 29: 10x Bigger

Rita Blaik is 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...


Episode 28: Stranger Skill Share

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...


Episode 27: Nudity

Megan Sterling and Meghann Sottile 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 Sottile (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 help...


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

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...


Ursula K. Le Guin

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...