Site upgrade

I think it has been almost 10 years since I gave a new look.  I recently migrated to the Divi theme for WordPress (which is amazing and powerful) and so here it is, a new design! Many thanks to the awesome team over at Khoza Technology for hosting this... read more

Letter shape birdhouses

We discovered that a family of Oak Titmouse birds has moved into one of the letter shaped bird boxes that I made for the kids! It’s amazing how many times (and how fast) they go in and out all day as they gather grubs for the chicks. I set up my tripod and... read more

Restore an old fire hydrant to make awesome office art!

I really enjoy industrial design. Objects that have been created for a specific purpose tend to encompass clean and honest design with no pretense.  Recently I began lusting after fire hydrants. A quick Craig’s List search and I was in the money! Below is... read more

Book safes for kids

The kids and I made 13 book safes for all the kids that we shared the New Year’s weekend with in Mammoth.     How to make book safes The process is easy and takes around 45 minutes per book, here are quick instructions: Hard cover books work best – if... read more

pfSense Multi Site Backup Script

I manage many pfSense firewalls and have just pushed a useful backup script to GitHub that we use to automate backups of all the remote pfSense boxes. You can read more at Outside Open or head over to GitHub to grab a copy.... read more

Outside Open launches new web site!

Outside Open has a new web site!  As many of you know, Trevor Young and I launched OO almost two years ago. We have been looking forward to getting a site up but have had the excellent problem of too much work.   We built the site internally, (because... read more

2013 CIMI Trip

The La Patera 6th graders had an amazing time at Catalina Island Marine Institute this year – here is a slideshow of the... read more

You Are America (And So Did I!)

To celebrate recently becoming and American citizen, I am having an art show at Brooks Institute’s Gallery 27. The show opens at 5PM on September 5th and is open to the public, please stop by and say hi! The show title is in response to American cultural hero,... read more

The National!

Epic show last night at Hollywood Forever Cemetary, the National rocked the graveyard! Matt Berninger got out into the crowd – so fun!... read more

Bill Lawler

On January 20, 2013 my dad passed away after a short battle with cancer.  It was very sudden, he didn’t know that he was sick until just over a month earlier when doctors discovered metastasized cancer throughout his body. I am very thankful that I was able to... read more

Cedar Beer Caddies

I made a couple dozen wooden beer caddies for Christmas gifts – it took a little longer than expected to cut the inserts but the carriers turned out really well and I was able to fill and deliver them today. Just in time delivery I used cedar fence boards for... read more

Kris Krüg in the rain

Virtual friend Kris Krüg aka @kk stopped by Color Services on a rainy Santa Barbara day for a quick visit on a little road trip from Joshua Tree to Canada. Fun to finally meet you in person @kk!   If you’re curious about the beautiful photo that Kris is... read more

Kristen Schall is a Horse!

This Radiolab interview with the funny Kristen Schall and Kurt Braunohler is possibly one of the funniest ever.  Pure genius! Listen to the first 6 or so minutes of the Radiolad “Loops” episode and then watch this video of the skit.  Oh man, so... read more

Missing Matt

Matt would have turned 40 this year.  Back in 2009 we made a mix CD for him and I was inspired to do it again this year. So here’s a compilation of songs that Matt might have liked to listen to or make fun of   I will miss you With no warning I will miss... read more

Molly and Ryan’s Wedding

This weekend Ryan and Molly tied the knot in a beautifully relaxed wedding in the Santa Ynez valley. Click here for a slideshow of iphone photos from the celebration…    ... read more

Ryan’s bachelor party

Fun weekend up near Lake Nacimiento to celebrate Ryan and his upcoming wedding. Lots of guns, food, drink and stories around the fire.  Click here for more bachelor party photos…   (Also check out these old photos of Ryan when he turned 21 and this portrait... read more

Joshua Tree camping with kids #4

The 4th annual kids ‘n dads camping trip to Joshua Tree was a blast!  It was Stella’s first year and she rocked it! As in years past we left early and spent the first night at the historic Harmony Motel  where U2 stayed while shooting photos for the Joshua... read more

Silver spoon herb garden markers…

  I made a set of herb markers for Janice and Paul’s garden with some old silver spoons… These are easy to make, you can get silver spoons for a few bucks each at an antique store. DIY: 1) Flatten spoon with rubber mallet. 2) Flatten / texture stem... read more