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High Altitude Balloon Launch Photos

High Altitude Balloon Launch Photos

Luke Parker was in town interning with us at Outside Open and helped plan and execute a successful high altitude balloon launch and recovery. Thanks to the whole OO team: Matt, Trevor, Anthony, Brad and Mike for his amazing Tracksoar! Here is some misc info not...

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Rail Cart Adventure

Rail Cart Adventure

Under a cloak of secrecy, a group of us built our rail-worthy carts and met in the deep California desert for the grand unveiling. It was an amazing feeling to ride along in the warm, dry desert air. One of the unique highlights was seeing a small herd of bighorn...

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Sterling silver coin ring

Sterling silver coin ring

I picked up a Zuid Afrik. Repub. (South African Republic) 2 Shillings coin, featuring Paul Kruger on the reverse, and folded it into a cool coin ring. This coin was minted from .925 sterling silver (92.5% silver / 7.5% copper) in 1896, just 3 years before the start of...

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Bald Eagle fishing photos

Bald Eagle fishing photos

I've wanted to shoot photos of an eagle catching a fish ever since I was a kid and saw an African Fish Eagle (Zinkwazi) hunting a river in South Africa. Last week I was fishing at the Coastal Springs Float Lodge in the wilderness north of Vancouver and I was fortunate...

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Patent art – as art

Patent art – as art

I've wanted to shoot photos of an eagle catching a fish ever since I was a kid and saw an African Fish Eagle (Zinkwazi) hunting a river in South Africa. Last week I was fishing at the Coastal Springs Float Lodge in the wilderness north of Vancouver and I was fortunate...

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New Color Services blog

New Color Services blog

It is interesting and fun browsing the USPTO patent archives.  Older patents often have beautiful hand drawn art attached to them as part of the filing. You can download PDF scans of these old patents and modify them to make awesome wall art. Here are a few examples...

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DIY Letter shape birdhouses [U]

DIY Letter shape birdhouses [U]

The Outside Open design interns have been busy since launching the poster - they just went live with a refreshed blog design for Color Services Photo Lab in Santa Barbara. The new design is very clean and fully responsive - go take a look for yourself!

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DIY hollow book safes for kids

DIY hollow book safes for kids

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 the process...

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Site upgrade

Site upgrade

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...

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pfSense Multi Site Backup Script

pfSense Multi Site Backup Script

I think it has been almost 10 years since I gave zinkwazi.com 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...

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Outside Open launches new web site!

Outside Open launches new web site!

Over at my day job, we recently released the results of attempting to solve an interesting design problem. Our goal was to produce an informational piece which solved the problem so often faced while working with people over the phone, namely spelling. You can get a...

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Go well Madiba

Go well Madiba

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 that's what...

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The National!

The National!

I've wanted to shoot photos of an eagle catching a fish ever since I was a kid and saw an African Fish Eagle (Zinkwazi) hunting a river in South Africa. Last week I was fishing at the Coastal Springs Float Lodge in the wilderness north of Vancouver and I was fortunate...

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Bill Lawler

Bill Lawler

It is interesting and fun browsing the USPTO patent archives.  Older patents often have beautiful hand drawn art attached to them as part of the filing. You can download PDF scans of these old patents and modify them to make awesome wall art. Here are a few examples...

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Cedar Beer Caddies

Cedar Beer Caddies

I picked up a Zuid Afrik. Repub. (South African Republic) 2 Shillings coin, featuring Paul Kruger on the reverse, and folded it into a cool coin ring. This coin was minted from .925 sterling silver (92.5% silver / 7.5% copper) in 1896, just 3 years before the start of...

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Kris Krug in the rain

Kris Krug in the rain

Under a cloak of secrecy, a group of us built our rail-worthy carts and met in the deep California desert for the grand unveiling. It was an amazing feeling to ride along in the warm, dry desert air. One of the unique highlights was seeing a small herd of bighorn...

read more