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TIL certain sunscreens are likely harmful to coral reefs. Wish I’d known this a month ago… Go for a physical sunscreen instead of a chemical one. Physical sunscreens can be less cosmetically preferable, need to be reapplied often, and can leave a white-ish cast, but they are usually gentler on skin and – here’s the kicker – are much less likely to kill oceanic critters.

We’re working on a new site for SB-PH at the moment, and we’re using Airtable to get our project documentation together. It’s also a good opportunity to test the platform a little (+ I’m a fan of tables). To grab tidy JSON for use with data-friendly design software like Sketch, we’re using the Airtable API with cURL and ./jq.

Simple example that dumps table records in to a JSON file for use with the the Sketch Data Populator plugin:

$ curl -H "Authorization: Bearer YOUR_API_KEY" | jq '.records' > records.json
  • Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
  • Felting needles for invisibly repairing holes in wool
  • Jim Lahey’s No Knead Pizza Dough recipe
  • A sturdy, diner-style black mug I long-term borrowed from Bob’s at Colby College; the handle fits all four fingers
Black mug from Bob’s dining hall at Colby College

Early last year, Sarah Kate Wilson approached Musarc with a concept for a performance involving coloured mirrors. Around the same time, Toby O’Connor and I were mulling over ways of working with Beata Viscera, a conductus by medieval composer Pérotin. These experiments merged to become Rainbows. In April 2017, Musarc opened and closed the third Do Disturb festival at Palais De Tokyo with Rainbows. Watch a video documenting Musarc’s various PDT performances on Rainbows was performed again as part of MK Gallery’s 2017 CityFest and at Rochester Square’s Open Day on 24 June 2017.

Musarc rehearsing Rainbows

The composite photo above is Musarc rehearsing Rainbows at Central House just before the building was sold by London Met Uni.

Brown leather strap repair on straw bag

Replaced the broken leather straps on my mom’s old straw bag with my new (new to me anyway!) favourite tool.

Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl

Been a while. I fell out of love with writing here, was tired of the design and the subdomain felt pretty tucked away. It’s still not quite right but I’ve reconciled with it I think, and of course there are some things I need to file away.

Wayback Machine captures of previous sites, for posterity:

Moved in to a new studio two weeks ago. We needed some shelves and looked in to all sorts of different options before deciding on Spur uprights + brackets (thx @simonkinneir) and plywood shelves.

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Bromeliad germination advice from Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Bromeliads can be propagated from seed which should be sown onto wet finely chopped sphagnum moss. Surface sow with no covering as seeds need light to germinate. Pots can be covered with cling-film. Germination usually occurs within 2–3 weeks at 22–24°C.

Flood and chaos at work! #makerversity #somersethousestudios #somersethouse

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The heater in the studio failed pretty spectacularly on Friday, damage TBD. Kind of scary that it was so hard to get out…