I've started a pilot group for a new kind of peer support group in Portland, Oregon as an alternative to 12-step models, SMART recovery, Refuge Recovery, and more. The project revolves around mental health, addiction, harm reduction, social justice, the politics of trauma, self-empowerment, accessibility, and inclusion. [more inside]
February is one of the slowest months for bike shops in the northern hemisphere, which makes it a great month for people involved with bike collectives to edit this wiki. Two winners will get an organic fair trade chocolate bar. My main goal in posting this to Projects is that I'm hoping you'll tell me if your local community bike shop needs to be added to the list of international community bike organizations. Since you're required to sign up to make an edit (which you're encouraged to do if you want), I would be happy to add it for you if you leave a comment.
A blog compiling easy DIY costume guides from television, movies, and video games. Make a costume for your favorite character this Halloween using stuff you already have in your closet and off-the-shelf items.
I recently got harassed in a pretty terrifying way at a punk venue in Austin, Texas. I used my experience as inspiration for a piece that examines why and how harassers are allowed to continue operating within the punk community, as well as how to establish community norms that holds them accountable for their actions. [more inside]
I'm working on an easy to read, well-researched guide to help women with healthcare access problems obtain and use birth control methods (hormonal and non-hormonal), emergency contraception, and medical abortion pills. Given the way that these important health issues are treated in the U.S. today, it saddens me that we need this guide but I believe the information is vital. If you are a person who may become pregnant or care about someone who may become pregnant, this guide could be of use--it even teaches a new way to use diaphragms that makes them easier to use, more convenient, and more effective all at once. [more inside]
A new album about love, heartbreak, fractals, and the crystalline moss of self-replicators that blankets this planet. [more inside]
Ever wanted to learn how to pickle? Or stargaze? Or build kites, read tarot, make cheese, or bind books? It's always fun to learn something new, but sometimes you need a tiny nudge. Dabbler picks a topic every month and sends a little package to your inbox: notes, links, book recommendations, and everything else to help get you on your way. [more inside]
I gave a TEDx talk in the Colorado Front Range last month, and the video is finally up. I wish they'd included more visuals (and that the audio was better!) but for better or worse, here it is. It's about the intersection of craft and technology, and how DIYers no longer need to do it all by themselves.
I made a mini-synth and my friend made a film about it.
If you want to learn how to present food in a unique way for kids parties or any kind of party, check out this collection of food presentation ideas with pictures and step-by-step instructions. I love zoo sandwiches as well as a bicycle, cat and hedgehog food garnishes for kids.
I made a mind-altering device that uses pulsating light and sound to induce different states in your brain. It is on display this week at Thistle Hall gallery in Wellington, NZ.
Just self-released my debut LP, Bullet in a Quiver, and thought that fellow MeFites might appreciate it! It's a completely DIY affair, recorded at home in Minneapolis and in the Harvard Lampoon's semi-secret castle headquarters while it was drained of people for spring break. It's a sort of a concept album about cats, hues, prime numbers, alien invasion, and subprime lending, so if you are interested any of those things, however vaguely, by all means, check it out and pass it along! It is free, so ⌘C/⌘V away.
Free tutorials on how to make edible bouquets - candy bouquets, cookie bouquets, and fruit bouquets... Photos and instructions make the process easy. Kids will love to participate in making edible bouquets. You can suprise your friends and family with unique gifts this holiday season. Get inspired at EdibleCrafts.com
I built a recumbent (delta style) trike out of three salvaged bikes, plywood and other miscellaneous stuff. No welding. The link provides all the details of the project. Inspiration for you to build one, too.