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Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard’s Mad Men-esque offices

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Before the holidays, I visited Alysha at HP Labs. Her building is home to Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard's corporate offices, which are kept in their original state for visitors to see.

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The offices are quintessentially modernist, and huge. There is even a little Japanese garden outside sliding doors. The furniture and linoleum floors took me back to 60's-style bank interiors I saw as a little kid, doing errands with my mom. As did this wood paneling and wall clock.

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The offices are open for viewing by the public I think; there were some Japanese tourists viewing them when I was there. They're a great addition to a tour of Silicon Valley fabulousness and geekery.

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Now I know where to do my photoshoot to enter the Mad Men casting call!

Just got back from Berkeley

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Whew, I just dropped off the Speedo Mandala Clock at the Play Berkeley Digital Media Conference. there was a little debacle over the display case, and I ended up buying an acrylic one at Tap Plastics at the last minute.  

What a beautiful campus! I've never really explored UC Berkeley before, and it looks lovely.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

 3-D printed black diamond earrings

For the past several months, I've been learning Rhino in my spare time (actually, I'm beta testing their Mac version). I'm still not all that advanced, but am making progress, and really having fun.

In the future, I really want to 3-D print some larger art/design objects that I create in CAD. To get to that point, I've been assigning myself little projects to help learn Rhino. The projects are jewelry related -jewelry is a great way to learn because the objects are quite small, so I can finish them fairly quickly. And there's the gratification of getting a real, touchable, three-dimensional object in my hands, about 10 days after designing the object – amazing! I've been sending STL files to Shapeways for 3-D printing.

These wireframe diamond earrings are one of the first pieces I designed; Shapeways sent them about two weeks ago. I'm really happy with the way they came out. Since I only ordered one of each material (black detail, white detail, transparent detail, and white strong and flexible), I have to wait till my next order comes in to actually wear a matching pair of diamonds. One of them broke, while I was attaching the jump ring – I think it was the white detail. The white strong and flexible material seems stronger, so I will be using that for my white diamonds in the future.  

3 colors of 3-D printed earrings