What's happening now at Because We Can

The LongNow Gin Tasting

As we've mentioned before, we are helping The Long Now renovate their space at Fort Mason by adding a Bar and Event Space into the existing museum.

The Long Now is a non-profit who's mission is to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years.

This new space is part of that mission. To help raise funds for this project, they have collaborated with non other than St George Spirits to produce a Gin from the Juniper Bushes at their clock site.

There are so many cool links in the above sentences I cannot even believe it.

Anyway, January 23rd, you can taste this amazing Gin and help support the project by coming to the Gin Tasting event at Fort Mason!


We will be there talking about the new designs, and generally mingling. Hope to see you there!


Newly installed Cat Transit System (CTS)

Our latest improvement to the Mad Scientist Home Workshop project just got its first cat friendly transportation.
Just look at this happy customer:


The tube system travels over the desks,


around three of the four walls, allowing cats to access the top of the Maker armoire.


There are viewing ports for engaging with humans though,


and hidden access points.


As well as lots of details to make it aesthetically pleasing. Including this operable wheel!


The first step to greater cat mobility throughout the room is here!


Autodesk University chess tables

Autodesk University was last week, where we had a great time taking cool classes, meeting new people and giving a presentation on Digital Fabrication. We also helped out this year by making a few tables for the Digital Fabrication Lounge area.


There were Checkers tables:

Chess tables:

And a Go table:

We carved different designs and text over each table...

And made matching stools:

Did you notice that the stool and table bases spell out "AU"?

See Jeffrey talk a bit more about the tables on the Core 77 blog here

Serpent Twins visit Peralta Junction

The Serpent Twins took a visit to Peralta Junction a week ago, and you should too before they close!


Peralta Junction is a great pop-up outside venue filled with live music, vendors and games. We look a night time trip there, but they are open during the day too on the weekends.

The Serpents were looking mighty fine that night in their glowing glory.



Who know what you will see there!

Meet us at Autodesk University Las Vegas 2012

Meet us in Vegas! We'll be presenting at Autodesk University again this year. Keeping it low-key this time after last year's keynote, we're just giving a single talk on digital fabrication. Thus giving us time to go to lots of awesome classes, meet up with great people, and visit a wonderful tiki bar. We'll see you there!

The LongNow's new salon space

We have been involved with The Long Now for years. They are just too cool for us to stay away. But recently they asked us to help them design their new salon space. Of course we accepted!

Their current space has an open office over a museum and book store that shows off all their various projects. They also try to use the space for receptions after their very successful lecture series they hold in a nearby theater within Fort Mason. They noticed that there are more people having more interesting conversations in these receptions, so they want to turn the space into one that could accommodate this use all the time.

We have been working closely with them to make the new layout a modular design that will fit their unique needs.


By day, the space will serve as museum, library, event space, and coffee bar. It will allow for The Long Now to expand upon their very successful lecture series into smaller, more intimate events.

By night a cerebral salon space that serves inspired cocktails and promotes conversations through the exhibits on display.


To help fund the project, artisanal bottles of Gin and Whiskey are being made by St. George Spirits, using the Juniper berries and botanicals from the clock site.


If you purchase one of these bottles, it will be kept at the salon, in traditional Japanees Bottle Keep style, for you to enjoy there. The bottle will be lowered down to you from the ceiling, where all the bottles are kept, like a full ceiling chandelier.



We are looking forward to seeing this project go into construction. And it will happen sooner if you all purchase a bottle!


It will not only serve as a fund raising vehicle for the non-profit, but act within the community and larger society to help further the primary goal of the Long Now: to foster and encourage long term thinking.

You can see our full project page for more images here.
And find out more about how to support The Long Now salon here!

Welcome to the new site!

We've just migrated our site from Drupal 6 to the new Drupal 7. Huzzah! We took the opportunity to fix some outstanding issues & revise our theme. It's a snazzy new one that auto-adjusts for device and looks awesome on tablets (and soon smartphones).

We'd love to know what you think of it! A few minor tweaks to go, so things will be a little fluid for a bit.

What better time to take your site down and redo it when everyone isn't looking due to the election?

We had some Halloween fun....

Jeffrey and I had some Halloween fun last week, designing and making our outfits with lots of flair additions made on Frank.

The costumes were very esoteric: "Miskatonic University Archaeologists".


We made a box for each of us. An apparatus used to scan the local vegetation and inhabitants. They glowed an unnatural color from within and allowed for lots of 'fine tuning' with their dials and buttons (and they doubled as as a small bag).


We carved aluminum plates to add authenticity to the boxes.


And a large plate to adorn the leather strap.



Finally, a final touch of matching emblems for our hats.

Hope you had a great Halloween too!

Gamer-themed coffee table ideas

Design is an iterative process, where changes occur as the best solution presents itself from the back-and-forth between the client, the physical constraints, and our ideas. And so sometimes ideas we've come up with for a small part of a project no longer fit into the larger picture. These orphaned ideas are still cool, so we love to share the sketches for them with you!

Recently we were asked to produce a gamer-themed coffee table as part of a larger office remodel we're doing. The lounge it was slated for changed ideas, and a so overtly gamer themed custom coffee table didn't really work anymore.

The first idea we came up with was this Tetris-styled table, where the blocks are various shades of wood inlay into a maple top portraying an endless perfect game falling into place.

The next idea was for an 'ultimate battle' space invaders styled table, where the 'bad guys' get more and more modern as they ascend up the table. This one would be black resin inlay into a maple top.

Really loved the progression of characters on this one.

The last idea was for something a little more modern as games go, and it's for a portal-themed table. An LED-ringed mirror on either side of a nice maple butcher-block top makes it appear as if the top is endlessly passing between the two portals, one red and one blue!

Shame that these three rough sketches won't be made real for this project. Maybe next time!


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