Moon shot espresso cup, Mark II

Regular readers of this blog (ha!!) will recall that while in London last year I created an espresso cup embossed with a map of the lunar surface. I had originally attempted to send the cup to Shapeways for printing, but was told that the fine details would be completely lost …

Seeking test images for comic research

Hi, my name is Craig Kaplan.  I’m a Computer Science professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada. I’m using my blog as a convenient place to put out a call to comic artists for test images that we could use in our research. My PhD student Matthew Thorne is working on software …

Modular origami halftoning

Fold a square of origami paper in half, unfold, fold it in half the other way, and unfold. Now fold the corners to the centre. Turn it over and repeat. You may be reminded of folding what’s often called a cootie catcher or fortune teller. You end up with the leftmost module in …

The final list

Tomorrow we begin the long trip back home to Canada. My sabbatical officially ended on June 30th, but we stayed here a few extra weeks so that the kids could wrap up a full school year. I haven’t quite finished writing up the espressos that made up the Rocket Cup …

MacIntyre Coffee

Of all the new London espresso bars that have turned up even in my brief time here, MacIntyre Coffee may have been the most recently opened at the moment of my visit. They barely had any signage up, and the decor was largely plywood-based, with lots of additional building materials stacked …

Alchemy

I love the name Alchemy for an espresso bar. It perfectly captures the sense of science-mixed-with-dark-magic that would seem to be required in transmuting a bunch of dried out pits into the Elixir of Life. And given that London’s Alchemy Café is located in a decidedly old part of town, …