Scale model cockpit FPV

cool scale cockpit video

Funny Zoo Snap

man enjoys elephant My wife noticed this in the family archives.

RC Nitro motorcycle racing

rc motorcycle Motorcycle racing in Lilliput.

Manned RC Multicopter

manned multicopter
Here’s an RC multicopter big enough to ride on!

Make: Talk 004

make: Talk 004
I had a fun time talking to Mark Frauenfelder in episode 4 of his new podcast, Make: Talk!

One Man Basement Band

one man band
I feel like I could be getting more mileage out of my right foot.


liberty vintage motorcycles An Etsy portrait. Thanks, Danny.

Tequila Sleeve

tequila the champs
Champs sleeve

Wolf-Stelzer Book Lamp

Book Lamp
My friend Tess just made the cover of ReadyMade with her cool lamp design.

Tree Stump Bug

Can this be for real? The design is so awesomely Thunderbirds. Via

The Nothing Box

nothing box


Thunderbirds are go
Are Go!

Command Center

command center
Sweet assemblage spaceship’s bridge.

Four Drano’s

Watch the sink slowly, all but disappear from the design .

Toothpaste Aerosol

toothpaste aerosol
Aerosol toothpaste

I Caught Little Chef!


Last night I found myself in a remarkably Ratatouille predicament.

It is rare that our cat Rudy brings an animal into the house in anything but either a dead, or mortally wounded condition. Last night we were hanging out in the basement to escape the upstairs heat (Seattle houses don’t have AC). We kept hearing a bunch of commotion upstairs so I eventually went up to find out what was going on, and found Rudy in the bathroom batting around the cutest little rat I have ever seen – and believe me it’s not easy to see a rat in the context of it infesting your house and consider it cute, but this little guy was cute. There wasn’t even a scratch or visible wound on him.

What Would You Do?

Have you seen the movie?

Well I have, and it was a tough decision. I knew what the CDC would would want me to do. I knew what the City of Seattle would want me to do. I knew what my neighbors would insist that I do.

I couldn’t do it.

I apologize to everyone in Seattle, but I couldn’t do it. I made a bargain with Little Chef, carried him a few blocks away to a vacant lot and let him go.

Now, I really hope to see some new and innovative dishes at a certain local restaurant in the coming weeks.

14 Responses to “I Caught Little Chef!”

  1. Mark Says:

    So how did you catch it? That would be the hardest thing for me.

    I have to agree Ratatouille was fantastic. What amazes me about Pixar, is not just the animation, but the stories. As a father of two, I’m well versed in animated movies, and there are a lot of bad ones.

  2. Steve Says:

    Fortunately, it was in the bathroom, which left it very few escape options.

    I plopped a bathtub drum toy over him and slid a magazine under it, then transferred him to the jar over the tub (where he wouldn’t be able to escape if I dropped him) .

  3. ken Says:

    You are such a softy! That rat would be in the rat afterworld if I caught him in my bathroom. You have 5 positive rat karma points accumulated however.

  4. Stefan Says:

    Dude.. it’s a field mouse (note the ears). Not a rat. You can feel good about letting the little fellow loose.

    City dwellers. Sheesh!

    Now, I could tell you about RATS.

  5. Steve Says:

    Stefan, I hope you’re right!

    I did score 12 out of 12 on this test:



  6. Stefan Says:

    Oh.. and here I was presuming that photo was the real beastie.

    Never mind.

  7. Steve Says:

    Yeah, it’s him.

    The angle is a little odd, but i think that this is a baby rat. The shape of the snout says so to me. Also, he was quite a bit larger than any mouse I have ever seen. The base of the tail was pretty thick.

    Not that I really want to go around trying to convince the world that I have rats in my house ;)


  8. Sean Says:

    I just caught a little mouse living in a rarely used three drawer chest of drawers in my sun room. He had quite the sweet three story bachelor pad. In each drawer he had made up a nice completely separate use space: the top drawer being the bedroom with lots of toilet paper bedding, the middle drawer the bathroom, and the bottom drawer the pantry with lots of seeds stuffed away. It was so brilliant I had to let him go, to use his home design charms on the ladies.

  9. Kevin T. Keith Says:

    Don’t eat anything with capers in it.

  10. Lee-Roy Says:

    Haha! That’s hilarious. Good for you. It’s amazing the coloring is just right and he seems to be pleading with you. Did you get any head nods?

  11. Tom H. Says:

    Did anyone else get Kevin T. Keith’s movie reference? A hint, it’s from a remake of an old sci fi/horror film classic.

  12. bombaygirl Says:

    Such a little cutie…though my husband would not agree. He has done away with 2 such critters in our house over the last 2 weeks. Despite my pleadings to let them go. Our 2 left little fennel seed-like droppings, so I am assuming they were field mice. Which makes me feel even worse. But he was insistent, saying that our crawling daughter would be munching those up.

  13. Steve Says:

    Tom H –

    Yeah, I do remember a movie where the health inspector is arguing with the chef along the lines of “capers or Rat droppings”

    What was the movie?


  14. Chris Says:

    It’s a Dumbo rat, i had one as a pet called it Rolo, cute little things.