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

Riker mounts

riker mount

With the addition of a riker mount, a packet of pills becomes a commentary on late 20th century excesses in cosmetic psychopharmacology.

They ‘re not just for butterflies anymore. Riker mounts are those black cardboard shadowbox type specimen display frames that you commonly see wrapped around a Zebra Swallowtail.

The riker mount consists of a shallow cardboard box wrapped in pleasing black leather grained paper with 2 large pins that hold the glass-windowed lid in place, and a piece of poly-fiber batting inside to hold the specimen gently against the glass and provide a light, non-distracting backdrop.

riker mount

This obsidian blade is not really circa 900-1200 BC. I made it myself in 1989. (See volume 01 of Make magazine for an interesting look at the state of flint knapping by Bruce Sterling).

I bought a bunch of the mounts at flea market one time. I didn’t really know what I was going to do with them, but they had that classic, why mess with success design that seems to have changed little in 100 years, and I couldn’t resist them.

From a design standpoint riker mounts are right up there with the parker ball-point pen, and the classic composition book. They have the warmth of something made from all organic materials, glass, paper, metal and cotton, but the the presentation is all business – very official, scientific, and institutional. You can put anything in a riker mount and it lends it instant authority.

riker mount

Make your own rings from coins.

I’ve started a little wall of riker mounted artifacts. I typed out descriptive labels for each object using my old typewriter just to help it feel a little more period-ambiguous. Gratuitous use of the word “circa” in the labels helps turn up the museum vibe a bit. Though the mounts themselves are inexpensive, anything that you put in there suddenly has implied value, since it is being protected and displayed with pride. You could scrape the all the junk from under your sofa cushions, riker mount it, type up “Couch debris, Chicago Hilton. 2005″ and it would suddenly be something that nobody would be able to throw away. Oh, they are also great for mounting your pet stick bug after it passes away.

12 Responses to “Riker mounts”

  1. kaufman Says:

    you’re a genius! I can’t wait to find some of these myself! It seems like i’m always stealing your ideas. thanks again for sharing!

  2. Barbara Says:

    that’s so awesome!!

  3. Steve Says:

    So where did you get the frames?

  4. Steve Says:

    I got them at an antiques and collectibles swap meet in Tacoma, but they are available from lots of science supply houses. Here are some.

  5. Jimm Says:

    The typewritten labels are what turned this from a nice swap meet find into art, IMHO. Brings me back to going through the Harvard Natural Science Museum when I was a wee tot. All they need are a few indistinct smudges and a nice coating of dust.

  6. vladimer kerchenko Says:

    okay, BUT wher’dya gets the PROZAC???


  7. Steve Says:

    Hey there Vlad.

    That blister-pac was a found object, recoverd from a sidewalk in the Freemont neighborhood of Seattle.

    It languished in a pencil cup / debris catcher for a number of years before finding it’s rightfull place within a riker mount.


  8. vladimer kerchenko Says:

    did ya pop one to see what is what like?? i’m curious…. is it like being high?

  9. Steve Says:

    Have you ever seen THX 1138 ?

    I’m pretty sure that it’s like that.

  10. vladimer kerchenko Says:

    kinda like this…. it makes you complacent so you don’t mind being submissive to “the man”

  11. Timothy Says:


    I notice you didn’t mount the 40 tabs of acid you found in the street near your house. Circa 1969.

  12. Steven Says:

    Just noticed how oddly non-symmetrical the placing of the capsule colors are.. Wonder if they are “black market” prozac??

    BTW, I would of never noticed this if I was on prozac.