Kevin Wammer

September 4, 2014

Let’s talk about margins »

Physical work remains. Physical stuff has edges, can be “completed,” becomes vessels of wood or pulp or iron into which ideas are made immutable. It’s easy to forget this solidity as we live and make things online. Online has no boundaries and online can be fiddled with indefinitely. We trade solidity for instantaneous and boundless distribution. It’s a pretty good trade.

I could quote the whole thing. Read it!

September 3, 2014

Milk, Salt & Rennett »

Oftentimes there is a belief that paying more for something is bad unless the quantity of the product does up. It goes against what many people think is a “good deal.” This unsustainable belief is terrible for high quality, handmade products that require time and effort to create and eventually forces the quality of such products to go down.

Some months ago I decided to stop buying low quality, mass produced goods and instead focus on products of higher quality. This approach helped me to stop impulse buying and instead ask myself if the thing I want to buy in this particular moment will help or change a part of my life to the better. If the answer is yes, I start doing research to find the product which best suits my needs.

I haven’t done this with food yet but I’m planning to change that.

September 3, 2014

Sounds of the Tanner Goods Workshop

Even though I don’t particularly like leather goods1 (except belts), I’m a fan of hand-made products. This behind-the-scenes video from Tanner Goods showcases every sound created by their machines while crafting a product.

I’m also starting to realize that a lot of those shops are based in Portland.

  1. I have to admit though that I want to get this bowl for my dog. 
August 26, 2014

The bitter truth

In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.

- Anton Ego, Ratatouille

A reminder to stay humble no matter how successful.

August 26, 2014

Welcome back

I somehow keep doing this.

For whatever reason I keep creating a personal website, telling myself I will write stuff regularly but in the end I never do what I planned.

I keep telling myself every single time, that this is it. This time everything will be different. This time I will publish multiple articles per day. But this time never happens. In the past I kept realizing that I was in fact overwhelmed with all the work I had.

However here I am again. Sitting in front of my Mac and typing these letters. I feel that something has changed. I felt an emptiness for a long time. A feeling that something is missing. I need a place where I can share my thoughts without any rules I set up for myself. A place where I have no expectations to meet and can do whatever I want to.

So here I am again.

I spent the last couple of days tinkering with the design, changing the name, setting up everything. I’m happy with how things look and work but will probably keep working on it for some time. I set up a new RSS feed you can subscribe to if you’re interested.

But what will you see on this site? I don’t know yet. Everything I’m interested in is something I keep telling other people when they ask me what this is about. I may find a direction which I like but for now I will write and share things I deem worthy.