John Kestner

Supermechanical
Austin, TX, USA

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  • "What a misanthrope. Yes, I’d love to walk on the same surfaces I eat and work on. Sure, I want a defacto hallway through the middle of each triangular room. Of course, I’d love to have as many rail-less, unfixed stairs to walk on as I get older. Japan is one of those countries where the building code doesn’t require rails on stairs, and so you see this architectural purity, which is surprising considering their aging population."
    on: Yea or Nay: Would You Want to Live in a House with No Conventional Storeys, But 16 Micro-Levels?
  • "I have that kind of Bosch dishwasher. Red dot or no, I'm frequently opening it mid-cycle. Good that it doesn't spray water everywhere.My SO is adamant about clearing counter space. I don't know why, when we have a sweet digital inline toaster (one long slot) that must be from the 70s, judging by the forest green color. Getting a microwave small enough to fit in a floating cabinet (those undershelf ones are stupidly expensive) once this one dies, putting the toaster and blender away when done. I want to wire outlets into the drawers so they can stay in there, but I suppose the Kitchen of the Future would be to cut slots into the countertop, where a computer can recognize whatever food you shove in it and cook it, or blend it, or both."
    on: Disproving an Industrial Design Professor's Rule: Dishwashers Have Gone Invisible, Why Haven't Toasters?
  • "I can see the coolness of having a window slanted down over the valley, but what functional purpose do the slanted walls on the top serve? Seems like it's aesthetic on the outside, but reduces walkable space in what must already be a small house."
    on: Harry Gesner's Cantilevered House Designs from the 1950s
  • "It looks fairly uncomfortable, which I suppose is one of your points. I like the idea of having an impromptu-conversation stool, though, and perhaps no back or arm rests so you can't settle in strikes the right balance. A Muista (https://www.muistachair.com) would do the job nicely—though I'm getting one as an active alternative to my usual task chair."
    on: Pommel Horse Seating to Encourage Office Chatting, Yea or Nay?
  • "Don't forget the Beto-Whataburger connection, though not as blatant. (The Cruz sign appears to be unofficial, but for non-locals, Hill Country Fare is the super-cheap, practically generic grocery brand.)https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article216168085.html"
    on: Democrats vs. Republicans is Not Blue vs. Red: The Role of Color in U.S. Political Logos
  • "I’m liking the increased discussion of this stuff. It is after all our role  to help fix the problems of plastics just as we have brought them to market. Any current resources on the bioplastics out there? I’d like to get more technical articles diving into specific materials, their manufacturability and sources."
    on: Are Bioplastics Fulfilling All That They Promise?
  • "Presumably you need a separate device because it will have a more accurate color sensor tuned for the task. I would love a device that could match Pantone, that's cheaper and smaller than Pantone's."
    on: A Handheld Font- and Color-Detecting Device, Yea or Nay?
  • "I agree. Kickstarter is a great way to commit yourself early to finishing. You won't be perfect with your first product, so you just have to get the iterations under your belt. It's like an extreme form of sketching."
    on: How to Realize Your Grand Product Ambitions Iteratively
  • "Is this a good idea? While I have a soft spot for designer furniture, seeing Disney regularly get the expiration dates extended never sat well with me, especially since it has made a lot of money off of public domain stories."
    on: UK Finally Gets With the Furniture Design Copyright Times
  • "If those numbers were correct, they'd actually be low for consumer electronics. Generally you can expect a 4x markup from manufacturer to consumer. Apple can get away with less because the Apple Store takes the retailer's cut for many units. But again, that's assuming these numbers were even correct."
    on: Why "How Much Does It Cost to Make an iPhone" Analyses are Misleading to Consumers
  • "“Good design is as little design as possible” - that, this is not. It’s fine to make a statement piece, but less design would be an analog clock with glow-in-the-dark hands."
    on: A See-Through Clock Stripped Down to the Essential Basics
  • "I like the idea of a hearth-like object for homes that don't have one built in, and it's a pretty object. In the spirit of critique, a few comments:- There are reasons that indoor heat sources are not generally in the center of a room. I'd like to see how this would look if you imagined that there was a toddler in the household. If you explored concepts that would be placed along the wall like a typical indoor fireplace, I'd love to understand why you rejected them.- The flat surface, especially if surrounded by chairs, will tempt people to put things on top of it.- I understand needing a power cord, but it's a bummer when you're putting in the center of your living room. Is this heavy enough that when you trip over the cord, it will pull out the plug rather than knock over a hot STOV? How hot does the exterior get, anyway?- The name, at least to this US person, implies that you can cook on it. "
    on: Stay Toasty with Indoor Fire Pit, Stov.
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