Opposable Thumbs

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

77 episodes of Opposable Thumbs since the first episode, which aired on March 9th, 2017.

  • Episode 61: Summer Road Trip!

    August 5th, 2019  |  10 mins 52 secs
    art, challenge, chicago, creativity, duck duck go, los angeles, making, road trips, summer, warping, wood

    Summer Roadtrip! No guests or challenges this summer but we're well prepared for Back to School this fall! Taylor is headed to the Franconia Sculpture Park iron pouring residency in Minnesota. Rob is breaking his brain while building a vanity. We talk about Duck Duck Go, wood warpage and things going sideways.

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 60: Five Questions

    June 28th, 2019  |  48 mins 1 sec
    art, baking, challenge, chicago, cooking, creativity, eating, gamedev, history, ideation, iron pouring, isometric, learning, los angeles, making, mapeditor, minecraft, new things, practice, questions, sade, sweden, technology, themes, tiled

    Taylor and Rob ask each other five questions.

    And they talk about the end, and maybe return of, artisanal desktop software. Finding and having your community really helps.

    Also a shout out to Vance Maker, Tim Sway and the Reclaimed Audio podcast.

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 59: Liberation

    June 7th, 2019  |  57 mins 46 secs
    adobe illustrator, art, challenge, chicago, chicago river, creativity, design, fair use, fashion, femdom, hannah arendt, los angeles, magnet fishing, making, maps, new models podcast, photography, sumptuary code, the great british baking show, workers cooperatives, zozo

    Liberation is our challenge this episode! Thanks to Erin O'Brien for the challenge! Abigail Glaum-Lathbury is our guest this episode! Chicago in tha house! For nearly a decade Abigail produced a women’s ready to wear collection that showed during New York Market week and sold national ly and internationally. Her recent work takes the form of a counter-practice within the emergent field of critical fashion.

    We learn about Abigail's educational platform and free online pattern library called Genuine Unauthorized Clothing Clone Institute, (Project G.U.C.C.I.). Abigail also shares many great aspects of digital printing on cloth.

    Rob puts liberation on the map or... maybe... the map on liberation?Abigail decouples us from failed business models. Taylor conjures the energies of chance and the rare-earths.

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 58: Hashtag

    May 24th, 2019  |  44 mins 38 secs
    art, challenge, chicago, creativity, dance, dance movement therapy, federico tobon, hashtags, instagram, kickstarter, libra pondo, los angeles, making, rabbit holes, robocop, scifi, tantric sex, the great british baking show, unnamed reverse engineering podcast

    Hashtag is our challenge this episode! Thanks to Federico Tobon for the challenge! We have no guest this episode. Just Taylor and Rob #putting #pound #signs #in #front #of #everything.

    Taylor digs into dance movement therapy! Pretty cool stuff! Good job body!

    Taylor pulls together the topics of USAmerican football to telephones to twitter in a way that no hashtag can.
    Rob applies "social media strategy" to what he makes and it felt pretty meh. But #colorfulfashion IS pretty cool.

    Instagram is weird. Jorge, Deb Chachra, Molly Allis and Erin O'Brien are awesome.

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 57: Balancing Act

    May 10th, 2019  |  58 mins 30 secs
    art, bench dogs, challenge, chicago, chopsaws, creativity, diegetic, dinosaurs, epoxy, figma, github, glue scrapers, glue up, john malecki, kevin kelly, knifemaking, kt boundary, lid, los angeles, making, pot, self publishing, star citizen, vaporware, weed, woodshop, workbenches

    Balancing Act is our challenge this episode! Thanks to Emily Kuehn for the challenge! We have no guest this episode. Just Taylor and Rob left alone with the cavernous echoes of their own thoughts.

    Rob talks about getting duped by an Instagram ad. Maybe. Or maybe he just duped himself. They also talk about the very vaporware-y Star Citizen game and the pitfalls of crowdfunded things. Rob is pretty into the word "diegetic."We also talk about listmaking, productivity, the ever-fascinating KT boundary and the poetry of iPhone file name sequences. Also chop saws, bench dogs and glue scrapers, Figma and GitHub. We also remind ourselves to not dig into our opinions too deeply. Things change.

    Rob get's right to the point. The guilt was too much to bear. Taylor was on the skids but ended up putting the glow up in his glue up!

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 56: Anonymous

    April 26th, 2019  |  55 mins 15 secs
    art, cable television, challenge, chicago, creativity, data, drum machines, facebook, ken nordine, kids, los angeles, making, mark zuckerberg, parenting, star trek, swing, time, unity3d, violin

    Emily Kuehn is our guest this episode! Chicago in tha house!

    We talk about The Black Egg and kid feelings. Taylor's Sledgehammer Keyboard brought Taylor, Emily and Rob all together before so this feels a bit like a reunion... without all that face pain stuff. We also talk about time management for art-making. It pretty much sucks.

    Taylor has a Ken Nordine moment and "puts the mask on now." Emily makes an awesomely weird app. Rob puts a lot of work into ping pong balls.

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 55: Citizen Science

    April 12th, 2019  |  45 mins 50 secs
    akira, art, beastie boys, bosozoku, challenge, chicago, creativity, cultural appropriation, demons, dog poop, esp8266, florida man, frys, godspeed! you black emperor, iot, kt boundary, lil jon, los angeles, magnetic fields, making, marlon james, microcenter, rap, smtp, smtp2go, third bass, white guys

    Citizen Science is our challenge! Thanks to Vanessa Rey and Ariel Lynne for the challenge! We have no guest this episode, except you dear listener! Taylor and Rob wade hip deep into the challenge with their phasers set to stun.

    Rob wonders if his dog is impacted by the earth's magnetic fields. Taylor logs onto the Internet of Sewage Holes.

    They also talk about sewer gas, Bosozoku culture, and try to tease apart differences between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation. And they talk about dinosaur death (yikes!) and the band "Godspeed! You Black Emperor" whose name comes from "The Black Emperors," a Japanese biker gang. Serendipitously, they would also craft a pretty great soundtrack for the destruction of the Earth's atmosphere.

    Also, a shoutout to the Paper Boys Podcast. Check em out! Charlie and James unravel the actual journal papers behind these latest headlines in science news, breaking down complicated topics and calling out misinformation in the media. (http://http://paperboyspodcast.com)

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 54: Chemistry

    March 29th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins
    3dhubs, 99% invisible, analytical chemistry, art, bedo's leatherworks, biochemistry. 3d printing, bioplastic, challenge, chicago, chris reilly, composting, creativity, dd-wrt, diylilcnc, dungeons and dragons, fusion 360, glass, inorganic chemistry, kickstarter, los angeles, makerbot, making, materials science, monarch wellness fair, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, recycling, shapeways, trophies

    Vanessa Rey and Ariel Lynne are our guests this episode! Chicago in tha house!

    We talk about the beauty and fun of bioplastics, product design and the challenges of Kickstarter! We also nerd out about Dungeons and Dragons, 99% Invisible, Bedo's Leatherworks, DD-WRT and the Monarch Wellness Fair. Yep, you've found your people!

    Tayler gets his molecules on track. Vanessa whips up a prize winning prize (we're stoked and humbled!). Ariel is inspired by the 5 branches. Rob has the power!

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 53: Periscope

    March 12th, 2019  |  57 mins 34 secs
    ab dick, arduino, art, bookbinding, bookmaking, challenge, chemistry, chicago, co-op, creativity, demon core, design, dimethylmercury, drill, flipbooks, friendship, graphic design, grasshopper, ichat, karen wetterhahn, letterpress, los angeles, making, making your own clothes, mirages, motorcycle jack, ombré effect, papermaking, prince, printmaking, prints, seawitches, sewing machines, tables, tickling the dragon's tail, vandercook

    Printmaker Amy Leners is our guest this episode! Chicago in tha house! "Periscope" is our challenge! Thanks Ranjit Bhatnagar for the challenge!

    Taylor slices... he dices.... And then he is bitten by a grasshopper.
    Amy makes a book and Taylor and Rob flip for it! Ombré!
    Rob pursues powerlifting for people who sew.

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 52: Camouflage

    February 26th, 2019  |  47 mins 39 secs
    arduino, art, bruce nauman, caa, casting, challenge, chicago, creativity, grafitti, los angeles, making, manhattan, moldmaking, moldmax 60, motor controller, neon, pololu, sharenting, silicone, whale guts, youtube

    No guest this week! Just Rob and Taylor excited to be talking to one another.
    Rob and Taylor dive in on projects!
    Rob jiggles it... just a little bit.
    Taylor puts the imp in imposter.

    Taylor also discovers "sharenting." Yowch. Bruce Nauman is a wacky dude. Roger Corman is too.

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 51: Backwards Safety Dance

    February 13th, 2019  |  43 mins 46 secs
    555, apc, art, atari punk console, attiny, augmented reality glasses, bacon, badge life, bose, breadboarding, challenge, chicago, creativity, electronics, fiberglass, flux, forrest mims, fr4tg130, henry rollins, knolling, leadfree, los angeles, magica voxel, making, oshpark, r kelly, solder paste, soldering, sound, stepped tone generator, surface mount

    No guest this week! Just Rob and Taylor going big and then also going home.

    Rob and Taylor dive in on relational aesthetics, branding and wanting to think the person whose art you like isn't a giant butthole. R. Kelly, Carl Andre and Henry Rollins walk into a bar... Which person's art do choose to like? And then we deep dive into electronics.

    Taylor reaches the melting point!
    Rob conjures triple five soulessness

    Go see Taylor at the Hilton Bar in Manhattan! Whew! That was a lot of talking about electronics!

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 50: Survival

    January 31st, 2019  |  58 mins 24 secs
    art, behind the rind, botany, challenge, cheese, cheesemaking, chicago, creativity, denim, dogs, engineering, getting shocked, lidar, los angeles, making, micah elizabeth scott, mojave, multimeter, plants, podcast, qr code, quinn dunki, raw milk, rennet, reverse engineering, robot apocalypse, serger, sewing machines, sonic boom, survival, tim sway, tshirt, voltage, wargames

    Jen Costillo and Álvaro Prieto of the Unnamed Reverse Engineering Podcast are our guests this episode! Undisclosed Unnamed geographic locations in tha house!

    We dig into the concept of reverse engineering and also the complexities and simplicities of cheesemaking!

    Taylor brings a serger to a #fingergunfight. Taylor is an I. And a very slight A!

    Jen asks us "can you ensure your survival?" Always check the QR code to be totally sure!

    Plants! Humans! Electronics! Alvaro may have created of a new version of rock paper scissors!

    Rob packs his bug out bag and then was totally unprepared for what happened next.

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 49: Iteration

    January 17th, 2019  |  57 mins 27 secs
    art, art projects, bit coin, challenge, chicago, creativity, drum machines, elderberries, electronics, feminist, feminist social practice manifesto, hardcore, iteration, javascript, kefir, kombucha, los angeles, making, motor controller, multiples, papermaking, pcpartpicker, poseymom, punk rock, raspberry pi, seed bank, stepper motors, tr-909, tracks, train, veganism, vegetarianism, water kefir

    Melissa Potter is our guest this episode! Chicago in tha house!

    We talk to Melissa about bad art history books, the radness of papermaking, the earnestness of hardcore kids... and the rad earnestness of papermaker hardcore kids.

    Rob brings the patterns of life and the YouTube-ness of "How To Lyfe" to the Roland TR 909 drum machine.
    Mel also examines iteration through life but through the lens of multiples and the microbiological.
    Taylor takes takes his iteration on a train to... to... Grand Central Station?

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Deb Chachra, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 48: Happy New Year!

    December 30th, 2018  |  20 mins 4 secs
    2fa, andy griffith show, art, beadwork, challenge, chicago, chord breakdowns, clubwear, creativity, fimo, harmony, jewelry, jobs, los angeles, making, midi controllers, opendeck, rave, reply all, silkscreening, stepper motors, tight harmony, toto, yubikey

    Just Rob and Taylor on this episode! Taylor made a thing! And it's gonna take some time to do the things he never had. We also talk about our first jobs, Fimo, the OpenDeck, beadwork and computer security. We'll be back in two weeks with a guest and a challenge.

    Happy New Year everybody! A big shoutout to the 20 guests we had over 2018! Thank you Kelly Martin, Molly Allis, Cedric Tai, Meghann Sottile, Megan Sterling, Rita Blaik, Tim Sway, Charlene McBride, Andy Birkey, Liz from Blitz City DIY, Jarrett Quon, Nigel Poor, Kate Conlon, Matthew Shenoda, Quinn Dunki, Mathew Lippincott, F. Douglas Brown, Debbie Chachra, Michelle Sheng, and Maddie Vaccaro.

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway, Charlene McBride and Deb Chachra! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

    silkscreening, Fimo, jewelry, TOTO, chord breakdowns, harmony, tight harmony, yubikey, 2FA, Reply All, jobs, rave, clubwear, Andy Griffith Show, stepper motors,

  • Episode 47: Make Me Cry

    December 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 2 mins
    acrylic, art, cassette tapes, ceramics, challenge, chicago, cnc, creative, creativity, hachiko, influences, los angeles, making, materials, mdf, mixtape, molding, molds, multiples, nfc tags, nudity, plaster, podcasts, porcelain, process, q lazzarus, qr codes, rhino, spotify

    Madeline Vaccaro is our guest this episode! Chicago in tha house!

    We talk about Maddie's work and the challenge of making multiples. It's so hard to re-make a thing over and over with the same amount of enthusiasm as you had for the first one. We also talk about Hachiko the dog * sniff *. Also, Taylor and Rob are addicted to podcasts.

    Taylor merges the new-schoolness of NFC tags to re-invent a 20th Century past time.

    Need a good cry? Maddie's project has got you covered. If it doesn't make you cry you're probably a replicant.

    Rob refurbs an antique to make a cool gift for a great friend. "They see me knollin... They hatin'..."

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Deb Chachra, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs

  • Episode 46: Paradox

    December 6th, 2018  |  59 mins 31 secs
    3d printing, adobe animate, animation, apps, art, challenge, chicago, coin cell batteries, core77, creativity, ear hustle, fireworks, flipaclip, health, illustration, insight, ipads, javascript, jpl, jumpsu.it, krita, leftovers, los angeles, making, menenists, opentoonz, parenting, screaming cowboy bongo cat, text

    Michelle Sheng is our guest this episode! Ann Arbor in tha house!

    We talk about the NASA InSight landing and the weird fun that comes along with being multihyphenate creator of things.

    Rob takes a swing at animation and gets beaten up by about 5 different animation applications.

    Michelle brings her sketchbook pages to the web and navigates the dark forest of self-identification.

    Taylor rolls with the punches this episode.

    We also talk about jumpsuits, fireworks and the health ramifications of 3D printing. Also, congratulations to Earlonne Woods!

    You can check out our projects at http://projects.opposablepodcast.com

    Props to Blondihacks, Nik Kantar, Walter Kitundu, Federico Tobon, Kelly Martin, Luke Noonan, Mike Tully, Adam Mayer, David Bellhorn, Tim Sway and Charlene McBride! They're our top Patreon supporters! Join 'em at: https://www.patreon.com/opposablethumbs