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A Day of Deconstruction


Exploding PodCast bead video still

1 – I’ll be posting a short video tutorial today on our Exploding PodCast Set this afternoon (I think it is nice and clear). Sorry I didn’t get it finished yesterday, but I have to record a separate audio track, as it turns out. The construction projects around our building this week are too intense.

For those of you new to the project, please consider watching at least the short video from yesterday’s post, so you can see why we began making PodCast Beads, and what a Deconstruction looks like (not scary).

2 – From 5-6 pm ( EDT/Boston time) this evening, I’ll be doing a live Deconstruction demo and taking questions on Facebook. Join us if you can with your questions, or watch later – it will save to the page. I’ll copy the video over here on the Blog if it’s possible.

One of the things that we study on the science team is noise-driven coherence, or the capture and use of the energy of mildly chaotic moments. There is a special circumstance in chaos in which things, people or materials are in a state of hum, suddenly available for new thoughts or configurations.

In that moment, many people have questions of a common theme. If those questions are productive, answers (and better questions) come collectively. And they especially love coming to me, so thank you all for helping drive the engine that has brought such clarity to me at the close of our Pattern Book project.

Coherence of questions around a common, unifying theme is just about the strongest thing humans can do. It got us into space and to the bottom of the ocean and it has surely shone a light into the heart of our goals when we started CGB.

One of the changes for the project (and the reason I’ve just let the paper books run out of print) is that we are now going to have one unified BASICS section for all of the books. And it will still be free, online, to everyone.

Books 1 and 2 will be reprinted this way, and also will be updated with new, easy bangle and neckpiece starts from Spines.

See you at the end of the day, and all of you on the CGB Team who can, please join us as well.

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

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