Friday, May 24, 2013
Recent visitors to Ada’s may gave spotted our new paper model modern home kits designed by friend of the store Darryl Hicks. We were so taken with these simple yet beautifully detailed models we wanted to share a little of the background and design philosophy behind these and forthcoming model homes.
Darryl started building models when he was five years old and from that early age he knew he wanted to be an architect. When he was in high school he thought it would be fun to build models of the modern buildings he was learning about but school took up too much of his time to design these models especially as he prepared for attending the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Unfortunately, just as he graduated from collage the recession hit so with no money or job prospects he decided to return to his childhood love of paper models. His model houses would combine the art of miniature design with the architectural skills he learned in collage. He wanted to create the kind of kits he wanted to build as a kid, not the typical ranch or barn paper houses. All kits are original designs that give the builder the experience of following a construction plan while giving each home your own personal touch with artistic interior decorating decisions. Many architects never get to see their ideas realized. Darryl considers himself lucky to share his designs with the world, albeit at 1/4″ scale.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Walls are going up and the new section of Ada’s is starting to take shape. Every week that I visit, there is a noticeable change. It’s a really exciting time right now at the new store.
A place for storefront windows.
Walls are up in the Community Room.
A new front door.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
If you live in our neighborhood, you may have noticed that things are starting to move at our new location on 15th. We couldn’t be more excited! It’s so great watching things take shape.
In the backyard of the property, we are adding on to the existing structure to make it even larger and a better fit for our bookstore and soon-to-be cafe. So right now, most of the action is taking place in the backyard as we construct a completely new part of the structure. Have a look!
Concrete was poured in late March.
Here is the beginning of a new floor over the old backyard space.
In preparation for the new addition, the back part of the existing structure has been cut away.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
As an avid reader of history I love it when the author captures the period and really brings the subject to life. Whether you enjoy history as much as I do or are just looking for a great yarn to pass the gloomy Seattle spring these titles are worthy of your attention.
5- The Alchemy of Air by Thomas Hagar
Hagar does an excellent job of telling the story of how the quest to end world hunger led to the development of the Nazi war machine. An amazing tale of the unintended consequences of science.
4- Emperor of Scent by Chandler Burr
Though he is simultaneously intriguing and annoying, Luca Turin’s theory of how we smell could change be revolutionary if anyone would bother to listen to him. A fascinating look at the modern business of fragrance and the politics of scientific discovery.
3- Empires of Light by Jill Jones
A comprehensive look at the War of the Currents between Tesla and Edison and how electricity changed American culture almost overnight.
2- Ghost Map by Steven Johnson
A fascinating look at the 1854 cholera outbreak that changed the way we viewed disease and revolutionized public sanitation. We also explore the origins of data mapping and statistical analysis that are still used today.
1- Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
An ionic work that truly brings turn of the century Chicago to life. Larson weaves a story of mass murder and depravity along with the origins of the technological marvel of the 1893 World’s Fair. The author masterfully depicts humanity reaching for the future while haunted by our crudist impulses.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Lichtenburg figures are branching patterns that are created in insulating materials by high voltage electrical discharges. The first Lichtenburg figures were two dimensional pattern formed in dust that settled on electrically-charged resin plates in the laboratory of their discoverer, physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenburg. The principles involved in the creation of these figures are fundamental to the operation of modern copy machines and laser printers. We offer these fascinating sculptures made of polished acrylic in a variety of shapes.
Friday, March 8, 2013
The kitchen is more like a laboratory than most people realize and we feel it’s time to bring that sense of invention and discovery into the meals we make everyday. Cooking isn’t a chore, it’s an experiment or a puzzle to solve where the reward is a delicious meal you can duplicate any time! After all, if you like to eat you need to know how to cook.
Cooking for Geeks by Jeff Potter – If your ready to move beyond ramen in a fun and nerdy way this is the book for you. Cooking for Geeks inspires you to be inventive in the kitchen and stirs curiosity about food.
What Einstein Told His Cook by Robert Wolke - A fascinating collection of questions about food and cooking answered clearly and precisely. If you’ve wondered why sugar is in so many prepared foods or what makes Sherry different from other wines this book is worth a look.
On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee – This book pioneered the transition of technical food science to cook friendly kitchen experimentation. A comprehensive compendium of information about ingredients and cooking methods.
Molecular Gastronomy by Herve This – This, a physical chemist, debunks a variety of time honored rules of cooking while discussing the physiology of flavor and the brain’s perception of tastes.
The Science of Ice Cream by Chis Clarke - A brief history on ice cream is followed by experiments for making it at home or in a school laboratory. Clark also examines the link between microscopic and macroscopic properties and how they relate to the texture of food.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
We’re starting something new here at Ada’s! When you sign up for Ada’s mailing list, not only will you be up to date with everything going on at Ada’s, you will receive $5 off any online order over $20 for the lifetime that you are on our list. Why, you ask? Just because we like you! And we love that you like us!
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Thursday, February 21, 2013
With everyone and their grandmother enjoying videogames its never been an better time to explore the amazing new art of videogame design. Whether you’re an experimenting amature or you have aspirations of a career in game design here are some insightful and informative titles to get you started.
Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal
In her critacally acclaimed book McGonigal explores why people play games at all and how to apply the stimulation of games to our daily lives. This book is full of examples of how to make the your least favorite tasks more engaging.
Extra Lives: Why Videogames Matter by Tom Bissell
Bissell intricately captures his own experiences playing games and how these experiences have enriched him and allowed him to have “extra lives.” It is a intimate memoir and a thoughtful criticism of the exciting new art form of videogames.
iPhone Game Development by Chris Craft
The iPhone app store has become the perfect training ground for new and up-and-coming game designers. This clearly organized step-by-step guide will take you through the basics of app design through complex online games. Everything you need to build the next Word With Friends!
Thursday, February 7, 2013
While visiting Ada’s you may have noticed our selection of lock picks, practice locks, and lock picking guides and thought to yourself, “isn’t that illegal?” Well rest assured that lock piking is perfectly legal as long as you own the lock being picked. It’s actually become a rather popular hobby in Seattle recently, especially among the hacker and maker communities. Though some people do seek out increasingly difficult locks most people just get a lock or two and treat it like any other casual puzzle to solve, something to unwind with or to focus on during problem solving. Ada’s occasionally hosts lock picking classes taught by The College of Lock Picking. Unfortunately, we host them infrequently due to the nomadic nature of the College so if you’re interested in attending a lock picking class make sure you’re on our mailing list to be the first to know. For more information about the College of Lock Picking visit their website at http://collegeoflockpicking.com/
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Mario Hewardt, author of “Advanced Windows Debugging” and “Advanced .NET Debugging,” is this month’s author of the month. We are extremely lucky to have so many amazing, local, technical authors here in Seattle, and Mario is no exception.
He will be giving us an “Introduction to Advanced Debugging.” This talk is perfect for anyone that has to do any sort of debugging… yes, I’m talking to you! I used to be one of you, so I know how it goes. Debugging can be one of the most time draining tasks for any software engineer. This talk should be super interesting and a great time to ask some questions.
Are you coming? Let us know (and tell other people about it too) on Facebook and Google+!