At Fast Forward Labs we’re thoughtful about the kind of work space we want to spend our time in. We decided that we preferred a shared large table instead of individual desks, to make it easier to collaborate and offer the flexibility to spread out when necessary, and to allow space for other people to drop in and work with us.

We also love to build things, and find an hour of working with our hands to be a welcome respite from hours of math, programming, reading, and writing, so we decided to build it ourselves!

Our table construction project was designed and led by Micha, and it came out beautifully. The photos here document the design and build process.

This is the table I do work on now, though right now I am in the back on the picnic one.
I’m helping Par make a website invitation for a 90s themed bachelorette party.

I’m helping Par make a website invitation for a 90s themed bachelorette party.

The stories we need to tell ourselves. The humanity of not challenging someone else’s.

Jame’s Turrell’s Rodan Crater

Dr. John Kitchin quit a medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego’s Pacific Beach. He calls himself “Slomo.”

How To Dress Well last night.

Par and I’s accommodations in Austin.



3D web browser by James McCrae designed for the Oculus Rift uses customized HTML to help create 3D web spaces. A VR headset isn’t necessary to use it, but the video embedded below is in dual-screen VR mode:

A personal project for learning programming for the Oculus Rift - a 3D VR internet browser which I called FireBox (webpages are represented as boxy rooms - get it?). A spatial walk through the internet, inspired by reading Snow Crash. The analogy here is that webpages are rooms and links connect rooms as doorways. Pictures embedded in the webpages hang on the room’s walls. The environment is dynamically generated, based on order of navigation using a portal-based system. Ideally, the experience would be collaborative and multiple people could navigate the virtual space together.

More recently, pages with special FireBoxRoom HTML tags can show enhanced 3D content (this is still a work in progress, but serves as a proof of concept). I have created some interesting VR interface “widgets” to allow for interactive editing and creation of these “FireBoxRooms”. I have also added some “site translators” which take the content and known structure of existing sites, and generate FireBoxRooms from this data which spatially arrange the content in a meaningful manner.

The software is constantly in development, so more impressive features are to come. Whilst I don’t see this as a complete browser replacement, the creative possibilities here are impressive.

You can find out more (and download the latest versions for Windows and Linux) here