A young friend of ours from Portland, Zack, stayed at our house for a couple of nights last week. He was in LA doing a photo shoot. Always fascinated with unusual technology, he's now an expert at 360 degree and panoramic digital photography. I was showing him my first dorodango. It's a Japanese art form. You take fine dirt - any kind of dirt - and make a mud ball out of it with your hands. Then you dust the ball with more fine dirt until it is dry to the touch, and then put it in a tight plastic bag in the fridge for several hours. It sweats out moisture onto its surface, which you dust and rub further till the surface is dry. You repeat this process many times until the dorodango is hard and stops sweating out moisture. Then you buff it out with a cloth until it is shiny. A good dorodango will look like it's been glazed and fired in a kiln - but it's nothing more than a ball of dirt. My first dorodango has a bit of shine to it, but I want to perfect my technique.