The best tool box ever

(via Boing Boing) There's a phrase I remember Adam Savage using in one of his talks, about when he worked at Industrial Light and Magic. He was talking about his tool boxes -- which he built and rebuilt and rebuilt to a standard he called "First-order retrievability."  That means, everything in the box is reachable without having to move anything else in the box to get to it.

It sounds incredibly lazy, if you don't spend a lot of time doing something that involves sitting down with lots of tools.  But anyone who has anything that resembles a work station probably realizes that it's an amazing advantage.  And it's the standard I always have in mind when trying to organize my work spaces -- and even my clothes.  I wear a belt that's got what was originally a rifle bullet holder clipped onto it, filled with pens, and attached clips with my keys.  A big part of the reason I wear a blazer every time I leave the house is that it's easier to get at my cell phone from its inside pocket than any of the pockets in my pants.

Savage wrote about his tool box in Wired:

One: I like to work fast. I despise not having the right tool or, worse, knowing I have it but not being able to find it. It’s a pointless delay that wrecks my pace—and mood.

Two: I’m obsessed with the form of a toolbox. The idea of a portable kit that has everything you might need ignites something inside me. It’s like Batman’s utility belt.

He also provided a picture of the tool box.  I am very jealous.