Stumbled upon this awesome YT channel called Applied Science. Favorite part is the silver vapor deposition on the vinyl record sample, very cool stuff. http://benkrasnow.blogspot.com/
In 1950’s as Freeman Dyson puts it, the Russians had Sputnik existential threat, so if you were a scientist looking for money you had a target market, and subsequently why the Orion Project was born. The Orion project was a Nuclear powered, heavy ship built ‘more like a submarine’, in the words of Dyson. “It […]
The Mini Ductor Venom is the 2016 PTEN Innovative Specialty Tool Award Winner. Elgin, Illinois – August 5, 2016 – Induction Innovations, Inc. today announces that the Mini-Ductor Venom portable induction heater has been selected for a 2016 Innovation Award by PTEN. Venom was selected from 111 product nominations. Evaluated by a panel of judges […]
“When I think about having to just be in the garage all day, its kinda like a peaceful place that I go”, “Find a mechanic who’s willing to talk, and you can learn a lot” True. http://teamcolavita.com/pro-team/_andrea-smith/
Since a Brit won a premier class Moto GP win. Not anymore, Congrats Cal Crutchlow.
This is about as concise a description I have heard on how modern CPU’s and other hardware is produced. The Sound of Atoms Bonding video shows some of these pictures at the single atom level, as well as the accompanied music produced. Some clarification on the CPU manufacturing. Some of this video he is talking […]
Overview: It’s been about a month now since first trail testing the FF-01 and although it is too early to make claims about performance, handling or ride characteristics, it is exciting to know the FF-01 is daily handling the tasks of trail riding. Upgrades during Update #1 were successful and there is no feedback either […]
Enjoy some pure onboard video from Iannone on his Ducati. Notice the movement under braking and as he rolls into the turn towards apex, crazy corner speeds and even crazier amounts of movement from the bike below him. He needs a linkage fork. hehe
It is very difficult to explain in just a few words what my relationship with Yamaha has been in these past seven years. “Many things have changed since that far-off time in 2004, but especially ‘she’, my M1, has changed. At that time she was a poor middle-grid position MotoGP bike, derided by most of […]
A grasp of the psychological mechanism behind taste may not change our sense of what we find beautiful, but it can prevent us from reacting to what we don’t like with simple disbelief. We should know to ask at once what people would have to lack in order to see an object as beautiful and […]
A new channel I can’t get enough of. Essential Craftsman. Essential Craftsman. A reprint from “The American Blacksmith” September 1914 While everyone is familiar with the anvil of today in its high state of development and graceful lines, it is doubtful i very many, even blacksmiths of the present age, would recognize the […]
This one comes from Mike B. Thanks for the great decoration.
Overview: Week 1 was a blast. I had some time at Kettle and some time around the neighborhood but also had my first broken part. The part which broke was intended to be produced out of titanium but at the time it was not ready to ride so I produced an aluminum part in […]
The Vee had made the journey from Ann Arbor Michigan back to Illinois and that’s where things got interesting. After it was decided the cockpit was impossibly tight, the task of creating a new one had to begin. It was decided early that the 4×4 based steel lower frame rails would stay. These rails held the […]
Le Corbusier was a Swiss architect, designer, planner, and all around aesthetics powerhouse best known for pioneering Modernism in architecture. He built the above impractically beautiful building in 1927, yes that ‘vintage’ car in the photograph is in fact period correct. The construction of cars still following the aesthetic ques derived from the mass production manufacturing […]
When she’s wasn’t inventing the compiler, or helping invent computers, she was teaching others. Here you can see how the idea matters almost as much as its method of consumption.
It seems a common phenomenon to be transported back in time, or place based on a song, album, or some other sensory distraction. Unlike a computer, my memory has, with time, blurred this meta data together and it’s in that fog that it would be helpful to have a rough log of the music which captured my attention […]
I may regret this in the future but that depends on how many times this has to be done.
“That’s the historicness of Silverstone” “Something about babies” Keep watching he goes on, or whoever wrote the closed captioning did.
It’s time to build a fixture to test carbon tubing. For this project I am testing a 41mm tube with both bending and torsional loads as well as a combination of both. The purpose of this test is to compare tube layup options as well as bonding and substrates. The fixture will use a 2in […]
A long time coming, the Mini Ductor Venom production build is finally assembled. Fit, function and appearance exceeded many of my expectations and early feedback from users and buyers are thumbs up. It’s always nice when the completion of a project means a new tool for my garage. To learn more about the […]
I still remember the 80’s but its clear to me that the MTB seed wasn’t planted in my life until the 90’s wave of recreational entertainment rolled through my VCR. I’m not sure who started this trend, I like to think its Warren Miller but I imagine people have been and will be watching others do […]
Last time I promised a history of suspension but i’m more interested in the history of bicycle suspension, and even more interested in some modern history. This is not to say i’m skipping or avoiding any particular design, the modern era of cycling has covered about every variety of suspension from telescopic to linkage, to […]
The ubiquity of the telescopic fork is something i’ve always thought to be a curious subject. The absence of linkage forks in OEM applications, outside of BMW, and a few other niche products, is often attributed to their ‘feel’ being very different than telescopic forks. This difference in feel is related to the objective differences in wheel-path […]
This looks nothing like a standing desk, but place it on another desk and it works perfectly, but so would any end table. As an end table I like it too but my intention wasn’t to build furniture but rather to weld and make a standing desk. I had some leftover tubes from the Formula […]
I’ve decided to start using a blog as a means of documenting my progress on a number of personal projects as well as archiving some from the past. In other news, the Mini Ductor Venom is moving into production and with that comes finishing touches. It’s great seeing parts to print, and hard work put […]
Measure twice cut once, in this case I believe we measured 5 times, and cut 6; in the end things came together nicely. The customer needed a fit tube to reinforce a seat post which was also removable. A aluminum tube and 3D printed urethane/nylon ID expanding collet were fitted to the end.