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I want to go here  : The Glacier Skywalk at  Canada’s Jasper National Park

These allen keys are pretty cool – shaped like keys – but what I really want to see is this : double ended allen keys that have metric & inch sizes on the two ends. So you always have the right size and never try the gamble of using the wrong type (thus stripping it)

I wish I could see this show:  Nowhere & Everywhere at the Same Time #2   – William Forsythe’s market space filled with hundreds of swinging pendulums. Too bad its in Brighton, England.

Nice video of Adam Savage fabricating a quick-access Leatherman holster from some aluminum sheet metal. Nice thing is – it was a remake of something he made long ago, and its kind of sweet to see him going through the same design process as the rest of us – trial & error / running into unexpected problems & finding quick solutions. The final result isn’t what he wanted either – as it often the case for all of us who try to make.

Wanna make something cool out of wood but don’t have anything to measure with: Here’s everything you need in one fancy box : Lee Valley’s Veritas Marking & Measuring Kit. So nicely organized and clean looking….  ( It would surely all end up dirty & scattered among many bags & drawers in no time if it were mine!)

 

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View from Jobsite – Midtown Manhattan

Video of a carpenter with no hands – he does all the work using only his feet. I love watching him use the grinder to sand the wood.

Volvo’s inflatable child seat concept  for cars – the deflated unit folds into its own backpack. Awesome… don’t know if they will actually sell them or if its just a proof of concept thing.

Early Jim Henson video of a robot – for an AT&T ad.

An awesome chandelier with glowing pickles hooked up to high voltage! While you’re at it you should check out the webpage of the folks who did this – Bompas & Parr. They seem to specialize in event planning & installations with food. Think Neon & Jello. Their images are gorgeous – and they have put together some incredible events/projects etc.

Photographers document NYC locations 10 years apart. Fom 2nd Ave Deli to a Chase bank. Alas.

Copper Wire Recycling

Found this great page over at Notcot with tons of truly beautiful photographs of a Russian foundry recycling old copper into beautiful, new spools of copper. Fantastic photos with descriptions  – my favorite is when the photographer notes that he melted a tripod while photographing the casting of metal blanks!  Also its interesting to see the second stage of refinement where all the metal blanks are hung in a giant electrolysis bath which separates the pure copper from impurities. (the page is written in Russian but my links are filtered through Google Translate)

Synergy – One Mouse to Rule Them ALL

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A LOT of my time these days is spent at the computer. I’ve got 2 computers I use side by side – a Macbook Pro and my new Dell desktop. Up until now had to use 2 different mice/keyboards for them which can get very frustrating. I’ve always wanted a “ONE Mouse (and keyboard)” solution. I tried some of the KVM cables that can connect peripherals from 2 computers together but I’ve found them a little buggy (slow to switch, and sometimes I get problems restarting my PC without the keyboard USB switched the correct way first).

Just the other day I was procrastinating and searching on the internet for a simpler solution – I was actually looking for a simple USB switcher – thinking that since the KVM switchers handle audio & video maybe a USB-only fix might work better.

But I found an even better way to fix the problem. SYNERGY. Its a software solution, and so far (I’ve used it for 3 days now) it is AWESOME. Since the keyboard and mouse are connected to the Dell, my PC is the “server” and the Mac is the “client”. If I’m working on my PC and I want to send off a quick email, all I have to do is move my mouse to the right and it appears on the screen of my Mac. Since the keyboard switches with the mouse, I can use my PC keyboard to type up a quick email, send it, and – with a leftward swipe of my mouse – I’m back in PC land.

So far the only issue I have is the control keys don’t work on the mac (command, option, control) – But I think I can fix that if I put some time into it – it looks like Synergy has some utilities to address that. It probably doesn’t help that I use a mac keyboard on the Dell (I just like the feel of an Apple keyboard) and I’ve had to remap some of the control settings so it works on the PC (using Sharpkeys).

I keep expecting some huge problem to crop up, but so far it is fantastic. Thanks SYNERGY!

 

 

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Good example of quick & dirty problem solving : Video of a restaurant fella Peeling apples with a cordless drill.

Funny Unhappy Hipsters blog. Helps put all that contemporary design and architecture into a more human frame of reference.

Cool Candle that melts into a whole new candle.

I like this new Night Light concept – LEDs built into receptacle coverplate : SnapRays Guidelight kickstarter page.

Thanks Andrew over at Nine Stories Furniture for posting a few pix of my recent site work (which he has been of great help with)

Love this Tool Snob Review of a rather alarming multi-tool marketed to truckers. He compares it to something you’d see wielded in The Road Warrior.

Spax fasteners. Love them – look at all the little tooths on the screws.

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For some reason I started this post months ago but didn’t post it. Here it is

Learning from the future’s mistakes : Important project management lessons we can learn from Sci-Fi Movies

Plastic cars do it faster : Air Powered Lego Hot Rod

Why Sci-Fi writer Charles Stross wants Bitcoin to die in a fire

Where all the cool staircases hang out :  Stair Porn

Unrelated to work but interesting all the same : Police Mugshots from the 1920s

One of the tool review blogs I’ve found : Tool Snob

FrankenDrill

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I’ve had this weird drill bit banging around my tool bags for years now – still in the original packaging. It’s the Frankenstein monster of the drill bits – more like a roughing mill that you can use to remove material in tight spots. Bought it because it looked useful but I guess I kept forgetting about it until recently. I’m installing some 1/4″ stainless counters in an apartment – and at each seam I attach a 1/4-20 bolt into nuts welded to the underside of the metal. Sometimes locating the holes accurately can be a little finicky and I need to slightly adjust the hole without moving the heavy metal plate above. So this handy FrankenDrill is actually the perfect tool – and luckily I had it on hand and remembered to use it!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Mill

It’s been waaaaay too long. After 3 years or so of having my Bridgeport mill, I’ve so far been unable to properly lubricate the ways. Partially this is because I did not have the proper lubricants and partially because the operation requires a rather unique tool – an oil pump that fits onto the “Zerk” fittings on the bridgeport. Luckily I found a Bridgeport Mill Lubrication Kit on Ebay which comes with all the proper oils for the different areas of the mill. Once I had that I did a quick conversion of a grease gun to an old oil gun that had been lying around my shop (I probably bought it years ago at a yard sale when I still had my GMC).

What a great satisfaction I felt watching the black guck ooze from out of the ways as the shiny golden oil was pumped in!