Great story behind the NASA logo. (I always love the use of “Meatball” as a non-pasta descriptor)

– I’ve really got to try this paper blade in the Dremel thing! (Also: read the comments for some really useful thoughts on the use of abrasive disks to cut non-metallic materials)

– I always like to keep things in perspective -so I loved seeing this post which reduces smartphones as simply a 5th-order elaboration of Maxwell’s Theory, which is the true work of wonder which propels our modern world.

– Apparently there are only 5 things to look for when drawing.

– For those nerds wanting to go deep into a radioactive rabbit hole – here’s a heady analysis of plutonium found in a Soviet-era smoke detector.

– For you zombie apocalypse types: How to make gunpowder from urine.

This experiment reproduces some of the challenge to growing plants on Mars. The best part – you can do it while still here on Earth.

– This Nespresso Capsule Detector caught my eye.

– Never knew that UPS trucks never turn left. Does this apply even in NYC with all its one-way streets?

– Tips for those of you going on international flights but who don’t want to relinquish your personal data at the US border.

– Wow. The founder of Atari also created Chuck E. Cheese! Great article here at Fast Company about the legendary Nolan Bushnell.

– I still have not bought a 3D Printer, but I am always curious about how they are developing. This article is a little dated but still very good.

– Yay Drones! They’ve discovered new ancient earthworks in the Amazon rainforest!


Origin Of Leatherman

– That >||< Button in the elevator is just a placebo? WOW.
– This Instructable on How to check moisture content in wood with only a Multimeter is a really useful hack.
– If you are a fan of Steampunk art, here’s how to build a human heart (via notcot)
– The history of Leatherman is a great small business story   – and I really loved seeing the original Leatherman prototype (pic above) . (via notcot)
Extremely entertaining video on how to machine a cube to be (nearly) perfectly square.
Nice post from the wonderful Hackaday blog asking how today’s engineers match up to yesterday’s.
– Though I don’t really buy the whole “things were better back in the old days” line, this ancient Roman concrete recipe rocks!
– Insane home-made high-capacity capacitorsDo not try this at home (or ANYWHERE)!
– This time of the year reminds me of Hurricane Sandy, so this New York Magazine article is especially haunting.
– iOS 10 has loads of cool stuff.
– As if we need another reason to be wary of email links – if you lose your iPhone beware of scammers posing as Apple who attempt to steal your password.
– Every little bit helps: 101 Small ways you can improve your city (via swissmiss)


I’m spending too much time at the computer(s) doing detailing these days, so no work pix. Oh well. Links it is.


Computer Virus Catalog – a nice site that catalogs history’s computer viruses, along with cute graphics to make it less scary…

How to turn a pencil drawing into a capacitive sensor – who knew? (pencil = graphite = carbon = conductive-ish ….OK)

And a related : Pencil drawn Piano with Arduino.

Kinda related: A Banana Piano

 I LOVE this : The bttn : A stand-alone (and nice lookin) button that can interface with the web. Can’t wait to have a few.

I wish I’d thought of this, but I’ll settle for seeing it: An illuminated swing set at Green Mountain Falls in Colorado.

Funny : Things that don’t need to exist. I especially like the campfire phone battery charger.

Actually… now that I’m looking at it, the battery charger thing is kind-of awesome. I’d leave that off the “Don’t Need to Exist” list and put it on another titled: “Things that probably shouldn’t have to exist according to some pastoral set of ideals, but are pretty cool anyway.” Here’s a better link to it.



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!)



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.