Tech Stuff 1

This is a sort of search and discover newsletter of my findings of things that may relate to technology in one way or another.  It might be the latest gosh wow tech, it might be something as old of humanity.  It might relate to science large or small.  It might be art for art’s sake.  Or somebody just doing something funky. Because I think that technology is just the representation of human creativity and breaking boundaries.  So I’m certainly not going to place boundaries here except that it won’t be the same old, same old.  So almost no gadgets or yacking about the latest phone or whatever, unless of course it involves taking them apart or destroying them in unusual ways.  Or putting them to work in imaginative ways that most people won’t even think of.  So buckle up, it’s going to be a fun ride.

This is going an ongoing series of random posts about technology news and other stuff that doesn’t merit a full post, but I would like to post anyway.

Carbon Fibre springs put to work for railroads and transit.

http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20151222/NEWS/151229950/carbon-fiber-goes-to-work-on-the-railroad

If Kawasaki’s smart, they will give ten sets to the NY Transit for subway cars, five for the A division and five for the B division and run them for a year or so.  If the trucks stand up to that then they will stand up to anything.

The latest in ICP MS

http://www.spectroscopyonline.com/analysis-state-art-icp-ms?topic=129

They wouldn’t let me work on those.

This looks like a wonderful exhibition at Mystic Seaport.

Ships, Clocks & Stars

I will do a full post if I can get up there.

Happy 100th birthday R train.

http://www.heyridge.com/2016/01/crappy-100th-birthday-bay-ridge-subway/

I’ve always wondered about that line.

Particle Accelerators getting smaller?
http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/73069/bella-incredible-shrinking-particle-accelerator-ready-its-close

How they make the energy work is going to be interesting.

The VFX reel from The Force Awakens shows how they  did it.

http://io9.gizmodo.com/vfx-reel-shows-just-how-they-created-some-of-the-force-1752832430?utm_campaign=socialflow_gizmodo_facebook&utm_source=gizmodo_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

Hobbies make you happier.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jan/11/hobbies-happier-gardening-bird-watching-stroking-cat?CMP=fb_gu

There’s something to be said for having a passion to keep you focused and sane.

The scenic ride that’s long gone and forgotten.

The Greatest American Train Journey that Time Forgot

Sometimes you run into the ruins of the shattered dreams and wonder what it was all about.

How Funko conquered the toy world.

http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/73886/maximum-cute-how-funko-conquered-toy-world

Cute always wins.

How Hercules cleaned up the stable.

http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/Herakles/stables.html

Yes he got paid for it. He had to pay for the backhoe and the operator or the job wasn’t going to get done.

Teaching kids business by making Lego parts.

These LEGO Aftermarket Mods Will Make Everything More Awesome

This has so many levels of awesome I don’t know where to start.  Read the post.

Looking over a designer’s shoulder is always fun.

Industrial Designer Spencer Nugent Gives a Behind the Scenes Tour of His Design Sketching Studio

Force 1, the real American Sports car.

http://www.motortrend.com/news/force-1-billed-as-american-sports-car-with-no-excuses-in-detroit/

One thing that we are going to see more of is very small manufacturers making stuff that’s not constrained by the rules the big guys have to live with.

Use GMO.  Bring back the American Chestnut.  This is a good thing.

https://theconversation.com/new-genetically-engineered-american-chestnut-will-help-restore-the-decimated-iconic-tree-52191

Why modern cars are safer.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/videos/a27604/learn-all-about-the-physics-of-a-car-crash-in-18/

But not this car.

http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/classic-cars/a27946/isetta-corvair-hybrid-for-sale/

Laser driven bubble nanoparticles.  What part of this doesn’t sound cool.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/nanotechnology/laserdriven-bubble-pen-patterns-nanoparticles-with-vapor.

Breaking Airplanes to make sure that they don’t break in the air.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/g2428/7-airplane-wing-stress-tests/

If Paris was a set.

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