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.
Wiring done right.
More wiring done right.
The history of Russian nesting dolls.
All those seams.
That’s a lot of welding.
You see quite few vertical parking places in Japan.
Useful this time of year.
OK, now THIS is a high up selfie.
Why you should have a “no settle” position with patent trolls.
The problem with the Danegeld is that once you start paying it you never get rid of the Dane.
Electric eel fibers could power wearable tech.
Not sure how practical this is.
Who else remembers the toy as a kid?
Building a fairy tree for his daughter.
Would you trust a self driving car in a snowstorm? Good question.
The worst case scenario to me is that the car would not LET you drive in a snowstorm and there was an emergency. Driving in snow is dangerous and risky, but there are times when you have to get someplace regardless of the weather. Not that I’ve ever let a snowstorm stop me from going someplace.
Does transit save energy?
When you answer that question, utilization is the key.
There’s a Tu95 bear for sale on Ebay.
The FAA and the neighbors within a 100 mile radius might have noise issues if you try to fly it out of your local small airport. Would make a great dieselpunk Miyzaki style movie set though and nothing much sends that evil overlord, big and really bad chills out than a Bear.
Gimmicks come gimmicks go. I worked in hardware for years and I saw a lot of seemingly good ideas come and go, many for patching drywall. Of course the problem is that drywall usually has fixes that don’t involve a complicated plastic tool that can get lost. A piece of screen or just a patch cut with a hole saw can do the same job.
MIT has some tech flops for 2015.
In the off season they turn the falls off.
Solidsmack revives it’s CAD model of the week.
This is a big one. Marvin Minsky RIP
Minsky was one of the great pioneers in machine thinking and robotics. One of the greatest thinkers of the 20th Century. 2016 is not looking out to be a great year.
The big boom. For missile defense.
This might seem unbelievable to just about everybody.
I’ve worked in a big physics lab and I find it very believable that nobody marked anything. For some reason physicists and the people running labs never seem to realize that the machine might have to come apart and that you need to know what ties to what when the connection is miles away.
And to finish, a video about making jukeboxes.
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