Carbon Spicule Sponges
Who here would wipe off their dishes with the cat? TechieInHell, put your hand down. It seems strange to think that we use animals in any other fashion than to eat or wear or build buildings out of or use as a chair… actually, after typing that, it doesn’t seem [...]
Yes, I have a chemical store room. Not my own but at work. Also known as the farting room because it has an awesome fume hood that you can stand near and have all the bad gas taken away. The female in our group was not aware that the six other members used [...]
Yikes, I need a tan.
I decided to buy a watch back around Christmas, however, I didn’t want to just go pick up any old watch. I already had a couple of watches. An interesting Nixon and another from a wedding that I was the MC for. Add to the fact that I’m [...]
The business end of an English Wheel.
The English Wheel is a piece of technology that largely fell out of favour towards the latter half of the 20th century, largely due to the rise of alternate technologies. As manufacturing processes became more available, as a metalwork technique, it fell almost exclusively into the [...]
Not Armatron! But exactly the same with different stickers!
I got curious today while I was astonishingly bored killing time working, and decided to see if I could get my hands on an Armatron, just for nostalgia’s sake. Sadly, I discovered they were remarkably difficult to find. Until, that is, I learned that [...]
Just one of liquid metal's many uses...
“A liquid which becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field.”
According to Wiki, ferrofluids are fluids made up of nanoscale ferromagnetic or ferrimagnetic particles (usually 10 nanometers or less) suspended in a carrier liquid such as water or an organic solvent. They have applications as liquid seals around the spinning drive shaft of hard disk systems, friction reduction on magnetic bearings, adaptive optics for telescopes, cancer detection and heat transfer among others.
Basically, you zap it with magnetic fields and it changes shape. (Now why does that sound familiar?) Continue reading Ferrofluid – They warned us
To make a toaster. You see, any piece of technology — whether it be a $10 toaster or a $1 million supercomputer — can’t be created by one person. It requires a host of materials and expertise that would be impossible for one person to acquire on their own. From ore to iron to steel. From oil to plastic. From 1s and 0s to a useful program. None of us can do this on our own. Continue reading It Takes A Village
The backyard still is technology born of necessity. Proper whiskey was too expensive and often too far away for many people. So, they built a still in their backyard. A little water, corn and sugar along with some time and heat and you had yourself something close to whiskey. Well, at least it [...]
We all enjoy technology. Techie likes his music, CardboardTube uses it to teach, Deartháir packs as much of it into a car as he can, and I try to avoid it. However, for some, it becomes a necessity. Not in the way you or I think e-mail, iPods, or combination printer/scanner/copy machines are [...]
hmmm… not cheese
I love globes and maps. Not any globes. They have to have moving parts (like one of my previous posts) or be unique in some way. My moon globe is one of my most prized possessions because it is so strange. Sit back and let me tell [...]