Jun 08

Random links

  • Joel Spolsky “If something seems possible, that’s probably because someone is already doing it. When something seems that it can’t possibly work, nobody tries it. Real innovation happens when someone tries anyway, overlooking an obvious flaw, and finds a way to make an idea work.”
  • Female Patriarchs in Albania – apparently they swear virginity, live as men, and take over the male role as head of the family. Very weird.

Jun 08

Saturday reading

Jun 07

Quick roundup while uploading

Jun 07

Application wanted

Some time ago I read that Bill Clinton (starting in his younger days) would try to meet as many people as possible in a day, and then at night write down the particulars of everyone he met. It would be nice to have some sort of visual web app to do that. It would allow the user to note all of the relevant details about a person, and also visually show his connections to existing contacts, companies and concepts/entities. It can be done manually in Visio, but that’s hardly a workable solution. Does anyone know of any products that do this?

If not, then it goes on the list of stuff to build.

May 07

Random Thursday links

May 07

Worm gears and motors and robot, oh my!

As my mad scientist phase continues, I’ve come across a few cool supply sites (some from Mark)

In other news, I just ordered 3 sets of brass robot gears for ten bucks from E-Bay. They should arrive soon.

May 07

Local cooling

I sit here at four in the morning, listening to Woodie Guthrie trying to restore a database that a client accidentally deleted the day before launch (yay me). And it’s 54 degrees outside. In Georgia, in the middle of May. It seems unnaturally cold lately.

I wonder if there’s a site somewhere that tracks local temperatures and plots, plots a yearly average and indicates if that is lower than average or higher. If not, that would be a cool AdSense supported project…

May 07

A cool idea – an open source community for machines.

May 07

A mad scientist period

For some reason I’m going through a mad scientist phase right now. My current idea is pair a passive solar heater with a Stirling engine and see how much power is actually generated. Hopefully I’ll have time to work on it in a few weeks.

May 07

The tin can Stirling engine

I came across simple plans for a tin can Stirling Engine on the interweb, I think I’m going to build one. I’ve had some thoughts on how to pair one up with a solar chimney that might actually work. I’ll keep everyone posted.