The Big Think

October 13, 2009

daVinci

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 11:15 pm

A new da Vinci portrait is discovered by finding a faint fingerprint of the master.

Sharpener Finished

Filed under: Woodworking — jasony @ 7:12 pm

Tonight I finished the sharpener I detailed here. It’s not quite as tidy as I would like it to be, but it does the job spectacularly well. I’m finally resharpening chisels that were badly chipped three years ago when a well meaning but inexperienced person tried to use one of them as a paint can opener. The new finish is literally mirror smooth (I can see myself in it!) and I can shave the hairs off my arm.

And, unfortunately, I can cut myself with one of them. When I was done sharpening one had an itch so I absent-mindedly reached down and scratched the outside of my left leg below the knee. Using the chisel. I now have a nice 6″ long cut on the outside of my leg! Stupid. It’s the kind of cut you don’t notice until you look down an hour later and see the thin red line. Good thing my tetanus is up to date.

Woody

Filed under: Maker,Music — jasony @ 12:19 pm

Make a driftwood xylophone. Neat. Now I want to go to the beach.

There Goes My Afternoon

Filed under: Computing,Maker — jasony @ 11:59 am

Google introduces Building Maker, which is nothing short of their attempt to get you to build out their infrastructure for free. And it’ll work, because it’s cool.

I’ve been brushing up on my SketchUp skills lately by designing props that I’ll build for the upcoming show (one fun and large one that’s straightforward and one thats… a challenge). Building Maker helps you build real-world buildings and drop them right into Google Earth.

We’re making the Matrix, a vertex at a time.

Contract

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 10:02 am

Just discovered the Contract FROM America website, where citizens of both parties post their ideas for improving our currently busted system. Some brilliant ideas there, which is encouraging to me (one of my favorites: move tax day to the day before voting day to encourage responsible use of our tax dollars).

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