The Big Think

May 15, 2015

Wise Man’s Fear of Heights

Filed under: Current Reading,Mad Science,Maker — jasony @ 8:07 am

Patrick Rothfuss:

“So… yeah. My book has been into space. I’m *so* going to give John Scalzi a hard time about this the next time I see him…

Hold on. It only now occurs to me. Commercial planes don’t fly that high. And I doubt very much that anyone takes novels on rockets due to weight limitations….

That means The Wise Man’s Fear has probably set some sort of weird record. I’d bet a modest amount of money that it might be the first novel in the stratosphere. If not, maybe first hardcover novel. Or.. maybe… First Hardcover Fantasy Novel to Reach Stratosphere Via Balloon?

Does anyone know how to get in touch with Guinness?

You know what? It doesn’t even matter to me. The fact that someone did this with my book is cooler to me than I can express in words. (And when you read that, please consider who is writing it.)”

Read the whole thing

April 9, 2014

Junk Music

Filed under: Mad Science,Music — jasony @ 10:06 am

and here’s the result:

March 4, 2014


Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 8:55 pm

This is total win. I’m going to do this. Might even get a solar panel.

In the Texas summer heat it would probably take fifteen minutes to pay for itself.

March 20, 2013


Filed under: Mad Science,Maker — jasony @ 11:52 am

Printed Machine with Concrete by 3DTOPO – Thingiverse:”This is a printable version of Machine with Concrete. The sculpture is a series of twelve 50:1 worm gears, with each gear reducing 1/50th of the previous gear. With 12 gears, the final gear ratio is a mind boggling 244,140,625,000,000,000,000 : 1 (244.14 quintillion to 1). With the first gear spinning at 200RPM it would take over 2 TRILLION years for a single revolution at the end of the machine, so the final drive shaft can be embedded in concrete or plaster.”

“With just 1 foot-pound input, it would develop 244.14 quintillion foot pounds of torque!!! Of course, no known material could survive that kind or torque without tearing itself to shreds.”

January 22, 2013


Filed under: Hobbies,Mad Science — jasony @ 6:19 pm

A dynamite slingshot shooter.

April 27, 2012

A new home for SketchUp

Filed under: Computing,Mad Science,Woodworking — jasony @ 8:04 am

Official Google SketchUp Blog: A new home for SketchUp: “”

Not too crazy about this news. SketchUp is my tool of choice for 3D woodworking and prop design. I only hope they keep developing it. Love the “free” part, but if it’s part of a business (and not a Google side-project) I don’t know if that’ll continue. I’m definitely not against a for-pay version in the future (businesses have to pay their people after all) but the pre-Google version- which I almost bought- was $700! Hope we don’t go back to that.

April 20, 2012


Filed under: Friends,Humor and Fun,Mad Science — jasony @ 6:50 am

This one goes out to Sean (h/t Scott):

December 15, 2011

Doing the Important Experiments

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 3:49 pm

MAKE | Dropping a Cannonball into a Tub Full of Mercury: “”

(Via .)

Great comments, too.

December 12, 2011

Piano. Catapult. How Could I Resist?

Filed under: Mad Science,Maker,Music — jasony @ 7:34 pm

This Piano Catapult = Poor Range, But Grand Psychological Menace

August 22, 2011

Fire Away

Filed under: Mad Science,Science — jasony @ 10:00 am

May 5, 2011

Brain Music

Filed under: Mad Science,Maker,Music — jasony @ 11:22 pm

Cool experiment by Colin Cunningham.

April 24, 2011

Engineering Hopes and Dreams

Filed under: Mad Science,Science,Technology — jasony @ 5:38 pm

Love it!

March 8, 2011

The Arduino is Here!

Filed under: Business,Mad Science,Music — jasony @ 5:57 pm

The Arduino kit just arrived! I haven’t opened it up yet, though. A combination of a mild migraine and a lot of phone conversations has kept me on the couch all day. Between talking about music, making math-related inquiries, and possibly doing a fun new Mad Science project, it’s been an eventful day.

March 6, 2011

Jet Engine Redux

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 2:55 pm

Sean and Jason’s Mad Science Experiment #5: Miniature Jam Jar Jet Engine. All that violence sure looks pretty in the dark.

March 4, 2011

Mad Science

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 5:24 pm

Today’s Mad Science project: Sean and I build a Jam Jar Jet engine. And manage not to blow ourselves up. Cool little project.

September 30, 2010

Just a Little Project with the Kids

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 9:12 am

Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

June 18, 2010

The Coke and Mentos Powered Car

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 4:26 pm

Hey Sean, getting any ideas?

Uh oh, what about Trebuchets?

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 9:32 am

Bad news: Sean’s homeowner policy won’t cover hovercraft any more.

May 20, 2010

From the Department of Nothing-Can-Possibly-Go-Wrong

Filed under: Mad Science,Science — jasony @ 8:46 pm

Scientists create first self-replicating synthetic life.

April 18, 2010

The Wheel of Death

Filed under: Mad Science,Movies — jasony @ 8:03 pm

Great SCOTT! You ain’t kidding.

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