“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.)”
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.”
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.
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.