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Tuesday, January 23 2018


Didn't know you could buy them with holes in them already.


Monday, January 22 2018

Spinning Clocks

Now, spinning displays:

Sunday, January 21 2018

We Need a Real Life Dexter

Lots more potential serial killers out there:

Saturday, January 20 2018

San Jose Real Estate

I remember a story about flying home each night, being cheaper than living in the Bay Area. I guess there are air taxi's that would make such a feat even more economical.

Thursday, January 18 2018

King of Random Charged

Tuesday, January 16 2018

Funny Company Name

Sunday, January 14 2018

Flex Baskets

I love these things from the orange apron and stock-up whenever I go.

Saturday, January 13 2018

3d Printers

Building cases is one of the reasons I want a 3d printer.

From this page:

Friday, January 12 2018

Circ De Telescopic Loaders

Thursday, January 11 2018

Good Idea

I like this mat with numbered built-in trays to keep track of stuff. Don't know if I'll buy.

Wednesday, January 10 2018

Cheap Smart Phone Trading App

Monday, January 8 2018

Hacking for the Lazy

Saturday, January 6 2018

Chip Identifier/Tester

I heard about these in college 20+ years ago. I might buy one of these, didn’t realize they were inexpensive now.

Monday, January 1 2018

Non-Toxic Pharaoh's Snake

J79 Blade

No room on my desk, but I still want one.

Thursday, December 28 2017


When the bigger roller in the unit wears out, the top of the paper won't align with the top of the scan. Or even worse, it will be a diagonal. Looks like putting electrical tape on the edges of the big roller compensates for this. Although, I used what claimed to be rubber electrical tape on the edges of the big driven wheel. If you put it in the middle, it doesn't seem to help. This was inspired by a video on youtube where someone used electrical tape on the rollers.


Seemed like normal vinyl electrical tape:


Stopped working after it "cooled-off". I give up, I'm buying a roller set off ebay.

Monday, December 18 2017

Proofer/Warmer not Storage

Sunday, December 17 2017

Drilling Small Holes on a Lathe

Friday, December 15 2017

Conduit Idear

I want to use PVC, but mounted in a sturdy fashion. Finally, came across clips which look to be what I want. Now I need to see if you can cut 45 degrees out of a pipe with a table saw, so you can slide the wires in and out.


Looks like those 1/2 clips will not stay on 1/2 pvc. I'll try 3/4 someday.

Wednesday, December 13 2017

More Destructive Scanning Working

Make a book holder like the Pinterest one or circular saw guy below. I used two pieces of wood with dowels connecting them. The wider(2") piece I glued the end of the dowels into and the thinner(1/2") free slides. The wider piece has a notch so I don't hit the clamp with the knife. I put them about a foot apart for large books and magazines. I use Irwin clamps to hold it together in a metal vise. I slice the spine if it is greater than 1" and use 25MM knife to make it more manageable. I secure it with out about 1/8 below the spine and proceed to slice through. Any larger and you will get a wavy spine. Pictures eventually will follow.

Book Vise

Can't get this to work even with a plywood blade.


Break-off Knife:

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