Monday, September 13, 2010
A Moth On Foils
The “Moth” sailboat on foils and a wing sail. What a machine! Read all about it at Foilborne.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Eigenharp - A New Instrument is Born
Probably the most versatile instrument invented in this Century. The Oboe meets the MIDI Computer interface. You are only limited by your imagination.
Manufatcured by Eigenlabs in the UK.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
A Wing, A Prayer And SKILLS… Or Fake?
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Dolphin Play With Bubble Rings
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Trimaran - Flies Center Hull
I love multihull sailing machines - Check out this trimaran as it flies the center hull while towing skiers.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
One Man Band - Tommy Emmanuel
Tommy Emmanuel - an Australian guitar player who plays with passion.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Moto Art - Aviation Parts With a Twist
If you’re looking for a piece of aviation history the guys at Moto Art can deliver.
This company searches the aircraft boneyards preserving bits of aviation history and converting them into interesting furniture and other conversation pieces.
I worked in the aviation industry for 20 years. To me, this is the coolest thing you can do with used aircraft parts. FAA certification is definately NOT required!
The table you see above is made from ailerons off of a C-119 Flying Boxcar. Check out their YouTube video below. These guys have some amazing stuff.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Guitar Player’s Dream
Do you want the sound of a 100 Watt Marshall stack with fuzz and phlanger effects so that you can sound like Jimi Hendrix? Do you what the tube sound of a 1960 Vox AC-15 Amp? Do you want to have a floor full of effect pedals in one device?
If you do check out the Pocket Pod by Line 6. It combines guitar amplifer sound emulations with preset effect gear into one device that you can plug a set of headphones into or plug into your guitar amp. It also has Mac (ugg!) or Windows software and a USB connection to change the presets to what ever you want. Get the sound of the Beatles or Jimi Hendrix in one device.
For a guitar player this device is like a litltle piece of Heaven.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
July 4th, 2005 - Independence Day
Our Nation is 229 years old today. Happy Birthday America.
President Ronald Reagan wrote a great piece in his own hand for Independence Day in 1981. I have included it in it’s entirety below. Reagan reminds us about the vision and sacrifices of our founding fathers calling it the “only true philosophical revolution in all history.”
In the closing remarks he reminds us, “that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.”
I wonder how many politicians believe this today?
What July Fourth Means to Me
By Ronald Reagan
“For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July.
I remember it as a day almost as long-anticipated as Christmas. This was helped along by the appearance in store windows of all kinds of fireworks and colorful posters advertising them with vivid pictures.
No later than the third of July ? sometimes earlier ? Dad would bring home what he felt he could afford to see go up in smoke and flame. We’d count and recount the number of firecrackers, display pieces and other things and go to bed determined to be up with the sun so as to offer the first, thunderous notice of the Fourth of July.
I’m afraid we didn’t give too much thought to the meaning of the day. And, yes, there were tragic accidents to mar it, resulting from careless handling of the fireworks. I’m sure we’re better off today with fireworks largely handled by professionals. Yet there was a thrill never to be forgotten in seeing a tin can blown 30 feet in the air by a giant “cracker” ? giant meaning it was about 4 inches long. But enough of nostalgia.
Somewhere in our growing up we began to be aware of the meaning of days and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth.
There is a legend about the day of our nation’s birth in the little hall in Philadelphia, a day on which debate had raged for hours. The men gathered there were honorable men hard-pressed by a king who had flouted the very laws they were willing to obey. Even so, to sign the Declaration of Independence was such an irretrievable act that the walls resounded with the words “treason, the gallows, the headsman’s axe,” and the issue remained in doubt.
The legend says that at that point a man rose and spoke. He is described as not a young man, but one who had to summon all his energy for an impassioned plea. He cited the grievances that had brought them to this moment and finally, his voice falling, he said, “They may turn every tree into a gallows, every hole into a grave, and yet the words of that parchment can never die. To the mechanic in the workshop, they will speak hope; to the slave in the mines, freedom. Sign that parchment. Sign if the next moment the noose is around your neck, for that parchment will be the textbook of freedom, the Bible of the rights of man forever.”
He fell back exhausted. The 56 delegates, swept up by his eloquence, rushed forward and signed that document destined to be as immortal as a work of man can be. When they turned to thank him for his timely oratory, he was not to be found, nor could any be found who knew who he was or how he had come in or gone out through the locked and guarded doors.
Well, that is the legend. But we do know for certain that 56 men, a little band so unique we have never seen their like since, had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Some gave their lives in the war that followed, most gave their fortunes, and all preserved their sacred honor.
What manner of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists, 11 were merchants and tradesmen, and nine were farmers. They were soft-spoken men of means and education; they were not an unwashed rabble. They had achieved security but valued freedom more. Their stories have not been told nearly enough.
John Hart was driven from the side of his desperately ill wife. For more than a year he lived in the forest and in caves before he returned to find his wife dead, his children vanished, his property destroyed. He died of exhaustion and a broken heart.
Carter Braxton of Virginia lost all his ships, sold his home to pay his debts, and died in rags. And so it was with Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Rutledge, Morris, Livingston and Middleton. Nelson personally urged Washington to fire on his home and destroy it when it became the headquarters for General Cornwallis. Nelson died bankrupt.
But they sired a nation that grew from sea to shining sea. Five million farms, quiet villages, cities that never sleep, 3 million square miles of forest, field, mountain and desert, 227 million people with a pedigree that includes the bloodlines of all the world. In recent years, however, I’ve come to think of that day as more than just the birthday of a nation.
It also commemorates the only true philosophical revolution in all history.
Oh, there have been revolutions before and since ours. But those revolutions simply exchanged one set of rules for another. Ours was a revolution that changed the very concept of government.
Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.
We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.
Happy Fourth of July.”
Ronald Reagan, President of the United States
Monday, May 30, 2005
FREEDOM - MEMORIAL DAY - 2005
“Freedom is one generation away from extinction.” Ronald Reagan
“The tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson
“No Man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.” General Douglas MacArthur
On this Memorial Day let’s not forget those that paid the ultimate price for the freedom that we still enjoy.
Let us never forget their sacrifice.
Sunday, February 27, 2005
The Internet in 2014 - Flash Movie
An amusing Flash movie about the Internet in the year 2014. Microsoft, Google, Tivo, Amazon and the New York Times. If nothing else it’s entertaining.
Hat tip to Brand Autopsy who have more details.
Saturday, February 19, 2005
Microsoft has a parents guide to 133+5p34k (translation; “leetspeak” or “elite speak”), that?s used by teens to communicate on the Internet. So if you want to know what the heck you just read over your teenagers shoulder this is the place to go for a brief overview.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Thermal Conversion Process Converts Waste To Oil And Gas
Imagine if you could take waste products like sewage, tires, plastics, municipal garbage, animal and agricultural waste, and turn it into a light Texas crude oil, natural gas, fertilizer, carbon and sterilized water. Imagine that;
The process supplies it’s own energy and is 85% efficient.
It supplies a renewable source of energy.
It does no harm to the environment and actually solves environmental problems faced by many municipalities and industries .
It is estimated that conversion of agricultural waste could produce four billion barrels of oil a year.
This is a technology that is available right now.
The Thermal Conversion Process (TCP), is a patented process invented by Changing World Technologies. It is based on thermal depolymerization, the same process that the Earth uses to create crude oil.
Changing World Technologies in a joint venture with ConAgra Foods, has formed a new company called, Renewable Environmental Solutions. The processing plant located in Carthage, Missouri, uses TCP to dispose of agricultural waste material. The plant, when running at full capacity will dispose of 200 tons of agricultural waste and produce 500 barrels of oil a day.
Discover Magazine has a good article on the process and the company.
The United States could become energy self sufficient if this technology was applied across the nation. The process takes waste that poses an environmental challenge to dispose of and converts it to energy. To me, this is a win win process all the way around.
I sure hope it doesn’t get ignored.
jkOnTheRun Takes PowerPoint To A New Level With A Tablet PC
JKOTR uses the power of the Tablet OS for an engaging PowerPoint presentation.
“I started annotating the slides to point out the particulars I felt were important, adding notes as we went and drawing attention to points of interest by circling them with the pen.? This turned a static slideshow into an interactive session and I quickly drew the small audience in.”
The power of the Tablet PC turned the presentation into a sale. Good read?.
Sunday, January 23, 2005
RSS Feeds - Stevereno Dot Net
If you have RSS linked to this website in your aggregator you will have to re-fresh the link.