A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be invited along to tour the Liquid Logic Kayak manufacturing plant. Getting to see up close the techniques that they use to make their boats was really amazing. And then we got to see the testing lab. This kayak was filled with water and dropped […]
With some more time on the milling machine I now have a few more machined parts to assemble the book scanner. Machine screws, shoulder bolts and bearings that were ordered from McMaster-Carr also arrived which facilitated the assembly process.
The Book Scanner project is moving slowly, but moving nonetheless. Pictured below is the lower frame and the beginnings of the collapsible pivot mechanisms. The lower frame is held together with four 5/16-18 bolts and the specialized washers used for assembly of this extrusion. The plate seen in the lower left of the image is […]
Alumi-Porta-Collapsi-Scanner for Books V 0.1 When the tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. So, having some aluminum extrusion laying around looks like a book scanner waiting to happen.
A clean brewery is of primary importance to any successful home brewer. Most of home brewing is the cleaning beforehand and afterwards, so if you like washing the dishes, you will probably make a good home brewer. But, like many other home brewers, I’m always on the lookout to improve the performance of a process […]
On July 8th, Alice and I drove to Florida to stay with my cousin Val and her husband Bob to see the last space shuttle launch. It was a bit of a drive from Asheville but totally worth it. Initially the weather was looking very dicy and there was a 70% chance that the launch […]
Well, it finally stopped raining heavily for a day so I went for a ride up to and on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This photo is from the section between Mount Pisgah and Asheville. To get to the top of Mount Pisgah I took a single lane fire road from the Mills River […]
Mike’s trip to Asheville, NC.
So a lot has been happening here in the last month. So in chronological order here is the scoop. I have started to fix stuff on my motorcycle with the hope that it will warm up around here and I can go for a ride someday soon. As you can see the motorcycle is in […]
Well they can’t throw us out of West Asheville now that we have adopted a dog from some of Alices relatives in Tennesee. Boots is a 13 year old Border Collie mix of some sort and quite spry for her age. She came to us after Alices Great-Aunt passed away in December. Alices Great-Uncle passed […]