“Maker Frontiers” for 2021

Ready Or Not… It’s almost here.  2021 looms. With a little free time on holiday weekends, it’s useful to turn off most of the hype-crazy mainstream media.  Instead, try doing a “personal performance audit.”  Designed to answer key questions.  Like? “Did I have a Plan this year?” In the unlikely event you did, “Did you …

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Small Shops, Large Shops

How BIG is Enough? Did I ever show you my electronics bench?  Total Train Wreck:  (Fully functional, just looks like hell…) It’s ALL there.  Desoldering machine, microscope for SMT parts, even a spetroscope for LED color checking.  Thing is, I never get around to keeping it clean and organized.  Project overlap.  Phones ring.  Martini time …

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Shop to It: Tool Slut Sunday

The Best (& Worst) Boss is? US! One of the treasures of being raised in a “firefighter family” is that everyone “worked on the off-shift.”  Sure, a lot of union jobs in the 50’s and 60’s were paying  enough that one person working in a household could “get by.” But fire, police, and other first …

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Ham Radio Super Antenna – Plans, Build, Results

A Convenience Store Based Antenna Ham radio operators world-wide would love an antenna that is cheap, easily built out of locally available parts – and outperforms both standard dipole antennas and other commonly-built wires.  Well, here it is…. After almost a year of modeling our ideas for a “Super Antenna” the design was locked.  It …

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4Makers: Ultra-Make Site, Cardboard Art, Design Axioms

Odds of me getting the major speed increase, CMS platform change –  on UrbanSurvival done this weekend?  Zero. Reason?  Competing priorities which (frankly) are more fun. This morning we have three “topics from the heart.”  All centered around that which we do that makes us human.  Other than crows (and a few other animals) humans …

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Sunday Coffee in the Shop

Many items on the agenda this morning. Not the least of which is the… Fires Still Raging Our condolences and support to families in California and Oregon who have lost homes and valuable personal effects in the raging wildfires out west.  Talking to friends up in the Seattle area, it’s much the same story up …

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WIGO: Depression Onset

WIGO?  What Is Going On.  And this morning the answer is “Oh, nothing much – just Joe Biden’s Depression getting organized. No – not a political assessment – just what our charts over on the Peoplenomics side of the house are hinting at.  Let me run it down for you and you will catch on very quickly. First:  …

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