Yes, I know it doesn’t sound all that great but it’s made of Legos!
For most of my life I was not aware that I possess the Must-Take-Stuff-Apart-To-See-How-It-Works gene but for a number of years now I have had a burning curiosity to see what was inside my steam iron. I finally got the opportunity when it stopped working two or three weeks ago. I immediately wanted to take it apart but I don’t have a lot of experience with that sort of thing and didn’t see any obvious screws or nuts holding it together and didn’t know where to start. So I saved it for Number One Son and I watched and took pictures while he took it apart.
The cover with all the heat settings listed on it was easier to pop off than I had expected and I was a little embarrassed that I hadn’t tried that. Quite silly but I was afraid of breaking that which I was planning to break.
Here are all the pieces. (Oops, forgot to move the salt and pepper. I moved them after taking this picture but this was the best picture of this stage of disassembly. And yes, that is a half eaten cookie on the left in these first two pictures.) That sort of bronze colored thing is the water reservoir. I think it’s actually made of aluminum.
Here it is with the water reservoir removed.
And finally, the very bottom piece with almost everything else removed.
Well, that was fun. Seriously, it really was fun. By the way, my new steam iron is the same brand and is almost exactly like the old one.
Yesterday I went searching for retro future images and here’s some of what I found.
Posts tagged “retro future” on Tumblr – Nice. I need to have a look at the Tumblrs these came from. I like the train; more steampunk than retro future but I like it. It’s from Steampunk Tendencies, which has a lot of even more awesome images.
To the Stars – a great collection of images in a 2007 blog post.
Retro Sci-Fi art – This is part 6. Links to 1 thru 4 at the bottom. Great images. The Western Electric ad is hilarious.
Retropolis – Ooooo! Stuff to buy! Really cool stuff. A bit on the spendy side though. I thought about getting one of the calendars but they cost twice as much as I usually spend for a calendar. One (or two) of the t-shirts though… that’s temptation I might not be able to resist. They’re a little more expensive than most but not totally out of line.
I really really wanted one but then I saw the price.
One of my favorite Facebook pages is Amazing Things In the World. It features all kinds of wonderful photos from the weird to the heartwarming to the simply beautiful. And now there is an Amazing Things In the World blog. Only one post there so far but I’m hoping there will be many more.
Unfortunately many of the comments on the Facebook page are rude or cynical. People who don’t enjoy beautiful things should just stay away from beautiful web pages.
This is my son’s and daughter-in-law’s dog. She’s just a big friendly “puppy”.
He who sent this to me may identify himself in the comments if he cares to but I can vouch for this being 100% true because I know him and he does clever, geeky stuff like this all the time.
Around lunchtime at work today, I noticed I had brought a can of chili, a
spoon, a can opener… but not a bowl. Only container I could find was the
can itself, which of course can’t be put in the microwave. If only I had
something that could make things hot… seems like I have a machine that
could do that at work…
…so without further stalling, I give you … LASER CHILI.
Open a can of your favorite, be it Hormel, Cambells, or Wolf. Add
seasonings to taste.
Place opened can on flat surface on cutting table – 3/8″ Cold Reduced
works great, but stainless or aluminum will serve just as well, so long as
you aren’t trying to balance the can on the rails.
Backfill laser tubes with 5% Carbon Dioxide, 40% Nitrogen, and 55% helium.
If using a FANUC laser, this should happen automatically. Warm up high
Write program to turn the laser on at 2000 watts, move Z axis to -1.5″,
and move in a 1″ circle for one minute.
Load program into memory, use Manual Pulse Generator (handwheel) to move
head over the center of the can. Enter X and Y position in program. Push
The Big Green Button.
In a minute and a half, enjoy your meal. Feeds one forgetful laser operator.
He adds, “…you have to turn the assist gas off or you will make a mess.” I can only imagine.
Nearly four minutes of cute:
This is “Number One Son”, (a.k.a. Hippie (he used to have long hair)) of whom I write so often. Obviously that’s the only reason I’m showing you a video about a muffler but with my tiny but diverse readership it’s not inconceivable that one or two of you might find it interesting or even useful. (Audio is missing from part of the video, only about a minute or so)
Immediately after I wrote the last post I thought, “All I really want from the future is to live to be at least 150 and be healthy, weigh what I weighed when I was 30 and never have any more wrinkles than I have right now.” And of course for all my family to be there with me to enjoy it. That’s the main thing but then I thought of some other things that might be nice…
What about those thin, flexible, paper-like displays like we saw in Firefly? Then we could have an e-book reader that looked and felt like a real book with pages you could turn but what was on the pages could change so you could have a gazillion books in one.
A small, lightweight, affordable, super battery that could power cars, our houses, everything, and last at least as long as the average watch battery. It wouldn’t have to be as small as a watch battery of course; maybe the size of a lantern battery or, to power cars and houses, I guess something the size of one car battery wouldn’t be bad at all.
Star Trek style medicine. Just lay on a bed and the computer tells what’s wrong with you; the doc waves a little hand held device over the affected part and you’re cured.
The ability to design any product (shoes, appliances, etc.) and have it created exactly as I want it and have it delivered. I guess I just described the replicator but it wouldn’t even have to be instantaneous. Just to be able to get exactly what I want, even if I have to wait a week or two, would be enough.
A really big space station, spin for artificial gravity, with comfortable hotels, restaurants, and other tourist facilities. Even if I never went there myself it would make me happy just knowing it existed.
What about you? What’s on your technology wish list?
Feast your eyes. I don’t like the industrial look of the room with the spiral staircase but I’m lusting for the bookshelves in all the other pictures. The last two are my favorites.
Wow. Samizdata linked to my smart-alecky little football post. That’s great. If ever I had an opinion that I wanted to share with more people than just my half-dozen fans that would be one of them. It sort of makes me wish I had written more of a rant but that’s really all I had to say. It’s always great to get a link from one of the big guys, and even more so when they pick up on something I really wanted to tell the world.
Part of me wishes that I had the legs for this. Another part of me does not want to rattle and jingle as I walk.
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