Son of RatRacer: Mouse Car

After the ini­tial fail­ure described in yesterday’s blog post about the RatRacer, I thought I would scale down the prob­lem a bit. I fig­ured it would be eas­ier to iter­ate through design tweaks when big parts took 20 min­utes to print ver­sus 120 min­utes per part. If I ended up with a sound design for the mouse­trap car, then I could scale it up … Continue read­ing Son of RatRacer: Mouse Car

Thx. (1138)

Yesterday, I was doing some shop­ping that was large enough as to require the car. I parked, top down, in the Fred Mayer park­ing lot and pro­ceeded to shop. Upon return­ing, I found this note hand­writ­ten on the back of a busi­ness card, sit­ting on the driver’s seat: I should add, at this point, that my license plate (RMContinue read­ing Thx. (1138)

Photo dump: mystery switch, window perch, bathroom, sun

When my main machine was the 17″ lap­top, I had a great sys­tem for pulling pic­tures directly from my cam­era, almost imme­di­ately after tak­ing them, then push­ing them to Flickr with FlickrExport for Aperture. The new (well, not ter­ri­bly new now) MacBook Air does not meet the sys­tem require­ments for Aperture (I got the low end one), … Continue read­ing Photo dump: mys­tery switch, win­dow perch, bath­room, sun

Two More Things

I for­got to men­tion in my last post that dur­ing part of the drive up, we were around and behind Ganesha The Car. I also for­got to men­tion (or maybe had men­tally blocked out) That Fourteen Year Old. For a lit­tle while, as I worked alone, she was out­side the booth, look­ing in at me with a weird … Continue read­ing Two More Things

In which we learn the perils of a rimshot

vpis­teve: sadtrombone.com has now been banned from the office BrianEnigma: @vpisteve I decom­piled the Flash and loaded the MP3 into my iPhone for instant sadtrom­bone action! also: rimshot vpis­teve: @BrianEnigma you are my hero Last week, I dis­cov­ered a flaw in this par­tic­u­lar plan. Let me paint you a pic­ture to illus­trate. It is near­ing the end of a bright … Continue read­ing In which we learn the per­ils of a rimshot

iPhone car mount, status update 1

As you prob­a­bly don’t know, I’m work­ing on a car mount for my iPhone. I saw an instructable on how to make one that seemed nice, but I’m not keen on the vel­cro and I’m not sure I kept the plas­tic pack­ing piece it requires. I also spied a mount­ing solu­tion from ProClip that seemed really nice. They sell mounts … Continue read­ing iPhone car mount, sta­tus update 1

These are the people in your neighborhood, in your neigh-bor-hood...

The car has a new clutch! Well, not tech­ni­cally the clutch, but the mas­ter and slave clutch cylin­ders. The clutch is now very firm with a com­pletely dif­fer­ent fric­tion point than before. The change is so dras­tic that I feel like I’m 16 and have never dri­ven a stick shift before. I haven’t stalled it yet, but I’ve over-revved it … Continue read­ing These are the peo­ple in your neigh­bor­hood, in your neigh-bor-hood...

Car Un-meme

This isn’t a meme or any­thing, but three things you didn’t know about my car (or maybe you did): In the fall and win­ter, it always smells like wet dog inside. Virtually all year ’round (except for a month or two in the sum­mer), moss grows on the out­side. Mainly this is on the rub­ber gas­ket where … Continue read­ing Car Un-meme

Chains, people, chains.

Please note that all blog posts before 8 April 2007 were auto­mat­i­cally imported from LiveJournal.  To see the com­ments and any LiveJournal-specific extras such as polls and user icons, please find the source post­ing at http://brianenigma.livejournal.com/2007/01/As this video shows, peo­ple in Portland don’t know how to drive in the snow. And as Josh says, it’s even fun­nier … Continue read­ing Chains, peo­ple, chains.

Brrrrrrr

Please note that all blog posts before 8 April 2007 were auto­mat­i­cally imported from LiveJournal.  To see the com­ments and any LiveJournal-specific extras such as polls and user icons, please find the source post­ing at http://brianenigma.livejournal.com/2006/12/When it is below freez­ing, lux­u­ries like leather seats (from before the era of elec­tric seat warm­ers) are called into ques­tion. [Posted … Continue read­ing Brrrrrrr