3 minutes

It’s almost noon, anyway hour ago I went outside to check something and to plan a quick walking route around the yard with the new doohicky, but in just three minutes I am heat saturated.

the doohicky

Great timing lead me to this device, and for those who dont know, it’s a camera stabilizer, or gimbal. It allows for smooth camera movement while filming. The box at the bottom is a screen with a recorder built in, because working with tiny inaccurate camera screens just isn’t an option when there’s more than one set of eyes on the job. The gimbal also charges the camera! The whole thing weighs about 5kg (I think), but because it’s balanced (you have to do that bit manually at the beginning), it’s very easy to hold, which is an added bonus.

The internet kids say that a day of working with these is tough on the upper body. That’s why I ordered a backbrace at the same time. Im hoping to use it in conjunction with a monopod and am considering a “fighting belt” -yes that’s a real thing, and it’s basically an Ernest Hemingway inspired cod-piece for getting fish out of the sea while angry at god.

hangin’ out with the tools in respectable temperatures

Bag burn

I had to stop working on it shortly after I started, today. It’s ferociously hot here at the moment. So much so that all of my tool handles either started to sweat, melt or become too hot to use. Also the black tarp became too hot to handle even with gloves. The dinger says its 37.8 Celsius, which is about 5 more than is easy.

Noir Niagara. In this heat, the tape gum is actually flowing.

I do fully realize that despite it being a cheap project, my design would make this bag labor intensive and expensive.

Its interesting to construct a bag ‘outside in’ and have minimal panels. I like it.

Regardless, this project is a functional thing, and is a social media experiment, to see about doing this blog on the regular again. Because it’s a challenge and I think I need to.

75% of part one, done.
Thats the panel that will be secured to the back carrier.
Some the uncontrolled explosion of guts yet to be trained and glued.

It’s Friday

So this has been super indulgent design and preparation…

However, all good things come to and end, and give way to even better shit. Like gloooiiinnng! Sticky glue time!

Glue strategy with copious quantities masking tape.

Because I am using machine belt marinated in shrink wrap, I’ll have to form the corners, with a heat gun, when the track cover piece is attached. So my thinking was to put corner areas where the track cover piece, won’t be bonded, and will be able to conform better to the rigidity of the belt.

I should mention that apart from the Black tarp material, everything else I already had. I did buy the roller, a roll of masking tape, and 6 pony hand clamps which were on sale.

Ornj tools are more inspiring.

I’m glad I thought about things ahead of time. I started the gluing process in the middle of the structure and am working outward on the distinct chance I will have screwed up a measurement and have to work it out, and to my mind working with a solid anchor point at the start, makes the most sense to me.

The Ornj tools photobombing again..
Nice thing about fabric, is that you can get your clamps in close to the action.

I can

get by with a little help from my friends…

Day 2 of the sprawling and indulgent design and construction of my new panniers. I’m inventing as I go, and making pretty notes with my own particular variant of handwriting. In B or B2 0.3. On 5mm dot grid. Claire Fontaine or Rhodia, only, ever. Pentel ORENZ NERO, the most inspirational creative weapon I’ve ever used. Cameras not withstanding.

Anyway, moggy, numero fluff, came to hang out with me in the heat, to halp out with things like materials testing in regards to thermal conductivity and fluff characteristics in hot weather, and I there quality assurance measures and tool control.

Lanyard woes
Came ratios and thermal conductivity of fluff in hot weather.
Testing!
Phelamination..

I want a key command

computer
I want a key command for all computers, all operating systems, which…, with a 3 finger key-command or gesture, allows me to open a specific app, use it and close it again with that same gesture.

I want a key command, for all computers & all operating systems. Which- with, a 3 finger key-command or a 3 finger gesture, allows me to open any app, use it and close it again with that same gesture.

Can that be designed?

I also want contextualized right-click in browsers.

Design Prototyping

Last night I watched an industrial designer put his engineering mind to work by bringing a medical project to life on the Milling Machine. A complete pleasure to watch as he weaved the machine like a pen around the product as it was taking shape in front of us.

Numerically Controlled Milling
The material is measured for accuracy before milling can commence.

Numerically Controlled Milling
The mill shaft and bit are measured for accuracy using a calliper before milling can commence.

Numerically Controlled Milling
The mill shaft and bit are measured for accuracy using a calliper before milling can commence.

Numerically Controlled Milling
The mill shaft and bit are measured for accuracy before milling can commence.

Numerically Controlled Milling
The bit and material are monitored during the first cut to ensure tight tolerances are maintained during the sweep.

Numerically Controlled Milling
The mill bed is manoeuvred into position using a numerically controlled three axis panel, switchable between metric and Imperial measurements within thousandths of and inch and micrometers.
The material is then placed in the mill vice, levelled, tightened and tapped with a hammer to ensure the seating has solid purchase on the material. At this point the mill can be programmed to run its sweep based on the instructions of the operator.

Numerically Controlled Milling
Monitoring the cut during the sweep to ensure consistency of the cut, afterwards the material is checked for possible inconsistencies caused by variables in the cutting process.