Rik's Ramblings

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Whichever way you look at it ... we're fucked!

You might worry, these days, about the human race wiping itself out with a nuke from North Korea. Or maybe you expect us to bleach the planet through climate change - and hence bring about the extinction of the human race along with all other life.

However, let's imagine we don't do those things and we continue to thrive and advance. Well if that happens we're doomed anyway.

TED Radio Hour

That's right, we basically become zoo animals. Of course, if the robots are as selfish as we are, we'll probably share the fate of wolves, orcas, sharks, or lions. The robot overlords might, quite logically, decide we're too much of a competitor for scarce resources and hunt us to extinction.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

3D printing not yet efficient for bulk manufacturing, says company boss | E&T Magazine

3D printing may not prove to be an efficient means of manufacturing simple plastic components on a grand scale...

I think he's missed the point.  I agree that 3D printing can replace current mass production techniques, which are great for runs of thousands and more units.

However, the setup cost for mass production means those production lines don't make sense for many things:
 - prosthetics
 - dentistry
 - molds for the  mass production process
 - custom components
 - prototypes

It's also good to remember some things can only be practically made with additive manufacturing.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Great entertainment - Ray Wylie Hubbard full concert

Storing Knick Knacks in old Altoid Tins

Pictures and description on Rik's Workbench

It's kind of an unwritten rule in the Maker community: You're not a serious "Maker" until you've made something out of an old Altoids tins!

Well, here's what I came up with for eight Altoids tins that I'd collected in my "future projects" tote.

This creation uses:
  • 8 altoids tins
  • threaded rod
  • nuts
  • 3D printed 'hinges' to mount Altoids tins onto rod
  • Scraps of wood to make a frame (metal or plastic would also work)

Thursday, April 06, 2017


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