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Steampunk Dorks November 19, 2009

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There is a great exhibit at SFO (yes, the airport) of turn of the century slot machines. They are all brass and wood and levers and awesomeness. I imagine dorks 100 years ago getting together and presenting their clockwork projects. Here are some bad photos I managed to capture before finding out I wasn’t supposed to take photos.

Slot Machines at SFO

Slot Machines at SFO

More Slot Machines at SFO

More Slot Machines at SFO

Yet More Slot Machines at SFO

Yet More Slot Machines at SFO

Yet More Slot Machines at SFO

Yet More Slot Machines at SFO

Vintage Snow Tractor March 19, 2009

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Amazingly modern considering it was built in 1926. We’ve been talking about this amongst SRL crew so this is old news to them but it’s just too cool not to post it here too. Reminiscent of a ‘nice’ Screw Machine that doesn’t rip up the asphalt.

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Ancient tech March 19, 2009

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I am continuing to plod forward through the 1800’s.

Some may remember a dorkbot (Jun 2007) that Liam and I did on a steam car we built (others were involved) in about 2 months, out of stuff we got at Ace Auto junkyard. None of the stuff we used was ever part of a car OR a train. Few if any drawings were done, and most of the engineering was done in my head.

It has continued to run despite our abuse.

Since then I have built a 500 lb boiler (weight, not working pressure) mostly out of stuff from OSH and Urban Ore. I think my goal is to determine how doable this is with the stuff that is readily available, but I don’t think there is much method to my madness.

Currently am reworking a engine I built 2 years ago. I am applying what I have learned over the last few years and I am trying to make it more efficient. This is taxing my (poor) machining skills but I am improving as I push myself.

Giant Resistors March 7, 2009

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Seen at X21 Modern on Valencia. Apparently giant 7500 volt resistors are sold as furniture/decor these days:

Brand New Retro March 5, 2009

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Retr0bright shows how to get those aging, yellowing stone-age gadgets back to their glory days!

Thanks Joanne Bloomfield, High Priestess of the Propstitute