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Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years

November 21st, 2017

Via: National Geographic: Seventy-eight-year-old Mauro Morandi often walks along the rocky shores of Budelli Island and looks out over the disconsolate sea, feeling dwarfed by the phantom forces that tug and twist the tides. “We think we are giants that can dominate the Earth, but we’re just mosquitos,” Morandi says. In 1989 on a stretch […]

Peter Sripol’s Home Built Electric Plane

November 20th, 2017

I have a young son who’s interested in aviation, so I knew about Peter Sripol from his FliteTest days. Peter’s segments were always our favorites on FliteTest because his builds were completely over the top. When I saw that Peter was building a real electric plane with R/C grade motors, 3D printed parts and stuff […]

AMD Ryzen 5 1600X: Owen’s First PC Build

October 30th, 2017

This is totally off topic, but I felt like sharing the build in case it helps someone out. — My oldest son, Owen, is turning ten in November and I planned a new computer build for the occasion. He has been using my ancient, 2008-era Dell Vostro 410 and it’s not up to the job […]

Unistellar eVscope

October 28th, 2017

I’ve been following their progress for several months leading up to this Kickstarter campaign. If you’re any sort of astronomy nerd, you’ll want to check this out. I think it would be so much fun for me and my kids to get a tasking request from SETI Institute and go out to set up the […]

Boom Has 76 Pre Orders for Future Supersonic Passenger Jets

October 22nd, 2017

Via: TechCrunch: Boom has a new design for its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator jet, the working prototype aircraft it’s creating to prove out its tech before beginning work on building real, commercial supersonic passenger aircraft. The new design was revealed Tuesday at the Paris Air Show, along with new business milestones: Boom has orders for 76 […]

Meet the Engineer Preserving The Last Analog Motion Graphics Machine

September 25th, 2017

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Won’t You Be My Neighbour?

August 31st, 2017

Hello, Neighbour! Are you interested in a relatively cheap getaway shack for when the living hell of Auckland gets to be too much to handle? Maybe a bugout location… Our friends are selling their property. The entire thing can flood during winter storms, but you can park in our driveway during floods if you want. […]

Weekend Entertainment: Video Explorations Around Area 51

August 27th, 2017

Visits to the various gates of Area 51 comprise an entire genre of videos on YouTube. Click bait titles and corny theremin soundtracks are par for the course here. If you are interested in the topic at all, you have probably seen many of these. I’ve watched dozens of videos where someone drives up to […]

Eclipse

August 21st, 2017

I think the past few days have been the lightest posting period in fifteen years of running Cryptogon. People are wondering if I’m still alive. By the time I’ve read through 10 million headlines about Trump, the statues and the sign wavers, it starts to seem like not much is happening. I think that I […]

Call from Tesla

August 17th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — I had a call from a Tesla energy specialist yesterday. She confirmed what we learned a few days ago about the Powerwall 2’s ability to island grid tied inverters for backup purposes. She also said that Powerwall 2 demand is, “Extreme,” and far in excess […]

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