May, 2013

  1. 1Password is 50% off today!

    1Password is 50% today! This is a pretty amazing piece of software that I started using about a year ago to generate and store all my passwords using a secure system. It’s secure syncs with my iPhone! You can also use it with DropBox, which is amazing! Go get it now! via HackerNews

  2. How to Defeat Terrorists

    I was having dinner with family and some good friends, one of whom is an engineer several scores my elder. One of the topics that came up was how engineers see the world differently. This can be a potentially prickly question, especially since engineers are often considered to lack adequate social skills. I have always…

  3. What Keeps a Train on the Track?

    At first, it may seem very simply and obvious: the flange keeps the wheel on the track, right? Nope, that’s not the answer! To understand why, let’s first get some background on how train wheels are made: The primary take away from the above video is that train wheels are big and come together with…

  4. Block and Tackle Efficiencies

    Not long ago a friend was looking to upgrade the mainstay1 block and tackle system on his sailboat. The question was if the proposed system would provide the anticipated reduction in force. It was an interesting question that, while seemingly straight forward, does have a couple of gotchas. Block (pulley) and tackle (rope) calculations are…

  5. (NBA) Kings Won’t Build Their Own Castle

    I will admit that, in general, I’m not a huge basketball fan. I know how to play, I know the rules, and I do sometimes enjoy watching it from time to time, but I couldn’t tell you the last time I’ve been to a game and I’ve never been to an NBA game1. Would I…