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24 Jul 19:40

why do nerds even fucking care so much about new thor and cap. thor odinson and steve rogers aren't even fucking "going away" they're just gonna be in a different comic

carnivaloftherandom:

minim-calibre:

beesmygod:

because babies dont have object permanence

#omfg#shots fired

Oh. SNAP.

24 Jul 04:00

I-495/Rt. 2 Ramp Closure 7/25-28/2014

 

 

CONTACT:

MassDOT – Michael Verseckes

michael.verseckes@state.ma.us

(857) 368-8912

 

MOTORISTS: PLAN AHEAD FOR THE I-495/ ROUTE 2 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

Restrictions Support MassDOT’s Littleton I-495 Bridge Replacement Project

LITTLETON - Friday, July 25, 2014 - Today the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will begin Phase 2 of the I-495 Bridge Replacement project over Route 2 and the MBTA Railroad in Littleton.  The purpose of the project is to replace the five (5) structurally deficient bridges in order to ensure the long-term efficient performance of the I-495/Route 2 interchange and to increase the safety for motorists traveling both highways.

Beginning at 11:50 PM on Friday, July 25th and running until 5:00 AM on Monday, July 28th, the following exits on I-495 Southbound will be closed: exit 29A (Rt. 2 Eastbound) and exit 29B (Rt. 2 Westbound).  During the same time period, exit 40A (I-495 Southbound) on Route 2 Westbound will also be closed.  All ramps at Route 2 ext 39 will remain open.  Motorists needing to use any of the restricted interchange ramps on I-495 Southbound will be directed South towards exit 28 on I-495 in order to access the 29A Northbound exit on I-495.  This will be accomplished by the use of exit 28 as a U-turn over I-495.  Traffic will exit I-495 Southbound, turn right at the top of the exit ramp, cross I-495, and then turn left to reenter the highway Northbound.

MassDOT and the project team suggest that motorists planning to travel along I-495 Southbound or Route 2 Westbound through Littleton during the interchange restriction period consider seeking an alternate route, allow additional travel time and exercise caution when traversing the work zone.  For further details  we encourage you to contact Michael Verseckes: michael.verseckes@state.ma.us or (857) 368-8912.

 

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23 Jul 02:06

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22 Jul 20:00

Rolling rumpus rooms and other van interiors of the National Truck-In

by Daniel Strohl
GN

OMG! That gallery!

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Photos by the author.

While the doghouse covers come off and show a few tarted-up small-block V-8s among the sea of six-cylinders between the front bucket seats, nobody really seems to care much about engines at a custom van show. After all, vans typically don’t go fast or hug corners like most hot rods and sports cars. Instead, some of the most stunning displays of creativity and craftsmanship become apparent only when the owners of the vans throw open their gullwing, Dutch, and barn doors for inspection.

If anything characterizes a custom van besides porthole windows, murals and mag wheels, it’s the van’s interior, as we learned this past weekend at the 42nd National Truck-In this past weekend at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich, New York. Not only did the interiors we see typically follow a specific and unique theme – we saw the gamut from “hunter’s cabin” to “pirate ship” to one based entirely on goats – they also displayed copious amounts of creativity and craftsmanship, all the while squeezing in a bed and other amenities for both style and comfort. Some of the interiors dated back to the 1970s, some represented the life’s work of the van’s original owner, while others were customized more recently. All of them showed a passion for vanning that has, to many, become a lifestyle.

We’ll explore that culture of custom vanning in a future article, but for now, let’s take a look at some of those custom interiors after the jump.

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22 Jul 18:00

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19 Jul 22:52

Gender magician. So I discovered another blog today that...

GN

I like Elliott's attitude on this, so unTumblr.





Gender magician.

So I discovered another blog today that basically post all of my photos as their own and claims to be me, except there is one catch….

Instead of calling the blog House of Alexzander or giving out my name, the blog is called “Gender Magician” …

Not gonna lie, I kinda like the title. … a little.
I really don’t care that much that they steal my photos either. The point of my fashion photos are to be creative, inspirational & breakdown gender binaries so… hey, as long as those three things are still being encouraged through my work, fine. But it would be nice to get the recognition for MY work.

Anyways, I’m most curious to see how this individual is going to react when they come to steal this post. Lol.

Xoxo

-Elliott Alexzander

20 Jul 23:21

Hexayurt bike trailer. The rigidity will come from the yurt...



Hexayurt bike trailer. The rigidity will come from the yurt itself and the wheels are borrowed from two other bikes we’re bringing. For shipping, the angle iron surrounds the yurt stack taking up very little extra space and protecting the yurt.

19 Jul 15:10

She’s alright, she’s alright, she’s alright,...

GN

Perfect little instagram!



She’s alright, she’s alright, she’s alright, propane.

20 Jul 16:29

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Remixes | 17c.jpg

GN

(via Lori)

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17 Jul 16:00

It’s Not a Snowflake. But it is 3D Printed

by General Fabb
GN

Hmmm, I don't know of any direct-to-silicone print methods that could be used here. I can think of two possible methods: Print in wax and heat smooth, or print in ABS and acetone vapor smooth, and then make a mold and cast in silicone.

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We’re looking at a very curious new product, the “Snowflake”, which appears to be dynamically 3D modeled and then 3D printed. But you’ll never guess what it really is. 

The Snowflake is a 3D modeled and printed adult toy. Using their rather extensive control panel, you can design a custom adult toy that matches your precise personal needs. And shape. 

The design panel seems to provide a wide range of possibilities, all of which will be produced in waterproof, foodsafe silicone material, shipped to you in an unmarked package, perhaps.

They’ve launched a fundraising campaign to get started, but it appears they’ve developed the process and software and should be more or less ready to go. You can choose from several options, which seem to be based on size of your snowflake. 

We’ve written about it previously, but this is another example of how 3D printing is beginning to slowly take on increasing amounts of manufacturing. This is a product that is entirely custom made for individuals (and indeed BY individuals, too) but uses 3D printing behind the scenes. At no point is made mention of 3D printing technology. 

In this case, we suspect this could be a winning application; it’s just the sort of thing that requires personal customization and would be ordered online.

Via Kickstarter and Beautiful Snowflake

17 Jul 02:57

durpacerangerrogjro: IT’S BEEN OVER A YEAR SINCE I SAW THIS...



durpacerangerrogjro:

IT’S BEEN OVER A YEAR SINCE I SAW THIS POST I’M SO HAPPY

16 Jul 12:29

JEWELERS WORK BENCH (ALL) $2350

GN

Dang.

CABINET MAKER JUST MADE A HIGH END JEWELERS WORK BENCH CHERRY AND BLACK WALL NUT I CAN MAKE U ANY SIZE IT WILL BE A SHOW PICE IN YOUR STORE
15 Jul 21:20

Hypnotized.

GN

Dig it.



Hypnotized.

12 Jul 19:46

Hexayurt under construction. Using the Camp Danger “loose...

GN

Oh for fuck's sake. The panels, which said right on them: 48" x 96" were in fact 47.75" by 96.25". Since the geometry of the Hexayurt requires 1:2 aspect ration this screwed things up. I cut .75" from each of the bottom panel so it should go together now but what a pain in the ass!



Hexayurt under construction. Using the Camp Danger “loose hinge” method. Worried my hypotenuses (hypotenii?) are too sloppy.

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11 Jul 16:41

Celebrate 50 Years Of The American Version Of Doctor Who

GN

That was a hell of a thing.

Remember that great list of American actors who could have played the Doctor during the last half-century? Sam Vestey was so inspired he cut footage from the actors' various works to make an American Doctor Who highlight reel, if you will, and the results are a fascinating what-if.

The video's a bit old, but it's still fun enough that if you missed it it's worth a watch. Obviously, a lot of the actors are wishful thinking, but that doesn't mean Vestey hasn't done a marvelous job finding clips that feel like they could be from Doctor Who episodes, old and new (for the most part).

Honestly, at this point, I can't decide who I'd want more as the Doctor — Donald Glover or Nic Cage. Maybe we could do a bit of numerical rearranging and do a U.S. remake of The Day of the Doctor, starring the two of them and Harrison Ford? Please? Pretty please?

11 Jul 10:38

The last of the Massachusetts H2s. They are nearly as rare as...



The last of the Massachusetts H2s. They are nearly as rare as air cooled VWs here now.

11 Jul 14:59

"God" in woman's curly hair

by David Pescovitz
GN

Um, I think she actually has "Goo" in her hair.

O GOD 570

When Missouri-resident Kristin Kissee's hair grew back after treatment for cancer, she noticed the curls on her forehead spelled out "God." (more…)

11 Jul 11:33

The creepy dolls are back on the Common!



The creepy dolls are back on the Common!

04 Jul 20:37

okkultmotionpictures: EXCERPTS >|

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(via Lori)

















okkultmotionpictures:

EXCERPTS >|Journey to the Center of a Triangle (1976)


 | Hosted at: Internet Archive
 | From: Academic Film Archive of North America
 | Download: Ogg | 512Kb MPEG4 | MPEG2
 | Digital Copy: not specified


A series of Animated GIFs excerpted from Journey to the Center of a Triangle (1977): another fabulous film by the Cornwells, created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal. Presents a series of animated constructions that determine the center of a variety of triangles, including such centers as circumcenter, incenter, centroid and orthocenter. More on the Cornwells at http://www.afana.org/cornwell.htm

According to son Eric Cornwell, here’s how the film was made: The 4051 produced only black and green vector images, not even grey scale. The film’s scenes were divided into layers in the programming, one layer for each of the colors in the scene, and each was shot separately onto high-contrast fine-grained b&w film stock. The final scene in “Journey” had 5 layers: one for each of the four colored dots, plus one for the white triangle and line. 

These five clips were then multiple-exposed onto color film on an optical printer, using colored filters to add the desired color to each black&white layer as it was copied. The resulting color was much better than a film of an RGB display would have been because the color filters on the optical printer allowed access to the full range of the color negative film, allowing much more saturated colors. All of that color is pretty much lost now, between prints fading and/or transfers to the VHS, and then viewing them on a computer screen which has a much more limited color gamut. Please imagine it all in bright, brilliant colors. (from Internet Archive)

We invite you to watch the full video HERE.




EXCERPTS by OKKULT Motion Pictures: a collection of GIFs excerpted from out-of-copyright/historical/rare/controversial moving images. 
A digital curation project for the diffusion of open knowledge.

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10 Jul 20:40

Because We Can’s Fantastic Steampunk-Style Children’s Discovery Center at the Hattiesburg Zoo in Mississippi

by EDW Lynch
GN

Oh! I rather like those faux cast iron ceiling beams!

Asbury Discovery Center by Because We Can

Design-build studio Because We Can recently completed the Asbury Discovery Center, a fantastic steampunk-inspired children’s learning center and laboratory at the Hattiesburg Zoo in Mississippi. Among the building’s design flourishes are a Victorian laboratory-themed tortoise room, porthole-style windows, and a wood-finished classroom filled with biological specimens.

Asbury Discovery Center by Because We Can

Asbury Discovery Center by Because We Can

Asbury Discovery Center by Because We Can

Asbury Discovery Center by Because We Can

photos via Because We Can

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

09 Jul 20:00

ServoBender, The Electronic Pedal Steel

by Brian Benchoff
GN

Paging Nathan Fhtagn . . .

Servo

You’ve most certainly heard a pedal steel guitar before, most likely in any ‘old’ country song, or more specifically, any country song that doesn’t include the word ‘truck’ in its lyrics. Pedal steels are strange devices, looking somewhat like a 10-string guitar with levers that change the pitch of individual strings. Historically, there have been some attempts to put a detuning mechanism for individual strings in normal electric guitars, but these are somewhat rare and weird. [Gr4yhound] just nailed it. He’s come up with the perfect device to emulate a pedal steel in a real guitar, and it sounds really, really good.

The imgur album for this project goes over the construction of the ServoBender in a bit more detail than the video. Basically, four servos are mounted to a metal plate below the bridge. Each servo has a spring and cam system constructed out of 3D printed parts. The detuning is controlled by an Arduino and a few sustain pedals retrofitted with hall effect sensors. Simple, really, but the effect is astonishing.

[Gra4hound]‘s contraption is actually very similar to a B-Bender where a guitarist pushes on the neck to raise the pitch of the B string. This setup, though, is completely electronic, infinitely adjustable, and can be expanded to all six strings. Very, very cool, and it makes us wonder what could be done with one of those freaky robot guitars, a soldering iron, and a bit of code.

Video below, because you should watch it again.


Filed under: musical hacks
08 Jul 20:55

Watch these guys hand dig a well lickety-split

by Dean Putney
GN

Dang.

Digging a well is a TON of hard work, but the four men in this video make it look easy and even kind of fun. In one day they dig four meters down, break up a bunch of rocks at the bottom, haul it all out and brick up a really nice well. Their coordination and determination is mesmerizing.

Hand digging a well in Mexico

07 Jul 13:46

Victory.



Victory.

08 Jul 09:00

Golden Mean Calipers

by mark
GN

Will build.

I absolutely love these things and have used them for a couple of years. Aside from just wandering around with my kids and having them put it up to just about everything (“Dad! this has a golden mean in it as well!” — I’ll never get tired hearing that) you can also use them to bring some simple relational beauty and balance into anything physical that you make.

You can go to this website for some very well made ones (and a little pricey) or just download some plans for a few bucks and make your own.

-- Eric Warner

Golden Mean Calipers
$35

Available from Amazon

08 Jul 18:39

tastefullyoffensive: Cell phone logic. [x] OMG those small...

GN

We wanted them smaller until we realize we didn't have to talk on them.



tastefullyoffensive:

Cell phone logic. [x]

OMG those small Nokias were my LIFE and honestly still all I ever need from cellphones like hello compact phone with large buttons. 

07 Jul 19:40

starkexpos: buzzfeed: itriedthatonceitwasabadmove: austinabrid...

GN

Completely lost it at 0:54!



starkexpos:

buzzfeed:

itriedthatonceitwasabadmove:

austinabridged:

itriedthatonceitwasabadmove:

As a professional internet, it’s my job to search the web for quality, intellectually stimulating content. Like this.

The heavens parted, and delivered unto us a scion of hope, a glimmer of immortality. This song.

Its been a few hours since I posted this and I’m pretty sure I’ve gone back to listen to it about twelve times now and each time it still makes me almost develop a hernia from laughing so much.

i’ve never loved something the way i love this post

08 Jul 15:11

New from J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore’s Army Reunites At Quidditch...

08 Jul 13:13

Eighteenth-century woodworker’s shop found in Duxbury said to be one of a kind

GN

Guuuuuh!

DUXBURY — What experts are calling “the rarest of the rare” and “a once in a lifetime find” — a largely intact woodworking shop dating from the latter half of the 18th century — has been discovered in Duxbury on the site of a private school for children.

“It is an extraordinary find,” said professor J. Ritchie Garrison, a specialist in American material culture who hurried from the University of Delaware to take a look at the shop last month when he heard about the find. “It’s National Historic Landmark status.”

The 16-by-32-foot shed-like building is on the site of the Berrybrook School on Winter Street. With the school’s approval, restoration carpenter Michael Burrey of Plymouth explored the outbuilding, now clad in nondescript vinyl and used by the school for storage, while taking down an old house that once served as the preschool’s main building on the property.

He said he was stunned by what he saw inside the building.

A drill bit bracket inside the 18th century craftsman's shop.

A drill bit bracket inside the 18th century craftsman's shop.

“All the benches were there. It’s likely to be the earliest known joiner and cabinet maker’s shop on its original site” anywhere in the United States, Burrey said. “The woodwork on the house [being removed] was probably built in the shop.

“The way the benches are in relation to the windows, how the light comes in to light an area, the location of the tool racks on the walls,” all tell of how the craftsmen used the shop, Burrey said.

Gary Naylor of Hanson, a specialist in antique woodwork and tools, said the shop’s interior revealed signs of a Federalist craftsman’s workshop.

“When I saw the [foot-operated] lathe there, I knew it was a highly skilled craftsman,” Naylor said. “A lot of different features in the building are untouched, intact. When I turned around and saw the opening for the fireplace, it was all coming together.”

The president of the school’s board of directors said Berrybrook had no idea of the building’s historical value.

“We really thought nothing of it. We had used it as storage,” Christopher DeOrsay, an architect, said recently. “We gave [Burrey] a tour. His jaw hit the floor.”

Since then the school has had more than a dozen experts come to see it, DeOrsay said.

Burrey showed off the shop’s period-specific features to visitors on a recent afternoon.

Framed in original sills, joists, and pineboard walls, the shop’s interior reveals two original work benches, one pitted with marks from hand tools. The second was a “planing bench,” lacking gouges or other tool scars because skilled millwork with wood planes was performed there. The wall above the bench has shelving to hold the planes.

The planing bench also reveals a groove added later to allow craftsmen to install a treadle lathe for turning wood, powered by a foot pedal.

The shop also has its original tool racks for chisels, awls, and brace (hand drill) bits, and a rack near the ceiling for handsaws. Holes in the wall board above the joinery bench and to the right of the window show where awls were stuck to keep them close at hand.

Sketches and hash marks on another wall preserve the living sense of a place where woodworkers spend long hours. Someone painted a sketch of a man standing with his back against a wall, one knee lifted, a hand extended. Much of the outline remains, the colors dulled but visible.

Sketches in pencil appear on another wall, including the outline of a bird probably sketched for a weather vane. Cross-hatchings over a door show the tallying of some quantity. Supplies? Boards? Wainscoting panels completed?

Cuts in the wall board reveal the location and shape of the shop’s fireplace, probably removed in the 19th century in favor of a woodstove.

Painted in black on a joist in the shop’s small storeroom, large digits spell out a date, “1789.” It may be a construction date, but Burrey says some construction techniques suggest an earlier date.

Burrey also shows visitors a millworked “chimney surround” removed from the old house. He believes the house’s decorative moldings were done in the shop, probably by the house’s owner.

Garrison, who visited the shop with a team of specialists from historical organizations such as Colonial Williamsburg, said the shop’s interior exhibited the pattern of work for woodworkers of the 18th century. Called “joiners” then (carpenters and cabinet-makers today), early American craftsmen worked with wood that came rough from the saw mill. Their first job was to plane it down to a smooth finish.

You can see which bench is the planing bench not only because it’s not scarred but also because it’s built against the wall farthest from the fireplace, Garrison said. Planing produces shavings likely to become tinder for a spark from the fireplace, and would have been a threat to burn the shop down.

Naylor said property records show that the shop belonged to a well-known “housewright and joiner,” Luther Sampson, in the late 18th century. Genealogy research revealed that Sampson was the craftsman who founded Kents Hill School in Readville, Maine.

Born in 1760 in Duxbury, Sampson served in the Revolutionary War and bought the 60-acre Philips farm on the west side of Duxbury, home of the Berrybrook School today. His high-quality handiwork, experts say, adorns the interiors of many fine houses built in Duxbury in the late 18th century, when the town was home to prosperous sea captains and merchants.

The survey team that visited the shop with Garrison last month concluded the building was worthy of National Historic Landmark status “due to its rarity and integrity,” Garrison said in an e-mail after the visit.

He urged preservation of the shop. “We won’t get a do-over with this building,” he said.

Preservation costs money, and supporters have applied for a $35,000 grant from Duxbury’s Community Preservation Act funds to help pay for an archeological survey of the site, some foundation repair, and to “repair deteriorating hand-hewn sills and joists to stabilize [the] structure.”

“While we have lots and lots of historical houses,” Garrison said in a recent interview, “as a woodworker’s shop it’s probably the oldest in New England” and possibly the country.

“It’s the rarest of the rare. And who knew? Found on the grounds of a preschool.”

DeOrsay said the school’s board of directors would be in favor of preserving the shop. “We’ll try to find out what the best option is.”

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01 Jul 13:58

Powerful Forestry Mulcher Shreds Through Four-Story-Tall Pine Trees and More in a Matter of Seconds

by Justin Page
GN

That is one scary machine.

The DAH Forestry Mulcher is a beast of a machine by DENIS CIMAF Inc. that’s used for industrial land clearing. In these amazing videos from 2011 and 2012, they demonstrate how the mulcher can shred through four-story-tall pine trees and more in a matter of seconds.

via Vice Motherboard