Jason Pokines

Digital Assets Specialist, Design Engineering, Inc.
Oberlin, OH 44074, USA

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  • "I agree that it's not just your county, and it's made worse by the rules and collection policies being different in almost every city/village/township. In my town, it's only metal cans, paper/cardboard (not shredded), and plastics #1 and #2 UNLESS it's a hinged produce container or a bag - those aren't allowed. Only plastic bottles and plastic jugs, and they must be washed out, crushed, and have the cap put back on. And all these items are mixed into one large, wheeled street can. Otherwise we are fined or the entire can is rejected. And collection is only every two weeks instead of the weekly collection of the past. And this is the fourth revision of collection policy for this town in the last 10 years. All this to say I agree that it's a losing battle on the home front.I think for any of this to be effective, it needs to 1. become single, nation-wide program for recycling, and 2. get away from all plastics, regardless if they are durable goods or not. I think it's silly for APR to argue against counting all plastics, as they're ALL going to be hanging around the planet for thousands of years after we discard them.Sarcastic sidenote: I like to imagine this world being studied by alien archaeologists well after the last human dies, and laugh at the idea that the head archaeologist will unearth two different plastic bags and note that one was discarded, but the other was reused, and that neither one counts as a recycling failure because they weren't intended to be recycled anyway."
    on: Association of Plastic Recyclers Claps Back at Greenpeace Report
  • "Having just had a driveway poured, my first thought was to put the bubble level on a notched dial that you can turn to set what grade incline you want."
    on: The ProBrace: A Faster, Easier, More Accurate Bracing System for Concrete Formworks
  • "I don't want to come across as overly negative, but to use this product you'd have to first convince me that going through the trouble of installing, removing, and stowing away - along with whatever ice and snow is stuck to it - this cover every time I *think* it might snow is better than only pulling out a scraper *when* it snows and stowing away a much smaller, mostly dry/clean tool."
    on: An Object Designed to Free You from Scraping Ice and Snow Off Your Windshield
  • "Yes! While the whole EDC thing doesn't really matter to me, I have been happily sporting a Dango wallet for a number of years now. It was by far the most expensive wallet I've ever purchased, but I'm also considering that this will be the *last* wallet I ever purchase. I discovered them after trying to find a wallet that wouldn't flex, as this was causing my cards to literally crack and fall apart after just a few months. Dango's wallet design starts with a metal chassis, and then mechanically fastens a textile cover to it. Also, the card windows are just open cutouts instead of a clear plastic window. This means I'm no longer watching a plastic window slowly yellow and crack and collect lint on the glue that seeped out of the seams. I highly recommend the Maverick model. Beyond that, there are multiple accessories that work with certain models, so you can customize the type of wallet that works for you."
    on: Beautiful EDC Objects from Dango Products
  • "The first few pictures make the tools look like they're nice, but not as nice as staring lovingly into your significant other's eyes. I should do more projects in the living room next to my wife."
    on: Black and Decker's New, Sustainable, Designey Power Tools
  • "I'm wondering what kind of tensile strength it has. I wouldn't expect it to be strong enough for a chair seat without a backer board, but it might be nice for something leather seats in a 4x4. I bet you could lock them together somewhat permanently by boiling it to shrink them down. Ren Faire folk might appreciate it, too."
    on: The Link Series: A Solution for Luxury Leather Scraps
  • "Yeah, the more I think about this, the more I think that's the way to go."
    on: The Design Flaw of Boot Jacks, Part 2: Potential Solutions
  • "You saw that Jalopnik article yesterday too, eh? ;)"
    on: AeroMods: DIY Aerodynamic Improvements to Cars
  • "Hi Rain! Had to chime in here, as I literally grew up with Land Rovers all over my back yard - they were surrogate playground equipment for me. Three-year-old Jason found it very easy to climb from the bumper to the hood to the roof in no time.Defender's body design wasn't dictated by 80's limitations but rather by the late 1940s. The Series I debuted in 1948. It's shape remained unchanged until the Series II in 1958. It got a little bigger and some corner radii were added here and there. The II became the IIa and later the III, but the body hardly changed at all. It was still like that once the III became the 110 and 90 (named for the wheelbase lengths) in the late 80s. It wasn't until 1990 that the first Rover with a "Defender" badge came about - mostly to differentiate it from the other models they had started producing - e.g. the Discovery and Range Rover lines.While I'm pleased to see Land Rover doing well and making new models, I'm disappointed with the current Defender. It's a fine vehicle, but I think it misses what I considered key attributes of a Series or Defender. Namely, it was the modular nature of the body. You could take off the roof and windows and doors and swap them with almost any other model with the same wheelbase. You could turn the "Estate Wagon" into the pickup. You could drive it without any doors or roof like every other Wrangler in the summer. You could swap the rear door for a tailgate. You can't do any of that with the new Defender. Truly, the new Defender is really a continuation of the LR3 and LR4, which were themselves a continuation of the Discovery and Discovery 2. In my mind, the new Defender is actually a Disco 5.Again, it's a fine vehicle - I just wish it had a different name, because I see the use of this name as a signal. It's a signal that they'll never again make a modular Lego-like SUV like the Series ever again. So, I'll either find my own old Rover to restore and update or I'll wait for used prices on the new Bronco to come down."
    on: Land Rover Announces New, Stretched Defender 130
  • "This came up in your Facebook feed, too, eh?"
    on: Lucrative Luggage Design: Rolling Carry-On With Unusual Wheels Strikes Kickstarter Gold
  • "That DIY version seems like a nice compromise of the bolt-to-the-floor concept!"
    on: Design Solutions for Boot Jacks, Part 3: The DIY Farmer's Hack and More
  • "These are all over the Oberlin College campus."
    on: Dero's FixIt: A Small-Footprint Bicycle Repair Station
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