Dee An

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Bristol, City of Bristol, UK

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  • "Sorry for large italicised text above, I wasn't expecting the Core77 Comments section to use rich text, let alone to paste the formatting of the source text. "
    on: Artist and Structural Engineer Designs "Risky Playground"
  • ">"Each project aims to catalyse fresh conversation about how the bureaucratic and managerial aspects of power are shaping our public lives," There is an episode of 99 % Invisible about the conservatism of children's play areas, due to caution on the part of the local authorities that commission them... they feel that they can't be sued for injury to a child if the play equipment is of a design that has been used before elsewhere. "
    on: Artist and Structural Engineer Designs "Risky Playground"
  • "A plus point that isn't mentioned: the blades appear to be made by either a laser-cut or acid-etched process, either of which result in a far sharper (faster, better, safer) grater than the stamped / pierced graters that are sadly too common.  Once you've used a sharp grater or zester, you wonder why you ever tolerated a blunt grater. "
    on: A Design for a Grater That Allows You to Actually See the Gratings
  • "Fire Safety could be the main reason for this battery-powered kettle. In the UK we historically have not had much need of banning naked flames in parks because it has rarely been dry enough for wildfires - though this summer has been different, and even worse across the Chanel on mainland Europe. Makita have placed one of their lawnmowers in the background of this kettle's marketing images, suggesting its use in gardens rather than building sites.  An episode of 'Friends' (Pheobe dates a fireman) suggests to me that naked flames are disapproved of in NY's Central Park. Presumably this is true in other parts of the USA? "
    on: Can You Guess What This Makita Tool is?
  • "> Strangely, there are no complete images of the (presumably included) receptacle that you are meant to tamp into.  You tamp into the filter basket that comes with the espresso machine. Aftermarket portafilter baskets are also available at a range of standard sizes, generally higher end espresso machines using larger diameter baskets.  Other tampers are sold at a range of sizes. "
    on: An Extremely German Precision Espresso Tamping Device
  • "Well, if the user lives in a small apartment, using the otherwise wasted space under a stool seat does make sense. My other thoughts are:  -are these valuables you want to grab in case of a fire, pass port and precious photos etc?  -Piano stools are often used for storage of sheet music.  "
    on: Unusual Furniture Design: A Stool Created to Store Valuables
  • "If, when fully closed, its top could function as a  slender shelf for placing a coffee on, I'd consider it. In its current form it just seems to be nearly useful when closed, but not quite."
    on: Design Student Work: Sarah Dezember and Wenhan Zhang's Twins Table
  • "It looks heavier than a butane propane gas stove and kettle, especially with batteries. Which then leaves you two depleted batteries. If you have mains power to charge the batteries, you may as well just use an inexpensive plug-in kettle at a tenth of the cost of this thing (not including the pricey batteries).  It might fill a niche for tradesfolk with spare batteries taking their work van away camping at the weekend (not uncommon in the UK) who can recharge the batteries using solar or intermittent campsite electrical hookup - in which case it scores points over a butane stove for being safer to operate.  The faster a kettle boils the better - but drawing energy quickly from a Li Ion battery shortens it's lifetime. This is presumably why it requires two batteries. Even then, it's pricey. Or have I missed something? "
    on: Can You Guess What This Makita Tool is?
  • " They have a real process... but they don't post a single photograph of a real product? Just renderings.  Their team photo is three blokes wearing sunglasses, one of them flicking a V.  Maybe it's a Norwegian thing.  "
    on: New Veneer Cone Laminating Method Promises "Endless Possibilities" for Furniture Design
  • "To determine the net cost / benefit to the encironment of people exploring off grid lifestyles would require chasing down a lot of factors.  It's worthy of study. Care to share your process of evaluation? "
    on: BioLite's Forthcoming BaseCharge Power Stations
  • "Edit: I meant BioLite 1500. "
    on: BioLite's Forthcoming BaseCharge Power Stations
  • "From the BioLite 1600 specification page:AC OUTPUTS (3) 110V: 1200W2,400W Surge This surge spec suggests that it *can* cope with the starting wattage of a refrigerator.  "
    on: BioLite's Forthcoming BaseCharge Power Stations
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