Alexander Clark

Owner, Thistlehammer Studios, LLC
Harrisburg, PA, USA

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  • "I'm curious about things like this. To me, this seems the same as the bright pink guns they sell to entice new clients into purchasing, it's a minor aesthetic change that has no bearing on the function of the tool. How does one create new interest in something that already exists? Why does such a simple change work? Or doesn't it? I struggle with this aspect of design. Sure, it's pretty, but nothing is different. The silhouette is the same and the paint will scratch. What is it that makes consumers buy your product when you've done nothing but recolor it?"
    on: A Modern Update to the Hunting Rifle
  • "Good news, everyone!"
    on: The Nasal Ranger: A Tool for Measuring Odors with Precision
  • "In my various auction lurkings, I've come across all electric Rangers from the 80s.  Apparently they were sold only as fleet vehicles, and mostly to train companies and rural municipalities.  As both a fan of old Ford aesthetics and new inside / old outside style retrofits, I'm more excited for these new motors than I probably should be."
    on: Ford's Latest Electric Truck is…a 1978 F-100?
  • "Would it not be simpler, and less wasteful, to just tie the two loops together at the back?"
    on: 3D-Printed Doohickey for Those Who Can't Wear Masks That Loop Around Their Ears
  • "That's a lot of narrow crevices for very sticky plant particulate to have to make it's way through."
    on: Can't Roll a Joint? The Otto Automatically Grinds, Fills and Rolls Your Favorite Herb
  • "Great, a touch screen where I can frequently graze it with my palm and forearm while I type. I often use my phone and laptop together, but I can't say I've ever put the latter directly next to the keyboard. I can't see the point of this, it seems more representative of the low cost of screens, than of a useful innovation. It's like when LEDs got cheap, so everything had to have a light."
    on: Lenovo Unveils Laptop With Second, Smaller Screen Next to Keyboard
  • "I was really hoping for some sort of "put your face here" face-hugger style dispenser.  I'm surprised how many of these have open slots allowing for contamination via air flow or incidental touch. Seems not one is made from abiotic or amicrobial materials."
    on: A Look at Face Mask Dispensers
  • "Passive solar piping under a thin membrane could handle the heating but I have no idea how you'd cool it off. Geothermal connected through the base supports, maybe."
    on: Look Inside This Automotive Engineer's Spherical Home/Office Pod
  • "Every time I see an image of the cyber-truck I'm reminded that Elon Musk is not, nor ever will be, someone who learns from what's around him. He has a toddler's sense of desire and reward, one which has little to do with the constraints of reality. This fugly thing fails on every possible aspect, except maybe being eye-catching in Warhol-esqu kind of weird for no real reason way."
    on: Behold, a Tesla Cybertruck Camper Concept
  • "Looks a lot like a late 90s store brand toy, reflective stickers over plastic hiding screw holes. Is there any point to the cross-hatching or is that purely for show? There must have been a more elegant solution to housing the mechanicals listed other than shoving them in a set of boxes in the middle of the grill."
    on: BMW's Gigantic Grille…Wins an Award?
  • "Pretty sure that cylinder is ice. Given the weight distribution of the design and relative flexibility of titanium, I can't see how this is much better than a nice, lightweight, personal fan. I have to imagine, given Chinese companies' track record, that a great deal of those kick-starter sales are spurious."
    on: Bizarre EDC Object: A Titanium Folding Fan for Breaking Windows
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