The Skipper


California

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  • "Well, there it is. The first comment. A Toyota truck. That design will be the Ford Model A of the electric car world. Any company can hype a product aimed at, well, uselessness; or they could CRUSH IT. A 2-WHEEL DRIVE two door truck that will simply and affordably Get The Job Done. Who need 400hp and 4 wheel drive with only 300 mile range. Imagine the possibilities with a modest application of power and batteries resulting in an Undeniable Price Point. Anyone?Anyone? Bueller?Rain?"
    on: Alpha EV Pickup Wins Style Points, But Ain't a Work Truck
  • "It seems the previous commenters have not worked consistently in the construction industry. If the commenter did any construction work they would be highly aware that air hoses, electrical cords,  tool bags, boxes of consumables (nails, screws, bolts, electrical fittings... the list goes on) get caught on nearly everything and weigh a significant amount. Construction workers carrying and remarkable amount of weight on their body and work in an unconditioned environment that is constantly changing. Take this and more into consideration and begin to realize that there is a reason they tend to be rough foul mouthed types who are actully a fairly agile, strong, and resilient group of employees that dislike difficult work as much as anyone else. The difference is their work is often difficult and they deal with it where as other have the option to, for example, buy a better sketching pen. Rain is right to see this as an interesting concept as it is an overlooked field of design potential.The previous commenters are indicative of a separation in design thinking that is also a reflection of the social value that design has when its value is reserved for those of a certain echelon. Ignoring a market this size results in loss of a sizable market share-lest we forget there is money to be made here. So maybe shut your mouth and open up your eyes and your mind. Someone else is trying to show you something of value. School is never out"
    on: ID Student Work: Sam Sheckells' Sidekick System for Offloading Power Tool Weight
  • "Then why not do something to help her. She is giving it her all and all we are doing is standing on the sidelines saying,”why bother?!” This is a HUGE issue. Someone is trying SOMETHING, what are you/we doing? Makeing the problem worse? Shipping our problem to other countries? Ignoring the problem? Suggesting that we should not try? A PITA is an effed up world because no one did anything."
    on: 20something Entrepreneur Figures Out How to Recycle Waste Plastic Into Strong, Cheap Bricks
  • "I don’t even know where to begin. For this case, make your first cut on top. Just before the kerf begins to close, stop.  Then make your “undercut”.  This will properly dismember the tree. Remember the key thing here is to take gravity into consideration first, then take into consideration the side forces of trees and other branches in the way. And if you need help next time just call me? I dont want you to hurt yourself. "
    on: Rural Design Solutions: Figuring Out How to Fell a Leaning Tree Without a Chainsaw or Wedges
  • "A little known or shamefully admitted fact is that the reason no serious conversations a held for making conditions better is simply because governments are not interested in housing and taking care of refugees. One of the primary objectives of a refugee camp is to close as soon as possible, with the refugee returning to a more peaceful home or becoming a community member of the society providing shelter. Design has many faces and in this instance the government has perfected it. In short, land here, figure out your next step and move on. Harsh? Perhaps. But in that situation would you as a designer make an underground bunker more comfortable? Or, (rhetorically) would you use you powers of design “to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and their posterity” as did some historical designers? "
    on: Design Student Proposes a Simple, Hook-Based System to Make Refugee Bunkers More Livable
  • "Might I suggest NOAA at weather.gov for online; and, for real world a barometer, hygometer, and a thermometer"
    on: Why COVID-19 is Throwing Off the Accuracy of Weather Forecasts
  • "Side note on the economy of canned beverages, it is not uncommon for the packaging of the product to cost significantly more than the contents. Keep that in mind the next time you are standing in front of a vending machine or beer aisle."
    on: Core77 Reader's Wife Designs the Perfect Beer Can Opening
  • "In the 80's and maybe early 90's Foster's oilcans had two poptops that took care of this. Of course the extra real estate on the top made this easier. I was quite young and when I asked "why?" I was told that it was a popular beer with college kids that enjoyed shotgunning beer. Pictures are impossible to find but the memory is burned into my mind.......ssssssssss"
    on: Core77 Reader's Wife Designs the Perfect Beer Can Opening
  • "GTFO!"
    on: Here's a List of All the U.S. Govt's Rogue Twitter Accounts Fighting Trump's Crackdown on Science
  • "The volume and quality of work that came out of this period is impressive. It laid a foundation that is still hard at work today and in many cases can still be seen and enjoyed. Design degrees may have been far and few between but the creativity and craft of the workers was certainly up to snuff. The loose guidelines that were followed were published in a book called Park and Recreation Structures by Albert Good. It is well worth a look!"
    on: The Brilliant Way FDR Got America Back to Work—While Beautifying the Country and Protecting Our Environment
  • "I try to keep it simple. Since I usually clean up the shop for the weekend I finish on Friday after I have cleaned up early and then let the thing sit for the weekend. If I need more than one coat I just move the time frame accordingly so that the final coat is completed on Friday. This might give me time between coats so I use this to start plans on the next project, catch up on paperwork, file taxes (yea!), shop for the next project materials, go for a walk, spend time with family, go the dentist, you see where this is going. Really a great excuse to do all the things that need gettin' done."
    on: Hand Tool School #35: What to Do While the Finish is Drying?
  • "There is a reason teak has been used for years on boats. Wood in general is a nonslip surface it is when the stairs do not have the correct rise/run, are freshly oiled, covered in moss/algae or other issue that they become slippery. Also take into account that if you are going to be shoveling snow off said steps, anything short of the expanded steel to let the snow through when stepped on, is likely going to be damaged and/or make the ice start and stick much more easily than just plain wood. As it is said, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. "
    on: Design & Materials Problem: What are the Different Ways to Make Outdoor Stairs Non-Slippery?
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