Alan Nomoto


Port Orchard, WA, USA

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  • "Thanks for your response. I am still wondering how a layperson would torque the fasters correctly. Most people will not have a Torque Wrench at the ready. I have seen Single Use Fastening Tools that the handle will break off after reaching a specified value. I have personal experience of bad wrenching: my own. As a kid, I improperly torqued a bike component. Let's just say, I ran home a truly, bloody mess. I was very lucky."
    on: Yea or Nay? A Weld-Free Bike Frame with "Mortise & Tenon" Joinery
  • "I slice up old bike tubes too. I learned about re-use as a kid in Japan seeing the rubber tires on tugboats as fenders & the chains holding up the tailgate on trucks are covered in old tubes to prevent chafing & noise. It was common to see a lady coming around with a pushcart for you to trade in newspapers for toilet paper. She used the tubes for tie-down straps for the mounds of paper."
    on: Upcycling Bike Parts and More Into Useful Objects
  • "Great article! I agree that a recycle friendly label is sufficient. It's been pounded into my head since college that we need to think through products for their entire lifecycle. One of my professors was involved in a court case regarding a nuclear powerplant. His testimony pointed out the back end of a powerplant's lifecycle. That was in the 70's. Sadly, we're still waiting to figure that out."
    on: When a Seemingly Good Package Design Decision is the Wrong One
  • "I think the whole idea of the French Cleat revolves around storing portable objects. People reconfigure things for a fresh look. Moving these units around doesn't really change the aesthetics of a wall. I am not fond of the grid look & prefer the horizontal rail.  I use it for extension cords with their outlet boxes, mini compressors & outdoor placeholders for these & other portable items. It visually cleans up my otherwise cluttered workshop. French Cleat? Yes. Interior design? No."
    on: Yea or Nay? Dash Modern's Gridded-French-Cleat-Based Modular Wall Units
  • "When I lived in Japan, there were the leather packs but also natural white canvass ones. They were sometimes associated with the bullies of the neighborhood who also walked around in Geta's (wooden flip-flops) just to be tough (they're so old, I couldn't even find an image on the web). That showroom above is SO Ginza."
    on: Traditional Japanese School Bag Colors Have Evolved
  • "No prescribed torque values? No thank you. Just "kinda'" tightening will not cut it. The tubes should be keyed for orientation & to prevent twist (after you didn't torque it down properly). This is a kit."
    on: Yea or Nay? A Weld-Free Bike Frame with "Mortise & Tenon" Joinery
  • "COVID has got me down. It's time for Japan to open up. Tokyu Hands, Viva Home Center or the "hole in the wall" hardware store is calling. Where was Rain's favorite Japanese big/little box store?"
    on: Design Differentiators Among Analog Slant Levels
  • "...I forgot. "eye watering" price point. I agree."
    on: Teenage Engineering's TX-6 Portable Mixer
  • "Great UX. Overcomes so many devices that have so many "Value Added" functions behind a menu knob that by the time you actually start recording, you don't even remember the song. Note: If you go to their website, you will see a raw aluminum finish (that I'm a total sucker for) that doesn't quite come through the photos or video. Extreme portability to boot. Looks to be a great product from a decidedly analogue person."
    on: Teenage Engineering's TX-6 Portable Mixer
  • "Kid steals dad's bike. Does burnout. You can "fill" in the rest."
    on: An Off-Road Electric Bike--With Gas Tanks in the Wheels
  • "I travel for a living including to vacation spots. This is a recipe for an unmitigated disaster (Think street racing Mustangs on crack). "
    on: Hertz Adding Insane 900-Horsepower Shelby Mustangs to Their Rental Fleets
  • "C'mon. Stop it. If you want nonsense, go over to YD. This product was actually off the radar for me & I would consider it. I think it would complement an N-95 Mask better than goggles."
    on: Yea or Nay: Full-Face Safety Goggles?
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