Saturday, November 28, 2015

Time for Bikinis and Flip-Flops

Horseshoe Bend is up to a blistering 15 degrees.

New Design Work

For some time, I've been considering how to expand ScopeRoller's telescope mobility solutions to Dobsonian mounts.  If you aren't familar with them, here's an example:

These lack the ability to track objects across the sky (unless you put an equatorial platform under it like this:

which means you still need casters under the ground board of the platform), so they aren't very useful for astrophotography, but they are a cheap way to get a large reflector built, so they are popular.  And these are often very heavy telescopes, especially when you get to the aptly named Obssession 36":

The problem is that while it is pretty obvious how to put wheels under a conventional tripod, attaching to the ground board of a Dobsonian is a bit more complex.  My competitors build cart like things to put the ground board on.  Heavy to ship and expensive to make without welding.  Anyway, I think I have a solution that has a similar form factor to what I sell now, and is rugged and durable.

What Will They Ban Next? 3D Printers? Or Brains? How About Banning the Koran?

Nov. 23, 2015 Computerworld reports:
Possessing files that can be used to 3D print firearms will soon be illegal in New South Wales after new legislation, passed last week by state parliament, comes into effect.

Among the provisions of the Firearms and Weapons Prohibition Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 (PDF) is an amendment to the Weapons Prohibition Act 1998 stating that a person "must not possess a digital blueprint for the manufacture of a firearm on a 3D printer or on an electronic milling machine."

Thanks to Shall Not Be Questioned for the link.

Let's have some fun.  Get governments convinced that there are STL files that will let you 3D print concealable 10 MW carbon dioxide lasers.

Of Course Obama Is Going After Guns

Guns are the problem, Obama says.  But news accounts suggest another issue in play.

Robert Lewis Dear, 57, is suspected of killing a police officer and two civilians when he arrived at the clinic on Friday wearing a trench coat and opened fire with an assault-style rifle.
Police said that he was from North Carolina, and were looking for clues as to what exactly motivated the attack.
Neighbors of Dear from his time in rural Black Mountain said that he would often keep to himself and had a rambling manner when he talked, but that he did not openly discuss religion or abortion....

Black Mountain resident James Russell said, '"If you talked to him, nothing with him was very cognitive — topics all over place'.
'You can tell his personality is just off. The way he looked at you, the way he talked, he just seemed off,' he said.

Who Would Have Guessed The Nation

From Nov. 27, 2015 New York Post:
More Swiss people are having sex with horses, according to a sickening new report.

There were 105 cases of the maltreatment of horses in Switzerland in 2014 — 10 percent of which involved people having sex with them, according to Tier im Recht, an animal welfare group.

“This rate is relatively elevated compared with other types of animals,” Andreas Rüttimann, a legal expert with the group, told reporters, The Local reported.
Those sophisticated Europeans that progressives want us to be like.

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Need A Christmas Gift For Someone With Hardwood or Tile Floors?

My wife bought one of these Shark steam mops for cleaning our vast expanses of tile floors.  Light and easy to use it cleans the floors without leaving any residue of soap.  Very important if you have a cat, because they clean their paws by licking them.