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The Dancing Frog

The Dancing Frog  :)

Switching gears for a day. My 3 yr. old Granddaughter was over and was showing off her new toy. I decided to “make it dance”.

I found this video on About.com and followed the instructions. How to Make a Doll into a Marionette.

I ended up with this:

The Dancing Frog 🙂

 

Gary

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Episode 30 — Kick-off of the Repurpose Contest

Tomorrow is kick off date for the Repurpose Contest. This episode is dedicated to creating proposals for repurposing these items.

Suggestions are:

Creating a design drawing. (Not what I would do, but you are more than welcome to do that. Creating a more artistic type drawing, 2 point perspective is suggested for the frame, and

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Episode 29 – Clamps

The quick-grip camps

In this episode I discuss several types of clamps and where they are very useful. In my case I normally have to work by myself so It would be impossible for me to be able to do anything without clamps.

Spring Tension Clamps

The clamps in this picture all depend upon springs to clamp

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Episode 28 – Separation of Gas and Liquid – Traps and Vents.

In this episode I talk a little about basic plumbing of drains. The purpose of a trap is described and the problems that changes in pressure in the drain line can cause. Siphoning is discussed and how different pressures in the drain pipe can cause water in the trap to be drawn out an allow

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Episode 27 – Statics Part II – Moments

A drawing of the problem to be solved

First, I want to announce the Repurpose Contest page is up. This includes pictures of the items for the April 2012 contest.

This episode is the next step in complexity from Episode 25. The problem is very similar to the last one except the force and the rope are connected at different points.

A

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Episode 26 Introduction to DC Electricity

I am switching gears a little today and I am going to talk about DC electricity. It is an important subject to understand how things work and to modify or build things. Small scale solar power is something I should be considering here for a power back-up and that is all based upon DC electricity.

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Episode 25 – Introduction to Statics and Forces on a Beam

This episode baby-steps into understanding how to solve problems to determine the forces on structural members. A completely graphical method is used to solve this problem by drawing right triangles and measuring the line lengths. A simple experiment is shown to roughly test the results. I show how I did the experiment, but I recommend

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Episode 24 – Ratio and Proportion and Right Triangles

In this episode I talk about a right triangle again and present the concept of scaling. I also talk about an important safety subject on some youtube videos I watched last night.

The first picture shows the naming of the sides and angles in a right triangle. The three angles in any triangle must add

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Taking a brain break…. but still providing the goodies.

It is the middle of the week… I am an old man…. and my “real job” is taking it out of me this week. Although I tried today, I just didn’t have it in me to produce a good informative podcast today. So, today I am doing a little web searching… a little scanning for

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Episode 23 – Standards, codes, laws, and specifications.

Today I attempt to poke a minor jab at a very big subject. This is the part of creating and making things that is just about as much fun as taking a beating, but it is probably a subject that needs to be tackled. Many standards are expensive to buy, but I have found one

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