Tech Upgrades: Capitalism In Action

Is change good for us? Are we benefiting from new and different constantly? Sadly, the answer is yes… AND no… Continue reading

First Arduino Course: Done!

This weekend I taught my first Beginner’s Class in Arduino at the local Makerspace. A bit of theory, a bit of hands on wiring, and a lot of details on how to really work with the Arduino in projects. Of course,… Continue reading

So Just What Miles Per Gallon Can a Car Get, Exactly?

Are 100mpg cars possible? Really possible? I found some math that supports it is, but (as expected) with a few caveats… Continue reading

Victoria’s Lunar Eclipse, April 14/15, 2014

Decided I wanted a photo of the Lunar Eclipse in Victoria BC on April 14th (and mostly April 15th). But… Continue reading

Low Cost Gravity Battery

This weekend I was reading MIT Technology Review and an article about the problem with lighting in Kenya – specifically, the cost of lamps to provide light at night. Although the devices were inexpensive (under $10), the cost of kerosene fuel was continuous, as well as the problems with burning petrochemicals in an enclosed space. One solution: Solar powered lanterns. Lower operating cost, at least as long as the battery lasts. Downside is the cost for parts – $23, according … Continue reading