Do you remember some time ago when I was waffling on about Steampunk Computers? As you may recall, these little rascals are modern computers and displays that have been "skinned" to look like they originated in the Victorian era.
A little later, I mentioned that I'd been searching for books on working with sheet metal to no avail (I want to build my own Steampunk Computer) until I was introduced to a great source for out-of-print technical, scientific, and engineering books: Lindsay's Technical Books.
Well, my friend Brian who lives in Minnesota just ran across these blogs, and he emailed me to say: "Hi Max, re your blog on out-of-print books, I think I have every book that Lindsay sells!" This doesn't surprise me in the least, because Brian is the owner of Beckius Truck Repair.
The point of all this (yes, there is a point, wait for it ... wait for it ...) is that Brian – whose hobby is playing with microcontrollers and building robots – is an incredible machinist and has a fully-equipped, industrial-strength machine shop.
The reason this is of interest is that Brian also foolishly said: "If you ever need any part machined, just let me know." Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear ... the problem is that I just ran across an amazing article on Steampunk motorcycles. And I thought to myself: "Wouldn't it be uber-cool to ride around on a Victorian-styled, steam-powered motorcycle?"
I wonder if Brian would notice if I first asked for one small part ... and then another .... until (over the years) I ended up with a fully-functional Steampunk motorcycle? Hmmm ... "Oh, Brian ..."
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