Let's see...besides pencils and pens (and lint), I've got a boxcutter, rubberbands, a double-headed screwdriver from Microchip (gotta love tradeshow giveaways), an SPIE LED flashlight (ditto), zip strips, a Leatherman multi-tool, a tape measure, batteries, and paperclips. Add duct tape and you've got enough to conquer the world!
: Build a particle accelerator using only the items in your top desk drawer.
Hmm, top drawer, that might be a real challenge. Should you allow for second and third from top, that would be a breeze. In third, I keep most of the components. Second, all the tools. But top? There are only the pencils and rulers. Oh, and batteries, at least. Can I run in on AAs?
Hi Kristin, John here from NYC. I've been thinking along somewhat similar lines. If we both found it worth our while, might there be a chance of us working together on some kind of project? Many ideas come to mind...
I actually watched a replay of the show last night and 90% of the people in it come off as completely brainless. I actually feel sort of bad for them – I doubt that they realized that the show producers were going to make them come off that way. There's one guy who appears to know something about programming – the rest appear to think that technology consists of selling things on websites.
The prototype show sounds cool. I know the trend these days is to implement as much as possible in software but somebody still has to build stuff for the software to run, right? I've actually started a project to build a mechanical lift in my garage to rise from floor to door level. I'm a laser geek by training, so I'm in the process of figuring out what I need to know to run a servo motor. Should be fun!
You should probably enjoy a show that already exists from Discovery Channel called "Prototype This" where a team of engineers (from diverse fields) tries to build a fully working prototype in under a week I believe. As in real life, success is a bit plastic, but is always lots of fun to watch even if the goals are not fully met at the end!
I really enjoy these kinds of shows and will eagerly way for the "Top Engineer" when it airs...
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