Entries from May 2014 ↓

Flickr Friday – Taiwan Roundabout

Despite the obvious American influences they do have a penchant for roundabouts in Taiwan. This picture is in my Flickr favorites and the photographer is user ‘freedom791003‘.

"新竹之心" 東門圓環20130923

YouTube Tuesday – Mechanical Principles

With so much of our machinery these days driven by complex electronic controls systems it’s easy to forget that engineers used to develop many novel solutions in pure mechanical systems to make machines do what was needed. Here’s a video from the 1930’s of some interesting mechanical concepts of which some look to be not entirely useful in any context.

Flickr Friday – Depth Of Field

Here is one of my pictures from the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan. It was shot at 70mm with an f2.8 aperture on my Canon 1D MK4 using a the 24-70 f2.8 L-Series Lens.

Outside the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan

YouTube Tuesday – Top Thrill Dragster At Cedar Point

If everything falls in to place I may finally get to Cedar Point next year. Top Thrill Dragster is the ride that first alerted me to what many consider the greatest roller coaster theme park in the world but there is so much more there and they add new rides every year. I wonder what they will build next.

Flickr Friday – Alana Blanchard’s Bottom Turn

The post title works on at least two levels! But seriously I wanted to go to the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach this year but it didn’t happen. Here’s an interesting picture from when the ASP toured down under this year taken at the Roxy Pro on the Gold Coast.

Alana Blanchard Roxy Pro! Canon 1DX   600mm F4 Prime! Golden Girl & Gold Coast! Bottom Turn in Bikini Bottoms! Surf Girl Goddess Alana Blanchard!

YouTube Tuesday – A Serious Thread

I like making stuff. These guys are making some serious stuff. This video shows a thread rolling machine that is capable of rolling threads in stock up to 12″ in diameter. The thread they roll in this video is a 4.5″ x 1 TPI single start ACME in 1045 Cold Drawn Steel.

serious-cat-serious-thread

Flickr Friday – Taiwan Street Food

Another image from my last trip to Taiwan. This street front eatery was quite busy on the Sunday I was wandering around Tainan. I guess the food must be good.

Street Food, Tainan, Taiwan

YouTube Tuesday – Useless Machines

Here are some more useless machine and other kinetic objects.

Flickr Friday – Wormhole

Here is a picture from my favorites by Stephen Humpleby. This one is a Wormhole looking thing that has been light painted. I think I know how this was done so I want to give it a go myself.

Wormhole