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Whacky Wednesday: Hip-Hop Medley – Stylophone Beatbox

When digging for yesterday’s YouTube video I found this one. Classic Hip-Hop medley using the Stylophone Beatbox.

YouTube Tuesday: Casey Neistat’s Studio

Here is a video from my YouTube favorites I go back to every now and then. Casey Neistat is an independent filmmaker from New York and this is a video Gizmodo did looking around his studio. It’s a very functional space and I am very jealous. I hope that one day I can have a studio and workshop like that for my projects, although I am OCD enough to keep to neat and tidy like Casey.

Flickr Friday: Adding A Complete Flickr Album To WordPress

As I have just discovered this I am dedicating Flickr Friday to it even though it is a bit more of a Theory Thursday item. I found that it is possible to embed a complete album with navigation into WordPress from Flickr using their HTML iFrame code.

The way I did it:

  1. At Flickr, go to the album you want to embed from.
  2. Select the picture you want it to start at.
  3. Click on the share icon, select HTML as the code, set the size you want and set the radio button at the bottom of the share box as ‘Embed’ (not HTML).
  4. Copy the complete ‘iframe’ code.
  5. Paste it into position in your WordPress post or page using the text editor (not the visual editor)

Bang…embedded album with navigation! This one in particular if the ‘My Melbourne’ album I have created from my pictures around, you guessed it, Melbourne.

I assume it would also be possible to embed your favorites and galleries using this method but maybe that is one for next week.

ManufacturingOps.com Website Launch

Today I am officially launching my new web project ‘ManufacturingOps.com’. The fundamental goal of the site is to explore manufacturing processes and technology with the reader learning along with me.

Some people may ask why I am doing this so I will start with the back story. In my current role as a design engineer I was presented with an issue by a supplier. My latest part design had an impact on an injection molding tunnel gate in their tool design. I didn’t have a lot to go on from their feedback so I asked a colleague who had some expertise in tooling design for some guidance. It didn’t yield much help so I turned to the internet for help to understand the gating problem.

A search on Google turned up a wide array of links and, more interestingly, a link to a YouTube video. Being a learner who likes the visual medium a video was my first port of call. The first post on the site actually shows the video I found of a tunnel gate. It helped me visualise the problem and work around the tool design.

I realised there were many more videos on the web that could help me understand a range of manufacturing processes that may help me as a design engineer as well as other resources for design and manufacturing professionals on the internet. Given that my role in the Australian Automotive Industry is coming to an end soon,  I wanted to extend my understanding of manufacturing processes. I am aware that future roles as a design or project management professional may require understanding technologies beyond those I have been exposed to in my automotive career.

Since scouring the internet for information was helping me extend my understanding of manufacturing processes I thought there would be other professionals that could also learn from the best of what I had discovered. I decided to create ManufacturingOps.com to filter and aggregate the best information I came across for manufacturing processes that helped me understand how things could be made. In doing this I hope I can help other people involved in product development by ‘playing along at home’.

The website is in it’s infancy so at the moment it is mostly aggregating videos. As I discover more I will extend the range of the site. There are many possible directions for the site to take as it evolves. I hope one day I can partner with some manufacturers and innovators to share some of their existing knowledge, generate some new content, share new technology or even produce some exclusive process videos.

So whether you are an engineer, a designer, an architect, a business development manager, a procurement specialist, an entrepreneur or an inventor I hope my daily dose of learning resource can help you on your mission. So dive right in and subscribe to get updates from my project or connect with me on LinkedIn to see the latest posts in your feed. If you have any interesting manufacturing process learning resources I am also open to submissions.

Theory Thursday: Making Ball Bearings

This one goes out to all my skating friends and some of the cyclists I know might take interest in it too. This is a video from Nachi on how rolling element bearings are made. This one follows the manufacture of deep groove ball bearings so it’s a good one for skaters to watch.

YouTube Tuesday: Mesmerizing Machines

A quick look at 24 mesmerizing machine from the Science channel’s How It’s Made program. The pretzel machine is cool.

Theory Thursday: Some Of My Favorite WordPress Plugins

The ProBlogger Event in less than a month so let’s talk WordPress. I now have four websites of my own running WordPress as the content management system along with a few others I have developed for other people and some more of my own sites in the pipeline. Finding good plugins to do certain jobs can life a lot easier. Here is a list of some of my favorite stand alone plugins.

  • Akismet – this one comes installed with WordPress and is great for comment spam handling. You do need to set up and Akismet account to use it and a personal account is free.
  • Google Analytics For WordPress – I have messed around with a few Google Analytics plugins for WordPress and this is my favorite. It seems to be reliable and roughly correlates to what Google Adsense says my traffic is.
  • Google XML Sitemaps – A simple site map creator so Google and others can see all your content easily.
  • TinyMCE Spellcheck – A basic spellchecker for the TinyMCE editor.
  • WordPress Editorial Calender – Great if your want to see how your days have been or will be covered with posts. Has been a little buggy recently so I need to see if that is ironed out.
  • Add Link To Facebook – I had been using WordBooker but support stopped for it due to some changes at Facebook. This is the best replacement I have found so far but it only allows you to post to one page or feed where WordBooker worked for two as standard. You can pay for it to allow you to post to extra pages though.
  • Quick Cache – One of the simpler cache plugins to use for WordPress and it seems to work well.

There are a number of other plugins I use depending on the website but those above are plugins I have installed on multiple WordPress sites.

I also noted that these are some standalone plugins I use. With one of my newer sites I had Jetpack installed as part of the install package my host provides. Jetpack is really a suite of many other plugins in one tidy package. You can turn each of the sub-plugins on or off and many of them have their own configuration. It does require a WordPress.com account for Jetpack to work.

Being new to Jetpack I am yet to unleash its full potential but I see that some of the elements in it have the ability to replace some of the standalone plugins I use. I may report back more once I figure out the Jetpack plugin suite.


Theory Thursday: The Battle For The Best Artificial Surfing Wave

Wave pools. We’ve all seen them or even been in them at the big water parks. And while the waves that a typical wave pool generates are surfable they just aren’t that good. There are also standing waves that are generated by blasting water over a form but these do not allow for a standard surfboard with fins to be used.

Over the last few years there have been a few people trying to develop a better artificial wave for surfing that mimics a real wave. One technology comes out of Australia from Webber Wave Pools and another comes from Wavegarden. These are just two of several technologies that are emerging, but they appear to be two of the most viable and interesting. Continue reading →

A Post About A Quadcycle To Disguise A Plug-In Test

Here is a video of a full suspension quadcycle.

But I really just made this post to test a WordPress plugin.

Flickr Friday: Light Painting With A Mobile Phone

Here is a light painting trial I captured by using an image on my mobile phone screen as a direct light source. I used Autodesk Sketchbook on my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to create a simple image of blocks in red, green and blue. Running the Canon 1D4 on bulb with the Canon 24-70mm F2.8L lens I used an f18 aperture at 34mm focal length and this image was created with a 93 second shutter time.

The colors turned out a little odd in this one but it was a first test. There are some later images on my Flickr photostream where I used lighter shades of the colors that looks more vibrant. My intent is to add this technique into images with a subject or even add some dynamic mechanical system to create some interest and order to the picture.

Celly/Mobile Light