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Member Since: January 13, 2011

Country: United States

  • Windshield wiper motors are a good source of dirt cheap (free if you are ripping apart the car anyway..) gear motors. I could have swore there was one out there with built in feedback, but I'm having a hard time finding any info on that. Most people couple a potentiometer to the shaft for feedback it seems.

  • Phew, that is a relief! I had nightmares last night where and endless stream of nice garden tractors were being crushed into little cubes and melted down to make life size statues of Rob Dyrdek. It was weird...

  • Man, it seems like a crime to do anything to an older Deere that is in that nice of shape. Can't you go out and buy a $300 Yard Machine or Craftsmen instead?!

    At the very least, please put kill switches on the front and the back, or ideally on every corner of the vehicle. Those nice big red SLAM ones. Don't skimp on connectors either. The added vibration of the mower deck and large engine is no joke.

    You talked about redundancy on throttle position, which is good, but maybe redundant contactors on the ignition line and PTO clutch line too.

  • If you are into this stuff, make sure to check out Flite Test on YouTube!

  • https://hamexam.org/exam/15-Technician take a test exam! Use that site to learn the test, it is EZ

  • Maybe it is a reflection of myself, but I always felt that Maker Media always had too much of a focus on FLASH. I hate to imagine how many hours each magazine took to polish. Their events were chocked full of self promotion and opulent signage. The YouTube content has extremely high production. Some would argue that without the flash, it would have been even worse I guess. But this is the maker community, we are fine with napkin schematics and videos shot on cell phones. Always struck me as 'Silicon Valley Slick' like the trust fund kids at Burning Man. They helped create and cultivate the Maker Movement, a large majority of which includes doing things for cheap or free, and then still tried to monetize it. The amount of free labor they get out of volunteers during their paid admission for-profit events was crazy too. Just never seem to fit to me.

  • Excellent observation. At first I was 'meh' because there are plenty of other meetups to attend MRRF, HaD SuperCon, and local art fairs, but Maker Faires were unique in their broadness.

  • Yep, the "Maker Community" was almost too good at marketing. Kind of their own worst enemy.

  • What kind of monster uses a combination of a red thing, a yellow thing, and a green thing, THEN DOSN'T PUT THEM IN ORDER?!!? AAARRRGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!

  • Glad you aren't completely gone, Shawn!

No public wish lists :(