Saturday, September 10, 2011
A while back I was asked by my boss to look into automating a few processes on a production line using industrial robots. I had to present my findings in a super boring meeting which I wont replicate here. You should thank me.
What I discovered while I was doing my research was the story of the Kuka KR500 industrial robot. Capable of lifting 500kg like it was nothing, the KR500 was Kuka Robotic’s highest selling robot a few years back. I could watch the KR500 do its day job endlessly and never get tired of it…..
Friday, September 9, 2011
A few days ago in The Drum I encountered an article calling for increased media coverage of domestic violence incidents.
One of the first tasks for a journalist working an early morning shift is to “do emergencies”. That means ringing the police, fire and ambulance services and asking “what’s happened overnight?”
The police offer a shopping list of incidents: a car crash here, a petrol station hold-up there and some booze bus results for good measure.
The reporter will often ask about some activity they’ve noticed on the police scanner, or heard about elsewhere, and the reply will come: “Oh, that’s just a domestic”.
Somehow, because those magic words have been uttered, we journalists hesitate.
Much like the reporting of suicides, the rough rule is not to report “a domestic” unless it was somehow exceptional
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Many engineers struggle with skepticism. More-so it appears, than most other science and technology professions. I have a theory as to why. But not all engineers suffer this deficit. To demonstrate, every now and then I will present you with two engineers. I will contrast one who has used his education and experience to further mankind through the advancement of technology, with one who hasn’t. It will be up to you to judge who the Asshat is. I warn you now that the answer will be blindingly obvious. If you have trouble making your decision I suggest you consult Conservapedia or your bible.
This time I have chosen Sir George Cayley, 6th Baronet (27 December 1773 – 15 December 1857) and Harold Camping (still alive sadly).
The reason this paper plane caught my eye was that the nose was folded in exactly the same way my father taught me to fold it when I was about 5 years old. He taught me the art of folding the perfect paper plane during a rare period of mental stability which to this day is one of the few happy memories I have of him.
I have never forgotten how to do it and have never seen anyone else construct a paper plane in the same way since. The nose at least. Granted I haven’t really looked. That said, my father’s paper plane never had a tail like this one does.
They fly GREAT :-)
Peter Serafinowicz introduces us to Tavuism. Who can beat a religion that teaches you how to talk to an octopus?
The man is a genius.
Saturday, September 3, 2011
It wasn’t hard to predict that pro-life organisations would capitalise on reports that a woman undertaking a late term abortion has ended up seriously ill in Hospital. Its not like they haven’t done that before.
A few days ago I read an article about a late term abortion that appeared to have gone tragically wrong.
My father is not a part of my life (never was) so I don’t celebrate him on father’s day. But I celebrate anyway! This piece is for all of you out there who sometimes feel left out of the celebration because you were not raised by a man. I propose that you should still celebrate father’s day. All you have to do is give up on the notion that a father should be male. Simple!
Let me explain.