We believe the best ideas come from the curious
We started off upgrading a machine—and wound up upgrading ourselves
Clive Thompson: We Need a Fixer (Not Just a Maker) Movement
It is perfectly obvious that in any decent occupation (such as bricklaying or writing books) there are only two ways (in any special sense) of succeeding. One is by doing very good work, the other is by cheating. Both are much too simple to require any literary explanation. G.K. Chesterton
Steve Watroba lives in Webster, Massachusetts, United States. He describes himself has a guy who “ran a audio video service company for over 15 years, then (…) retired from that, and went into hot tub repair.” In addition, he is “an avid antique collector, [and] also love old “junk”, tractors, motors, machines. [He builds his] own PC’s, fix own tractors, buil[d] own house, and enjoy selling on ebay…”
Steve documented (134 videos on YouTube) the repair of an old tractor (an Oliver 770 Industrial, pictured above) salvaged from several years of parking in the woods. It is long (up to 135 videos) but contains good lessons in troubleshooting captured live.
This video-bonanza gives all its meaning to the concept of video-documenting. How else can keep trace (especially if, as in the first 25 videos, your tractor is in an inaccessible forest 10 miles away from your workshop) of your repairs and fails and simultaneously engage with community of fellow tinkerers? It gives a different meaning to the use of gopro.
Also credit to who build those pieces of kit in ye ole times. It is open to hacking, and was indeed heavily hacked. Steve’s tractor boast and added cabib/rollm cage, an upgraded alternator, a fuel pump, and a lot of upgrades or battlefield repairs…
Steve is not into restoration, museum style. His work is to make the kit work the way he wants it. He also repaired, and documented, an Arctic cat, a Earthmaster tractor, a Yamaha Grizzly 600 ATV (1st video was viewed more than 9.900 times…), a Makita 5611R generator, a Kawasaki Prarie KVF400 ATV, a Bush hog 305, a 2003 Honda XR100R, an International Utility 300, a Yelm Earthmaster and scrapped a Brown & Sharpe milling machine.
Lessons learned from stewatr:
- Document failures. Document troubleshooting. Will be useful one day. For you or someone else.
- Low-cost repair. Steve tries to to the best with what he has at hand and not ashamed of it.
- Repair well. Steve’s repairs can be low-cost, or training-oriented, but are made to stay.
- Get ready to redo. It happens. If it’s not working well, you have to do it again.
- “…Well when it comes to repairing those sediment bowl assemblies, you know you really have only a couple choices you either repair what you’ve got or you replace it. Now I could buy a new one of those sediment bowl assemblies complete for about twenty eight to thirty five dollars at a, say like a tractor supply. The problem with that is that now those are poorly made. You know “they don’t make them like they used to”. That adage certainly applies to sediment bowl assemblies. So this one got’s some age to it, but I like it. There are no cracks in it and I kinda like it, this is all brass including the little lever there. I think we can do al little bit of tune-up on this one and save it and end up getting some mileage out of it…” [x]
Further activity attributed to Mr Ulbricht took place on Stack Overflow – a question-and-answer website for programmers – where a user named Frosty asked questions about intricate coding that later became part of the source code of Silk Road.
Even the finest programmers could use a little help from their friends on Stack Overflow now and then. The site, which invites users to ask and answer one another’s questions about specific coding problems, has become a global hub for software engineers, catering to pros and amateurs alike. Silk Road mastermind “Dread Pirate Roberts,” it seems, was no exception.
Leonard died 20 August 2013 at age 87 – bookofjoe: August 24, 2013
At a soup kitchen in Harlem, Toyota’s engineers cut down the wait time for dinner to 18 minutes from as long as 90. At a food pantry on Staten Island, they reduced the time people spent filling their bags to 6 minutes from 11. And at a warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where volunteers were packing boxes of supplies for victims of Hurricane Sandy, a dose of kaizen cut the time it took to pack one box to 11 seconds from 3 minutes. [x]
-Ensemble, nous allons relire votre pièce. Puis, après, nous y ajouterons par-ci, par-là, quelques gags désopilants.
Cherchée longtemps. Mais you can’t hide from the internet.
In Ecuador, for example, it takes about 56 days and 13 separate procedures to get all the legal paperwork done to start a new business. In the United States, it’s an average of six days and six procedures. But if you want to open a mobile-food business in New York, it’s essentially like starting a business in Ecuador — and that’s if you can somehow arrange a permit
While US West Coast correspondent for The Economist, Andreas Kluth wrote Hannibal and Me: What History’s Greatest Military Strategist Can Teach Us About Success and Failure (Magnet URI). Great dissertation on how to stay focus and achieve, with Hannibal’s life sewn in (with Ariadne’s thread?). Filled with summary’s of ‘great’ peoples’ lifes, in clear prose (so clear the same quote is repeated twice within a few pages… where are the legendary Economist proof-readers?). The plot is classic. Take life of great peoples (define: people) and highligts some key events, as they are related by biographers. Insert some personal souvenirs ans some family history (uncle Lulu!) and draw som conclusions on how to manage your own life. In the last chapter, introduce Abraham Maslow‘s qualities of self-actualizing people. And forget to talk about god. Yes, not a single word, except to describe young Hannibal conducting a (maybe human) sacrifice with his father, or qualify Albert Scheweitzer as ‘theoligian’.
I still fail to understand why Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods or Eleanor Roosevelt (“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people”) found their way in that book. However, is reads well, with the classical no-unnecessary-word style of The Economist.