OK. Here we go. True story. A coworker is cleaning out his class, disposing of old materials. I walk in and lo and behold, what do I see? The instructional booklet pictured left. It’s a how-to for a construction kit toy from 1992. It’s geared towards kids. What were they thinking? I’m not even going to discuss the catchy title. Are the instructions clear to you? It’s a perfect example on why design is so important and what it’s like when it’s not done well. Click on the photos to enlarge them.
For some strange reason, I really want to see this. The news has been circulating a lot recently through Japanese/tech blogs and to mark the 30th anniversary of Gundam’s arrival, toymaker Bandai has constructed a full-scale reproduction of it in Tokyo’s Odaiba Shiokaze park. It will be unveiled on July 11th and apparently remain there until the end of August. Go around dusk as it also lights up.
This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of Engineering at the University of Iowa. Amazingly, 97% of the machines components came from JOHN DEERE Industries andMore.. Irrigation Equipment of Bancroft, Iowa. YES, farm equipment!
It took the team a combined 13,029 hours of set-up, alignment, calibration, and tuning before filming this video, but as you can see, it was WELL worth the effort. It is now on display in the Matthew Gerhard Alumni Hall at the University and is already slated to be donated to the Smithsonian.
UPDATE: (June 16) Is the above a hoax? Read here. Thanks Andrew.
Well our school year finished yesterday and it is always sad to say goodbye to those students and teachers leaving. If you work at an international school, you will know approximately 20 percent of a population leaves a year. A co-worker (thanks JW) sent this out to us. All the best to those moving on. I said my goodbyes but now it is also time to say hello to summer. I will try to keep adding posts on this blog but they may fall irregular and less frequent. Have a good one!