“Soon the Hunt will Begin”

Not particularly shed-related (although this fellow would have had to have been made in a pretty impressive one!)

I was down at Designwyse this afternoon – I happened to hear they had some stock of iPad2.  Didn’t realise that today was the very first day they were available, and most purchasers had to queue!!! (Update, hear some queued in the rain for hours, just to get to be first in line.  I went to a professional Apple supplier, and got mine on the stroke of 5, having walked into the place a couple of minutes earlier – yes, I am skiting.  Only problem now is my wife wants her own one!!)

Once I picked up my copy, I found this fellow standing near the entrance – had completely missed him when I went in.

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Some people are seriously creative!

A Persistent Triton Sale

A sale of Triton products is still running at Carbatec. I’d question the advertising of it because I was not aware, and was left shaking my head at the prices on offer

Triton SuperJaws for $129
Triton Multistand $39!!!!
Triton Woodrack $39

Triton 1010W Router $149
Triton 2000W Router $279
Triton 2300W Circular Saw $279

At those prices, I’m tempted (and might just grab another woodrack for the hell of it – can never have too much wood storage!!)

Formula One

Petrolheads once again are savouring the start of the 2011 Formula One season, myself (and my wife) included!

However, there is another group of younger enthusiasts who could be (unfairly) described as airheads, but only because their Formula One passion is powered by compressed air, not petrol!  This is the F1 in Schools programme, which is closely associated with the Formula One, and where school kids get to start to experience some of the design principles and concepts involved in designing the technology of the premiere race.

They have very specific rules to comply with, common sources of materials etc, and go to the extent of testing their creations in wind tunnels in an attempt to come up with the optimum car to race on the official track, competing both nationally, and internationally.  The next race is the Irish National Finals in 2 weeks.

The cars are machined from balsa wood under a strict set of rules, then raced in a drag race for superiority.

There are a couple of races each time: one a computer launch that tests the car’s superior speed (all powered by an identical ‘engine’), and a second that given the minute differences between each car is much more a test of the ‘driver’ launching the car.

It is a big business, with schools able to purchase wind tunnels, smoke tunnels, CAD packages including virtual wind tunnel evaluation software

The races are run on a standardised track, so times can be compared worldwide.

School seems to have gotten significantly cool since I remember it!

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