“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!

Too Cool for Festool

There is a supposed Festool product out there, that seems to be a Festool promotional item: A Contractor’s first aid kit M0119 for $US89

It looks cool, particularly practical if you tend to do a lot of work onsite, where this systainer can sit on top of the Festool vac until needed.  However, I have yet to find any reference to it from a source that can actually supply it (or Festool themselves).

If it does exist (and I’m assuming it does), I wonder if

a. Has it made it down under?

b. Is it still available?

c. Can I get one?

d. How much?

Qty. Description
100 1” x 3” Adhesive plastic bandages
3 Knuckle fabric bandages
3 Fingertip fabric bandages, large
1 2” Conforming gauze roll bandage
1 40” Triangular sling/bandage, with 2 safety pins
6 3” x 3” Gauze dressing pads
1 5” x 9” Trauma pad
40 Antiseptic cleansing wipes (sting free)
1 First aid/burn cream pack, 0.9 g
1 4”x5” Instant cold compress
1 1/2” x 10 yd. First aid tape roll
1 4-1/2” Scissors, nickel plated
1 4” Tweezers, plastic, one time use
4 Exam quality gloves, 2 pairs
1 4 fl oz squeezable bottle with eye wash solution
1 First Aid Guide
1 Festool SYS 1 Systainer with red latches

Discounted Rockler International Postage!

Rockler have just informed us that as a gesture of goodwill, they are going to waive their standard shipping and handling charges for international purchases!

You still need to pay the international portion (so the Bench Cookie Cones will cost $3.12 to post to Australia via 1st class post).

Use the promotion code V1956, which will only remain active for a couple of weeks, so if you were considering making a purchase, this is a good time. Of course you are not limited to Bench Cookie Cones!

Thanks Scott, and Rockler – I’m sure it is appreciated.

Digital Position Scales

Was just flicking through a copy of the Hare & Forbes sale catalogue that was in the letterbox, and came across a unit that looked like it would be quite impressive on the Torque Workcentre.

It is a 3-axis positional digital readout.  Cost is up though – around $1000 for a 2-axis, and $1400 for a 3-axis.

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Interesting.

Would look pretty specky on the Torque!

The Transformers are Coming

Run for your lives! Or embrace the fact that your house could increase it’s effective floor area 20-50%!

The comments on YouTube revolve around cost – how much it is compared to conventional furniture, but my thought is: you are not buying a more expensive piece of furniture, you are buying additional square meterage of floor area in the home!

There are some bloody clever people out there.

Ikea, eat your heart out!

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