Posted in In the Shop, Mildly Interesting

Dimensional shame in 3D printing.

Here’s my first attempt to make stackable bins to fit in the vertical file cubbyholes that my dad built into this fine secretary desk.

You see I left the brim on so it won’t rattle around in there. Somehow my measurements didn’t translate to the actual file for printing. All of these cubbies are precisely 60mm wide, thanks to my dad’s usual attention to detail. So I can’t very well have crappy bins of various widths rattling around in there.

It would be nice to be able to stack them. So Version Two will be 60mm, without brim. It will have thick, uniform walls for stacking; and also much longer, might as well use the space available. Stay tuned!

Posted in Mildly Interesting

DOG SMUGGLING!

What is this mutt doing in the trunk of my car?? The answer may surprise you!

OK, not too surprising. I was putting some stuff in the trunk, and he leaped in. Maybe before we got him at the pound, some earlier doggie daddy would sneak him into the drive-in movies. Probably Air Bud, or Milo and Otis.

By the way, I made him get out of there before we left. It probably gets uncomfortable back there, and you can’t hang your head out the window.

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What Happened to the Restless Mouse?

After about 20 years, The Restless Mouse Novelty Company is packing it in. Closing our doors. Shutting down, shutting up, and moving on.

We are selling our remaining inventory on ebay, craigslist, the local auction house, basically, whatever works.

Ideally, in a few months, there will be room in the garage for a ping-pong table, or a Ferrari.

Hopefully, Teresa won’t fill it up with gardening stuff to convert the lean-to in the back yard into a “she shed”.

Posted in Back in My Day, Mildly Interesting

The Future is now, sort of.

The February, 1956 edition of Town Journal magazine predicted cars would be controlled by devices embedded in the pavement. They didn’t see the advances in optics and electronics enabling self-driving cars to use any pavement.

Apparently game playing technology was not expected to improve- This family is playing dominos, I think. I don’t think they are even wearing seat belts. Who needs them when the car is driving?

The article was mostly about how electricity would make your life better. Television “screens” will hang on the walls. An electric heat pump will use outside air to cool your house in summer, heat it in winter. Also, Your food will cook in seconds instead of hours.

Aside from the fact that we don’t all drive Batmobiles, these predictions from “America’s Electric Light and Power Companies” are pretty accurate. I wonder what today’s power companies foresee for the year 2082.

Posted in Back in My Day, Mildly Interesting

Gingerbread boy is oblivious

U&I Sugar had a mascot, maybe only at Christmas? A gingerbread boy, smiling because he doesn’t know that his fate is sealed. This guy was in the 12-1-65 Everett Herald. You could send a U&I label and some money to get a cookie sheet, cake pan, either came with a “Gingerbread Boy Pattern”. (I thought it would be a cookie cutter?)

Apparently, they were trying to build product loyalty among people who like to bake.

U&I produced beet sugar for decades; ultimately cane sugar did them in. People preferred the taste of cane sugar, and bakers say it caramelizes better than beet sugar.

More about the U&I company here; https://worldhistory.us/american-history/the-history-of-ui-sugar-a-beet-sugar-powerhouse.php

More Mascots here; https://www.neverjethot.com/posts/tag/mascots/