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Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Design Books free online

A selection of design titles available for free from

The Website https://designopendata.wordpress.com/
While I was at Monash Uni a few years ago, I was delighted to reconnect with books, and specifically learn about design and industrial design through them. I'm rewriting my bike book and wanted to refer my readers to a few of my faves. (Yes, I am a hopeless nerd)

Anyway, a couple came up on https://designopendata.wordpress.com/ . I am yet to fully explore the offerings (it would take a while), but here are some of the ones I liked.

Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda.  Sets out what you should do when designing something, there are things like disentangling the tasks and elements that make up a job.

Design for the real world by Victor Papanek. Explains how design differs from engineering.

Regards

Steve Nurse

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Lunch at Uncle Drew's

Milk crates for their original purpose

Have migrated outside to be used as stools.

Hard seat, big area, on bike and black timber topped stools. A bit of extra padding (artificial turf) on the green stools.

Milk crates as seats.

Crate without pad or timber, it just has a small area supporting the bottom.






Hi

Last Tuesday it was my wife Christine's birthday and we went out to a local caf, Uncle Drew's. We usually eat outside, and did this time as well. But quite a few other things had changed due to Covid 19 restrictions. All the dining is outside, and inside is a small grocery shop as well as the service counter. The menu is posted in the window, but is also accessible by phone scanning a square barcode thingy which is plastered on the table. Also accessible by barcode - thingy is the Covid 19 tracing register, where you should leave your name in case there is an outbreak in the area.  You also have to order inside which it took me a while to realise.

Anyway we had a nice bottle of wine from Mount Macleod in Gippsland with lunch which was good and we enjoyed the birthday lunch. I had a bit more of the wine later in the day and decided it was a good drop so went back on my bike a couple of days later to pick up some more and take a few photos.

They turned out to be all of milk crates, and I now realise there is another ap for my bike milk crate adapters, as milk-crate-chair toppers, and I'm using some of the design ideas from the crate stools in my current big project, a rewrite of my book.

Regards   Steve Nurse

Monday, 22 June 2020

Sub-Atomic Milk Crate





Hi

After my posting about collecting milk crates here and here, I was curious as to where the hard-rubbish collected milk crates (that I didn't take) ended up and my first guess was the Darebin Recycling Centre in Reservoir, and so thought a visit would be worth it. I had been there before and got crates, and there is other assorted cd's and books and - well junk - there for sale. But instead of the mountain of crates I had expected, there were only three or four. But I came across another surprise, a half-crate, or something that can be used as one. In fact it is a Series 300 Stormwater Pit Riser 84221 from Everhard Industries.

For a while I have been thinking of how to build a table from milk crates in the back yard and that seemed easy peasy, you can just make 4 columns of of milk crates and put or even secure a bit of plywood on top, and then the table is done. Unfortunately that wouldn't work in terms or the table height. as milk crates would make a table about 300, 600 or 900mm high. The table I am sitting at is 750 high, and I had thought of and actually mucked around with making a half-high crate spacer. So there is an accidental commercial solution to this problem, or at least one that comes pretty close.

I didn't buy the pit spacer which probably would have been $1.00 like the cd's and books I got there today. Probably have enough junk at home already.  And the whole bike trip went well, although it was one of the shortest coldest days of the year and it rained on me a bit. I was happy with the half-crate discovery and my purchases, visited Christine Durbridge on the way home and also managed to get my wife Christine a birthday present and her vege shopping.

Regards  Steve Nurse



Sunday, 14 June 2020

Crate Cubing

Crate Collection in Northcote, as described here.
Crate Cube, 2 x 2 x 2?

No, a fake, only 7!

Crate Cube, 3 x 3  x 3?

No, a fake, only 19!
Hi

I am a long term blogger and follow a few other long term bloggers, Jun in Canada and Auntie Helen in Germany. Both occupy themselves with tilebagging, or using bike-mounted GPS to record arrival in particular square kilometres. Adjacent squares can be bagged to build up connected and filled in patterns of tiles, like large squares. Jun doesn't get too fussed about large squares but does ride to fill in empty squares and see extra sights.  However Auntie Helen goes out of her way, or motivates her riding by bagging large, completely filled in squares in Germany.
Tilebagging, Courtesy https://www.monaxle.com/2017/10/24/veloviewer-explorer-tile-bagging/
In this post, she gets tiles by visiting an airport during a quiet period of enforced covid 19 lockdown and also makes 2 attempts to bag a tile which is mostly covered by a military base.

So I am filled with curiosity and awe about tilebagging, but am never going to bother with the extra techno-burden of using a gps and actual tilebagging. But I have been collecting milk crates on bikes lately, and thought of an alternative I can do, "crate cubing".

This involves creating a cube of n x n x n milk crates (or anything), making an image of it, then showing the image and bragging about it on the internet. The bigger n is the better! The photos above show my efforts.

And, just because I can, and because it is relatively harmless, and because it is mathematically interesting, I have indulged in a bit of fake it till you make it. In this, I am not in the same league as John Friedrich or Belle Gibson , nor do I want to be!

This fakery involves making something that looks like a cube out of the crates, but it is just a shell, showing the minimum number of crates required to fool someone. Friedrich did a similar thing, "at times using as security empty crates that he persuaded bankers contained expensive equipment". But I don't think you are being a fraudster (or anyone would know or care) if you overstate your supply of milkcrates. But this might make a reasonable fun class exercise (maths without knowing you're doing it) Some calcs are shown below.



And just to be complete, this isn't the first time I've proposed a new quest. Here I talked about Wycheproofing, or climbing Victoria's smallest mountain as a contrast to Everesting, or climbing the height of the World's highest mountain by bike or running.

Best Wishes

Steve Nurse

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

60th Birthday

^
A family to be proud of.

I did a roast, others brought cake!

60 years on the planet and look what I've done, learned how to do crap edits in Microsoft photos.
60 years on the planet and look what I've done, learnt how to cut open an aluminium beer can with nail scissors.





Hi Last week it was my 60th birthday. We had a small fun party, at the time only 5 guests were allowed under covid restrictions and we stuck to that number with my wife Christine, Mum, Dad, my son Ewan, his wife Phoebe and her mum Helen. Anyway, here is the short accidental video.

https://youtu.be/CyzekCVz3vY 

And yes, the 2 bottom pics are self deprecating. I am very proud of my actual contributions to cycling, engineering, academia and of my family.

Best Wishes

Steve Nurse

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Pastures of the Blue Crane

Pastures of the Blue Crane, First Edition Cover, front by Annette Macarthur Onslow
, and back, a bit less inspiring.
Pic and Illustration about "Gidget" from
.....the book "Surfing USA"
Achingly beautiful, page 1 and Annette Onslow's pic of cafe life in 1960's Melbourne. Paris eat your heart out.
One of the surfing pics. Once again, Onslow has nailed it.

Hi

Since I was quite young I have been a surfer, and even when I can't be near the ocean, I have sought out some equivalent adrenalin charging pastimes. A while ago I gave up skateboarding but still ride bikes including some I've designed and built myself. Books on surfing have interested me and I knew about the American "Gidget" surfer girl books and movies but have never seen or read them. Until a few weeks ago I wasn't aware of any Australian equivalent.

Then I came across"Pastures of the Blue Crane" by Hesba Fay Brinsmead. The book is still in print, and there are reviews of it on the internet thingy. Here, I just wanted to highlight the surfing content of the book which is small in quantity and possibly incidental but to me, great in meaning.

The main protagonist in the book is Ryl, a young orphan who migrates to The Goldcoast of Queensland from Melbourne with her crusty grandfather. Ryl ends up hanging out with a few surfers and learns to surf herself, but she never ends up addicted to surfing or anything else. She goes for a surf on a big surf day. What is good about this scene is that it is not written as an end in itself, but more as a story about mateship. One of her fellow surfers on the big day is a land surveyor and they bond over surfing, then later this mateship helps her.

So this is a coming of age book but I think all ages and genders can get something out of it. There are bits about race and skin colour and general tolerance but no alcohol fuelled violence or car crashes. Highly recommended!

The philosophies of "Blue Crane" are highly regarded and there is even a Facebook fan page. Not bad for 1 55 year old book.

Regards

Steve Nurse

PS My copy of the book is now on its way to my neice Cicely who lives on the Goldy, and I've ordered a replacement 1969 version through ebay.

Update: 1969 version of Blue crane arrived today and I am very happy. A photo of the main differences is below, some of  Hesba Fay Brinsmead's other books are featured on the back cover and fly leaf, and there is a picture by Peter Farmer.


Sunday, 17 May 2020

Model TV's


3d printed assembly in TV's is 2 printed parts, a skewer which is bent as a bow to secure the parts together.
Individual parts, skewer, plastic screen protector, 3d printed front and back, printed picture from "The Jetsons"

All the screen parts together
TV #1, "Smart TV"
Making the Future TV, plywood was marked out, sawn and drilled. Some balsa wood used in the last blog post was used as a ruler and to get the right distance of holes from edges, and I had plenty of brake cable inners and outers in the shed.
Finished. Bicycle brake cable outers hold the sides together in the same way as the house was made last time.  They also form the legs of the TV.

Decorations include bicycle brake cable inners, and 3 different colours of 1.75mm 3d printing PLA filament.

Mounting of TV on front gate.

Front gate as it is now.
An old bike about to be restored. Damaged gear and brake cables are ready for harvesting and upcycling as some sort of sculpture.
Hi

For the past few weeks I've been experimenting with some building techniques and posted about what I've done here and here .  After making and displaying the last house, I decided to make something else using some of the same techniques, and settled on a "Television" based idea. Firstly I made the screen surround, and this turned out exceedingly well.

I waited around a few days and then made a small TV with screws representing controls and legs, and a black and white picture from the 1960-s tv show "Get Smart". This show was repeated endlessly on Australian TV in the 70's and 80's, and my brother Richard and I can recite large chunks of dialogue - well at least the catchphrases. And so the TV is a daggy big black and white model with no remote control. That's right, prehistoric really. Because its related to Get Smart, and because I can call it whatever I like I am calling it "Smart TV". Yes, I am jumping 50 years ahead of myself with that name, I don't care!

Having got the Smart TV representing the past out of the way, I set about making another "Future" model with a construction resembling that of Easter Egg House #2.  Its nice to see it next to the older and slightly more relatable Smart TV. Below is the pic I used from the Jetsons animated series circa 1962. They got the large curved screen TV just about right, although the guy in the bottom photo could chill out a bit, and get a more interesting haircut.

Regards  Steve Nurse




Stop Press: A friend came round and was admiring the sculptures on the front gate and said she especially liked the aquarium which was the new sculpture. I was bemused, "Um, Aquarium? I said", and she replied, "Oh well, yes, I saw the Shark on the front, so then I figured out what it was". And yes, I get it, Jane Jetson's couch looks like a shark.

regards  Steve Nurse

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Easter Decos Part 2

Current front gate decorations. Latest is on right, made from
Easter-Egg wrappers, glue, a stick of balsa wood and some clear vinyl tubing, both from Bunnings.
Finished and ready to go on the front fence.
Another view.

Christine's contributions: Elmo and a teddy on front door.


Hi

Since my last post I have worked out a new way to make a "house" model as shown in my last design post. This is a vast simplification of my previous effort - instead of custom made 3d printed joiner parts - with a different part type for each of the 60, 90 and 150 degree angles - I've just used clear tubing with a different length for the different angles.  The tubes get cut different lengths for the different angles though.

So the bits of balsa are 8mm thick and the tube goes right through 2 of them. Then you have to work out the length of  tube that goes in the middle. If the diameter of the tube circle is D, this length is the circle circumference multiplied by the circle fraction. So for 90 degrees we get the length

(90/360) * D * PI + (2 * 8) etcetera for the other angles.

Anyway, its fun but a bit mathsy.

Best wishes

Steve Nurse