Archive for June, 2010


Monday, June 21st, 2010

Return of the Potato Battery

Monday, June 21st, 2010

You might have already played with the humble potato battery, but these guys have found a way to create a SUPER potato battery; by boiling the potato.

Press release here

You know, given the increasing use of biodiesel (which can be made from used cooking oil) the fish and chip shop may be the gas station of the future…

NYC Street Art

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Week Three

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

My arm is recovering nicely. I’m still in a brace for a couple of weeks but I can now rotate my wrist enough to almost touch type normally again.

And that’s what I’m doing, having abandoned the StumpTronic as soon as I could. I’m happy with the solution I came up with and this would definitely be the way to go if I was permanently injured or had chronic RSI. It also kept helped me work faster than I could have done without it, not least because I didn’t have to look at the keyboard at all.

I imagine that in a month or so I would be typing at almost normal speed; the reason that I was slow is that for every keystroke I had to think about whether I had to press the button and about the correct finger movement. This was exactly the process I went through when I taught myself traditional touch typing and so it would be only a matter of time before I had it down pat.

The only real change I would make is to replace the Shapelock with the Sugru. The assembly moves with each keystroke and the hard Shapelock would rub against my skin. Sugru is much softer and would be better for longer term use.

Recycling plastic bags into plastic

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Recycling plastic bags into plastic
This would probably work for plastic bottles also.

Week Two

Monday, June 7th, 2010

I’m out of the splint and into a brace. My fingers have room to move which is great but my arm is pretty swollen and very weak. I got yelled at by my physical therapist for lifting my arm just a tiny bit so it’s really not ready for action yet.
Luckily the Stumptronic 2000 is working well. My typing has really improved although it’s still only about half as fast as I normally type. It’s comfortable and I can rest my left hand on my lap while I type.
I also put stickers on the keyboard showing the mirrored mode.

A minor modification

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

The buttons had some sharp edges so I hit them with a Dremel. Also glued the Shapelock on.

First day of use

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Not bad. I’m typing this post using the mod and although I have a way to go, I am touch typing. I added some Shapelock to stabilize the buttons on my finger.