October 2007


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Here’s one for the increasing market for power wheelchairs and scooters created by the aging baby boomer generation. All of these units use some type of joystick controller. Almost all use one of roughly 3 makes of controller unit. The rubber covers on these joysticks do wear off or split. They can be expensive to replace, both in parts and labor. Also, certain disabilities affect hand-function in such a way that makes use of small joysticks difficult. I’ve seen many CF patients using hollowed-out tennis and rubber-exercise balls inserted in the stick for proper grip. I believe this is, as of yet, a truly untapped market. (more…)

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Is it “co-workers” or “coworkers”? I can’t remember. I always use “co-workers” because “coworkers” looks too much like “Cow-Orkers.”

I don’t know what ‘Orking’ is, but I don’t want to do it to a cow. Nevertheless, if that is the correct spelling, I guess I’ll have to use it. Any takers?

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Well, it happened. I suppose it was inevitable. The referendum to put issue 1, the so-called “no-touch” rule for Ohio’s exotic dancers, up for public vote, has failed miserably. The signatures needed to allow this to happen were, apparently, mostly fraudulent. The ‘CCS‘ and ‘Dancers For Democracy,’ the business organizations made of dancers and club owners, spearheaded the the attempt to defeat the new law. Hopes were high when they announced on September 4th that they had collected enough signatures for the referendum. Not so much now. My first reaction was a snide remark about strippers and math. But, I know that’s not fair. They’re not the first to have a little counting problem when it comes to votes. (more…)

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Here’s a prototype cleaning unit I built for and electronics company with a highly specialized problem. Automated glue dispensers use nozzles that can be removed for cleaning. The problem is that cleaning is inconsistent and occasionally damaging depending on the skill of the operator. Damaged nozzles don’t work properly and are costly to replace. This proof-of-technology prototype uses pressurized alcohol or another preferably specialized glue solvent to dissolve the contaminants in the nozzle. The system allows for consistent results based on time. and the use of fluid keeps the nozzle from being damaged by overly-zealous manual cleaning.

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A strange blue glow rose from the table, like the one in Alison’s bed. Once again, his name drifted through the air, and the air pressed against him, carrying him to his feet. Her hand drops from his grasp. Forgetting the feeling of her touch, he walks toward them. They stop eating and separate, giving Jules a space at their table. A face spoke to him from the middle of the table, and the words make him blind. Horror filled him. “Breathe!”, he thinks. And, as suddenly as it started, the horror was gone. He reaches for the table and joins their feast. He never remembered to breathe.
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