Mike Beversluis

Friday, October 30, 2009

powers of ten again

Cell Size and Scale

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either that's a giant monitor, or they're a little short for storm troopers


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Coolography 18b


welcome to the future



Tuesday, October 27, 2009



Monday, October 26, 2009


Oh my:

Iron-clad Rule: Never dress like a comedian. Also, let's be honest, it's not the heavy clutch and limited trunk space that keeps people out of the Ferrari's. It's the fact that you're going to pay the purchase price in maintenance every year or two. Or so I've inferred.


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Coolagraphy 18

Besides Maverick and the Rockford Files, James Garner was awarded a Purple Heart for his service in the Korean war and helped organize the 1963 civil rights march.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Good ol' Red Green


use your illusion

Uh - oh:


Sunday, October 18, 2009

They have Grandmaster Flash's seal of approval*

I bought two of these A4 Whitelines notebooks, and I think I'm going to have to go out and buy a lifetime supply just in case they stop making them. The gimmick is that the pages have very faint gray squares, which leaves a grid of white lines. So it's an inverse engineer's quadrille pad, and it's absolutely wonderful. Ten times better than a moleskin.

*not that I'm such a fan of that song, or even of old school rap.  It gets name dropped by hipper than thou music nerds, and next thing you know, they're droning on about how much they like Dario Argento films or somesuch schock. Just like I am right now.

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The Piet Mondrian of Cameras

Sure, they say the Pentax K-x is inspired by some Japanese robot toy, but were do you think the robot got its inspiration from?  20th century De Stijl artwork, that's where.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy news

My latest nephew Nathaniel was added to the fold last week. He was born prematurely and there were some complications, so he's still in the ICU. However, the prognosis is good. My sister Naomi's blood pressure is high, so she's still in the hospital too, but should be out of the woods very soon too.

This is an amazing EP

The Yeah Yeah Yeah's Is Is is the best money I've spent on a CD in a very long while - yes, they are entirely too self-conscious and artsy, but check it out for yourselves, check it outers:


Thursday, October 15, 2009

news I can use

Here are some informative statistics on deer and car collisions from the Kentucky State Police:

Mostly during the early morning and in the evening

Mostly in October and November.

And here are some deer-avoidance driving tips. Personally, I'd just like to mount machine guns behind my headlights, but so far, I haven't found a good enough ammunition feed solution from the trunk (Wouldn't want to keep the ammo under the hood - that'd be nuts - it might go off).


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

That's a nice light switch


Sunday, October 11, 2009

big red



Alright, the last one probably fits in another group, but what'evs.




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Nuts and bolts

I've really enjoyed Dan Edmunds's posts on car and truck suspensions.  They are the raw bits of gear head gnarliness.  Check out the new Ford SVT Raptor, which is an absolute monster - as you'll see at the end, those tires & wheels weigh in at nearly a hundred pounds each. Yikes.  If citified driving is more your style, take a look at the BMW M3Nissan GT-RDodge Challenger R/T (with Nivomats!), Ford Focus SES, or the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

I've also picked up a copy of Allan Staniforth's Competition Car Suspension, and soon I'll be able to spot an improperly adjusted coil-over damper at fifty paces.  This is partly motivated by curiosity and partly because I'd like to upgrade the springs and dampers on my own car, which lists sharply to the leeward in a curve and understears like there's no tommorrow, and not achieve the usual perversion of spending a lot of money to look-fast-but-drive-worse-and-slower aftermarket dumbness.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

blow up

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Friday, October 09, 2009


Mankiw brings the snark...


heart of gold

Skip ahead to about 1:45 to get straight to the performance.


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Christmas list


Sunday, October 04, 2009

suffering for your art, detla rocket launch style

via Gizmodo:

Photographer Ben Cooper took this photo of a Delta 4-Heavy rocket launching at Cape Canaveral using a sound-activated camera. And when your camera is that close to a launch, your lens probably won't survive.

The particular setup for this was sound activated. The lens was destroyed (worth it of course) but the camera survived this one despite being severed from its ratchet straps and thrown to the ground, and the sound device used for this one disconnected from the camera and thrown about 200 feet backwards into the pad perimeter fence (still worked!). All settings are preset manually. No one is allowed closer than several miles from a launch.
His website looks neat too. Seeing a rocket launch in person is still on the list.

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