Orbits

I am reminded of the James Blunt song You’re Beautiful (video below)’
 
Yesterday I was on the subway with the boss going to the Population Council, and on the other side of the Tokyo packed subway car was a really cute girl.  Most people wouldn’t consider her to be range topping, but she caught my eye for some reason.  Was it the short blonde hair?  the puma running jacket?  the well-worn Tony Apuzzo style messenger bag?
 
REGARDLESS, ‘no shot’ as cousin Pete would say.  But for some reason she was stuck in my mind all day.  interesting how these things happen.
 
As for the concept of orbits, sometimes you cross paths once, sometimes twice, and sometimes you enter the same orbit.  Sounds a little like Donny Darko stuff, but I like the concept.  Now if I could only get some thrusters to make it possible to change orbits…
 

The Swarfax Lamp

If my name is going to be in lights, I want it to be these lights: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/May07/swarf.lamp.sl.html
 
 
 
Jack and I machined the first one a few years ago- and as good as it looks in the photos, it looks even beter in real life.  I want one… or more than one.  They can be made relatively inexpensively with a CNC lathe, as aluminum is easy to work with, and it’s relatively easy to cut down the stepped top from a cylinder.  hollowing it out is also relativley easy with a CNC mill.
 
Next up I’d go for a conical mount-instead of the stepped.  it might not make as good swarf, but the concept can still be applied, especially with a CNC or using a fancier lathe.