For years now, I have been a veritable static machine, followed everywhere I go by clingy

For years now, I have been a veritable static machine, followed everywhere I go by clingy clothes, floating hair and enough periodic micro-shocks to power a small general hospital. And as someone who’s never been particularly keen on “science” or “understanding the reasons things happen,” I’ve never actually taken the time to figure out how to get rid of static cling. Instead, I’ve simply treated it as a mystery of nature and flat-out accepted that I’m prone to what I assume is just the air hating me more than most people. The only culprit I’ve ever been able to pin-point? My luxurious mane. I have an exciting combo of hair that is both pretty long and incredibly fine. Before you ask, it’s extremely hard to maintain and has incurred a mountain of judgment, wrath and genuine distress from every hairdresser I’ve ever seen. That, combined with unintentionally upsetting some sort of Static Demon years ago (my best guess), means that I’m pretty constantly in static cling distress. In dry winters, I’ve developed a pure muscle-memory instinct to brace for shocks before touching my car door, any cats in the area or (unfortunately) my boyfriend. I keep my hair under a hat or in a tight b...

Tool Maker Loses Lawsuit For Not Violating Another Company’s Patents

Never. We’ve done our best to eliminate all methods of teaching that would instill in children the idea that their choices and actions have consequences. We seem to disagree with where the logic has gone off the rails here. I believe the logic behind the liability in this case is rock solid – seriously, have you *seen* how effective the sawstop is? Do you know how common lost fingers are? My opinion is that the system goes off the rails at the point where it gives a flat monopoly protection with no exceptions where something is crucial to the public good. That is assuming, of course, that the monopoly should be granted at all in the first place. I agree with what other commenters have said about this being an unusually non-abusive patent, but even in this case I think things would be much the same even if there were no patents – sawstop would have still invented their safety device, and still have started selling high end saws based on it, they just would have gone straight to manufacturing their own and not wasted time trying to license the technology first. As for Sawstop lauding this court decision, my guess is that whoever’s behind it has an honest c...

How I Converted a Durst Laborator 1200 Enlarger to Use LED Lights

I recently converted my friend‘s Durst Laborator 1200 enlarger to use LED lights. In this article I’ll share how I did it. Advantages of having a LED head: Everything is still a work in progress and everything you see is mostly a result of our quick and dirty workflow with a shameless amount of hot glue to fix everything down temporarily. We’ve expected to have a few issues here and there and everything has to be easily reversible until we’re more confident in our solutions. Yes, that’s a filled 5L bottle on top of the enlarger. The color head that we’ve removed weighs even more than that and until the laser-cut-form-fitting-counter-weight arrives, that bottle will have to act as dead weight to prevent the head from breaking free of its locked position and launch into the orbit. All the drivers for the LEDs, power supply for the control unit and relays are inside the remaining chassis, tucked away behind the faceplate. We 3D printed a bracket (in the wrong orientation so the power switch is away from us while the power cable is near, measure twice print once everyone) and placed it temporarily on top of the head. Since then, we’ve reprinted the bracket and everything looks bette...