Spring, bikes, and (big news) a standpipe.

Spring, bikes, and (big news) a standpipe.

Kate rode to work today with her Wike trailer. Here she is with JaJa in nice early morning light in front of our house. I came home today just in time to see our resident Cooper’s hawk kill a snake and take it to the nest just off to the right in this photo. How...

How much science is too much?

How much science is too much?

We’re working on a long list for the Em4 model that now includes problems of color and chroma (relative brightness). Another branch of science to explore. Here’s a possible media combination, and the technology involves color and human perception. We want...

Beautiful spring Sunday, with two kinds of worms.

Beautiful spring Sunday, with two kinds of worms.

I went into work early and finished testing our valve and metering array for the Em4. It’s working, and at least conceptually finished. We may have figured out our media color scheme as well, we’ll see. Here’s the ugliest combination for fun. Spring...

It all started with the arugula.

It all started with the arugula.

Kate wanted to go out for dinner last night but I insisted on making a specialty of mine, wood smoked pizza on the grill. Somewhere in there I froze three beers, and what I thought was spinach was arugula (photo). This evil weed did not make it onto the pizza, but I...

The R&D things happen intensely.

The R&D things happen intensely.

Design-build of our first Em4 continues. Jesse worked with our Marion, Illinois machine shop today to finish details on the standpipe mechanism; he and the shop are doing a great job. The design is adventurous, so we’ll either have a beautiful little machine or...