Media research, flood chasing in St. Louis.

Media research, flood chasing in St. Louis.

Cara continued her work on our new color-sorted Em4 media, and we have a mix we like. We noticed it has the same hues as the spotty banana on the bench–yellow, light brown, dark brown. It looks nice, and we can’t wait to mix up a couple of hundred pounds...

Em4 building, Rosgen, flooding.

Em4 building, Rosgen, flooding.

Our UPS guy emptied half his truck at 514 today. We’re building our first Em4, a 4m x 1.5m version of our Emriver. Tubing, bearings, big pumps, little pumps, pipes, clamps, handles, rods. It’s exciting because thousands of hours of experience and design...

Pumpautopsy, melamine, a 1969 Beetle hacked.

Pumpautopsy, melamine, a 1969 Beetle hacked.

Our Em4 work is moving–I’ve spent many hours on design and getting parts. Samples of melamine plastic arrived. Very exciting. After years of trying we have a supplier who will correlate color of the ground plastic to its size. This material is really only...

Floodestate, and a sign for LRRD.

Floodestate, and a sign for LRRD.

Flooding in the Midwest has been serious. This is just down the road from my house, here shown in this afternoon’s pouring rain. Imagine being in the subprime meltdown and underwater. Lots of news at LRRD. We’re hard at work on Em4 design and production....

Grandma trumps the flood.

Grandma trumps the flood.

I ran around southern Illinois being a laser leveling Boy Scout helping my neighbors by tying the Big Muddy River gage readings from the USGS and NOAA to flood elevations at their homes and on low spots in our roads. If the Big Muddy had risen as predicted, Kate and I...