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...

Flooding close to home, and Em4 happiness.

Flooding close to home, and Em4 happiness.

We have serious flooding in the Midwest–many rivers will peak at records over the weekend. Go here for St. Louis media reports. As I drove home under a beautiful blue sky and warmish weather I passed a neighbor’s house threatened by the Big Muddy here, and...