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Quick update on the #sculpturerace build.  The top half of the machine has all its foam complete, just needs covering with mylar and "sponsor" logo's added.  I think I have a line on the wheels I need, and just got a scrounged alternative to the $100 of sonotube I would need to make the belt drums.  Still looking for that truly ugly hunk of shag rug to make the belt from.  May wind up using astroturf...

I have less than 2 weeks to finish....
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Call for participants, Build a racing sculpture.

A feature of Cambridge River Fest in the 80's, is returning from a long hiatus, http://sculptureracing.org   Creations were pushed, pulled, and occasionally pedaled on a course of up to a mile.  Pieces would stop and give little performances to the crowd.  Outlandish trophies were awarded.  Tongues may have been planted in cheeks.  Crowds were over 100 thousand strong.

The Artisans Asylum has been asked to build and race an entry in the re-inaugural event on June 6th. Here is a chance for the Asylum community to build a large and somewhat silly piece of art, and show their work (and the Asylum's name) off to many thousands of people.  An object almost as big as Stompy, but providing near instant gratification,  as it will be weeks rather than years in the making.

Starting on April 12th with an "organizational" meeting, and continuing Sunday mornings  till mid to late May, will be an open building event.  This isn't a class, its a project.  If you are a member, participation is free. (If you aren't a member, you are still welcome to participate, and a 5 pack of day passes should cover things)  Festivities will be from 10 am till around 2 PM, in the Tardis (aka MPR2).  On April 26 instead of building, we will be part of an exhibition at the MIT museum, a "Signature" event of the Cambridge Science festival, showing drawings, some work in progress, etc.

To honor the tool using focus of Artisans, and in a nod to another racing event that used to take place in Somerville, the plan is to build a scaled (up) super-modified class racing belt sander.  The finished machine (and the first order of business is coming up with a name for it) will be 10-15 feet long, and 5' wide.  We will be building it out of foam, with a metalized mylar (space blanket) skin, on a frame of steel and wood, with bicycle based running gear.


The prototype is an  early 60's model known to collectors as a "locomotive" style. Its going to have a whole bunch of sponsor stickers, like any good dragster, wheelie bars (that double as the push point), flames on the nose, and the ugliest piece of shag carpet or critter fur I can find as the sanding belt.

Here is a chance to figure out how most theatrical props get made, but this is for more than the foam carving brigade.  Costumes would be a great thing, and an area which I am completely clueless.  The machine could use lighting and sound effects.  Skunk, could SCUL come up with a Disco ball to replace the knob on the front?
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Call for participants - Build a racing sculpture

A feature of Cambridge River Fest in the 80's, is returning from a long hiatus, Sculpture Racing.  Creations were pushed, pulled, and occasionally pedaled on a course of up to a mile.  Pieces would stop and give little performances to the crowd.  Outlandish trophies were awarded.  Tongues may have been planted in cheeks.  Crowds were over 100 thousand strong.

The Artisans Asylum has been asked to build and race an entry in the re-inaugural event on June 6th. Here is a chance for the Asylum community to build a large and somewhat silly piece of art, and show their work (and the Asylum's name) off to many thousands of people.  An object almost as big as Stompy, but providing near instant gratification,  as it will be weeks rather than years in the making.

Starting on April 12th with an organizational meeting, and continuing Sunday mornings  till mid to late May, will be an open building event.  This isn't a class, its a project.  If you are a member, participation is free. (If you aren't a member, you are still welcome to participate, and a 5 pack of day passes should cover things)  Festivities will be from 10 am till around 2 PM, in the Tardis (aka MPR2).  On April 26 instead of building, we will be part of an exhibition at the MIT museum, a "Signature" event of the Cambridge Science festival, showing drawings, some work in progress, etc.

To honor the tool using focus of Artisans, and in a nod to another racing event that used to take place in Somerville, the plan is to build a scaled (up) super-modified class racing belt sander.  The finished machine (and the first order of business is coming up with a name for it) will be 10-15 feet long, and 5' wide.  We will be building it out of foam, with a metalized mylar (space blanket) skin, on a frame of steel and wood, with bicycle based running gear.


The prototype is an  early 60's model known to collectors as a "locomotive" style. Its going to have a whole bunch of sponsor stickers, like any good dragster, wheelie bars (that double as the push point), flames on the nose, and the ugliest piece of shag carpet or critter fur I can find as the sanding belt.

Here is a chance to figure out how most theatrical props get made, but this is for more than the foam carving brigade.  Costumes would be a great thing, and an area which I am completely clueless.  The machine could use lighting and sound effects.
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Sculpture racing preview at the MIT museum Sunday, starting at 11:00 am. Meet Dizzy, built last week by me and the kids at Parts & Crafts.

Her head spins side to side, and she tries to swat at a bird flying just out of reach. The head spin is how she got her name. 
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Call for participants, Build a racing sculpture.

A feature of Cambridge River Fest in the 80's, is returning from a long hiatus, Sculpture Racing.  Creations were pushed, pulled, and occasionally pedaled on a course of up to a mile.  Pieces would stop and give little performances to the crowd.  Outlandish trophies were awarded.  Tongues may have been planted in cheeks.  Crowds were over 100 thousand strong.

The Artisans Asylum has been asked to build and race an entry in the re-inaugural event on June 6th. Here is a chance for the Asylum community to build a large and somewhat silly piece of art, and show their work (and the Asylum's name) off to many thousands of people.  An object almost as big as Stompy, but providing near instant gratification,  as it will be weeks rather than years in the making.

Starting on April 12th with an "organizational" meeting, and continuing Sunday mornings  till mid to late May, will be an open building event.  This isn't a class, its a project.  If you are a member, participation is free. (If you aren't a member, you are still welcome to participate, and a 5 pack of day passes should cover things)  Festivities will be from 10 am till around 2 PM, in the Tardis (aka MPR2).  On April 26 instead of building, we will be part of an exhibition at the MIT museum, a "Signature" event of the Cambridge Science festival, showing drawings, some work in progress, etc.

To honor the tool using focus of Artisans, and in a nod to another racing event that used to take place in Somerville, the plan is to build a scaled (up) super-modified class racing belt sander.  The finished machine (and the first order of business is coming up with a name for it) will be 10-15 feet long, and 5' wide.  We will be building it out of foam, with a metalized mylar (space blanket) skin, on a frame of steel and wood, with bicycle based running gear.


The prototype is an  early 60's model known to collectors as a "locomotive" style. Its going to have a whole bunch of sponsor stickers, like any good dragster, wheelie bars (that double as the push point), flames on the nose, and the ugliest piece of shag carpet or critter fur I can find as the sanding belt.

Here is a chance to figure out how most theatrical props get made, but this is for more than the foam carving brigade.  Costumes would be a great thing, and an area which I am completely clueless.  The machine could use lighting and sound effects. 
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Inspire people to build actual things (team building events). Build weird machines for TV. Siege Engineer. Product Manager (software)
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  • The NERDS
    Founder, 2001 - present
  • Time0
    Product Manager
  • Harlequin Ltd (not the book publisher)
    Technical Services
  • Analog Devices
  • Palladian Software
  • Lisp Machine Inc
  • GTE Labs
    System Programmer
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Waltham, MA USA
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Boston, ma
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Tool wielding ape, Card carrying NERD
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Maker, Cyclist, Founder of The New England Rubbish Deconstruction Society; The NERDS, Product Manager (software).  Lisp programmer in a prior life.
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Founded the first US team to appear in the engineering challenge TV series Junkyard Wars/Scrapheap Challenge. Build large catapults (threw a piano once), recumbent bicycles (including one for 14 people), and assorted strange machines for TV and Film (Hard SFX)
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    Math/CS/EE, 1975 - 1977
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