Thursday, April 8, 2010

Mechanical Engineering Therapy

You know those weeks then nothing really went wrong, but you still had a really miserable time?  Just needed a little pick-me-up to get you through to the weekend?  I'm kind of having one of those weeks.

My version of a pick-me-up: I find something mechanical at a thrift store or an estate sale for cheap, only a few dollars, that doesn't work, and I just tear it apart.  No attempt to fix it; just taking it apart and enjoying the concept of how each part fits in the parts around it.
It works pretty well.  You should try it some time.

4 comments:

  1. Very nice. I did this last night with an HP Photosmart 8100 and a Scanjet 4300. Did you keep any of the watch parts for future use or were they all too small and fragile?

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  2. I threw all the gears in one of my trinket boxes, but the main thing I saved was actually the body. Fitting a PCB with a clock in it into the body would be pretty trivial, and would be much nicer than any watch body I could hack together myself.

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  3. Now, ya know, if that happens too often, there are these things called antidepressants. And they help. Not that taking things apart isn't good therapy too. I'm just sayin...

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  4. i do this, and i can confirm it has an effect... taking things apart is good zen.

    dont do drugs if you can avoid it.

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