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.


  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?

  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.

  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...

  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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