Sunday, November 10, 2013

In the Heat of the Foundry, Steinway Piano 'Hearts' are Made

NPR reported on the casting of Steinway pianos' iron plates in Springfield, Ohio.

Their story also came with a few photos of two foundry workers pouring the plates by hand and telling a few stories of some of the molten iron running into their wisely-slip-off boots.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Mjölnir (Thor: The Dark World) - MAN AT ARMS

There aren't any new material being used in this video, but there is a guy making the Hammer of THOR!

Or rather a nice recreation of the hammer of the gods.

At about 5:45, though, there is a vulgar word on the shirt of the narrator/creator. Be careful if you're planning on showing this in class, folks.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Proteq Starpath

I'll admit to being intrigued by this material, a coating that apparently phosphoresces throughout the night once the sun goes down.

I do have a few questions, though:
  • What's the durability of the coating?
  • How inert is it, particularly to surrounding flora and fauna?
  • Does the light produced by the Proteq coating cause any problems with nocturnal animals and their navigation/courtship?
  • Can I get it in cornflower blue?