Bicycling took off in Cuba
in the 1990s during a period of oil scarcity, and became an important means of business and daily travel. Since then motor vehicles have returned to prominence, and new bicycle parts are in short supply. A small network of mechanics trades used parts and applies their ingenuity to maintain Cuba's aging fleet.
In the course of his life
, he stepped into the ring as a Golden Gloves boxer, marched alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington DC and even fell victim to southern racism. It would not be until decades later as a mechanic
that a customer
would ask Gordon Burt Jr
to play a song on his guitar.
In addition to receiving a recording deal
Dr. G.B. Burt
continues to live in Alabama, but also enjoys his dream of performing on stage
- an ambition that stretched as far back as the 1950s.
"Tanks Are Mighty Fine Things!" And Other Tales Of Truthiness...
At the end of World War II, Chrysler sent small hardbound books to shareholders chronicling ways the company had contributed to the war effort. Two have now been placed online at the Chrysler Imperial Club
's website: "Tanks are Mighty Fine Things"
and "A War Job 'Thought Impossible' (The story of the Chrysler-Sperry Gyro-Compass)" (Via) [more inside]
Bart Hickey is an incredibly inspiring blind auto mechanic
who owns his own shop called B.A.T. Automotive. [SLVimeo]
Steve Durnin's D-Drive
is a fascinating new infinitely-variable transmission that doesn't use friction components or a clutch of any kind. Video of a prototype with detailed explanations is included.
Database Machine Drawings
- Early modern machine drawings from the late Middle Ages up to 1650. Traced by engineers (or by their order), some are inscrutable
, others Escherian
The dangers of Jiffy Lube
in which the average customer pays for services never rendered
. (.asx video)