"On a good day, the street maintenance team tasked by the New York City Department of Transportation with roadway repair might fill 4,000 potholes in eight hours. In an average week, they could resurface 100,000 square yards of road. After Hurricane Sandy, their crews removed 2,500 tons of debris. And every day, on a Tumblr called The Daily Pothole
, New Yorkers can take a peek inside the workings of a city system few have likely thought about." Storyboard: A Day with New York City’s Pothole Repair Crew. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Jan 2, 2013 -
'Often, we try to repair broken things in such a way as to conceal the repair and make it “good as new.” But the alternative “better than new” aesthetic—that a conspicuous, artful repair
actually adds value' - on kintsugi, the art of beautiful repair. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jun 21, 2012 -
This stealthy undertaking was not an act of robbery or espionage but rather a crucial operation in what would become an association called UX, for “Urban eXperiment.” UX is sort of like an artist’s collective, but far from being avant-garde—confronting audiences by pushing the boundaries of the new—its only audience is itself. More surprising still, its work is often radically conservative, intemperate in its devotion to the old. Through meticulous infiltration, UX members have carried out shocking acts of cultural preservation and repair, with an ethos of “restoring those invisible parts of our patrimony that the government has abandoned or doesn’t have the means to maintain.” The group claims to have conducted 15 such covert restorations, often in centuries-old spaces, all over Paris. - Wired.com "The New French Hacker-Artist Underground
posted by The Whelk
on Jan 24, 2012 -
Kyle Wiens of iFixit talks to ArsTechnica
about iFixit's history ("my iBook G3...It seemed crazy that I couldn't find any information online on how to get the thing back together"), his goals ("we realized that the world needed free, open source service manuals, and the manufacturers weren't stepping up"), planned obsolescence, the dirty tricks manufacturers pull to make it harder to repair your own stuff ("Torx has a patent...They're using lawyers to prevent people from making their computers last longer than 3-400 battery cycles"), who are the design kings of repair and servicing, who the villains are, and why recycling electronics isn't all you'd probably like it to be.
posted by rodgerd
on Sep 11, 2010 -
are open resources for community, group, or solo work on digital media, electronics, robotics, and art installations. Many allow drop-ins, and are run on a voluntary, non-profit basis - there’s likely one near you
. Just want to repair something by yourself? iFixit
, previously known for their teardowns of Apple products, have launched an open wiki to create manuals on how to repair everything
from vehicles to household appliances.
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Sep 3, 2010 -
Year: 2025. Mission: Save Moonbase Alpha
after critical systems were damaged by a meteor strike. A free Steam
-powered 3D-immersive game from NASA. Windows only.
posted by jjray
on Jul 8, 2010 -
Bring dead LCD pixels back to life!
Did you know you can often fix dead LCD pixels by forcing them to rapidly cycle through red, green, and blue? Neither did I, but the video linked here worked on one of my older screens after a few hours of looped playback. YMMV, but what have you got to lose?
posted by pmbuko
on Sep 19, 2005 -
Chicago Rat Patrol.
No, not this kind of rat patrol
; for this crew, rat spotting
is just a sideline. What these guys skulk in alleys for, though, is discarded bike parts to kludge
, especially in strange and unexpected proportions
. Most of them work. As a result of their experiments, they're attuned to the kitbashed contraptions
used by (mostly) economically marginal folk. Additionally, or superfluously, they're sort of anarchist
anti-corporate critical-mass types. Updated until almost a year ago. Note: Geocities site. Tread lightly. And stay away from the "Rodeo" link, where there's a quicktime video, until tomorrow.
posted by dhartung
on Jul 26, 2002 -
Why does it take so long to mend an escalator?
Incisive article which seems to be metaphorically demonstrating the difficulties in repairing society's ills through the voices of mechanical engineering. "The chinks in an escalator's armour are the spaces between step and step, step and wall, and comb plate and step. That is where a shoelace, a scarf, a child's finger or a foot can get caught - which is bad for travellers - and where small hard objects, dragged along and forced between cleats and comb plate, can chew up the aluminium steps, which is punishing for the machine."
posted by feelinglistless
on Mar 7, 2002 -
Photographers: Consider do-it-yourself lens repair
- but remember those safety glasses.
posted by normy
on Nov 10, 2001 -