Newsletter 38

Complexity as a Last resort

Even simple solutions can require in-depth analysis to be fully understood. Conversely, complexity can compound on itself, and be even harder to understand. Generally though, a simple answer is better. Happy reading.

In Defence of Jargon

In Defence of Jargon

"Jargon sums up complex issues in fewer words." However, it also results in phrases such as: "bobtailing a twin screw jimmy." It seems that there is good jargon and bad jargon and it can be equally exclusionary and facilitative of association.

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The Conversation, October 2020


Threaded Fasteners on Your Motorcycle

Threaded Fasteners on Your Motorcycle

Sometimes even basic components are intricate in the way they interact. Not everyone appreciates the subtleties of a nut and bolt. There is beauty in simplicity, but sometimes still a need for detailed and precise study.

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Cycle World, November 2020


Efficiency is the Infinitely Expandable Resource

Efficiency is the Infinitely Expandable Resource

High efficiency is a hallmark of good design. It is better to reduce energy demand than to increase generating capacity. In one man’s quest to use less energy by designing with the end in mind, he found that extreme optimization can lead to step reductions in energy need.

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ASME, September 2020


ADOT's I-17 Thermal Camera System Helping to Detect Wrong-way Drivers

ADOT's I-17 Thermal Camera System Helping to Detect Wrong-way Drivers

Arizona needs cameras and flashing billboards to tell people that they are driving the wrong way down the highway? It has caught more than 100 drivers in 2 years? If technology is the answer then someone is asking the wrong question.

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KTAR News, July 2020