The STEMpunk Project: The Humble Washer

In As The World Opens I discussed the deeper appreciation I’ve gained for the infrastructure of civilization as a result of The STEMpunk Project. Today I want to reinforce that theme by satisfying a curiosity I’ve long held about a little piece of metal which is so ubiquitous that it’s nearly impossible to have done much tinkering […]

It’s Not Always About the Message.

There are plenty of books out there whose value derives from the fact that they challenge previously unshakeable assumptions and thus raise profound new questions. A good example is Julian Jaynes’s The Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind. In it he draws on linguistic analysis, exegesis, art, and myriad other disciplines to argue that peoples […]

The STEMpunk Project: Fifth Month’s Progress

Because July was mostly spent reading and watching youtube lectures I’ve opted not to include a picture this month. During the computing module I was able to maintain fairly sharp boundaries between the three different stages, but this was much less so in the electronics module. Trying to make sense of even basic circuits required me to spend […]