This Blog

This blog is about ingenious solutions, making do with the available. Levi-Strauss's used the term "Bricoleur." His reference of often confused with "Jack of All Trades," but it meant a more complete kind of what we refer to today, I think, as a "Maker." He wrote that the rules of the game for the Bricoleur are always to make do with tools and materials that are at hand.

Terry Frohm, principle technician at the CRRF Chuuk marine laboratory, used the term "Making Do" to refer to appurtenances and contrivances he innovated for the laboratory, without expensive and specialized equipment or hardware.

I recognized Levi-Strauss's meaning in Micronesian fishermen's use of the available to solve their own problems: Marshallese fishermen used a piece of broken glass or a sharp piece of Aluminum beer can to clean a catch of fish on the beach; their spears were fashioned of discarded water tank bands, and their slings from airplane inner tubes. Goggles were carved from available wood---using possibly a kitchen knife sharpened on a piece of pumice that had drifted onto the beach, their glass from a
relict World War II airplane.

This Blog cannot adequately honor the resourcefulness of those men, but I have borrowed the words of Terry Frohm, to describe the purpose of this proposed collection of solutions and innovations. But I hope it can serve as more than a collection. Rather, by example, a reminder that solutions are often at arm's reach, and not in catalogs.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Cell Phone Microscopes and Macroscopes

Excellent: Freely available article from PLOS One

  Cell-Phone-Based Platform for Biomedical Device Development

One of the DIY Macro lenses for Cell Phone: here

Another one that shows more promise using a glass lens

Something Else For Completeness: (Way Beyond Me) (PLOS One)

    A High Performance, Cost-Effective, Open-Source Microscope for Scanning Two-Photon   Microscopy that Is Modular and Readily Adaptable

Low Cost Fly Trap

A Google Image search will display dozens of fly trap designs, using soft drink bottles.  I am curious about the ones that use two bottles. 

This is a simple trap made from one bottle.  From this site:

This is called the TALC fly trap.  At least two sites online have plans.  Here is one.