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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.


Saturday, July 1, 2017

From Make: Raspberry Pi Powersupply from a Power Tool Battery

http://makezine.com/projects/portable-pi-power-raspbery-pi-to-go/

Nuf sed.  This is a project I have not tried.  Yet.

Friday, April 14, 2017

From Make Magazine: scanning slides on a flatbed scanner

http://makezine.com/2011/07/13/how-to_turn_slides_and_negativ/

I am scanning microscope slides.  They are visible when scanned against the white background.  I think this tweak would make them scans better. 


Monday, January 16, 2017

A simple plankton strainer



A self explanatory solution made by John Furey: a nylon stocking stretched over the cut bottom end of a plastic carboy.  We used this on Saipan to concentrate emergent zooplankton that we had slurped into a 5 gallon carboy (intact) held with the opening at the surface next to a flashlight while wading. 

A method well worth further exploitation.  Especially when the water is warm.