Archive for date: March 18, 2007

Thinking about sex…agesimal numbers

March 18, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Ever wonder why our clocks divide hours into sixty minutes of sixty seconds? What’s up with the sixty? I mean, factors of five and ten make some sense, but why sixty? Well, as it turns out, these things have some nifty properties because sixty has so many small factors. 60 = 2 * 3 * […]

Hypermiling: Extreme Fuel Conservation by Unorthodox Driving

March 18, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

We’d all like to get better gas mileage from our cars. Well, me especially. My Ford Expedition isn’t exactly the cheapest car to put on the road. But so-called “hypermilers” take this to the extreme by adopting a number of techniques to reduce fuel consumption: such as drafting trucks with the engine off, or taking […]

Gutenberg Gem: Handwork in Wood by William Noyes

March 18, 2007 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I know a couple of readers of mine are interested in woodworking, so when I saw Handiwork in Wood come by on the recently completed list over at Distributed Proofreaders, I thought I’d have a look. The title suggested a book about the working of wood with handtools, and indeed, the book does that, but […]