2015-12-27 1 min read



Happy holidays, everyone.


  • A good article in Quartz about how hard it is to create a new Chinese font.
  • The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) is about to start testing their C919. The C919 is a narrow-body twin-engine plane, and is slightly larger than those Bombardier CSeries planes (which Comac is apparently collaborating with Bombardier on) that I linked to last week.
  • Ashlee Vance (Elon Musk's biographer) wrote an article about the lone hacker who's "taking on Google and Tesla by himself." My reaction is that he doesn't seem to be particularly serious - which is fine, but it means that he'll never really affect the way the world works.


  • SpaceX launched, and then landed, their Falcon 9 rocket. Worth reading Musk's "background" blog post, and maybe going back to Wait But Why's article on SpaceX if you didn't read it when it came out.
  • From Alex, a compilation video showing some of the pretty cool shit (mostly to do with industrial robotics & 3D printing of some sort) going on at ETH Zurich.
  • There was a while circa 2011 when I *really* wanted to buy myself some rotary broaches. In this video, Tom Lipton tests some.



Stuff that doesn't fit into my dumb/arbitrary categories.


A pretty nice plastics identification flow chart.

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