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Nickname: Clive Maxfield     Articles(8)    Visits(454070)    Comments(34)    Votes(162)    RSS
There is so much amazingly cool "stuff" to see and do that I'm amazed I find the time to get any real work done. In my blog I will waffle on about the books I'm reading, the projects I'm building, and the weird and wonderful websites I blunder across. Please Email Me if you see anything you think will "tickle my fancy."
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Posted: 05:39:52 PM, 31/03/2014
I have memories of listening to the original radio version of Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This was back in the late 1970s when I was still a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed student at university (before life ground me down into the sad, bitter, twisted man you see before......

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Posted: 02:35:27 PM, 28/03/2014
My recent blog An engineer's approach to packing a dshwasher generated several interesting insights. Barton Meeks explained how his daughter—a ceramic artist—attacked the dishwasher-packing problem by creating a beautiful set of dishes custom-designed to fit her dishwasher. Aubre......

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Posted: 01:44:00 PM, 27/03/2014
I often find myself sitting on the horns of a dilemma. (Note to self, must buy some padded undergarments.) This time it's with regard to creating gender-neutral prose in my engineering writings. In around a quarter of the world's languages, nouns inherently reflect the grammatical category......

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Posted: 04:33:11 PM, 26/03/2014
This may come out as a little off-topic, but while I was driving into work this morning, I was ruminating over a certain circuit configuration, which triggered memories of some unusual things I've run across over the years. In the early 1980s, I was working for a small company in the UK. A c......

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Posted: 06:40:43 PM, 25/03/2014
A few days ago, I received an email from my chum Arthur Smith, one of the world's foremost experts on cosmic rays, who now devotes himself to beekeeping and making homemade soap. Arthur likes to keep his finger on the pulse of happenings in physics and cosmology and suchlike. He directed me ......

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Posted: 08:09:05 PM, 24/03/2014
I've been thinking about a certain question for some time now: Does it really take an engineer to pack a dishwasher? Here's the thing. Let's suppose that I've unpacked the dishwasher and put everything away. My 19-year-old son comes in and makes himself a snack. After many years ......

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Posted: 04:50:20 PM, 21/03/2014
Active Semi recently announced its PAC5220WP wireless power SoC solution. This company specialises in creating the chips used for charging, controlling, and powering smart electronic devices. While I was chatting with the folks at Active Semi, they mentioned the various techniques we use to rech......

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Posted: 06:45:12 PM, 20/03/2014
When I was 18 and my young brother Andrew was 5, I made a little control panel to keep him amused. This was in 1975, so the technology available to me was somewhat limited. All I had was a sheet of pressed board on to which I mounted a bunch of switches wired to little incandescent 6V bulbs mounte......

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