8 Sep 2005 The Swirling Brain   » (Master)

I guess I should blog more often than once a month! Oh well.

Today I got a Stirling Engine working. I took a video of it with my cheezy digital camera that also does cheezy video. You can barely make it out, but if you squint you can see the Stirling Engine in operation (6.3mb mpg file). It took me several tries to get it going and I had just about given up but alas I put some ice in the top and it started turning all by itself! Wee! You can see a few pics on my web page. Update: I made some fixes, now it runs faster. (3.3mb mpg file).

I'm hoping I can make a Stirling Engine cheap enough, efficient enough, and powerful enough to run an elevator for a ball trail. I think it would be interesting. Maybe even strong enough to run a boat or a car or a tiny generator to run an LED?

I'm not sure why I'm so interested in Stirling Engines right now, but this is my current fad I guess. I'm having cheap fun and learing anyway so I guess that's all that matters for now.

Still don't have a job. I am still making ball trails (rolling ball sculptures) for the craft fair coming up at the end of Oct. I'm also listing the ball trails on ebay. Some sell on ebay and some don't but at least it's helping the finances a little.

I applied for food stamps. I guess that's an all time low for me, but I need to do something. :-(

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