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I just love it when something interesting you see on the web leads you to something else that’s equally interesting. And that’s just what happened when the Make blog reported on Katrina (Kat) Jungnickel’s presentation on “Stickytape” (she includes anything that’s in tape form and is adhesive or sticky: Sellotape, Scotch, Gaffa, duct, fusion, packing, invisible, double-sided, electrical, insulation, and masking), and the realization that it’s “not only a technology you cannot live without but it is also a metaphor for life.” There are plenty of examples in her slides (at her blog link below), but I particularly liked the following statement by her:

The world is full of stickytape stories – and to some they are a poor fix, a lazy response. It is easy to mock them. But what I argue is that there is innovation at play in many cases. It gets you involved in making stuff – makes you think you can do things, change things – re-imagine how things might be. Stickytape epitomises an experimental approach. It is emblematic of being able to fix anything.

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TM has covered just about all aspects of soldering, desoldering, solder fumes, and the like, but the Make blog recently reported on soldering workshops conducted by Jimmie P. Rodgers. His blog has tool suggestions for soldering, or for those wanting to run similar workshops. One of the things he mentions — and uses in his workshops — is a $15 iron from MPJA that has temperature control (800° F max.; 5W to 50W adjustability), a built-in stand, and inexpensive (< $2) replacement tips.

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