Preliminary Studies in Artifice

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On Method

[OFFLINE pending rewrite (which means, ironically, that it is unfinished)]

The joys of finishing even a little, even too late.

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Inspiration

Quick notes on and references to the people and things which have pretty much determined my life.

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Antiquarian Engineering

The following sections tend to be strongly related to each other - their common theme being the maintenance and reverse engineering of old machinery by an amateur. They'll frequently cross-link to each other and to other parts of CircuitousRoot where I actually work with these machines.

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Drafting and Drawing

Including Varkon

(For CR project and drawing numbering scheme, see CR Project Organization

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Parts Symboling Systems

They're very interesting. Really. Sometimes at least.

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Measurement

[NOT MUCH YET]

There is a strong link between measurement and the history of gaging systems (for which see the Notebook on that subject in the History of Technology section, below.

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History of Technology

A few topics in the history of technology, considered more conventionally as history rather than as tinkering in the workshop. The emphasis is on bibliography and reference, not original studies.

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On the Reverse Engineering of Big Old Machines

"Reverse Engineering" is an important (if controversial) field today, but it seems mostly to be practiced by industry for profit - with corresponding access to fancy tools. I've found very little information about reverse engineering the kind of old machinery I like (Linotypes, typecasters, etc.) using tools commonly available in the home hobby machine shop. I haven't even found much information on the underlying principles which might illuminate such an undertaking. It seems that actually attempting to rebuild the 19th century industrial base in the home workshop is a relatively rare pastime, which is a shame.

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Workshop Topics

See also:

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Optics and Photography

Theory (only one small part done so far) in a Historical Suvey and Practical Demonstrations, [Photographic Bellows], [Microscopy and Photomicrography], [the (Pentax®) K-Mount], Optical Bricolage (i.e., camera and microscope hacking), [Making Lenses], and a [Miscellany]. In short, anything but the art of photography itself.

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Safety

[MSDSs] [Glove and Chemical (In)Compatibility] See also Solvents.
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Solvents

[Hydrocarbons: Basic Chemistry. Kerosene. Mineral Spirits.] [Ketones: Acetone] [For each: Glove and Chemical (In)Compatibility]
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Lubricants and Coolants

Are these "Preliminaries" (because so many things need lubrication and cooling) or "basic Materials" (because they are materials, and basic)? I've got them classified nominally in the " Basic Materials" section, so this is a link there.
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Power for Workshop Machinery

Just a few notes.

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Cutting Tool Geometry

This is a link to Basic Processes: Machine Shop -> Cutting Tool Forming and Sharpening

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Workshops

[NOT DONE] Cleaning, Organization, and Philosophy; Building Workshop Equipment

Building my workshops.

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Research Topics

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Research Tools

Notes on Researching and Downloading Old Patents. Image and Text Manipulation (extracting images from PDFs). Copyright Research References.

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Research Sources and Artificer's Resources

Sam Brown Bibliography. Finding Diderot & d'Alambert. Undetectable Data Corruption with JB2/JBIG2 Formats and the corruption of historical texts in the digital world.

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Presentational Conventions

My odd (but I hope effective) conventions for writing. Why "{ }" for bibliographic citations?

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Other

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Computer Programming

As much as I try to keep my workshop time involved with physical things, computers seem to intrude everywhere. Here are miscellaneous minor topics of noncommercial computer programming in support of my workshop hobby.

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