The Obsessive Mike Davis March 16, 2014Posted by stuffilikenet in Applications, Awesome, Brain, Brilliant words, Geek Stuff, Mutants, Photography, Publishing Tools, Science, Star Trek Technology, Toys, Video.
Every once in a while you happen upon someone or something so fascinating you just have to stop and see, hear or read more. I found this guy’s webpage, and have to admit I read the whole damn thing. Like Boy Genius, Mike Davis probably started out with only one hobby in mind: astronomy. Of course, that sort of hobby is an open-ended sinkhole of time and money.
Or, at least obsessive improvements. He apparently got into grinding lenses and casting mirrors (because that’s how the big kids do it. A high-quality telescope is an enormous expense), probably got into LINUX for governing the scope, recording the images and putting them on the web. But wait, there’s more.
I am guessing he bought a property in Arizona far out into the boonies to avoid light pollution. Since it is utterly remote, it is unsurprising that it’s got no electric service, so he made a windmill and later a sunmill (you know, solar panel system) to power his equipment and such…then put a cabin around it all (he didn’t build it but bought it, presumably because it had to be on-site and he doesn’t have that much vacation time available).
Go kill some time at his website: Mike’s World and you can thank me later. I am still reading things from his Miscellaneous Projects page, like
- Cutting Circles out of Glass
- Home-Built Pen Plotter
- Quick and Easy Car Laptop Tray
- Making My Own Soap
- New and Improved Charge Controller Design
- improvised DC generator (lawn edger plus permanent magnet DC motor)
- Home-Built Biomass Gasifier
- Raspberry Pie based all-in-one computer
- home-made swamp cooler (see also cabin in Arizona)
I’m not sure, but I think I met him at a star party on Mt. Lassen last year (~August 13).