I had a delicious meal tonight at Redbones with an old acquaintance from MIT and his business partner. It was so completely and totally refreshing. These guys are smart, they’ve done their research, they get it. I expect them to thoroughly rock our world. The coolest part is that podcasting is incredibly fertile ground. There is so much work to do. You don’t have to copy what the other guy is doing — there’s plenty of space for motivated, competitive people to do big things.

Tales from the duct

Another story for the Mr. Fixit files. A few months ago I taped up the leaky duct on the back of our dryer. We knew there was a problem because every time we ran the dryer it blew moist hot air into the bathroom and fogged up the mirror. On inspection the duct had a rip in it, which I sealed with a few rounds of duct tape. Not so fast! The fogging returned and this time I took to the ‘net. According to the guys at HammerZone.com (“Better living through handymanlyness”):

  If you’ve ever used duct tape on heating ducts, you know that it doesn’t last long. It does last a bit longer on cool ducts like this, but I only use foil tape on ducting. In fact, there’s some university research web site out there (yes, I should find it and link to it) that points out how poorly duct tape performs and says that duct tape should not be used for ducts.
  So why do they call it DUCT TAPE then? They should call it UN-duct tape.

One trip to Lowe’s later, we’re taped up with HVAC foil tape. Crossing fingers…

The MIT ReUse list is as efficient as it ever was for unloading stuff that you’d otherwise throw away. Today I found a taker for several boxes worth of 10+ year old textbooks. In less than 5 minutes!