Charging around town

It’s great that Bookman’s has charging stations for electric cars, but I can’t get much charge in the 30-40 minutes that I spend in Bookman’s.  Sure, if I was desperately short of energy, and another 10 miles of range would make all the difference, it would be great, but I think electric (and gasoline) car drivers are more responsible that that.  What’s interesting is that the electric meter hooked up to the charging station has dispensed only 198kWh in its whole life.  At ~4.5 mi/kWh, that’s 891 miles worth of driving.  One gas pump would deliver that in about 15 minutes of use.  And, although Bookman’s is providing this service for free, the electricity they have delivered has cost them less than $20.


Homemade Hot Knife (Plastic Cutter)

Ever tried to repair injection molded plastic items, or make a small modification by cutting them?  Usually you end up with cracked plastic and disappointing results.  A hot knife would be nice, but I’m not ready to pay for a specialized tool like that.  A quick visit to google, and I made my own, from an old soldering iron.  Works great!