Adam Savage Answers Your Questions! (4/21/20)

While sheltering-in-place, Adam is livestreaming every week to work on builds and take questions from the Tested community! This livestream took place on 4/21/20, after Adam completed his LEGO Blade Runner Spinner assembly. Join the Tested Discord server to ask questions: https://discord.gg/tested

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5 thoughts on “Adam Savage Answers Your Questions! (4/21/20)

  1. hey Adam, there is a DIY electric vehicle group on Facebook that could help you with making your landcruser into a EV. hope to see you at awesome-con in dc.

  2. Hey Adam — have you
    considered converting your Land Cruiser to hydrogen? There’s a student at
    Portland State University who has been winning competitions with a kit he
    developed to convert classic cars to run on hydrogen as an affordable
    alternative to electrification:

    https://www.lemelson.org/converting-a-classic-car-into-a-zero-carbon-ride/

    It’s not
    commercially available yet, and I don’t know any specifics about cost or how
    well it works, but it might be a great opportunity to highlight the work of a
    bright, young maker. I’d love to help put you in touch if you’re interested in
    learning more.

  3. Knolling isn’t just about visual order – though that certainly helps – but it also gives your brain the natural stimuli that it needs to memorise all the various pieces, their geometry, and their number.

    If you read a perfect, itemised list of all the pieces inside a Lego kit like this, the information just slides off your brain like water off a duck’s back. The most your brain will bother to store for longer than a couple of minutes is the fact that a list exists, where you can look up any further information – because our brains are lazy bastards, who won’t expend any effort, if a piece of paper can do it for them.

    But if you knolled the same bag of Lego pieces, you get all the sense memories that our brains evolved to work with. You touched each piece at least once; you probably rotated the less familiar pieces around in your fingers, to grok their geometry. You constantly compared all the pieces against each other, finding matches and differences with the piece you’re currently trying to place with its brethren. That gives you repeated reinforcement of the memories of each type of piece for even better memory retention.

    After knolling a kit like that, chances are that, even a day later, you could answer quite authoritatively whether a specific piece is contained in the kit, and even how many of it and which other piece you shouldn’t confuse it with. The best illustrated list in the world wouldn’t allow you to do that this easily, even if you deliberately tried to memorise it.

  4. Hey Adam, if you haven’t already learned/found someone to do the gilding on your Ark of the Covenant, I would love to show you how traditional water gilding (likely period correct techniques for the piece?) is done! Random skillset I’ve picked up as a professional picture framer, and I’d love to share it with you.

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