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Adam Answers – 2/4/2014

This week, Adam, Will, and Norm answer your burning podcast questions. Topics include everything from the best way to balance making and family life to some questions Adam never gets asked. Enjoy!

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  1. So you said Mythbusters is doing drone cam shots, be careful in the US unless you have a COA to fly the drone in a commercial capacity. Or if you could share the process of getting FAA approval. Or if the FAA does come knocking, please document and share that interaction so we can compare it to how the FAA interact with others.

  2. I missed a cleanup and I stopped doing stuff for a long time due to work and sheer exhaustion. Other things just ate my energy and effort right up.

  3. At least for now Adam you can breath a sigh of relief. There are no aircraft in the military fleet that are armed that are completely automated (at least that we know about). The only armed military aircraft are the predator variants and those are allways remotely piloted from (as you put) “thousands sometime tens of thousands of miles away”. The military brass and I both seem to share your distrust of automation in regards to arming automation.

  4. One thing is that when setting up a shop, plan to have places for tools and good bench. I found that having organized tool boxes and supply areas makes things go much quicker. Also being able to find the right tool quickly helps to prevent the temptation to use the wrong tool. A wrench is not a mallet, for instance.

  5. Yes please bring Mike Rowe in haven’t seen him in a while. Got to hear the story about him selling ice lol

  6. Some hit bollywood movies :-

    Lagaan – Once Upon a Time in India, Rang De Basanti, Three idiots.

    Kal Ho Naa Ho, Veer Zara, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Mohabbatein, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Salam namaste.

    The first 3 titles are quite unique for bollywood (but great).

    The others are all specific to one genre; love with some form of drama (which is what sells). These six titles pretty much encompass what you can expect from modern releases. It’s not a diverse selection nor does it fully convey all of bollywood’s offerings over it’s many year history but it does portray mainstream bollywood over the past decade well & should be a good list for any novice to look into.

  7. That Adam hasn’t seen Jiro Dreams of sushi is a crime. Wonderful film, beautifully shot. Just fantastic film.

  8. It’s not just an issue of automated guns. It’s an issue that you have an armed aircraft with no one on board. Then you have someone who takes over control of the machine and does harm to…anyone they feel like. No one is there to override it. Iran has taken over a US drone. Who else has? We don’t know, but if it’s been done once, it can be done again. …and with better success.

  9. That Adam hasn’t seen Jiro Dreams of sushi is a crime. Wonderful film, beautifully shot. Just fantastic film.

    One of the best things I’ve seen in years.

  10. The last 3 min echoed to me. I’ve been gathering tools since I was young and tried to buy the best I could afford (knipex is quality for certain). I’ve watched many friends stripping bolts due to cheap torque wrenches and breaking things over cheap tools.

    Please, please!, showcase more people making things; I realize Adam has limited time to share. Videos of people actually doing work in their shop, work space, hacker space, and garages. This site has shared a lot of talent that I did not realize before. Please ignore the “safety nazi’s” that know no practical use outside high school shop class and please show people that know how to craft. This is what brought me to tested and why I paid to be a premium member.

  11. Great show. As for the Japanese egg story it is true that that is the test for the process of the chef. Actually they have special 2 level frying pans that make it easier to flip and fold it 20-40 times.

  12. *A

    Holy crap, I just had a GREAT idea.

    Mike Rowe Talking Room.

    Need to get on that, Adam.

    yes this needs to happen, or you know a regular Mike Rowe podcast

  13. Great show. As for the Japanese egg story it is true that that is the test for the process of the chef. Actually they have special 2 level frying pans that make it easier to flip and fold it 20-40 times.

    I meant to write “prowess” but my smartphone did not agree with that choice. Is that the singularity coming on I wonder.

  14. In the unlikely event that none of them have seen it I’d like to recommend Searching for Sugar Man as a candidate for the documentary podcast.

  15. Regarding suggestions for content, maybe something premium:

    Any thought of doing a Google Hangout with Adam, Norm, and Will? I watch ‘Address the Sess’ with Adam Sessler on occasion and he typically has a moderator that brings in a small group of viewers and chat about a topic for a few minutes, then bring in another group. Would be fun to set aside an hour or so, try pick a few topics ahead of time so people can think about them before the hangout and have a discussion.

    Winston can even be in the background!

    I’m drawing a blank on things I’d like to chat about, but there are definitely times where things come up and wonder what the guys might think about it.

  16. Great podcast. Wonderful questions and thoughtfully considered answers, Adam!

    I loved the riff on Halliwell’s Film Guide. I found similar inspiration to explore in Danny Peary’s Cult Films vol 1 (1981) Which opened a whole new realm of cinema to me, just as I was getting to be of the age where I could get many of the “R” screenings at my local Norfolk, VA repertory cinema. My mind was effectively blown. You just don’t have that sense of discovery and seeking out so much these days, despite the availability of so much on DVD.

    Question as to the final tool question, did anyone catch the brand of riveter Adam mentions? There is of course, the famed and storied Knipex he uses as an example, but I’m not clearly catching the riveter name. anyone?

    Perhaps, down the road, there could be Adam Show and Tells on his favorite tools, of any level, why he loves them, and perhaps what he has made using them that he is particularly proud of.

  17. According to Tom Clancy the pilots of drones sitting far far away from the battlefield are called “chair force” from the actual pilots who did their job inside the cockpit …fits quite well!

    by the way what was the docu about sushi ? Is this online or a movie ?

  18. Cibo Matto!!! Ahhh, do they really have a new album? Mind blown.

    Fell in love when I heard Birthday Cake on the JSRF soundtrack. Huge fan of those weird, talented, women.

  19. I love what you had to say about “workshop guilt” I struggled with this after my first child was born. For over a year a felt like a bad father and distant husband everytime I wanted to go 5 metres out of the house to the shed. Not only that but because time became so short I started “maximising” my time by rushing my projects, which it turn caused mistakes and frustration, so for a time I just stop my going to the workshop. Eventually I came up with to little rules that made all the difference to enjoying my time in the shed,

    1) no deadlines, at all, what-so-ever. Deadlines are for work, my project wll be ready when its ready.

    2) no going to the workshop unless I am truly going to enjoy it. If I’m stress i go do something else to calm down first.

    So now I spend much less time in the workshop but the weird thing is I get more completed because I make less mistakes as I am present (like you said) and much happier when i am in there.

    Thanks guys I really liked this podcast. 🙂

  20. A while ago I start staking screen shots of movies I was watching on my desktop machine (DVD and Blu-ray) and my appreciation for movies went up immensely. Then it became apparent that I really should be watching as much I can in an HD format to fully appreciate the fact that everything we see, in every frame, was put there for a reason (or at the very least, not removed from them). Of course, then we have to taken into account how the moving pictures were first recorded. Most television shows prior to 2004 don’t seem to do well with an HD processing I’ve noticed. I go through phases now of capturing stills and then letting it lapse for many months at a time (and if you’re curious; here’s a link).

  21. “Any vehicle you can ride with your legs crossed is probably a vehicle you shouldn’t be on.”

    As the founder of a scooter news site (ScooterFile.com), I take umbrage with Adam’s Vespa comment.

    Ah screw it. That was hilarious.

  22. Oh wow. Always watch to the end. Thanks for answering my question, Adam!

    I ended up buying about a dozen good, smaller tools and a higher-end MIG welder rather than the lathe/mill machine I was looking at. On your previous recommendation, one of those tools (and the one I was most excited about) was a Milwaukee portable band saw.

    I think your advice is spot on though. I was thinking about the lathe/mill for one or two parts I need to make in the near term, and while I would have continued use for a lathe/mill, I’ve never actually used one before. So your advice about experience is something I hadn’t thought of and makes me all the more glad that I didn’t go that route. I’m going to stay focused on smaller, investment-quality tools for the time being. If you’re ever in Chicago, please consider yourself welcome at the shop.

    Great show as always, and thanks again for answering my question.

  23. If you are looking for a documentary to watch check out LINOTYPE: THE FILM it’s currently streaming on amazon prime.

  24. Just on the off chance that Adam actually sees this, I have an interesting movie suggestion for you. When I was 16 years old, I watched a movie called Terror Toons. This movie is literally insane. Seeing how it is many years later, now this movie to me would probably seems dumb, but the first time I saw it, it was so ridiculously dumb that is was funny. Now a little bit outside the movie area, but still kind of in that area, I love Rurouni Kenshin. The series is great, and so are the anime movies. Personally, which I know is blaspheme, I watch it in English instead of reading the subtitles. Recently, Japan made this series into a live action movie. I looked at a couple sections that are in the movie, and I feel this movie would ruin the series for me. I think you should give a try and see if you like it. If you have not seen the anime series yet, I would watch the action movie first so you are not set up to be let down.

  25. Here is a list of “Bollywood” movies for Adam to watch.

    #10 – Garm Hava (1973)

    Director: M. S. Sathyu

    Producer: Ishan Arya, M.S. Sathyu, Abu Siwani

    Starring: Balraj Sahni, Farooq Shaikh, Dinanath Zutshi, Badar Begum, Geeta Siddharth, Shaukat Kaifi, A. K. Hangal

    #9 – Guide (1965)

    Director: Vijay Anand

    Producer: Dev Anand

    Starring: Dev Anand, Waheeda Rehman, Leela Chitnis

    #8 – Anand (1971)

    Director: Hrishikesh Mukherjee

    Producer: Hrishikesh Mukherjee, N.C. Sippy

    Starring: Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Sumita Sanyal

    #7 – Bandini (1963)

    Director: Bimal Roy

    Producer: Bimal Roy

    Starring: Nutan, Ashok Kumar, Dharmendra

    #6 – Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)

    Director: Abrar Alvi

    Producer: Guru Dutt

    Starring: Meena Kumari, Guru Dutt, Waheeda Rehman, Rehman

    #5 – Awaara (1951)

    Director: Raj Kapoor

    Producer: Raj Kapoor

    Starring: Prithviraj Kapoor, Nargis, Raj Kapoor, Leela Chitnis

    #4 – Pyaasa (1957)

    Director: Guru Dutt

    Producer: Guru Dutt

    Starring: Guru Dutt, Mala Sinha, Waheeda Rehman, Johnny Walker, Rehman

    #3 – Sholay (1975)

    Director: Ramesh Sippy

    Producer: G.P. Sippy

    Starring: Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Sanjeev Kumar, Jaya Bhaduri, Amjad Khan

    #2 – Mother India (1953)

    Director: Mehboob Khan

    Producer: Mehboob Khan

    Starring: Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajendra Kumar, Raaj Kumar

    #1 – Mughal-e-Azam (1960)

    Director: K. Asif

    Producer: K. Asif

    Starring: Prithviraj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Durga Khote

  26. Hi Guys,

    Big fans of the show. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for other sites you frequent for makers. I love instructables, ikea hackers, lifehacker. Any other sites that inspire you to make?

  27. Hey guys, great episode. I was just wondering if you guys have seen the BBC TV show Sherlock? Its a great show, and I believe that it is right you you alley.

    Thanks again for a great episode.

  28.   and This is not a response to this particular video but I hope you guys will still read it. First of all I love the show, its pretty sweet and I listen all the time. And now I have some questions, and I hope that you all will respond on a future show.

    1st-Your review of Man of Steel, you all seemed against the city destruction scene. I wanted to present that, as both a military member and a huge fan of the Superman character I understand this scene. Sometimes, regardless of your best efforts bad things happen, and especially true for a super powered guy who just found out he was an alien and hasnt had terribly long to push his powers to the limit, city destruction was inevitable, and this also leads in to batman vs superman with Wayne Enterprises(or Tech or Inc) helping the city rebuild, and is a good way to introduce the batman character on the scene in the sequel.

    2nd-Batman VS Superman or “Worlds Finest” what are yalls thoughts on the casting decisions? and how close do you think it will be to Frank Millers TDK Returns? I personally think Afleck will make a good Bruce Wayne simply because Daredevil was also a darker brooding hero type, and while that movie wasnt fantastic his acting wasnt terrible in it.

    3rd-What are yalls thoughts on the Godzilla movie? I hear a lot of people thinking it is too dated to revive, but I personally grew up watching the TOHO Godzilla’s and am very excited.

    and Lastly-If you could cast Justice League who would it be? Heres mine to get you all thinking. Henry Caville-Superman, Ben Afleck-Batman, Armie Hammer-Green Lantern, Doug Jones(Abe sapien and Silver Surfer) as the Martian Manhunter, Evangeline Lilly-Wonderwoman, Ryan Reynolds-Flash and Jamie Fox as the Cyborg.


  29. There is a Seen on TV store in the Sunvalley Mall over in Concord. At least I’m pretty sure it’s still there. I don’t go to the mall often.

  30. If we want the same question answered that didn’t get on the podcast do we re-submit it or are you keeping a backlog of good questions to get to later?

  31. Adam, I agree that drones are an issue, but that the comment that they are ‘unfair’ fight is bogus. My interpretation of a fair fight is the most of my soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines comes home. I understand war is terrible, it would be wonderful if could resolve more differences without, the reality is we can’t. But I also think they give politicians an easy out for armed conflict i.e. Drones vs. boots on the ground, to quote someone on the subject, “It is good war is so terrible, else we should grow found of it” Robert E. Lee. They promote disconnection from the horrors of war.

  32. One person is at physical risk and likely outgunned by an opponent with the high-ground, the other person (as involved as he or she is in the combat scenario) is not directly at risk (although their fellow soldiers or allies may be, depending on the individual situation, though there have been many cases in which that was not the case). That is not a fair fight, and as justified as the use of armed drones may be in a given situation whether or not they are was not the topic of discussion.

    The point Will made by saying “it’s not a fair fight” was that the power-disparity is likely to add to the emotional and psychological stress experienced by the person at the controls, adding to the point Adam was making with regards to drone-operators very much being combatants. Specifically,combatants facing a difficult situation the extent of which is yet unknown and that the full impact on these people will continue to be unknowable for a long time to come.

    It is new territory in the history of warfare and the way the public discourse with regards to drones is framed can also contribute to how these people cope with their job. I wish more politicians would consider some of these things when they talk about drone strikes as if they were directly carried out by those who order them, because they are not. Those who do have their hands on the controls are just doing their job the same as any other soldier, but find themselves at the centre of a lot of controversy, both justified and for political posturing/gain.

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