“I’ve heard of these!” There’s something hilarious about watching an eight-year-old encounter a typewriter for the first time. I explained, “It’s like Microsoft Word, but without the screen.” “How do you backspace?” iFixit team members tagged along with the Fixers Collective at the 2013 World Maker Faire in New York, and—thanks to the antics of curious onlookers—the amusement was endless.
Jeff Stephens is an inventory specialist at iFixit. He posted earlier this week about Museum Wax.
On the early ‘90s Discovery Channel show The Secret Life of Machines, an enthusiastic man in wire-rimmed glassed poked into the guts of everyday mechanical objects. That man, Tim Hunkin, is a wildly creative nut and engineer—and if you love to take things apart like we do at iFixit, you should know who he is. With flair and intuitive practicality, each episode of The Secret Life of Machines dismantled and examined the mechanical bones and the history of a different device.
I’ve been a fan since the first time I saw the opening sequence of the show in 1991: a cartoon vacuum, a washing machine, and other objects get up to dance as soon as the cartoon people leave the house. The show is whimsical yet exhaustively researched.
Jeff Stephens is an inventory specialist at iFixit, and he worked for six years as a supervisor of installations at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has installed art everywhere from college art galleries to commercial galleries—even his own installations.
Every collector of kitsch, fine china, or fossils has wondered, “How do I make my cookie jars stay put so they don’t clock me in the head when the train rumbles by?” If earthquakes, passing freight trains, and bumps in the night are causing havoc with your collectibles, Museum Wax can help you get a grip. Museum Wax is made of non-toxic, non-acidic, microcrystalline sticky stuff that can anchor your model Millenium Falcon or ground your grandfather’s carved Mallard drake. And that’s not all—Museum Wax will tackle those finicky nonmagnetic screws and crooked pictures on the wall too.