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Paul Spinrad

Paul Spinrad

Paul Spinrad is a broad-spectrum enthusiast, writer, maker, and dad who lives in San Francisco. He hatches schemes at http://investian.com.

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Texan builds machine tools from car parts to save the world. Read more »

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An open letter to California Governor Jerry Brown advocating an intrastate exemption to facilitate investment crowdfunding. Read more »

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Innovative engineering is often an iterative process of refinement and testing. For Nelson Pass, this means constructing ever-huger sound systems, and then field-testing them by throwing ever-louder parties. Read more »

I enjoy just about any kind of woodworking, so I decided to make the wooden stand for my Giant Bubble Machine project instead of just buying one. Read more »

My friend Ed and I love quoting from the movie Glengarry Glen Ross, especially the plot-inciting speech by Alec Baldwin’s character, in which he informs a veteran sales team that they will now compete against each other to keep their jobs (“Third prize: you’re fired.”) Toward the end of his... Read more »

Solar TV Remote

Powering a TV remote with the sun means you won’t have to buy batteries every six months to surf from your sofa. Low-voltage devices that use power only occasionally, like remotes, are good candidates for a solar-powered trickle-charge. Here’s how we modded our remote to live off of the sun,... Read more »