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|Frequently Asked Questions||Lecture series||Is the yard seeded?|
|Competing? Tactical advice.||Humor||How we got onto the show|
|A Diary of our first heat||Design and build notes - The Nautilus||Our audition video (Sewing Machine Magic)|
|Steam engine - terms and basics of operation||Design and build notes - Steam Cars||NERDS fashion statement - T shirt ordering.|
|Credits||Three season episode guide|
organizer and actual leader of the team (also webmaster, mailer of T
speaker to travel agents, etc.), recumbent
obsessed (I design and build my own, see Frankenbike
our tandem, or the The Busycle), and the most heavily bearded. (I am
told that made me
the prime candidate for captain, but I managed to avoid it.)
the bicycles, and this team web page, I build musical instruments, ring
churchbells, take pictures with a plate camera, and read entirely too
As a side effect of the Junkyard alumni reunion, I have joined Team
Tormentum, building siege weapons, primarily
for tossing pumpkins. More details
artist, designer, computer scientist, futurist, extreme engineer.
Has former lives in electrical engineering, robotics, and robotic
art. Currently, having escaped with his Phd
from MIT, can now be found on the left coast, at Squid labs. The first
audition was filmed in the Chinatown loft he called home. Our diver, he got the
job of piloting The
Nautilus, our submarine.
|Ten reasons why being on Junkyard Wars is better than being on Survivor||Ten reasons why Junkyard Wars is better than "Iron Chef"|
|Imitation - MIT East Campus Courtyard Wars||Kevin Bacon Numbers|
|Thanksgiving special -- recipe for a steam car||The New Hackers Dictionary|
Take a look at Submarine Design Notes for more details than the TV show has time for. Peer inside the skin of the Nautilus.
flew, we built, we conquered. A delightful, but exhausting time
had by all.
We Get Press
Boston Innovation's Matt Fellows wrote Team Building? Try Machine Building! about Jeff's team building program. Wired.com's Michelle Dellio interviewed Jeff, and Steve Garfith one of the British experts, and wrote Who Wants To Be a Gearhead? This was picked up by Slashdot which resulted in the usual blizzard of hits, and over 100 comments. The whole team was interviewed by Michael Park, and Fox News published U.S. Gadgeteer's Appear on British 'Junk' Show. Chris Szechenyi, of the Boston Globe's online edition wrote Turning junk into science. The paper edition of the Globe ran its own article. We had our first live interview, on Baltimore radio station WQSR's morning show. Chris Wright of the Boston Phoenix interviewed Jeff and Crash, resulting in Techno Trash: Junk Bonds. Shortly before our show broadcast in the US, we appeared on The Computer Report show on WCAP radio in Lowell. While not mentioning us by name, a review of the show in Maxim online used a photo of Crash and I with the Nautilus.
This planet needs a lot more kids that think taking a lawnmower's engine apart is more fun than playing video games.
This entire site copyright 2000-2007 by Jeff Del Papa, and The New England Rubbish Deconstruction Society. We each did our personal pages. Crash gets credit for 90% of the Survivor Comparison and 10% of the Iron Chef comparison. DP gets credit for 90% of the Iron Chef comparison and 10% of the Survivor Comparison. Jamie drew our logo on a background by Mark Fisher. Geo did the fancy edit of the audition video. Crash took some of the pictures used, dp, Susan, Dominic McCarthy, and Jared took the rest. Tony Finn contributed the drawing of the injector, and Mark Burgess provided the pictures taken at the Donnington exhibition. DP is to blame for the rest of the text, backgrounds, and graphic design. Thanks extended to Susan for copy editing Jeff's sometimes tortured prose. Links to the site (or any page within) welcome, let me know if you want a link back. Any excerpting or off-web publication of material from this site must be cleared with dp prior to publication. (Use of material for educational or news purposes permitted without advance permission if the top-level link (http:www.the-nerds.org) is included.)