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Gear Talk With Chuck

The Company You Keep

Learning about gears is much easier in a group setting. Anyone who suffered through a tough high school or university class without study buddies will appreciate the value of having

Gear Talk With Chuck

The Beginning of Wisdom

Faithful followers of this blog can complete that mantra without prompting, but for new readers — the beginning of wisdom is calling things by their proper name. The first thing

Gear Talk With Chuck

How to Begin?

So, you want to teach people about gears. It is a huge topic with many interesting and complicated facets to it. A person could spend their entire adult life working

Gear Talk With Chuck

New Beginnings

As a kid, it annoyed me that nothing really seemed to change with the new year. It was still dark and cold most of the day, and if the sun

Gear Talk With Chuck

Brushing up on Fundamentals

Gear Technology is proud to publish technical papers that cover the leading edge of our field. We are also, as our esteemed publisher reminds in the current issue, happy to

Gear Talk With Chuck

Trying to Reason with the Holiday Season

I am a big fan of randomness; to me living in a place where the weather was the same everyday would be a real trial. Given the need some of

Gear Talk With Chuck

The Importance of Scut Work

At the risk of permanently cementing my curmudgeon status, today’s blog is a defense of scut work as a necessary tool for training young engineers. Yes, I am fully aware

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Engineering Safety (Part Two)

To an engineer there are no accidents, only unanticipated consequences of situations that need to be better understood. We even have a rule about it -Murphy’s Law says that anything

Gear Talk With Chuck

Engineering Safety (Part One)

Watching the movie Deepwater Horizon got me thinking about current attitudes on workplace safety. (Full disclosure — I am a bit of a crank on this subject due to the

Gear Talk With Chuck

The Future of Books

Moving required getting rid of lots of books. My much better half is also a reader and we made about a dozen trips to the resale shop to put our