Not So Secret Societies

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft, Funny But True

“I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.”- Groucho Marx

 

 

Groucho Marx

 

Did you get rejected from the StoneCutters when you applied for membership? Do you know that you are actually “The Chosen One” but just aren’t sure which secret society you are the “Chosen One” for?

If you don’t fit it with the main stream clubs perhaps you need to find a secret society (or not so secret) that is less about the exclusivity of keeping people out, and more about finding that bizarre form of happiness that only comes when certain birds of a feather flock together.

At Daft Gadgets, we have put together a list of societies that accept membership of people who may have a hard time fitting in to society’s norm. If you haven’t been accepted somewhere else already, you may find what you’re looking for in one of the clubs below. The only caveat is that it may make you an outcast of society in the process.

The Society for Geek Advancement

According to this society, when you believe in something strongly enough to not care if other people think its cool, it means you’re a geek. So technically, Charles Manson and Jesus are both geeks according to the society’s definition. Of course in modern times its cooler to be “Bad” than “good” so if you believe in doing anything good like loving and caring about people, donating time or money to charity, or smiling at people, you are probably a geek.

The society was founded upon the principles that everyone should embrace their inner and outer geek and enjoy doing it. The second founding principle is to be a geek that keeps giving back. So technically being a geek means you should also be homeless, since you give everything away. However, being homeless does not automatically make you a geek, that’s a syllogistic fallacy that any true geek would be aware of.

The society helps people come to terms similar to AA where it is encouraged to announce “My Name is such and such, and I’m a Geek.” They call this project the “I AM A GEEK” project. A project inspired by a Beer Commercial from the year 2000.

As we all know, Beer is the exception where its both cool and geeky, as was proven by google in their quest to create the ultimate beer which they call URKontinent named after the original supercontinent that made up the earth.

The Society of Barefoot Living

No, this is not a male chauvinist society that believes in keeping their women barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. On the contrary. The bare foot society is all about experiencing the the freedom of being in bare feet and the connection it gives you to your surroundings.

Apparently , the same barrier that protects you from stepping on pointy rocks and infected drug needles that we call “shoes” are also a barrier between us and nature. By removing this barrier we open our sensitivity enough to “feel” this connection, until our bodies make its version of a Callus Shoe that numbs down our feet.

According to the barefoot society:

  • it is healthy for your feet to go barefoot.
  • It is not against the law to go barefoot into any kind of establishment including restaurants.
  • It is also not against any health department regulation.
  • It is not against the law to drive barefoot.

Apparently, this means that anyone can join. Its not just a support group for hippies and martial artists.

The Society of Bead Researchers

This is a non profit scientific corporation that was created to foster historical archaeological and cultural research on beads. Its the be all and end all place for those interested in keeping up with any breaking news in bead research and group members get access to a biannual newsletter.

We suggested that they needed a catchy slogan like “Well I’ll Bead Ammed”, “Put an end to Wife Beading”, “Bead still my Beading Heart” , “That’ll Bead the Day”, “To Bead or not to Bead, that is the question”, and others, but have yet to hear back from the society.

Now as exciting as beads are, we actually found this society while looking this society…..

The Society of Beards.

No, this is not a secret society for terrorist members of the Taliban. It is actually a place where men with beards can get together online and smoke pipes and discuss things about life when your bearded. We don’t know a lot about the site because they only accept people with facial beards. However, they have had over 2.4 million page views to their website and have sworn to keep the site going until we are all dead on December 21st 2012 when the self fulfilling Mayan prophecy kills us all.

SCA Society of  Creative Anachronism

The Society of Creative Anachronism is a group that frustrated with their primitive inabilities to travel through time and have moved on to the next best thing. Recreating the past in modern times.

As it stands, they have been able to recreate the arts and skills of pre 17th century Europe which consists of 19 kingdoms of over 30,000 people. Yes, that’s right. They have an army of 30000 people at their disposal, who (luckily for us) are equipped with seriously out of date weapons.

Members of the society dress up in renaissance style, attend royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes and workshops, and other things you may find during a Lord of the Rings
reenactment. Also, we suspect these may be the same people behind “Ivrea Carnevale:The Battle of The Orange” (see Daft Gadgets Columnist Monte Richards’ article: The 7 Most Insane Festival Battles On Earth

Whether you’re bearded, beaded, barefoot or bully cocked (from 17th century slang), there is a secret society just waiting for you to join. If you don’t like any of the above, you can always start you own. There may even be some money in it if you can come up with something that enough people want to join. You could try:

The Society of celebrity lookalikes – as a niche facebook alternative

The society of attractive people (which sounds exclusive, but you only need one attractive quality to join)

The Society of Odd Unique Talents – Everybody has at least one

The Society of RC Taxidermists – as a way to bring joy with the death of your pet. (see Daft Gadgets Article “Things that haven’t been invented”)

And pretty much anything else.

Be creative, start your not so secret society now and get guaranteed acceptance.

Don’t forget to check out some of our cool geek toys

 

Adjusting Redcat Racing R/C Car Ride Height

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

Redcat Racing spacers for lift

Have you seen those plastics C-clip spacers in the accessory bag that many RC automobiles include? Those are spring pre-load spacers. Adding these spacers will not alter the tightness of the springs, however they will raise the ride height. If a stiffer ride is what you’re after, you’ll have to set up a stiffer spring, however if you’re after a raised vehicle, these spacers are exactly what you’re looking for. Clip the spacers above the upper plastic spring retainer band. Adding more spacers extends the suspension even more. Basically what we are doing is using the spacers to slide the spring down on the shock body acting as a lift kit.

spacers on RC vehicles

 

Aluminum threaded shocks normally sport a threaded collar for re-adjusting trip height. The theory is the same, but instead of spacers, you screw down the collar. Whether you want a low rider or a jacked up beast, adjusting spring preload can help.

 

You can buy Redcat Racing Parts online at DaftGadgets.com

How to start a Gas Powered RC Engine from Redcat Racing

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Radio Control Cars & Trucks, RC Zone

Redcat Racing 30CC Gas Engine

So you’ve got a gas powered engine like the bigs boys huh? Here’s how you get it revved up!

1. Turn on the radio and the automobile. (see to it the battery in the receiver is totally charged and the transmitter batteries are full).
2. Prime the carburetor by pressing the primer bulb located on the carburetor until gas is seen inside the bulb. Do this step 2 or three times
3. Close the choke by pressing the lever down.
4. Pull starter cable till the engine fires a single time.
5. Open up the choke by cranking up till straight.
6. Pull the wire to start the fun.

Closed Choke Redcat EngineOpen Choke Redcat Engine

You can buy 1/5th scale RC trucks online in the Redcat Rampage section of our store.

 

Getting to the Clutch with Redcat Racing

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in RC Zone

picture of redcat racing clutch

Is your RC automobile stalling when you strike the breaks? Does it attempt to burn rubber while idling?

If so, there could be numerous things wrong, but it is most likely the clutch if it delays when you hold it still, but let’s still check out all choices.

We’ll begin our procedure of removal by examining the simplest things.

1. Examine the idle screw. Make sure the idle screw is set effectively. The idle screw is on the front of the carb and regulates the throttle valve’s minimum opening.
2. See to it that the low and high speed needles are set correctly. You can see our article: “Tuning Your Redcat Engine”

If all checks out, we’ll proceed to the clutch.

1. The clutch bell (gear on the end of engine) ought to rotate easily and quickly when the engine isn’t running and the vehicle is on the floor. If not, the clutch might be sticking.
2. Take out the engine (See artilce: How to remove a redcat engine )
3. Eliminate the clutch bell by getting rid of the screw or clip at the end of the clutch bell where the bearing is.
4. Slide off the clutch bell.

There are a couple things to inspect right here.

1. Examine the spring. If the spring is broken or has actually come separated it will engage the clutch too early, not permitting the car to idle still.
2. Examine the clutch shoes. The clutch shoes could become hot from excess slip and melt to the interior of the clutch bell. The glaze on the shoes and inside of the clutch bell will trigger the clutch to slip, which will at some point result in an over heated clutch.
3. Put the clutch back together with the spring.
4. Reinstall the engine making use of medium thread lock on the mounting screws.

 

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RC Transmitter Won’t Work – Redcat Racing Radio Help

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

Redcat Racing TX Radio

Question:

My batteries are installed in the car and in the battery box on the car but when I turn on the remote control and the power switch on the car, the radio does not seem to work?

Answer:

This is a very common problem. If the batteries installed are not fresh or fully charged rechargeable batteries, the controller will not operate correctly. You may have some things such as throttle working but no steering. This is usually due to batteries that need to be replaced. We recommend rechargeable batteries.

If changing the batteries did not resolve the problem, you should inspect the battery box located on the car. Open this compartment and make sure all 3 plugs are attached to the receiver box. You can also try swapping positions of the wires to see if that resolves the problem. You should also check very closely the connections on the battery box and connections on the remote control where the batteries are installed.

If the first two suggestions did not resolve your problem you should try reseating the crystals. One crystal is located in the receiver as pictured above and the other crystal is located in the Remote Control Unit that you hold in your hand. First you should check to make sure that both crystals are the same frequency and when you pull the crystals you will see small writing with a specific number imprinted on the side. These must match. If they do, you should reseat and even swap positions of the crystals. If the problem still exists you can try new crystals which can be purchased at any hobby shop. Please note that the crystal in the remote is held in place by a plastic holder that is inserted into the side of the hand controller.

 See our article: How To Use The RedCat DSM –2C 2.4Ghz Radio Remote Control and Receiver

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Redcat Racing Caldera SC 10E 1/10 Scale Brushless RC Short Course Truck

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Radio Control Cars & Trucks, RC Zone

Redcat Racing Caldera

The Caldera SC 10E features some attributes not discovered on most Redcat 1/10 scale electric vehicles: it is bigger, quicker and a stronger bashing RC truck. Completely RTR from the box and all set to shake your slamming experiences, the Caldera SC 10E is excellent for sand, desert surface, or any Short Course track racing. Overall grip, excellent efficiency, and an equilibrium of speed and power makes it a killer vehicle for SC competing or sand slamming.

You can get the Caldera SC 10E Online at Daft Gadgets!

The Redcat Rampage XT is The Best Selling 1/5th Scale RC Truck From Redcat Racing

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Radio Control Cars & Trucks, RC Zone

Redcat Rampage XT 1/5th Scale RC Truck

The Redcat Rampage XT 1/5 scale truck is a beast and is the most popular RC Truck from Redcat Racing’s 1/5th Scale line up. Redcat has beefed up the Rampage XT and made it look a lot heftier by including the substantial body that can only be matched by its massive tires.

At the heart of every Rampage XT is a 30cc HY 2-stroke engine geared up with a hard-wearing, spring filled clutch. This spring centrifugal clutch uses a pair of composite pads that has actually been made to channel power to the clutch bell.

The massive tires are mounted on smooth black plastic rims. A closer inspections reveals directional treads that offer optimal grip on even the most unrelenting surface. The drive train has actually been crafted from metal and commences with a four-gear single rate vertex gearbox which directs the engine’s power to the center spool.

4 huge volume threaded aluminum shocks enable silky smooth suspension action while the sway bars keep the extra-thick T6 framework steady and decreases side roll as the truck works out tight edges.

With all the whistles and bells, the Redcat Rampage XT handles impeccably– just like a well-tuned sports vehicle. In order to optimize its abilities, search for an area that can accommodate its heft and in some way provide some semblance of a challenging obstacle.

 

You Can Purchase Hop Ups for the Rampage XT Online Through This Link.

 

Redcat Racing S-TRYK-R 1/10 Scale RC Trike

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Radio Control Cars & Trucks, RC Zone

Redcat Racing S-Tryk-R

When the prototype S-TRYK-R was initially revealed at the IHobby tradeshow in Ohio, the feedback was astonishing. An On-Road RC Automobile with belt drive and just 3 wheels, this is actually something unique some stated. Ever since there has actually been some babble on RC online forums about when the S-TRYK-R would strike the marketplace, just how much it would cost and will it come true.

The S-TRYK-R prepares to reveal the world some brand-new advancement and something various for the RC lover. This brand-new car from Redcat Racing is readily available in either brushed or brushless variations. Both choice consist of a belt driven setup, full-time 3-wheel drive, aluminum shocks, 2.4 GHz radio system and huge fat aggressive back tire to assist grip the roadway.

Buy the Redcat Racing S-Tryk-R Online at Daft Gadgets!

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