A lot of mythology surrounds British inventor Geoffrey Pyke. He supposedly made people come to his bedside to see his designs because getting up and getting dressed took too long.
Duct tape is like that. It's a building block. You can make a rope out of it, you can make a cloth out of it. And because it sticks to stuff it's even more powerful. It's like an uber-material because of the versatility of a sticky fiber.
I found that cardiovascular exercise boosts my mental performance. If I have a problem to solve, like an engineering one, and I get on a treadmill, then time disappears; all I know is an hour later I'm all sweaty and the problem has been solved.
The daily work on special effects is fairly mundane.
It's millions of times more efficient to collect hydroelectric power through a dam than raindrop by raindrop.
There are a couple of scenes in David Lynch's 'Dune' that I loved - again, small things but inspired and elegantly done.
We've gotten quite creative with our use of explosives... It's almost like an art form, rather than just blowing crap up.
I'm like a race horse attached to a freight wagon.
I love Tim Curry as the Devil in 'Legend;' the prosthetics that are on him are so over the top sensually evil, and Tim takes full advantage, is just oozing with the role. The makeup and prosthetics, and his character are seamless.
The only way we can fly planes and use computers is because people were curious about their world and also skeptical about the things they were told to be immutable, so they figured out other ways of doing things.
We're not friends - in fact, we pretty much as a rule irritate each other. But we've learnt to embrace it and use it as a strength... the other guy's always seeing something from the opposite pole.
We seriously irritate each other and don't want to spend any time together. And yet we have a profound respect for the partnership. We're like a couple of dogs with a rag.
I grew up on an apple orchard with a lot of surrounding wooded area, and I ran everywhere. I was outside all the time climbing trees.
It's the results that are surprising, even results where we've totally screwed up, and then learned something in the process, are the ones that stand out. Having our preconceptions overturned is actually thrilling for us.
Over time, shop classes sort of disappeared or got marginalized in the states. I don't really know why. Now with tech like 3-D printers and CNCs, shops have acquired a new shine.
Is there some situation where square wheels would be better than round wheels? Sure! A round wheel has a pressure point directly under the tire. A square wheel's corners are going to bite and propel you forward. The square wheel could be superior on snow or mud or sand.
I never dreamed we would be on television at all, much less for such a long time and with so much praise for keeping a thought provoking show on the air. And best of all, we were able to do what we do and still have all our fingers and toes.
I've ended up water skiing behind the Stanford rowing team as well as water skiing behind an excavator while it swung around in a circle.
I pretty much learned not to fight with it a long time ago and let it do what it likes to do. Otherwise, my shaving techniques are pretty mundane. I tend to do it in the shower because it makes the bristles soft and keeps the razor from building up the hairs inside it, and the mustache is dealt with with scissors.
If you build a robot, you're welding, machining sculpting, casting, dealing with electronics and hydraulics.