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12vdc Motors Matched Set; possible robot drive

I found these mirrored left and right motors for $24. They were apparently automotive windshield wiper motors. I’m looking for ideas on how to mount a wheel of say something like five inches to them. In the first picture are some hubs I found at a hobby store. One disadvantage to the tires I’ve found in the hobby stores so far is they don’t appear to be designed to carry much weight. I might have to use a solid tire. I’d rather use a tire with an inner tube or otherwise more solid. Do you know any resources for small tires, wheels, and hubs? Anyone have a metal lathe I can use or you can help me to turn these down enough to accept those hubs? Note in the partially dismantled picture the nylon gear. I hope that could be pressed off and back on again to allow the shaft to be mounted in a lathe. I found this site http://dumpstercnc.com/ that has shaft couplers and collars. Perhaps you know alternate sources? Or how to make them? I’d really appreciate some brain storming on this. Comments, suggestions, ideas are solicited and welcome. Is there a hacker space that has metal working lathes and mills? I’m currently in Los...

I participated at Occupy LA

Friday afternoon a series of tweets from someone I follow for technology caught my eye. She tweeted many pictures from Occupy Boston. I was struck by the number of people attending. I began to read about Occupy Wall Street in New York and other cities in the US and in other countries around the world too! I learned about OccupyLa from www.ocupyla.org where I found a fairly well organized and maintained site. I was able to read about the goals and activities of Occupy LA and find a map and transportation suggestions. Note that as I write this on Wednesday 5, 2011 I see a note on www.occupyla.org that www.occupylosangeles.org is the ‘official’ website. On Sunday morning I got my information from www.occupyla.org. My main frustration in society, politics and community, what is on my mind is the lack of cooperation in our government. It’s fine to have alternate views, but I feel they need to work together to solve problems right now! Not just bicker and attempt to stonewall until they have a chance to elect their own, and regardless of who is in power nothing is getting done. Although this may not be the Occupy specific voice I felt that being counted there is a message I want to send to the powers that be whether Wall street, corporations and/or Government. The message is that I feel the lack of action and progress on the part of our government far outweighs which party holds the reigns. And the time for action is now. Too much spinning of the wheel. On Sunday October 2, 2011 I went down town Los Angeles  to see for myself and to be counted in the numbers of people that are dissatisfied with the status quo. Arriving downtown I drove around a bit and couldn’t find the specific intersection so asked some media types setting up for the Michael Jackson trial who pointed me to the correct intersection. I noted that there were five or more media trucks already setting up for the trial and logistics for at least another ten, yet only one traditional or mainstream media crew at the OccupyLA site. As I approached I found...

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