MachinePix Weekly #50

This week's most popular post was a crazy work commute. Next week's interview: the founder and CEO of Whoop, a fitness tracker for performance athletes ⌚️⛹️‍♀️

My guest next week is Will Ahmed, the founder and CEO of Whoop, a fitness tracker targeted towards performance athletes.

Whoop’s story is fascinating: when it was founded in 2012, it entered a market with Fitbit, Jawbone, and Nike Fuel—and two years later Apple announced the Watch. While other fitness bands and smart watches have since been shuttered (Eric Migicovsky on Pebble’s rise and fall, issue #47) in the face of Apple (Chrissy Meyer on building the Apple Watch, issue #4), Whoop has not only survived but thrivedand I’ll be discussing why and how with Will next week.

Helicopters made back-to-back most popular posts: this week, a Hughes 369D makes for a stressful commute to work for some lineworkers.

I’m always looking for interesting people to interview, have anyone in mind?


The Week in Review

Don’t be a dumb city boy like me and interchangeably use silage and hay, or hay and straw—farmers (and their animals!) will judge you.

Some previous fastener-related posts include a bolt thread roller and a magnetic nail packaging line.

Schlauchpflegeanlage literally means “hose care system”. Why does German have such long words? I did some digging and it turns out German grammar does not allow for noun clusters, so compound words (the long German words) are used instead. The longest? Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft is the Association for Subordinate Officials of the Main Maintenance Building of the Danube Steam.


This week, I found the max pizza capacity of an ND Miata’s trunk: 12. Thanks for the ride Emily.

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