Technical Learning

Capturing Your Passions Even When Your Aren’t Looking For Them: Inspiration, Motivation or Interest?

“SET YOUR OWN STANDARDS, AND I PERSONALLY THINK YOU SHOULD SET THEM VERY HIGH.” Let’s start with a compression-tension example for life… pulling and pushing forces. Inspiration is something that you feel on the inside, while motivation is something from the outside that compels you to take action. Inspiration is a driving force, while motivation …

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Tools vs Knowledge And Which Is More Important?

So before I jump into this, let’s get the definition correct here.  Knowing there are deflected meanings to words these days, I am not referring to people or a person as a “tool” ( The Urban Dictionary has it this way… A guy with a hugely over-inflated ego, who in an attempt to get un-due …

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Capacity Planning For Rescue Rigging: “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”

“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry” or better said “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men” is a poem about “life, death, planning and strategy”… not always going as planned. According to legend, Robert Burns was ploughing in the fields and accidentally destroyed a mouse’s nest, which it needed to survive the winter. No matter how carefully a project is planned, something may still go wrong with it.  The saying …

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The Omni Of The Rope Rescue and Rigging Pulley World: Rock Exotica Omni-Block Swivel Pulleys

The Omni Of The Rope Rescue and Rigging Pulley World: Rock Exotica Omni-Block Swivel Pulleys So what exactly does “Omni” mean?   The designers of the Omni Block pulley have some very elevated claims about their product.  Here are a few definitions of the word “omni”. Combining Form Without Limits In All Ways and Places …

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LAUNCH Into Rigging System Solutions: It Is Easier Than You Think

So having just come back from a weekend with a bunch of nerds… rigging nerds, I realized a great many things and while I am still pontificating most of the information, I came away with a way to help me bridge the information into something practical and useful.  So here is a super quick, down …

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Want to Increase Your Learning Capacity? Match Your Metacognition with Your Cognition…

The learning process is fascinating to me.  We are created unique in every area of our lives.  Is it any wonder why every few years there are new break-throughs in slowing the aging process, fitness, health, mental capacity, technology and learning.  Ever heard of “metacognition”?   I hadn’t until more recently. What you are about to …

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A Quick Overview of The Basics of the T-Method For Calculating Mechanical Advantage

The ‘T-system’ for calculating Mechanical Advantage   At their simplest, pulleys can be viewed as levers. This becomes more obvious if you consider the static system (where everything is at rest). To understand the ‘T-system’ for calculating Mechanical Advantage always start with the input (the effort end of the system) and assume that force of …

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The Confusing World of ANSI Standards Just Got Easier

INTRODUCTION TO ANSI STANDARDS An American National Standard implies a consensus of those substantially concerned with its scope and provisions. An American National Standard is intended as a guide to aid the manufacturer, the consumer, and the general public. The existence of an American National Standard does not in any respect preclude anyone, whether they …

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What is a Roadmap and Why is it Important?

A roadmap tells a story. More specifically a roadmap is a storyboard that if designed correctly, builds the components of a great account of something (the story).  They often use illustrations, images or video, and when sequenced together, builds the framework of what needs to be told.  Rigging Lab Academy wants to be a part …

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Why are Rescue and Rigging Anchors More Important than Anything Else?

In our heads, we know that anchors are the most important part of any rigging or rescue system.  We know that because it has been drilled into our skulls, but I would venture to say that the reasons for this is inescapably unclear for many.   My goal here is to simply bring about a …

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