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by John Gardi
(@John_Gardi on Twitter, John.Gardi.77 on Facebook)

"I've always been a tinker. I started by taking stuff apart. Then I learned how to put stuff back together, then how to fix it. It's a way of life for me really."

Tinkers Tales
Here are articles that I've published elsewhere on the Web.

This Is How Elon Musk Can Build the Hyperloop for a Tenth the Cost of High-Speed Rail
(Originally published August 7, 2013 on

The Hyperloop Might Actually Work—and It's Less Radical Than You Think
(Originally published August 13, 2013 on

Here is the first article that I have self-published (In collaboration with artist/writer Jon Ross).

The Future of Space Launch is Near
An illustrated guide to SpaceX’s launch vehicle reusability plans

I also have a SoundCloud account where I keep more temporary stuff, but the recording below is a keeper!

This is a statement by SF writer Ray Bradbury made during the landing of Viking 1 on Mars at JPL in July, 1976. The interviewer was Jon Lomberg.

The Belt Miner's Tale

I wrote this poem about asteroid mining as if it had fallen through a wormhole into my brain from a century from now. It's done in the manner of cowboy and trucker poetry... in the voice of 'talk like a pirate' Fridays!

(To download 'The Belt Miner's Tale' (V 1.0), right click on the play button below)

Read 'The Belt Miner's Tale' (V 1.1)


I wrote this poem about companionship in general but also about the bond that I had with my black cat Familiar, Ursulus. I unearthed this poem from 25 years ago to honour National Black Cat Day on November 17th, 2016.

Read 'Familiar'

(More to come!)

Tinkers Tunes

Radio Free London

Radio Free London is a late night radio show on CHRW, the campus radio station of Western University in London, Ontario, Canada.
Monday mornings, 2am til 6am ET.

CHRW Studio

Listen to Radio Free London live on Mondays from 2am til 6am ET:
CHRW live stream page

Radio Free London Podcasts

(Follow this link to listen to the latest shows.)

Featured Show: Spaceflight!

The theme for this show is spaceflight, both robotic and human. It's also a tribute to Carl Sagan, who inspired us to look up... and dream.

(Click the buttons to play or use the context menu of your web browser to download.)

Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist from Erik Wernquist on Vimeo.

(The audio
from Erik's video in the radio show and this embed used with permission)

"Field recordings" of local musicians in their natural habitat.

Featured Recording

Yessica Woahneil
Yessica Woahneil

This recording was made during an acoustic open stage on the patio of the now defunct APK Tavern.
Yessica Woahneil was the spotlight performer for that afternoon's event.

Here is a fabulous recording made at The London Music Club of the bluegrass band Rhyme & Reason.

This recording  was made at the Black Shire Pub. Local acoustic musicians sit around a table on stage and play traditional Irish tunes.
Classic bluegrass at its best! Recorded live at the London Music Club.
(More to come!)

Tinkers Tips
Things I've learned over the years that may or may not work for you!

Tinkers tips are a collection of musings that I've recently condensed into Tweet-sized bites.

Go to Tinker's Tips page

(Enter at your own risk! Ideas inside!)

Tinkers Turnkey
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