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It is I, Dread Pirate E, taking over the blog today.

I invented a new machine for a school project and I wanted to show it to everyone. My assignment was to use six simple machines (wheel, screw, lever, pulley, inclined plane, and wedge) to make a complex machine of my own design.

The Cat Feeder
Design Engineer: Dread Pirate E
Construction Engineer: Weatherdude
Support Staff: Oz

The cats made me feel like people shouldn't have to get the food when their dish isn't full. A machine would help. It can really help lazy people not to have to get up on their feet when they don't want to.

When a cat plays with a cat toy the pulley string gets pulled and opens the lid. The cat food slides down the inclined plane into the food dish. A lever opens the top of the tube. The machine comes to the bowl by the wheel and axle and the cat will happily eat its food. The machine is held together with screws and the cat food tube is fit with two wedges.

My Cat Feeder with the cat toy above the pulley to show it. The cat toy would be on the ground.



more photos behind the cut

Daddy and I went to Home Depot and we looked at simple machines and a tube. I did some drawings. Daddy found some more simple machines at home. He set up the pulley for me on a base and I played with that. Then I took a break.

We set up the machine. At first it was too low for the bowl, which I had put on wheels. So I moved the wheels to the machine and now it was high enough for the food to go down the inclined plane.

Daddy did all the construction work. I told him what to do.

Yesterday, I painted my machine and colored the lids and inclined plane. Then we strung the pulley and the lever. It was time to test it. We used duct tape for the lids and they don't close right. The design team thinks there should be a magnet on the lower lid so the food doesn't slide out before it should. So I tested the cat toy while Daddy held the lid shut. Rainbow Tom tested the food.

Me, with my machine and my test subject, Rainbow Tom.


Here I am about to demonstrate the lever. My test subject moved, something he doesn't do very often.


And here I am again, posing with my invention, because you can never have too many photos of an inventor with their invention. Especially an inventor in Tinker Bell jammies.


You know, if Rainbow Tom depended on this machine for his food, I think he would starve. Unless he convinced one of the other cats to play with the cat toy and work the lid.

Dread Pirate E, returning you to the normal blog.

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mindseas
Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
My cats need one of those!
birdhousefrog
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
well, we're working on your soap order first. They made their first batch of soap about two weeks ago and it's almost cured now.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that comment. I don't know if we can make more copies. it will take a longer time to make it again, but if we get making more machine copies, we might be able to give you some. But I'm happy if I give you some soap that me and Daddy make every time when everyone wants to have some more. And when you get it, I will see it again. bye.

Edited at 2009-01-23 10:15 pm (UTC)
mindseas
Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
I look forward to the soap!
tcastleb
Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Hah. Fitz would figure it out; he already figured out how to flush the toilet. Mina only would if the toy had feathers. She luuuuuves feathers. But very cool invention, Dread Pirate E.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
please review photo #1. The orange tail on the cat toy mouse is a feather. See it hanging down? must be too early in the morning out there in San Diego.
tcastleb
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Bah. Stupid Work Computer now won't let me see any pics at all, so I'll just have to take your word for it that little orange mousie has a feather tail. And it IS early out here, dammit.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that comment. I would love to give you the invention. Don't worry, the cat toy I put on has feathers, so the cat that loves to play with feathers will happily eat the food. Like Rainbow Tom, he would eat the food for the cat that pulled the cat toy before they can get it and he will happily eat it like every other cat will happily eat its dry food.
ex_triciasu
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
OMG I love this. Can I link to it?
birdhousefrog
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
yes, why not. identities have been protected.
frostokovich
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Rube Goldberg meets cats...
birdhousefrog
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
how very true!
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birdhousefrog
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
We have it on authority from Rainbow Tom that not much "play" and "chasing" and "wrestling" occurs once a cat is fat. Plus, if you only refill the tube on a schedule, Xerxes would have fun without getting too fat.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Xerxes would love the cat feeder and he will happily wrestle it, the food which is dry food, and also eat it up. But watch out for the other cats, they might steal it. Like Rainbow Tom. He always steals the food from the other cats that pull the cat toy. That's all I want to say. E.
dancinghorse
Jan. 23rd, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
The Kittens of Chaos would so get into a feeder that involved TOYS! (They are currently demonstrating that "creeping in on little cat feet" is roughly equivalent to the passage of a herd of buffalo.)
birdhousefrog
Jan. 23rd, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
yeah, Sandburg never had kittens or large cats, did he? Every Coon I've ever owned thundered, even when walking.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
I think the Kittens of Chaos would love it. Besides the cat feeder will be able to help them settle themselves down. And I want to know how many kittens of chaos you have so I will be able to give you the correct number of machines so they can each have their own one. And that's from Miss E.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 23rd, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
From Mrs. K
I was so proud of Dread Pirate E's project! She did a wonderful job presenting it to the class, and it was a hit. :-) Good work E!
ann_leckie
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Dread Pirate E, that is awesome. With Awesome Sauce, a side of Awesome Fries, and a large Awesome Drink.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
Her teacher gave her a 1+ for doing an awesome presentation as well. First time she actually ENCOURAGED me to put her in the blog. And came home and wanted to read the comments.
birdhousefrog
Jan. 23rd, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all those awesomes and the food kinds. And I have a riddle...what kind of food is called an orange's apple? If you don't get it, I don't know the answer, but if you do get it, it's ok with me, because I don't know these riddles. From E.
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ann_leckie
Jan. 24th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
I certainly don't. And neither do the Paidhi kids!

Oh, I forgot the slice of Awesome with Awesome Frosting for dessert. :)
marshallpayne1
Jan. 24th, 2009 01:03 am (UTC)
Hiya, Dread Pirate E! You might recognize me from the last post here. That's Mr. Squirrel/Marshall to you.

No seriously, that's really cool and your cat feeder certainly works, as the kitty appears to be well fed!
marshallpayne1
Jan. 24th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Mr. Super-Sekrit Squirrel want to know if you'll feed him too...? Please!
birdhousefrog
Jan. 24th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Ohhh-kaay. I could make a squirrel feeder for your sekrit squirrel, but I don't understand the joke, it's really complicated to see how it's spelled and by the way, I like the two sekrit squirrel pictures. Really cool! From Miss E.
marshallpayne1
Jan. 24th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
Thank Ye, Miss E. I'll make a special place at the Super Sekrit Friends Clubhouse for it and you can drop by and visit. The password is Shhhhhhh.
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