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Nuggets from the World of Ideas

Once upon a time

There was a place where you could walk into a flowing stream, and if you knew what to look for, you could reach right down and pick up a piece of gold. I can imagine that copper, tin and iron once laid around in lumps.

In ancient Babylon and Sumer (and elsewhere) crude oil and tar flowed like springs up out of the ground.

Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, opals, turquoise, were all just pretty rocks…

…once upon a time.

Those days are pretty much all gone now, unless you count finding buried or sunken treasure.

…or are they?

The World of Ideas

Often in conversation, new friends will get around to asking me what I do. Or, knowing what I do, they will ask me how I do it. I have learned to pause for a second –or two– and look as if through an invisible door. In my imagination a metaphorical doorway from ‘our’ world to the world of ideas opens before me. Stepping through the doorway in my mind, I describe to them what I see.

Imagine a world where ideas lay around on the surface of the ground like rocks in a stream. You don’t even have to dig for them; you just have to meander around and notice.

“And I am not the only human being in that world,” I tell them, “Other people are there too, picking up ideas.

“Sometimes, I see people fighting over ‘big ideas’. I try to avoid those places. When somebody comes over and gets interested in taking over what I’m doing, I just give it to them and move on. I don’t want to get involved in a fight over one idea when so many of them are out there.”

Source: DC Animated Universe Wiki

Why Aren’t You Rich?

This is a natural question, I suppose, but one I didn’t think about before someone asked it the first time. It comes up a lot, though, apparently…

(Nygma discovers his office is locked and his nameplate is missing)
Edward Nygma: What’s going on here? Where’s my office? My door was right here.
Janitor: “Was” is right.
(Holds Nygma’s nameplate up and dumps it in the bin)
Edward Nygma: What’s the meaning of this?
Daniel Mockridge: What does it look like, Eddie? You’re out of here. You’re history. You’re fired. Comprende?
Edward Nygma: Have you lost what passes for your mind!? You can’t afford to do without me, Mockridge!
Daniel Mockridge: I can if you’re going to sue me for royalties.
Edward Nygma: I created the “Riddle of the Minotaur” game! This company’s making millions for my genius!
Daniel Mockridge: Competitron Software’s success didn’t come from the product, Nygma. Competitron has a corporate attitude. It’s strength is in the boardroom. The deal. The contract. Specifically the “Work for Hire” contract you signed.
(Shows Nygma a contract he tricked him into signing long ago)
Edward Nygma: You are a fool, Mockridge, if you think you can get away with this. Your amoral greed is no match for an intellect like mine!
Daniel Mockridge: Oh, yeah? Then tell me something, Eddie: if you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?

DC Animated Universe Wiki

… so people ‘get’ the idea that cash follows creativity, but not necessarily in the same person. I feel like this– If I had to choose between pursuing ‘success’ or being able to go to that place, which would I choose? I guess the answer is obvious by now.

I’ve found myself feeling Edward Nygma’s pain a time or two, I won’t lie. But I learned there is more joy in going into that world than in fighting over who gets to bring an idea back from there.

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Art·is·an …

OK, so the prototypes made last week are  working so far…

 

 

 

 

 

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…which provided the motivation to sell some things and get myself a mill.

I have been studying mills for months now while waiting for the machinist from H-E-double-hockey-sticks to finally get ’round to my components. I started off thinking about computer control, but it was just too expensive to even imagine, plus there are plenty of small tasks that are better suited to the old-fashioned style manual turret mill. Just about all these things are made in China nowadays; nobody in this country wants to work that hard for that little money. The basic idea for the manual turret mill was conceived by Rudy Bannow, a patternmaker, in 1936. They say he was making a delivery to a customer when this idea came to him in a flash, so he sketched it out on a paper bag while sitting in his delivery truck. I decided I wanted one of Rudy’s machines.

US Patent 2,275,291,
“Machine Tool Operating at
Universal Angles in Overall Locations,”
Rudolf F. Bannow,
March 3, 1942 (filed April 4, 1939)

Rudy was an artisan who made patterns. He came up with one idea –one really good idea– that revolutionized the tool and die industry. Rudy invented the Bridgeport mill. There have been a few upgrades to his original paper bag sketch over the years: bigger motors, bigger spindles, stronger dovetail castings, and automation, but I wanted one of the originals. I wanted to be able to spend my time creating my prototypes with an artifact (something made or given shape by humans, such as a tool or a work of art). I wanted a tool that was a work of art.

This would require a pretty big chunk of cash, I figured $2500, because I would also need cutters, holding fixtures, measurement equipment, all the support stuff, plus there might be a significant freight charge… these things weigh a literal ton. All that I had to sell (all that I could afford to part with) was my HP 8753C. I was hoping to get enough out of it on Ebay® to (mostly) finance one of Rudy’s mills.

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