Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Recent Rants...

Heard on NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me that AlQæda is going to start using a strategy that i though up months ago.
Fake Bombs.
Simply plant dozens of Fake looking bombs, Much cheaper than real bombs and potentially less criminal than planting real bombs if you're caught,
But why risk even that;
Get young hoodlums to plant them around town.
Keep your identity a secret from these children,
and pay them a pittance for their trouble.

My Other Extremely Evil & Brilliant Idea for Destroying Western Civilization
is NOT Blowing up Airplanes,
But Rather—
Making it clear that you are Now Blowing up Airline Security Checkpoints...!!!
How can we possible check people for explosives, If their intention is to Blow up the Checkpoints...!
It would Bring Air Travel to End, Without any means of Countermanding it.

The Only Possible Solution is to simply revert to The Way Air-Travel was conducted 30 years ago, When we accepted that a certain number of Airplanes was going to be high-jacked from time to time, But treated everyone, most of the time, like good law abiding citizens.

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Whenever Unfortunate Things happen to me,
i think; Gawd! This is so Unfortunate!

But i also think; i deserve this.

Or; i might think;
( And this is the one that seems most logically sound )
This is a Tiny Unfortunate Thing...
( Even if someone else might think its A Big Unfortunate Thing... )

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Just how much Unfortunateness is a reasonable amount of Unfortunateness?
Given the amount of suffering that many people are enduring throughout the world, Day in & Day Out, What is The Baseline for Unfortunateness?
How much Unfortunateness should i just shrug off?

Another aspect of this is;
While many people are experiencing Great Unfortunateness in One or More Ways;
They may also be Experiencing Great Fortunateness that i Envy!
When you Balance out any given person's Fortunateness -vs- Their UnFortunateness,
Does that yield a Fulcrum of Fortunateness,
And from that; Determine who is really Suffering Great Unfortunateness & Great Fortunateness?

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From this Perspective;
i have often considered that my own Fulcrum of Fortunateness is Balanced At a Much Greater Amount of Fortunateness than Most People in the World, and if you consider All The People that have ever lived; Then my own Fortunateness would be in The Top 2%.

This takes into consideration many episodes of Great Unfortunateness in my own life,
But Balanced against all The Great Fortunateness that is Mindlessly Inflicted upon me every day,
i think; Every Little Unfortunateness that happens to me, Is so Insignificant, and Detracts in such a miniscule degree from my Greater Fortunateness, That i am quite a heel for wanting to detract from The Fortunes of the World to fix my tiny problems.

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But.
i am also thinking;
Am i just an Insufferable Optimist?
Am i really so Fortunate?
Am i being reasonable to complain to people when some Unfortunateness inflicts itself upon me?

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i have also noticed something which i call; Wiggliness.
Wiggliness is when something Unfortunate Happens to me, But after a time, These Circumstance lead directly to Fortunateness.
Then after a time, after that; Unfortunateness will come from that, And then become Fortunate Again.
The Circumstances that form this Thread may alternate again & again, before settling towards a baseline of general Fortunateness or Unfortunateness, Without taking the Extremiums that spiked in its early manifestations.

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Given all that.
When something Unfortunate happens to me;
i still think:
Dang!

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June 16th 2010
There was just a story on the Telly this morning about a guy that attempted, but failed,
To cut his own arm off,
after somehow snagging it in his basement furnace. At the end of the story; The Family of this guy was asking for donations to pay for a prosthetic arm.
It's my understanding that these prosthetic arms, even the lame ones, are VERY Expensive.
The reason for this is somewhat legitimate, In that they're not the sort of thing that can be mass produced, as each one has to be fitted specifically for the user, and they typically require materials that need to be strong enough to endure daily use, which includes lots of bending, bumps & abuse.
Plus; Shaping the stump receptacle requires a genuine level of specialized craftspersonship to form the cup so that it's very comfortable for the wearer.
But- - -
It seems to me that all this could be codified, with detailed instructions, And comparatively inexpensive materials could be found to build it from; Then A Local High-School Shop Class could not only make these limbs, and experiment with improvements to the basic open-source design, that really wouldn't be available at any smaller number of specialized shops that make them.
Are the engineers that are currently making these appliances going to go along with this idea?
No.
They are going to insist that, especially with leg faux limbs, They need to be made to the highest standards to protect the safety of the users and insurance companies that would be bankrupt after paying thousands of claims when the incorrectly made artificial limbs would inevitably fail.
But the instructions for how to make the limbs would include all the specifics for how strong & mechanically durable the limbs have to be.
The Instructions would include all the protocols for making them to their full safety potential.
Plus; Being serious business, The units would be made by students with only the most serious intentions in a special class that would make all sorts of things for the community.
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( As a side note; It has always seemed crazy to me that the resources of all the high school shop classes are squandered, while they could be serving their local communities. / And this goes for prisons as well. )
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Who would pay for it?
The students would work for free, or be paid a trifling, And The Materials would be paid by The User or Their Insurance Company.

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