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Thursday, December 20, 2012

70 year old technology and Rube Goldberg

My daughter asked me to help her build a "Rube Goldberg" invention for a school project. She didn't understand why I laughed.
Rube Goldberg is in fact, the patron saint of our farm.
So I dug into my supply of treasures bequeathed to me by MuddyValley and brought out the number 8 and 1/2 Erector Set.  (I think I have possibly four or five total but the rest are stashed away somewhere.)
We consulted and discussed designs. She was very excited, she had a plan.
I really hope it works and I hope her partner is not completely overwhelmed by my daughter's capacity for enthusiasm followed by frustration. (She comes by it naturally)

Now I must brave the elements and go to work. I saw my 93-year-old father struggling with the lock on the store at 7:50 a.m. By the time I slogged across the two inches of water covering my front lawn/machinery yard he had the door opened. He is hard at work already, sleeping at the computer with the "s" key held down.

2 comments:

  1. Rube Goldberg is one of my inspirations (asperations?) too. Wish I'd saved all the meccano /erector stuff I had as a kid. Your weather sounds depressing. You need what we have today. Brilliant sunshine, every tree and object laden with heavy hoarfrost and -10F . Its a real kodachrome day in Sask. It might inspire me to do a new blog post.

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  2. Sometimes the best part of farming is building contraptions in the shop during the winter months. It is like a really big Erector Set only with high voltage and a gas torch.

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