The Big Think

February 6, 2010

The More Things Change

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 3:38 pm

“Dear Dumb Dad”

By W. W. McClintock

Ca. 1935

My father, poor misguided gent,

Wasted his life — a life misspent

By working hard and working late

From 6 A.M. till way past eight.

Poor Dad! He’d fume and fret and toil

And burn the blooming midnight oil

For nothing but a little cash

To buy the daily beans and hash.

Poor Dad! He was so mild and meek

He’d work six days in every week

And 14 hours every day

To try to keep the wolf away.

Now father, meaning well, but dumb,

Amassed a rather tidy sum

With which he planned to buy some beers

To brighten his declining years.

Then the NEW DEAL came; simple Dad!

Who worked so hard for all he had

Awoke one morn to find that he

Was now a public enemy.

A louse, a Scrooge, a national cyst!

An economic royalist!

So Dad, industrious but dumb,

Is now the source from which will come

The coin to buy the gasoline

For some poor underdog’s machine.

To bring the more abundant life

To every loafer and his wife.

From Dad will be extracted sums

For radios to ease the hells

Of all the chronic ne’er-do-wells:

For booze, so labor’s little Nell

Can tell the boss to go to hell.

Poor Dad, a faithful, trustful goon,

Was born just 30 years to soon.

A moral lurks along the hall

In all this fancy fol-derol,

And it is this: That any cheat

Who says you ought to work to eat,

Is simply nuts, out of his head–

Sit on your tail or stay in bed,

The government will see, by gad,

That you get yours from chumps like Dad!

How to turn a sphere inside-out – Absurd Intellectual

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 2:23 pm

How to turn a sphere inside-out – Absurd Intellectual: “”

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Newbie

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 7:41 am

A friend of mine, a fabric artist… back in the 80s, entered a weaving contest in a fabric arts magazine. She’d never done any weaving. She got some books, borrowed a loom, and decided to weave the fabric to make a seersucker shirt. It quickly turned into a nightmare. The seersucker threads kept breaking as she wove them. It quickly became a huge exercise in frustration, but she kept at it. She thought her difficulty was due to the fact that she was a newbie. Finally, after much struggle and heartache, she finished the weave, made the shirt, and submitted it to the contest. The magazine called a month or so later and said they were stunned by the piece, especially because you “can’t” hand-weave seersucker. She’d won the contest, and a ginormous, gorgeous Swedish loom that consumed most of a small room in her house. This is a perfect example of how you can do things when you’re ignorant of (or ignore) the common belief that you can’t. Sometimes ignorance is a huge advantage.

Via Makeonline, who is having a series on Maker “failures”.

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