I was doing a little reading about Diclofenac, an anti inflammatory drug I was taking, and learned that it’s toxic to vultures and its veterinary use is responsible for the near-extinction of vultures in much of South Asia starting in the 1990’s. Why is this the first I’ve heard of this?
The state of repair is as important as the name….I was driving behind a newer Mercedes car today and saw several rust spots on the trunk lid. If the car were in perfect shape I would have been impressed (on some level) by the conspicuous display of wealth but with those rust spots it’s clear the owner can’t afford to maintain their car and it brings as much prestige as a fourth-hand Corolla.
In a previous life as a welder for fabrication and machine shops, I had a taste of small scale production runs of different kinds of products and while some aspects of the work were monotonous, others were rather sexy. I’ve been working on a different production lines in a local factory (not just a few guys in a shop like before) and it’s about 80% sexy….
Anyway…tonight I’m watching and episode of Megafactories showing the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan and thinking how sexy things could actually be….
I know that the production engineer I work for had something to be proud of when I heard one machinist warn another that his automated test rig would “fink” on them if their parts were out of spec.
I was thinking about a time, about a decade ago, when I was watching American Hot Rod with an auto-mechanic friend and he mused about how nice it must be to work on new machines and never having to deal with dirt and seized bolts……
….well, I have to say that I’ve been doing that for the last 15 months (assembling diesel engine driven air compressors) and it’s WONDERFUL.
Have you ever seen a product that mad you sad? That made you think about how the engineering and labour hours invested, along with all the oil used to make and ship that stupid thing to your local outlet could have been used to feed people?
This qualifies. Check this out:
….And using the William Tell overture bothers me too but I don’t know why….
I was doing errands in town with my plant manager today and the conversation drifted to my diverse work history but I had to make a point that I’ve never seen so many stand-up, quality people under one roof as with this company. I constantly feel like a reprobate among saints……like the time I worked for/with a crew of gardeners.