Innovation 2 – A string kind of thing..

Yes, I have a potato, a piece of string, a nail, and a hammer….the first dumb think i think really depends on my mood, is it destructive, constructive, happy, sad, depressed, .. i don’t plan to innovate really, but seeing the odd bunch of things gets my poor little brain going, what to do with the potato…. i don’t want cook it, its got a knob on the side with eyes, and a horn poking out, and its got dirt on it. The horn is suggestive of something, but the eyes are saying, ‘go on – i dare you to do something ‘… i can’t resist… should i use the hammer ? or the nail ? or both ? it would be a shame to me to leave that string,… no its not a ball of string, its actually kind of wound around the nail real tight… some past innovation gone strange… so i would have to unwind it…. hold on.. someone just tweeted me an idea “String theory is universal” from @schroedingerscat – anyway – my string theory is that I will tie that potato up, and get a nail and hammer it in hard to a board. and then it wont escape to bother me around the corners of the universe.  It can just lie there and go moldy and eventually self destruct in public tied up like a dog on a clothesline outback. – but such a cruel innovation.. perhaps I will be merciful to the potato… and plant it, and use the hammer and nail on a plank in the fence to mark the spot with a string to hold it up in the sun, so i can water it now and then.. and life goes on.

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Endurance in Innovation

How smooth and cool is the feel of a new idea, which makes life easier, which makes more fun, which gets more chicks, which when seen, makes people go ahh you’re kidding, which when felt feels cool to move and light to touch, and obvious, and beautiful.. and how to believe in that idea, and jealousy for this who wish that it was their’s.., and desire to have it, and pull it apart again, and see what is on the inside.

Clocks that go tick were like that for me, the old alarm clocks mixed in with the old valve radios on the tip, or in the shed, outback with the shearing tools, or the old tractor, with a motor that didn’t go, or the old vw combi van, parked precariously on a hill, the hill of imaginations, how we had ideas of driving that old van, with no fuel, with no licences, with no experience, how looking that if only the tires were pumped, if only we could move the handbrake, if only it had a steering wheel, with a horn, and a string kind of thing to pull, and windscreen wipers… look there is a motor, perhaps i can use that to drive the idea of something else, i don’t know about.

Yes, that flash, that idea, that time is moving, and the idea is not.  That is it something that others can have, that same idea ? , that crazy invention, or can i make something new, the new new thing, that no one else has made, that when seen, will be so obviously amazing..  is this innovation then ?

Innovation is like climbing things, like going up, and coming down, it is hard to get up, but when you get up and survey the landscape, how do you get back down to tell the story of what you saw in that oxygen deprived dream at the top…

Actually, the most great part of innovation really, is teaching younger people with more newer energy to take your idea and run with it, but you cannot leave it.  Leaving an unfinished idea in the hands of people without guidance is death to the idea.  Thats the thing, not many people can see as far as you saw when you got to the top, when you get back down and on the way down start tweeting and describing things, you find, no one can really see , what you saw.. so it take endurance and belief to follow that idea from the little magic seed to the tree with the fruit falling down like

ripe mangoes on an Australian mango tree…

down on the coast.. not far from the sea…

but far from the mountain..

where the idea came to be.

The Nuclear Support Debate

Fukishima has recently demonstrated through the facts of its self destructive radioactive demise, that all the horses and all the kings men, cannot do the impossible.  The impossible is based on the fact that without cooling water and power, nothing can stop the self destruction of a nuclear reactor.  Nuclear fission goes on and on until the fuel is spent, something which seemingly is going to take quite a bit of time, and in the process the massive energy released, so brilliant when converted to power and light, helps with the destruction of the reactor, the containment vessel and other auxilliary systems.

I have a question which is, for all the old Nuclear plants in the world, how are they maintained ? can spare parts be found ? what if something breaks ? can we fix it in time ? can we diagnose it in time ?.  These questions relate to a supply chain problem, which looks like it might have broken at the time of 3 mile island.  So if you STOP the nuclear industry, do you stop suppliers from having the bandwidth, motivation, and energy to continue supporting all the old equipment forever ? Is this happening ?  Supply and Demand and private enterprise would seem to dictate, that an industry can only be maintained, if it is ongoing, and if it is NOT ongoing, then perhaps is might be maintained.  Can you guarantee, that someone, somewhere on the planet can stock or make all of the items which are used in the construction of existing Nuclear plants ?.. you might be confident if at least you knew there was an ongoing market, other than eBay perhaps for the components.

If I am therefore NOT confident of the supply of spare parts, or ability to respond in a crisis, can I therefore perhaps  add this to the list of risk scenarios to be considered as we heighten the awareness of our lives with Nuclear energy.