"About this time last year, I was driving across the united states and got about a day behind a massive storm. It was not usual to see snow all across the country, much less, filling up for gas and having to knock a thick layer of ice off the pumps in bewilderment, as ice storms are not frequent in my life. I do remember in Indianapolis, making a decision to try to outrun the storm, which was a great idea until I got into the storm and suddenly asked, "why?"
people ask, "how can you drive across the country in a day or two?"
"drink coffee and always keep moving, then when you are tired, pull over for a power nap."
the critical element is "keep moving" as it is amazing how a nice dinner stop or a coffee break just pushes your time schedule off.
So today, we have some snow, a dusting, which is good as it all I need to go walk around and scout for deer. It appears my brother, nephew, and mom's adopted sons will be coming up to go hunting this year, and I explained that everything is growing in heavy, and I really could not see any signs of deer because the leaves were falling all over. There is only boom boom's spot that I got him, that reminds me of the tales I hear of from hunting camps where they drive you to the place, prop you in a comfy chair, and you call it hunting.
Me, I had to hack and chainsaw a path through uber thick vegetation to find a spot where I could see anything. So I will go out before the snow melts and look around and see what is going on. What concerns me is simply have not seen much deer around. Either there is an abundance of food in the woods, or there aren't many deer. next week will tell.
People ask me why I hunt, and the truth is told, I have a problem with killing an animal, yet, I know if we didn't hunt, there would be a ton of deer on the side of the road (there already is) and cars that were dented. Years ago, my friend Lydia wanted to try to export the deer whistles you can put on the front of your vehicle to Germany, as there is the autobahn, unlimited speeds, and deer in the road.
I forget the reason as to "why?" they didn't want to import them? Perhaps it is like Switzerland where there are a ton of laws, rules, and regulation about people thinking they know what an animal thinks and feel. the "whistle" (the ultra-high frequency that a human can't hear) would startle the deer (duh), and they needed to know the scientific data on the effects of the frequencies on humans. in other words, "go speed a ton of money for testing for a few years to see if this hurts any humans." All that translates to is, "only big companies with tons of resources need attempt."
Sorry for the digression, people ask where did I learn to do all the various things? I reply, "I didn't have the money to hire out the traditional big company way, and when I added up the material costs for the idea, I could make it happen using my time." What blows me away today is the amount of information and resources to do anything by asking google a question.
The other part is all these unique skills one had to learn with wood, plastic, metal, chips, electrical, plumbing, etc.….today – you code, design, and push off the idea into 3d printing and modeling. It really saves you a lot of hard work, and your tolerances of precision are such that few humans could match it.
I just have to laugh, as I have to travel two hours away to rent the CNC routers and larger laser cutters (I wonder if there is a waterjet here in town) because despite being a SUNY town, they won't have the equipment until next year. Who knows, maybe I will go back to school just to have access to the tools and cheap software. I am happy to pay adobe for their creative suite because I use it. But there are so many programs you might only use for one thing. I really don't want to think about the cost I had spent in research with software in the past, particularly when the audio/visual side was transitioning from analog to digital. I still remember seeing the bill for one seat of silicon graphics machine loaded and one seat of alias power animator. It was $180,000 in 1992. That was when my friend would smuggle me into what was tele-TV, which was a half a billion-dollar idea to stream content – long before it became a reality.
Speaking of which, I think I finally have the woo woo room design from an acoustic view. I seem to be the guy that sees a little different than the norm. Yesterday I was talking through some ideas with the man in Indonesia, a light bulb clicked, as there is another function I want to start doing in listening rooms and sleep rooms for people in urban environments. The sad reality is right now, only the wealthy have to access to the resources. However, with technology and the current tools, I think I can crank out an affordable room that doesn't cost what typical contractors would charge. I remember an audio studio in North Carolina where the people were struggling with understanding the build and why contractors saw something different than they never built before and charged four times as much.
Common sense turns out to be rare and uncommon in the USA anymore – sans a farmer. I talk to them, and they astound me with the practicality and functionality of life. I say the same thing with the maker folks in this town. Should I win the lottery, I am going to give them the same amount of money I see blown in academia on innovation centers and see what they would come up with. I wager it would be a fantastic space, why? Because they make things versus think of theory and publish white papers on the idea, sans reality.
Sorry, I am a bit fed up with the lack of tools and resources here. It is almost like they are forcing me to move to an urban market. I remember in Zurich, space is at a premium, as well as the various silos inside ETH Zurich not really playing with each other. Maybe I was the outsider looking in, or perhaps I hadn't learned enough of cultural indoctrination as to the nuances of getting things done at the swiss level?
All I know is today, I am waiting on some really rough build space, of which it works in that I have to adjust to no power, water, and testing the ability to grow off the grid. The tools to blow out some prototypes are here, but not the higher end, but rather things made by people who make things. I know how to make all of them work, only because I had to do a few million workarounds in the past 40 years. But it frustrates me when I know there is a better and easier way – yet – that path is blocked by a few people in power.
The good news is that has me asking "why?" more and more. while it has me worry about change en masse of not being reality – I do know there is a small group that isn't happy with the status quo and will not stop asking, "why?"
it amazes me how "why?" seems to be a dirty and naughty question to some people.
the reality is perhaps they never took the time to think or ask, they just followed?
I just realized my mind went on a post brainstorm ramble. “why do I hunt”
it is simple, the meat is healthier and I have seen the effects of “preserves” in urbans spaces where deer are everywhere. in this area they say a healthy herd is 10 – 12 deer per square mile. a few miles away, near the university, they said the rate was 254 deer per square mile last year. you can’t drive without running the risk of running over a deer there.
I guess I just realized life is a lot of common sense and balance. this is becoming harder in a country where choice and the misuse of freedom and selfishness is abundant. I don’t think I would see that if I had not traveled and worked with so many different cultures.