[ExI] patent fight: was: RE: The Matrix: Resurrections trailer

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Sat Sep 11 22:29:27 UTC 2021



From: extropy-chat <extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org> On Behalf Of Max
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>.It's fun and can draw on creative thinking.  If you dismiss this activity,
you will never get to play with answer questions such as: 


>.Tesla or Edison? (Fist fight, not patent fight.) 







What a cool idea Max!  Fist fights, eh too caveman for my taste.  But that
patent fight business, that sounds like it has real potential for a great
game.  Actual patents cost money, but we aughta be able to come up with some
kind of game based on thinking of new ideas.


For instance.


I just got back from Stanford.  The main road going in there has houses with
short driveways.  A good example is 1079 Embarcadero Road, shown below and
you can see the guy's gray minvan there.  There's a huge tree you see there,
partially obscuring his view to the east and the westbounders view of him.
His view to the west down the  Embarcadero eastbound lanes isn't great


If that feller wants to go anywhere, such as the freeway which is right
there, he hasta back out across westbound Embarcadero into the eastbound
lanes, turn his wheel to his left to get pointed out the way he wants to go.
I witnessed this maneuver from a stoplight just off the right side of the
photo below just today.


Problem:  Wildwood Lane doesn't have a stoplight there.  Some drug-crazed
yahoo could tear around that corner on two wheels trying to get back to Palo
Alto High before her lunch break is over, and BOOM that guy's troubles would
be over forever.  I witnessed some crazy yahoo come tearing around that
corner about 10 seconds after Mister 1079 Embarc backed out.  OK.  A miss is
as good as a mile, he gets to live another day.  But his luck is going to
run out eventually I fear.



Idea: there is sufficient room in that short driveway to build a turntable.
We know at car shows there are such things, but that isn't really what I
have in mind, for that would be expensive and would be too easy anyway.  A
caveman could hire people to install that.  But I thought of a way to build
a homebrew turntable nearly flush with the ground using stuff ordinary
proles could find easily: a truck wheel hub assembly.  The conic bearings on
those rigs would easily bear the load both in thrust and torque that an
ordinary passenger car would deliver to it.  The whole assembly is already
weather sealed, and already has a grease zerk for easy periodic maintenance.


That whole notion would require sinking a hole about 20 cm down and about 50
cm across, the hub assembly could go down there, welded to a base plate,
then the turntable could be made of channel iron (C-section) beams in an H
configuration.  I know how to do all the necessary sizing calculations.  A
coupla fellers with a welder could build something like that for a coupla
thousand bucks methinks.  That's play money for anyone who lives in Palo


I digress however, for that has little or nothing to do with patents.  But
Max's patent fight comment brings up another kinda related idea: we could
have fist fights where the pugilists are dressed up as cavemen.  Sounds like
fun, however I digress even further into the abysss of absurdity.  


I have half a mind to sketch up the idea and mail it, addressed to: Feller
who lives at 1079 Embarcadero, Palo Alto CA.


Adrian, isn't Palo Alto in your neighborhood?  You and I could start a side
biz making low-cost turntables for proles living on Embarcadero Road.  You
could use the earnings from that to support your rocket science habit.  I
have a welder.



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