Other Good Folks and Adventures Practical People Hate

Adventure wears a lot of disguises.  In garage laboratories, in pens behind their homes, in backyards, they’re out there enduring the smiles and shrugs of the non-adventurous.

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/jlnlabs/

Dear new explorers and experimenters,

You are WELCOME in the JLN Labs Group-List dedicated to the search of Free-Energy solutions and new generation of space-propulsion systems.

 

A Tesla adventure:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/usa-tesla/?yguid=320352404

For discussion of Nikola Tesla history, inventions, and coil design and construction techniques. The physics of Tesla’s varied patents, and ideas are especially welcome, even if they generate some heated discussions.

This list is for the dissemination and discussion of all things TESLA. Since Tesla was a man of wide and varied talents, other physical phenomena discussions are possible.

Or this:

http://tesladownunder.com/

Outdoorsy, but too old or infirm to carry a pack?  Pack goats:

http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/packgoat/?yguid=320352404

All about Pack Goats group

 All About Packgoats is a collection of interesting and insightful people who share an interest in hiking and packing with goats. With experience ranging from veteran packgoat professional to weekend hiking enthusiast, the answers to your packgoat questions can be found here.

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/Gravity-Antigravity/?yguid=320352404

This discussion group is devoted to the study of gravity and the physics of gravity and the interaction thereof. This forum is intended to allow all views and concepts to be entertained and evaluated by all, regardless of how traditional and fundamental or non-traditional and non-fundamental the ideas might be. Whenever possible, material submitted for discussion should include supporting data when available.

Or this:

In the Sandia mountains east of Albuquerque, New Mexico, there’s  about an acre of house and museum built by a man with his own idea of adventure.  It’s called Tinkertown.  Above the entrance there’s a sign, “HERE’S WHAT I DID WHILE YOU WATCHED TELEVISION”.

He adventured through life creating thousands of Rube Goldberg mechanical animations just to see if he could do it.

If he couldn’t create that animation, or make a Cadillac with the outer-surface covered by pennies, he wasn’t half the man he thought he was.

And then, of course, there’s Ed Leedskalnin. http://coralcastle.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral_Castle

“We wonder what was the inspiration that could cause a man to spend 28 years to carve a Coral Castle from the ground up using nothing but home made tools. An homage to unrequited love? Perhaps to illustrate ancient sciences that defy gravity? Or maybe just sheer, raw human determination? The Coral Castle is an everlasting mystery to those who explore it.”

Or The Perfect Man Shrine, middle of desert nowhere, Columbus, New Mexico:

The Perfect Man Shrine, Columbus, New Mexico

Human lives don’t last long.  There are plenty of candidates who consider themselves wise and willing to tell us how we ought to spend ours.

The people who built it are dead, or too old to maintain it.

But maybe when we close our eyes that last time we’d consider it well spent if we just did something, sometime while we were stumbling through it.

I’d bet not one of the people above ever voiced the lament, “I’m SO bored!”

Old Jules

14 responses to “Other Good Folks and Adventures Practical People Hate

  1. Tesla – My dad is a fanatic about him. He’s read several biographies on him and I swear Dad thinks Tesla invented just about everything that defines modern man. He might be right.

  2. Back when I pretended to be a school teacher, whenever I heard comments about someone being bored, I warned them people easily bored are themselves boring.

  3. Three cheers for the adventurers! We make the world a more interesting place 🙂

  4. Found you when you read my blog post. Looked at several of your posts and found I couldn’t skim them. This is a good thing. I’m on board.

    • lifeintheboomerlane: I’m obliged you came for a visit. Sometimes it gets interesting around here I reckons, other times there’s not much traffic. I expect we all try to survive it both ways. Gracias, J

  5. So nice to find people who remember Tesla! The idea of sticking a rod in the ground and pulling power out of it has always interested me. Thomas Edison couldn’t have THAT, though, it’s anti-monopoly!

    And the Coral Castle! That is a WEIRD place. His little house is very cool and breezy, even on the hottest days. The neighborhood’s gone down a bit since he built the place.

    Thanks for visiting my little corner!

  6. Bored I’m not. There is a flock of chickens, another of ducks and a third of geese that keep me busy and never bored. They world will never know. That’s fine by me. I find you blog interesting, also.

    • Mary: A herd of chickens, another of ducks and one of geese ought to teach a person everything he/she needs to know about human beings. It just about covers the waterfront. Gracias, J

  7. Hey Jules,
    Great stuff. I will definitly check these links out. You know. I’m always looking for new things to learn about and/or give opinions about etc.

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