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duerig
    @cgiffard If I had been born twenty years earlier, I'd probably have spent 1995 on a brilliant idea I had about how you could connect two computers together into a 'graphwork'. :-)
    duerig
      @johngordon I think it has been disappeared. Maybe you have access to an early version by being a subscriber? Or maybe it is gone and will come back. @jws Nothing in the archive listing: http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/
      duerig
        @kiyote23 I use Chimp on iOS.
        duerig
          @jstodberg About $500: https://jtechphotonics.com/?product=3-8w-laser-and-2-5amp-safety-compliant-driver-kit Plus the cost of building an enclosure for the device (for exhaust and safety). :) @clarkgoble @cgiffard
          duerig
            @_chrismay Keep developing it. The difference between a successful idea and a failed idea is usually more to do with somebody giving up than anything else. And if you can use it for work, that gives you an excuse to spend some day job time on it too. :)
            duerig
              @jstodberg I designed and built my own CNC machine. I haven't tried it out on wood (except for surfacing an MDF spoilboard). I mostly cut ABS plastic with it. @clarkgoble @cgiffard
              duerig
                @clarkgoble @cgiffard But not only has it been done, there are a bunch of companies that sell it. It is called 'engraving stock'. Which shows just how common it is. There are probably tons of signs I pass every day made with the stuff.
                duerig
                  @clarkgoble @cgiffard So my million dollar idea was to create a laminate of the two colored materials. Then you half carve through the laminate to make arbitrary signs. The relief and contrast looks good and it is more durable and permanent than printed.
                  duerig
                    @clarkgoble @cgiffard When carving out letters and such for a sign, you want at least two colors for contrast. And if you cut out the letters of one color and paste them onto another, that is laborious and error prone.
                    duerig
                      You know how sometimes you come up with a million dollar idea? Then you find out that it really was a million dollar idea. A whole industry already existed based around this idea and had for a long time. That is me right now. Both validated and deflated.
                      duerig
                        @clarkgoble It will be interesting to see how the final voting comes in for that reason. I don't think we'd see the GOTV effects in polling. And so that part of the natural experiment won't be revealed until November. @johngordon
                        duerig
                          @johngordon You saw this in the primaries when each candidate was fighting their respective field. And you see it now with emailgate coverage ebbing and flowing. They aren't rooting for a candidate. They are rooting for a photo finish. @clarkgoble
                          duerig
                            @johngordon If one candidate seems to be getting ahead, the press tends to bash them more and give the other candidate the benefit of the doubt. It acts as a kind of feedback loop keeping both candidates relatively near each other. @clarkgoble
                            duerig
                              @johngordon I think it also relates to the bias in our press. Not a crude 'always liberal' or 'always conservative', but in a way that favors the underdog. @clarkgoble
                              duerig
                                @clarkgoble A good R candidate might be edging out Hillary now instead of being edged out as Donald is. But our institutions seem to put every presidential election on a knife edge regardless of any other factor. @johngordon
                                duerig
                                  @clarkgoble Hillary is an good candidate. She is doing all the right things and excelling in all the ways that politicians are supposed to. She is really just a normal and skilled politician. Donald fails at everything and yet is still close. @johngordon
                                  duerig
                                    @clarkgoble I think our institutional framework ensures that every presidential election will be relatively close regardless of candidates or strategies. This election is showing us the truth of what the poli-sci folks have been saying. @johngordon
                                    duerig
                                      @blumenkraft He is an unpatriotic leech. He makes angry speeches in front of rows of flags while privately sucking the blood from the nation those flags represent.
                                      duerig
                                        @johngordon And of course this puts into sharper focus Donald Trump's possible admission last night that he pays no taxes. He is unfit to lead for so many reasons. But now we see that he is also an unpatriotic leech on society.
                                        duerig
                                          @johngordon Jim Himes is now my hero as well. Taxation is a shared burden we all shoulder in order to sustain our society. It is the source of peace and order. No good or heroic deed exempts you from this basic obligation. We all benefit and we all pay.