In the deepest parts of an investigation there is a theme we often fail to see, blinded as we are by disparate facts. When the underlying pattern finally emerges there is a breathless innocence — letting go of what we thought we knew.  Istina.

Happy birthday 63 year old me.




2 Responses to “Letting go”

  1. Charles W. Fink says:

    What is it that you have figured out that is different than previous? It must be something, or you wouldn’t have worded it that way. You are kind of deep and a little bit random in what you write. Sometimes its hard to figure out where you’re coming from. Happy birthday to you and Oona. Whatever age.

  2. Nick says:

    The locking pin holes in the Lyon machine do not appear to be set up for fine rotational adjustments. Also the top of the crossbars are not radiused to make it friendly for the sinew. A machine that could achieve it’s spring balance by counterposed wedges driving a nicely radiused spreader bar, all atop those square sided crossbars, would explain a lot. Once the springs are balanced, our experiments with Firefly show that springs maintain their balance if the rotational adjustments are performed equally between the two sides of the machine. Perhaps it is possible to tune these machines with a wedge system before adding a set amount of rotational torque by advancing the washers to their next location (180 degrees by the look of said holes in the Lyon.) All of which, if it worked, would bring my whole idea of Vernier plates and fine rotational adjustment, crashing down around my ears. Wedge machines are not a new idea. Applying their principles to Phoenix is something I’m still working out. A “wedge machine” post will be coming up soon.

    As for being random: yes that is true. However, conceptual ricochets sometimes strike home. Voicing them in coded form reminds me to take another look at them later. Please remember this is just a journal and you are in the department of miscellaneous scribbles. Deep, shallow, indifferent: it’s just what comes out.

    Thank you for the Birthday wishes. And Oona is 2 1/2 years old. Still young by any standard.

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