[hackerspaces] Now I am totally depressed...

john arclight arclight at gmail.com
Wed Mar 3 18:57:35 CET 2010

I suppose it's a combination  of the rise of the "information economy" and
the pussifying of America. (Although this could also apply to most other
rich countries).
Folks are encouraged to specialize more and more, and taught to avoid taking
hands-on risk and responsibility for things.

One of my old Popular Mechanics has on the cover "Build an electric arc
furnace and melt asbestos!"  Not likely to happen now.   Might burn down
someone's house or something.

I cringe every time I see a man with a flat tire standing on the side of the
road talking into a cell phone instead of fixing it.


On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 9:09 AM, Philippe Langlois <
philippe.langlois at gmail.com> wrote:

> They moved to software ;-)
> On 03 Mar 2010, at 17:55, Hank The Curmudgeon wrote:
>> Go and find the "Popular Mechanics" issues from around 1930 (Google
>> "page" 31 at the bottom of the main search page, linked below) and
>> move forward. Grab a random issue and check the index. I am
>> specifically referring to the project pages. Though the ads and
>> feature articles are fun toothey are not the subject of my mini rant.
>> Look at the stuff that we built in our home shops. What the hell
>> happened to us? Where did we, as a nation of inventors, dreamers,
>> builders and makers, go astray??? Why was this knowledge, these tips
>> and tricks, ever allowed to be lost? Today our schools teach the kids
>> garbage and your average condo dwelling urban moron has no freaking
>> what they are looking at when they go to a hardware store...I see it
>> every time I'm at Ace or Home Depot. Sad...
>> http://books.google.com/books/serial/ISSN:00324558?rview=1&lr=&output=html&sa=N&start=900
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