New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.
-Mark Twain-

My new years resolution is the same every year and I always keep it. It is "I resolve to make no New Years resolution". -tom swaim-

Friday, October 2, 2009

Old Fools Journal: Hot Air Engine

Apparently simple minds like simple things. I found this very nicely done piece of tin work at my favorite thrift store last week but because the weather has been so nice I have been playing outdoors. This morning it started raining just before dawn so today was a good day to check it out. It is a three candle power heat engine. It's only purpose is to turn around and cast light images on the walls of your yurt, hogan, cave or tepee. When running it emits the smell of candles. I love that smell. Unfortunately it has a voracious appetite for candles. It's candle wax mileage is not very good.

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The candles ran out before I got tired of staring at it. Like I said "simple minds".......as you can see I am easily entertained. I love this thing.

If I was into meditating this would be perfect for that and if someone were to see me staring at this device they might think I am meditating. It ain't so. I'm just vegetating, staring at it turn and probably thinking about lunch.

Below is a picture of the innards.

3 comments:

Northmark said...

Oh for crying out loud. Why can I not see stuff like this without thinking "Maybe I could make one"?
Simple minds unite.

Diane said...

Love this mesmerizing zen like heat engine. Your right about the candles though. Now you mention about seeing the images on a YURT...while you were mediating, I meant watching this, did you see a YURT in my future. *hoping* If not that's OK too. It is what it is.
Have a tremendous weekend eh?

Oldfool said...

Northmark: It's an affliction and there is no cure.

Diane: There is a yurt in your future if you really, really want one. Meanwhile check out the Yurt Project. http://hexayurt.com/
Personally I prefer to be on wheels and have a clear escape path.

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