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Welcome to my
Commonplace Book!

In the late Middle Ages, scholars started using “Commonplace Books” to collect knowledge of all kinds. These were not journals, but more like scrapbooks to gather quotes, letters, scientific formulae, and personal thoughts. Famous commonplace books were maintained by Thomas Jefferson, Francis Bacon, Henry David Thoreau, and Mark Twain. Sherlock Holmes himself solved a number of crimes by referencing his commonplace books!

This website isn't so much a blog as my own digital commonplace book where I keep items of personal interest.

I hope you enjoy it!

The Selfless Rivet

The Selfless Rivet

While certainly not the simplest of the fasteners, the rivet is, in my opinion, the most elegant.  And the most selfless.

Although usually used to join metal, it can join materials of any type, as long as they share a common drilled hole.

No fastener conveys strength quite like the rivet. Culturally, Rosie the Riveter is as strong, determined, and steadfast an archetype as one can find.

The rivet can be and can look complex to the uninitiated, but nothing is simpler conceptually than squeezing two pieces of metal together with a third, crushed on both sides like a pancake. And that is why the rivet is selfless…it only realizes its purpose when it is deformed in one particular place and in one particular instance.

The selfless rivet only realizes its purpose through its own destruction.

A real-life "Rosie the Riveter" operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, Tennessee, working on an A-31 Vengeance dive bomber. Circa 1943.

A real-life "Rosie the Riveter" operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, Tennessee, working on an A-31 Vengeance dive bomber. Circa 1943.

By Manfred Wassmann, alias BerlinSight - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18858020

By Manfred Wassmann, alias BerlinSight - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18858020

 “Ass Cankers are Ass Cankers. It Happens."

“Ass Cankers are Ass Cankers. It Happens."

"Birdland" - Maynard Ferguson v Buddy Rich

"Birdland" - Maynard Ferguson v Buddy Rich