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    Mr. Kendell believed the way he did.  It was 1983 and he was in his 60's.  He taught us basic electricity and transistor logic.  He was (from my prospective at the time) big and old and mean.  He was unable to use his right hand for some reason and it was tensed and curled up and would twitch fairly violently at all times.  We would laugh at anyone who got caught at the urinal when he would come in because he would stand next to you and that twitching hand would repeatedly bump into you.  That is how I remember Mr. Kendell and I remember him telling me there would never be stereo television.  I did not believe it even then but he was adament for whatever reason.

    The point was that people believe something for good reason or not and they seldom consider obvious or simple solutions later because they see easy, "insurmountable" problems and dismiss ideas before looking at them critically and trying to see if they can work or lead to something new.  

    It is human nature and not an indictment against you.  Ideas that were once considered cost prohibitive remain cost prohibitive in thought even after new technology or production methods reduce that cost considerably.  The mind says, "I have already considered that and it does not work so I will not consider it again".  

    I am what some people would call a professional problem solver.  I teach people how to solve problems in manufacturing settings.  You would be amazed at how often good ideas are dismissed as impossible, "we have already tried that", "it won't work because X,Y and Z".  These are intelligent people who are experts in their field.  They hate when guys like me come in and point to an obvious solution and then, after they fight it tooth and nail, prove that the idea works.  They are not stupid people.  Usually, they had tried it before and for whatever reason, it didn't work so they dismissed it and never tried it again.  

    I am not arguing that the idea will work.  However, I do know that the top of these huge towers are underutilized space and there are advantages in green power for unrestricted access to wind and sunlight.  I also know that if a major project is being planned, such as replacing the existing cross arms with insulated ones, it would be cheaper to combine any additional projects together to minimize labor, equipment and downtime.  

    I bet that if someone like you, who is a lot smarter than me about these kinds of things, put their mind to thinking of someway to better utilize those advantageous aspects of the towers, you could come up with something that would be cost effective and worthwhile.  I usually think something is impossible before I figure out a way to solve it.  It makes it more exciting and rewarding that way.

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 06:40:16 AM PST

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