Everytime I Use Velcro

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I was born in a time when Velcro didn't exist. When we wanted to affix something in the way Velcro does, we had to tie knots, or deal with straps and clasps. Velcro made things so much better.


And the way it came about wasn't some genius working in a lab like Edison. It was some guy studying the way burrs stick to animal hairs and upon close inspection saw how the little hooks fasten to the hair shafts.


Now we have to remember that without the development of plastics that can easily be manufactured to create these tiny hooks in massive quantities, small but tough, the development of Velcro would have been well-nigh impossible. So it goes to show you that just knowing how a process works is not enough. You still may have to wait until you have access to superior materials to create a feasible product.


Anyway, my faith in humanity is restored every time I tie down my pant leg with a Velcro strap for another ride on the bike. Patient study of how nature does its stuff will lead us to create better outcomes with our stuff. That is if we can accept the conclusions of what nature tells us.      


mark henry smith Added Sep 8, 2017 - 3:43pm
The hard part, as we're learning every day, isn't knowing what the problem is. We know the planet is heating (even though a guy today insisted we're in a cooling phase) and that we can do things to help mollify the coming mess to some degree by being more thoughtful, less wasteful, accept that we have to change how we behave. That's all we have to do because it's all we can do right now until we take power out of the control of the oil and automobile companies around the world.  
A Classicist Writes Added Sep 8, 2017 - 3:49pm
How interesting that observing nature isn't sufficient; that we must seek outside of nature (at least for non-organic plastics!)...
PS...love your use of "wellnigh!"
mark henry smith Added Sep 9, 2017 - 11:36am
Thank you, ACW. We have always looked outside to nature for inspiration, and outside of nature for duplication, since nature doesn't work the way we do. We're more stubborn.
A Classicist Writes Added Sep 9, 2017 - 4:43pm
DY--nice one!  You really "get" things! = )
A Classicist Writes Added Sep 9, 2017 - 4:54pm
Thanks!! = )

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