When I was in college, back in the 1990’s, I used to design and build high end audio speakers. I was going to make some art deco styled speakers and ordered two of the “Flying Goddess Hood Ornaments” from the J.C. Whitney Auto Parts catalog. They come with a light bulb that you insert in the bottom, which makes the amber wings light up at night. I was going to connect the lights to a circuit that would pulse their wings with the audio levels. I never built the speakers but kept the ornaments with me as I moved from city to city. I eventually lost touch with one of the ornaments, and grew fond of the remaining one. About 7 years ago, I started placing/velcro’ing her on the computer monitor of wherever I happened to be working. She would look at me, majestically, overseeing my work, giving up the muse whenever she found it necessary. She gives me Xanadu energy. I can’t imagine my life now without the “Flying Goddess Hood Ornament” watching over me & my Wacom tablet.
From what I've heard, the muses are a fickle bunch. Wouldn't it be nice to reign them in and put them to work on your own terms? Well, now you can. With a few off-the-shelf components you can harness these inspirational energy forces and use them as you need them. We're talking inspiration on demand. With proper shielding and a recycling system you won't lose one precious drop of inspiration. In fact, there is so little energy loss that you'll likely have enough overflow to share with the your colleagues. A properly outfitted system can easily power a small highly creative office or a large semi-creative office.
Do you have a Beloved Specimen?
Please email a few photos with a brief story about the specimen to firstname.lastname@example.org. The only criteria: 1) it is smaller than a breadbox, and 2) it is beloved. I'll draw it and also give it an upgrade