Friday, November 21, 2008

Hood Ornament

The Story
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.

The Upgrade
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 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


Blogger Contributing Author said...

Scotty would be proud of those diagrams. Did you do that on your drawing tablet? Same question about that detail of the hood ornament? Pretty impressive work, if so!

January 4, 2009 2:38 PM  

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