Saturday, April 07, 2007

Genius moment

My buddy Joe Galletti (the red headed menace)is a genius. Skilled in many areas. mechanical, design, thought, the man is smart and I am lucky to have him as a friend.

Nowadays, people toss that word around lightly. Such as "oh, that guy who came up with the birthday ecards with boobies on them is a genius" well, not really. Most guys like boobies. this guy just capitalized on it.

No, Joe is really a genius. He has the ability to think of something, and visualize it in all three dimensions. Now this may sound easy enough, but i mean think of something that has never been made before, and see, in your mind, the object in all three dimensions. That is amazing.

Joe taught himself to weld. Then he bought a super high zooty welder. And taught himself to use it. Now that is not so hard, right? People can learn welding. The store that sold him the super new, high tech welding machine? asked him to come teach classes in how to use it.

I truly believe my pal Joe should be helping NASA get us back on the moon. He is THAT bright. However, NASA is run by a bunch of gerbils and pin-heads, and, like many other corporations today, they only want someone with a degree from a university, that says they spent lots of time learning to do things ONE WAY. The Teacher's way.


Nasa loses out.

Anyhow, the whole point of this boils down to: Joe is a genius. And today? I HAD A JOE GALLETTI moment. I did something so amazing, so brilliant, that Joe might even say "good idea"

Behind my desk. Behind Sara's desk. Probably behind YOUR desk? Is a whole spaghetti bowl full of cables. Power, monitor, usb, connector, just all the junk that goes along with a high tech desk.

Computer, Monitor, Scanner, Printer, Ipod dock, mouse, keyboard, blah blah blah

There are lots of them.

Now with Saul crawling? where does he go? Under the desk for the power cables.

I can mentally picture him (in three dimensions, BTW) chewing through a cable, and being shocked to death, or near death. ZAPPPity Zap.

Like the cat under the chair with the light cord.

I considered how to fix this. Neatly bundle all the cables? Put them in some wire loom. Management tray? Who knows. My head starts to spin.

Then. In a Red Headed Menace Moment, Spinoza's magic funnel opened up and poured all the knowledge into my brain.

Simplicity is the answer. I do not want the child to get at the cables. I need to not move my desk.

Before Idea:

After Idea:

Coroplast I actually had 2 sheets of 4x8 in the garage for a project that did not happen. It is plastic cardboard. You see it all the time in signs.

Now? effective, simple baby barrier! Woo HOOO.

We use white coroplast on the front of our entertainment center to keep the kids from even seeing Joe's stereo equipment. Out of sight, out of mind!
Great fix, but at some point you'll need to protect computers and stuff from him ("whee! wonder what happens when I press *this* button!!"). If you can, gate off the whole darned office room. Then it's an extra-special privilege to go in and sit on Dad's lap and look at the computer together. A toddler can hang up a computer in ways no QA manager ever saw coming.

Crawling, adorable.
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