Do you often ponder questions in any academic discipline? If so, what questions in which discipline?
If you contemplate practical problems, your chatter about whatever matter is welcome unless it'll make us sadder or madder.
Worried that tomorrow is Sadderday,
How to design a portable cell phone tower?....
> It has to telescope vertically from 9-1/2 feet to 80 feet (like a antenna on a portable radio).
> It has to lift 2500 pounds on the top of the pole.
> It has to be about 1 foot diameter (or 1 foot square) at the base.
> It has to be able to stop at any height and be secured in place.
> Ideally, it would be electric-powered to lift it from 9-1/2 feet to 80 feet.
> It has to be built for about $15,000. So far, one possible solution would cost about 10X that cost.
> It will have guy wires to keep it stable once it is raised.
> It has to stay in place for 1 week to 2 years.
> It has to be safely erected.
> It will be mounted on a large semi-truck or trailer.
> It has to be mass-produced at a few hundred per year.
I need a brilliant idea within a few days. This gave me something to think about as I was driving to/from Thanksgiving dinner yesterday.
I have preliminary questions.
1. Do the various sites to which and from which the portable structures with be moved require some preliminary work such as a flat secure foundation of concrete and, if so, will this be part of the cost?
2. How likely is it that once the portable unit is moved away from a given site that it (or a similar unit) will ever again be moved to the same site; this is, will site use almost always be one-time?
3. Can the supporting portion of the structure remain at a height of 80 feet (until the whole portable system is relocated) and have the antenna and the 2500 pounds of whatever "slide" up and down that supporting structure? If this can be done, you might be able to use counter-weights as is done with commercial elevators to make the lifting easier.
4. Does the antenna actually have to stop and be secured at every point (a continuum) or would the ability to stop only at a largest practicable increments, such as six inches, be acceptable?
Wondering about the relationship between lifting ideas and soaring thoughts,
I love looking at stars...like taking a long brisk walk or reading something spiritually edifying I always feel renewed, and perhaps a bit wistful, afterwards. I must admire from a distance, though, because thinking about the individual planets and suns, especially about their enormity, makes me uncomfortable! I liked hearing the recent news about ISON (sounds like it may still be around) but seeing those in-your-face images of our sun was unnerving. I think it's God's way to remind me how fragile life is, and how grateful I should be for His mercy!
Thanks for the expansive response. One thing that I wonder about is why God created all the seemingly extra things such as the portion of the universe beyond the so-called "horizon", the part we can never see. Another thing is the existence of enjoyment; e.g., what if reality had a lot of enjoyable things such as the colors you mentioned, but no being who could enjoy any of it? Along the same line, I wonder how someone with an atheistic view of evolution would feel about a universe where there was everything except enjoyment; e.g., not even animals enjoyed anything because all of their action were driven by non-enjoying forces similar to the ones in man-made machines in this universe.
Another thing I ponder is this question. Which of these two situations would you choose for children if it were in your power to bring it about?
1. All children from this point forward in time are saved from all suffering through their adult years, but at the cost of never knowing (or suffering from missing) what adult love is. They experience only enjoyment, but their enjoyments are only at the level of children such as the taste of cookies and the love children have for parents.
2. All children from this point forward suffer through their adult years as has always been the human condition, but with the possibility without the certainty, of experiencing adult love.
Did you just say, "No thanks! I heading back into the woods!"?