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"I knew nothing, and I persisted in the faith that the time of cruel miracles was not past."

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Monday, November 8th, 2004

My job is consuming my time again; I must once more put off the art I scheduled from last time. The art I've been doing is for a confidential project and can't be shared.

What I can do is show you something from my archives - a hammer that can be used to drive screws:

Screw Hammer

The sliding cartridge (A) with phillips screwdriver head insert (B) is placed in the spiral channel (D) bored in the hammer head and body (C). The hammer is then wielded against the screw (E) as if the screw was a nail, the torque from the spiral channel driving the screw into the material. The screwdriver head can be reversed in the sliding cartridge in order to back the screw out.

The hammer that can drive screws permits many useful engineering and political analogies, and so readers should mark well that I am taking every step possible to safeguard my precious intellectual property, so that it may likewise become a useful legal / open source software analogy.

With the invention of this hammer, one unwieldly tool serves for both nails and screws, so that the tunnel vision often associated with hammer users1 may effectively be channeled to its best possible use.  A hammer that can drive bolts is but a short distance away, conceptually...


1 "When you have a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail."

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