The clerk finally shows up after numerous pages on the store loudspeaker, opens the case, and then there is a lot of pointing and pantomine as I try to explain, no, not the 16 gauge, I need 20 gauge, and no, not the 8-shot, I need the 6-shot, until we zero in on the right ammo. Out in the country, you can't let Mr. Romney's "varmints and critters" dig holes in your shingles and bust into the attic. Mr. Romney got a lot of flack from Real Men about not being a Real Gun Owner, but those of us who own property in the sticks know what he was talking about.
The clerk asks, "Um, how many boxes do you want?"
I say "just one", saying to myself, "How bad a shot do you think I am?"
My original version was . . . Your brother-in-law suggests using a shotgun to remove tree branches beyond your ladder . . . and you think it is a great idea!
They tell me with one of those babies, you can cut the lawn in one quarter the time at get more of the Pre-Game Show.
Couldn't there be some kind of Common Core -- for Public Health reasons, we want your kid to have the vaccines for Polio, Diptheria-Pertusis, Measles, Rubella, and Chicken Pox, or is the list much, much longer?
Planes with depressurization have flown for hours until exhausting their fuel, but fire?
If I hit the garbage cans and not know why this is a problem, it is time for one of these tests.
The excuse that "they are not going to destroy the Universe" is based on cosmic rays having energies way beyond what a ring circling the planet could achieve, although I guess the luminosity is low and that is why we are not swallowed up by a black hole?
But Dyson's point is that these mega projects are throwing bucks/Euros after diminishing returns as the interesting stuff is probably still outside your reach. He thought that people should be considering novel concepts rather than just making what we have bigger . . . and more expensive.