Monday, July 07, 2008
Reference: A new breed of tinkerers mix science and craft, Bangkok Post, July 8, 2008
In the 1950s, thrill seekers in Southern California welded together a crude frame from steel tubing, mounted it on wheels from wheel barrows, powered the contraption with a lawn mower engine, raced it around the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and accidentally gave birth to the worldwide go-kart industry. In the same vein, about twenty years later goofy thrill seekers tinkered with their bicycles so that they could hurtle down Mount Tamalpais in Northern California faster and faster. We now know their product as the ubiquitous mountain bike. American tinkerers gave us more than just the personal computer. An entire book could be written of their contribution to the world as we know it today. Their unique characteristic is that their products become success stories only by accident and never by intent.