I’m a son, brother, husband and dad who loves machines. Rather, I love the systems that a well-functioning machine demonstrates. The interaction of disparate parts to accomplish a goal that no single component could achieve on its own is so interesting, and much of the time amazing to me. I admire anything that is, “more than the sum of its parts”.
I was born in 1970 in the midst of the Apollo space program, and that represents to me a major pinnacle in human mechanical engineering. I regret not being old enough to see and understand the moon landings, though I do remember Skylab and the joint U.S./Russian docking of the Apollo and Soyuz command modules. How could we have done all of that without mechanical systems? Tell me and we’ll go watch the sun come ’round the Earth from our lawn chairs on the moon.
My favorite machine? The organism that created and was the Saturn V moon rocket delivery system, from the engineering teams to the control rooms to the escape rocket way up there on the command module. For any veterans of the Program who might happen across here…you’re heroes. And the coolest geeks I know.
And I know a lot of geeks.