I can find inspiration almost anywhere. I subscribe to an About.com newsletter on ancient history. The scientific and technological capabilities of Ancient Greece and Rome prove repeatedly that anything is possible with the right tools, some elbow grease, faith, a contribution from mother necessity and a great deal of faith. I find the Antikythera Mechanism of great interest. It's been called the first analog computer. It calculates the positions of the stars and planets.
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Word for the Week
any physical or mental process by which some result is produced