Re: Technology as Dribble Glass

Michael Butler (
Thu, 11 Dec 1997 11:27:56 -0800 (PST)

> What's the opposite of a dribble glass? A simple, effective piece
> of technology that does its job so well and so naturally that we don't
> have to think about it? The ballpoint pen?

I'd say the #2 redwood pencil. Or pencil & paper considered as a system.

>The three-legged stool?

Not bad, and "Tripos" has a rich historical association--the final exams
in England where an upperclassman would sit on a 3-legged stool (hence
the name) and improvise insults and challenges.

> The knife? The funnel?

How about the Inclined Plane?

> Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>