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Discussion: Loaf of bread

in: Charlie; Charlie > 2020-06-15

Jun 16, 2020 6:15 PM # 
One of my favorite quotes:

A human being should be able to change a
diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, write
a sonnet, balance accounts, set a bone,
design a building, act alone, solve equations,
bake a loaf of bread, die gallantly.
Specialization is for insects!

Looks like you have most of those covered...except maybe the last!
Jun 16, 2020 7:08 PM # 
Can Charlie butcher a hog? I couldn't. But I'd do ok on the solving equations part.

In any case, beautiful loaf!!
Jun 17, 2020 9:58 AM # 

change a diaper - check
plan an invasion - not really, maybe depends on the size (but why?)
butcher a hog - never tried
write a sonnet - ditto, but probably doable
balance accounts - check
set a bone - nope, but who knows if an emergency occurs
design a building - probably doable to some extent
act alone - I guess so
solve equations - check (at least easy ones)
bake a loaf of bread - check
die gallantly - not yet
Jun 17, 2020 1:19 PM # 
You don't have to actually invade anything or build a building. You just have to plan the invasion and design the building. Big difference.

However, a quick web search indicates that the original by Robert Heinlein was:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

So, no bread-baking, but I think that loaf would be a great start to a tasty meal. I can think of several kinds of sandwiches that Charlie is qualified to prepare.
Jun 17, 2020 1:55 PM # 
Glad there is no hog involved.
Jun 17, 2020 8:22 PM # 
I guess planning and designing is different from the real thing, so that makes it easier. A few new ones too but they seem to be doable (or already done).
Jun 17, 2020 9:33 PM # 
I’ve designed and built a few outbuildings. Nothing I would particularly like to live in.
Jun 18, 2020 9:08 PM # 
"program a computer", which in 1973 meant some weird language and making punch cards....
Jun 18, 2020 11:48 PM # 
Meant the same in 1963. And then turn the deck into the computer center, wait a few days to try to figure out why it crashed. Big disuader to being a programmer.
Jun 19, 2020 9:34 AM # 
"Pitch manure" may be something not too common in every day life today. I´ve actually been involved in similar activities when visiting my uncle´s farm a long time ago.
Jun 19, 2020 10:23 AM # 
I bought my manure spreader back around 1998 when I had a friend with a horse farm and could get loads of manure that I wanted to spread on the trails. The spreader sat idle and rusting for quite a few years until I hit on the idea of spreading wood chips. The original operation was relatively labor intensive because I only had one tractor at the time and had to disconnect the spreader to refill.

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