“Give me a place to stand, and I will move the earth.” Archimedes said something like this. He was referring to the power of the machine we call a lever. I had several machines tootling around my backyard this weekend. Each featured multiple applications of the
lever, among other mechanical devices and internal combustion engines. The contractor was creating a platform on sloping land as a base for a garage. A backhoe, a bulldozer, a coupla dump trucks, and a pickup, not to mention a truck tractor and a lowbed trailer, collaborated to relocate and position many tons of gravel. The gravel came from a pit several kilometers away. As my neighbour commented, “Sad, eh? And we living on an
Could be a poem in there.