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Sometimes a fake is all you need

Secret agent man?

Secret agent man?

Yesterday I realized two potentially uses for a bad fake prop. 1 Since I have a MakerBot and easy access to TinkerCAD, I just went ahead and mocked it up.  To put together the four cylinders and cube together in the rough approximation of a bluetooth headset only took about 2 or 3 minutes.  So, here’s my realization – even a really quickly designed bluetooth headset actually serves some useful functions.

I talk out loud, with no one around, rather frequently.  I suppose people might consider this me talking to myself.  Whether this is an odd personality quirk or some mild form of mental illness, I do find it helpful to verbalize my thoughts when working through a problem.  However, people tend to give me funny looks and even interrupt my thoughts to check if I was talking to them when I do this.  Now all I have to do is use this bluetooth replica and voila! instant acceptance of my personality quirk/mental illness!2

Sometimes when I leave the office and walk to the nearby deli I am approached by people who want me to sign up for something or sign a petition.  With a bluetooth headset in and a meaningless line of chatter, I could easily walk right past them without having to inconvenience either one of us.

And, of course, at about $0.05 worth of plastic, this mock-up is considerably cheaper than the real thing.

Now, if you could do this with a fake bluetooth headset, just think what you could do with a fake earbud, an old spirally phone cord, and a black suit!

  1. Photo courtesy of kansasphoto []
  2. Amusing anecdote:  A few years ago I was staying at a hotel with a big lobby and a really really enormous lounge.  I checked out the lounge and saw there was a woman who was sitting on the ground in front of a coffee table surrounded by some of the pillows from the sofa behind her.  She had on sunglasses and a bluetooth headset and was talking non-stop as she flipped through magazines.  After going up to my hotel room and coming back several hours later – I saw her in the same exact place doing the same exact thing.  This time I realized she had a bedroll tucked under a number of those pillows.  I won’t ever know for sure – but now I think what I saw was a clever person using sunglasses, a bluetooth headset, and her extreme preoccupation with her conversation and magazine to create a complete psychological barrier all around her – preventing anyone from rousting her from her nest of pillows. []
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  • TonyS
    August 8, 2012 at 4:55 pm
     

    This reminds me of one of the best stories I have ever heard, about a couple that enjoyed bike touring around Europe, and their solution to the problem of having their campsite disturbed:

    They noticed that the tents which covered up manhole covers while the workers worked on them were of the same design all the way across Europe. For a few bucks they collected some aluminum pole, some yellow and white canvas, and made their own. It was big enough to fit them, all their stuff, and both bikes.

    And then they could camp absolutely anywhere they wanted to.

     
 

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