Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Who can say when the dream arose? All we know is that it took years. Many lifetimes.

Fundamental work on the properties of silicon. Ultra-high vacuum technology (spun off from the space race, which they *may* have been involved with. Evidence is inconclusive, but note that a dog was launched at one point.)

The invention of semiconductors. Pushing back the frontiers of battery technology.

There were setbacks, of course. The first lasers were too large, too power-hungry, too easily broken. Grocery checkout scanners. Gun sights. Holographic security stickers. But their steely determination saw them through. They knew what they wanted, and eventually they got it.

Cheap, battery-powered laser pointers.

All hail the cats!


Blogger Barb said...

My cat apparently lacks sufficient brain cells to recognize the fun of chasing a laser pointer (or any other light). Too bad - it's such fun when they do ;-)

10:10 PM, March 28, 2006  

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