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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

While waiting for solemn vespers to begin last Sunday, one of the Sisters claimed the reserved space in front of me with her motorized wheel chair. Hanging down on the backside of the wheelchair was the belt buckle. I started wondering how the seat belt buckles work, what is their mechanism? I can speculate, but if y'all have a diagram of the mechanism, I'd like to see it.

I have once in the past, looked at people's ears during mass. I was somewhat fascinated when I observed that people's ears differed, and that technically, they're just odd folds of skin and cartilage. If I were an alien, what would I think of these folds?

Speaking of folds, I just saw on the news that in some Asian country, they have a procedure to attempt to give Asian eyelids a "double fold." You see, a double fold eyelid would look more western, less Asian. *groan* ... Man, that's messed up.

2 comments:

Steph said...

Well, in terms of how seat belt buckles work ... it usually helps if they're actually buckled. But, as one who also often is in the vicinity of wheelchair/cart seat belts, I know what a challenge it can be to KEEP them buckled!

And with the ear thing ... not that I've had that specifc thought, but between that general type of wondering and the seat belts .... glad I'm not the only one who wonders!

seeking_something said...

Ha ha. Funny about the seat belt. I'd guess that your former life of engineering was not "mechanical" engineering. Your comments would be along the lines of "human factors" engineering -- how to make stuff user-friendly.