Wednesday, 19 November 2008

A handy man

tool-fist-470-1008 In his 'Notebooks of Lazarus Long' Robert Heinlein famously averred that every 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, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly."

Popular Mechanics updates Heinlein's list with 100 Skills Every Man Should Know: 2008's Ultimate DIY List.

Try their quiz to see just how human you're being.

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8 Comments:

Blogger PC said...

13. Huh!

19 Nov 2008, 12:35:00  
Anonymous Redbaiter said...

"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, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly."

Sounds like Sarah Palin. But to the Libs, she's a figure of hate and scorn. Gonna make your mind up or what?

19 Nov 2008, 13:18:00  
Blogger PC said...

Redbaiter obviously scored zero, and he's bitter.

Annie Fox just scored 9. Eat your gallant hearts out.

19 Nov 2008, 13:22:00  
Blogger KG said...

15

19 Nov 2008, 14:13:00  
Blogger PC said...

You're only supposed to do it once, KG. :-)

19 Nov 2008, 14:23:00  
Anonymous DenMT said...

11. But how am I supposed to distinguish between the consistency of grits and chunky peanut butter when I have never eaten or even seen grits, despite having lived in the States? I should therefore up my score by at least one, but I won't.

DenMT

19 Nov 2008, 23:58:00  
Anonymous DenMT said...

Now having read the full article, I feel very puffed up indeed. I'm sure my chest sprouted a few extra hairs when I pulled off the Heimlich manoeuvre on a friend who was choking on a piece of ice. I have also learned removing ticks over here in Sweden by necessity, and live in fear of the little fuckers. They're known as 'fästingar' and have wrecked otherwise awesome mushroom-hunting expeditions.

I reckon MIG and TIG welding should be on the list.

DenMT

20 Nov 2008, 00:05:00  
Anonymous LGM said...

Strip and rebuild a V-8 engine. Extra points for a V-12.

LGM

25 Nov 2008, 13:10:00  

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