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      CommentAuthorFinagle
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2011 edited
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    I just heard a bit about Evel Kinevel, noted 70's American stuntman and self-promoter, on American NPR this morning.

    Evel supposedly carried around his own spare parts, in a briefcase that was always by his side. The fellow had been in enough severe bone-breaking wrecks, including his legendary failed jump of the fountains at Cesar's Palace, that he maintained a spare part inventory in the event that the local hospital didn't happen to have the required bit in stock. Allegedly this consisted of a red velvet-lined briefcase, with each pin, splint, plate or other replacement part lovingly nestled away, tagged and inventoried.

    Whitechapel and grinding.be folks, take note. Don't be caught without your own replacement parts inventory and have to be forced to depend on the kindness or technology level of the locals. As a practical matter of life as a postindustrial cyborg, I confess this had just never occurred to me as a problem - nowadays, one would just figure the replacement part could be ordered online and drop-shipped overnight, yes? But what happens if your supplier goes out of business or the part is on back-order?

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