Newton , Physics, Clean Rooms and the Laws of Perpetual Crisis

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Newton , Physics, Clean Rooms and the Laws of Perpetual Crisis

Navin: [to thieves in car] Hey guess what, you’re our 8th cus­tomer of the day, you’ve won a free oven mitt! I’ll go get it for you. [Runs to phone in office with police on the line] Yeah I’m back they’re going to be a while, don’t worry I’ve rigged it.

Phony Mr. Neus­baumn : [In car] You guys want to stick around for an oven mitt?

Thieves: Nah

The Jerk 1979

Ben­ito took out papers. The man snatched at them, but Ben­ito backed away. He read: “Dear Jon, I could under­stand your oppo­si­tion to us last year. There was some doubt about the process, and you expressed fears all of us felt. But now you know bet­ter. I have no wit­nesses but you told me you under­stood Dr. Pittman’s demon­stra­tion. In God’s name, Jon, why do you con­tinue? I ask you as your sis­ter, as a fel­low sci­en­tist, as a human being Why?

Larry Niven & Jerry Pour­nelle Inferno 1976

There is a cer­tain point where you just aren’t get­ting the bang for your buck.

Newton’s 2nd law of motion states the accel­er­a­tion of an object is equal to the Net force applied to it divided by the mass. Because we do not live in the vac­uum of space once an object accel­er­ates to a greater speed, say from 50 MPH to 60 MPH the amount of force nec­es­sary to main­tain that new speed (gen­er­ated by the gas you give your engine) is greater that what you needed to keep the old one.

But while you might be will­ing to burn that extra gas to get to 60 from 50 you might not be will­ing to do so to get from 60 to 80 & keep it there.

Maybe you can’t con­trol the car well at 80 or maybe you’re wor­ried about the state police­man who tacks on a greater fine for a ticket for every mile beyond 10 you are break­ing the speed limit or maybe you just don’t want to burn the gas nec­es­sary to keep your car at 80. No mat­ter what rea­son you have you fig­ure that extra Yeah 13 of a mile per minute just isn’t worth it.

This is known as the law of dimin­ish­ing returns and applies every­where. It might be worth invest­ing $200400 on a robotic vac­uum to keep your house clean but unless you’re Adrian monk it’s likely not worth spend­ing $250 to $300 per square foot to con­vert your house into a class 100,000 clean room.

And even if Adrian Monk was will­ing to spend $300 per sq ft for that Class 100,000 clean room, he might not be will­ing to pay the extra $225 per square foot for a class 100 one.

Bot­tom line, there is a point where the amount of gain you are get­ting is not worth the time and expense or even the main­te­nance costs.

At least not to YOU, but what if you are a guy who make their liv­ing off those extra costs?

What if a guy sells gas for a liv­ing? The more gas you burn the bet­ter off he is.

What if you are in the parts busi­ness? If your crash your car speed­ing he makes a buck of the parts for the repair or maybe gets the parts from your totaled car at a deal for resale.

What if your small town makes it’s liv­ing off of speed­ing tick­ets? If that’s the case that extra $200 fine keeps you in clover.

What if you are in the busi­ness of sell­ing clean rooms or their com­po­nents? Wouldn’t you love to be sell­ing them to 20,000 home­own­ers in a small city rather than the odd lab or two in the county?

That’s what hap­pens with NGO. Many of them start out with the best of motives, to solve a cri­sis or prob­lem, some of them huge and demand­ing, but once you’ve built that fundrais­ing base, once you’ve secured that gov­ern­ment spend­ing, once you trav­eled to Prague, Syd­ney, Barcelona and LA to speak at con­fer­ences at five star hotels with the best of food, drink and com­pan­ion­ship do you really want to give that up just because the prob­lem is largely solved?

Maybe you can ask Al Gore, or Al Sharpton

If you’ve ever won­dered why the envi­ron­men­tal move­ment, the fem­i­nist move­ment, the civil rights move­ment the amnesty move­ment and all the other move­ments always seem to be mov­ing from cri­sis to cri­sis it’s because of one thing.

You can’t make a liv­ing off of a solved prob­lem and you cer­tainly can’t con­vince peo­ple to give if your ene­mies are not about to destroy the world.

And yes I do get the Irony of my tip jar appeal at the end of this post but in fair­ness I don’t claim it does any­thing more than sup­port me & pay my writers.

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Navin: [to thieves in car] Hey guess what, you’re our 8th customer of the day, you’ve won a free oven mitt! I’ll go get it for you. [Runs to phone in office with police on the line] Yeah I’m back they’re going to be a while, don’t worry I’ve rigged it.

Phony Mr. Neusbaumn : [In car] You guys want to stick around for an oven mitt?

Thieves: Nah

The Jerk 1979

Benito took out papers.  The man snatched at them, but Benito backed away.  He read: “Dear Jon, I could understand your opposition to us last year.  There was some doubt about the process, and you expressed fears all of us felt.  But now you know better.  I have no witnesses but you told me you understood Dr. Pittman’s demonstration.  In God’s name, Jon, why do you continue?  I ask you as your sister, as a fellow scientist, as a human being Why?

Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle Inferno 1976

There is a certain point where you just aren’t getting the bang for your buck.

Newton’s 2nd law of motion states the acceleration of an object is equal to the Net force applied to it divided by the mass. Because we do not live in the vacuum of space once an object accelerates to a greater speed, say from 50 MPH to 60 MPH the amount of force necessary to maintain that new speed (generated by the gas you give your engine) is greater that what you needed to keep the old one.

But while you might be willing to burn that extra gas to get to 60 from 50 you might not be willing to do so to get from 60 to 80 & keep it there.

Maybe you can’t control the car well at 80 or maybe you’re worried about the state policeman who tacks on a greater fine for a ticket for every mile beyond 10 you are breaking the speed limit or maybe you just don’t want to burn the gas necessary to keep your car at 80. No matter what reason you have you figure that extra Yeah 1/3 of a mile per minute just isn’t worth it.

This is known as the law of diminishing returns and applies everywhere. It might be worth investing $200-400 on a robotic vacuum to keep your house clean but unless you’re Adrian monk it’s likely not worth spending $250 to $300 per square foot to convert your house into a class 100,000 clean room.

And even if Adrian Monk was willing to spend $300 per sq ft for that Class 100,000 clean room, he might not be willing to pay the extra $225 per square foot for a class 100 one.

Bottom line, there is a point where the amount of gain you are getting is not worth the time and expense or even the maintenance costs.

At least not to YOU, but what if you are a guy who make their living off those extra costs?

What if a guy sells gas for a living? The more gas you burn the better off he is.

What if you are in the parts business? If your crash your car speeding he makes a buck of the parts for the repair or maybe gets the parts from your totaled car at a deal for resale.

What if your small town makes it’s living off of speeding tickets? If that’s the case that extra $200 fine keeps you in clover.

What if you are in the business of selling clean rooms or their components? Wouldn’t you love to be selling them to 20,000 homeowners in a small city rather than the odd lab or two in the county?

That’s what happens with NGO. Many of them start out with the best of motives, to solve a crisis or problem, some of them huge and demanding, but once you’ve built that fundraising base, once you’ve secured that government spending, once you traveled to Prague, Sydney, Barcelona and LA to speak at conferences at five star hotels with the best of food, drink and companionship do you really want to give that up just because the problem is largely solved?

Maybe you can ask Al Gore, or Al Sharpton

If you’ve ever wondered why the environmental movement, the feminist movement, the civil rights movement the amnesty movement and all the other movements always seem to be moving from crisis to crisis it’s because of one thing.

You can’t make a living off of a solved problem and you certainly can’t convince people to give if your enemies are not about to destroy the world.

And yes I do get the Irony of my tip jar appeal at the end of this post but in fairness I don’t claim it does anything more than support me & pay my writers.

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