19 June 2020: Peddler #1 is coming to life

The #1 of any series are revealing…both the strengths and weaknesses of what I design and build become apparent.

An example of a weakness:  I did not have an hour meter in stock when I created the base.  Then the hour meter arrived and I find that I should have created the base 1/2″ higher.  I worked it out…but next time I’ll leave more room.

An example of a strength: In the image you see the cream-colored product spinning table.  It rotates counter to the direction that the biped travels in.  It rotates slowly.  All in all the motion is both attention getting and relaxing.

Peddler #1 needs about two more weeks before it’s completed.  It’s a good one.  As I complete it I can now allow my mind the freedom to start designing the next product spinning automata.

I’m not sorry that I posted (what I did) last week.  I’ve spent a lot of this week wondering what I can do that will make a difference.  I cannot really think of anything beyond what I’m doing.  I just need to accept things and relax.

Trial run for Peddler #1. 18 June 2020.

13 June 2020: Are we taking care of our space ship?

Warning: This blog is going to be a bit different from my norm.

Space Travel: Let’s assume for a bit that we are joining an expedition to Jupiter.  It would seem to me that we would be traveling on a space ship and that the space ship would have a Captain…someone totally in charge.  It would be the Captain’s responsibility to get the space ship safely to Jupiter.  In my opinion the space ship could not be commanded by a “Committee”.

World Travel: Those of us that live here on Earth are also on a space ship.  Our problem is that we are governed by “Committees”.  Further, we are governed by Committees that have objectives other than “safe long term space travel”.  In other words (in my humble opinion) as long as we are governed by committees that don’t care long term about our space ship we are doomed.

“In the long term, humans are doomed”

Jim Coffee, June 2020


2 June 2020: I’ve been Busking!

In 2016 I created a 20 pipe street organ, using John Smith plans.  And then I started playing the street organ in public and became hooked.  People love the music!  They sway, tap their feet, smile, nod,  Just in general the street organ cheers people up.

My two favorite venues are a farmers market and a swap meet.  Covid 19 shut me down at both venues (it shut both venues down).  Last weekend the Kobey’s Swap Meet reopened.  I performed both Friday and Sunday and had a great time.  It was wonderful being out and about and in crowds of people that I was positively affecting.

I was pleased to note that almost everyone was respectful of the social distancing and mask rules.  Until everyone is vaccinated…this is the way it must be.

On the other side of the coin here in the US we’ve are having incidents of public demonstrations turning into looting and trouble.  It’s too bad.  I’m sad.  I believe that the public demonstrations are warranted.  But looting and trouble does not do anything to further the cause of justice and a positive change in social behavior.

I’ve spent some time out in orbit around the earth (in my mind) looking down at the human condition.  I’m disappointed.  That said…there are all kinds of people and points of view…it will never be perfect.  The big question of course is “Are humans good enough that they will last through the ages?”  Personally, I think not.

Stay Healthy



Jim Coffee performing with his 20 pipe street organ  Big Wheel Lift #1 at the 2019 Steam Punk Convention that was held in San Diego.