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Freelance consultant, learning facilitator, and writer, founder of extreme-inventing.com, ooleee.net (with artist Gary King), knowledgecafe0151. Teach technology entrepreneurship at School of Engineering at University of Liverpool, UK. I have a longstanding and avid interest in Technology as a unique human phenomenon. I'm actively engaged in research on how enterprising individuals shape material culture through inventing and innovating, with palaeoanthropologists at the Dept. of Archaeology, Egyptology and Classics, also at University of Liverpool.

Keep on Truggin

Another gardening example. I needed something to contain the weeds I was removing from my vegetable plot. It had to be small to fit between the crops and easy to move around. I found this water tank I had originally used to grow lettuce. Perfect for the job. What property did I capture in the new and unique technical system? Was it containment? The empty tank contained air. It was designed to contain water, it had once contained soil I grew plants in. Is the tank multifunctional, or does it just have a single function—containment?  Would it lend itself to another function? Here’s a commercial version of what is known as a trug.

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