SCIENCE! The Story of Starlite (OT)


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Sport climber
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Topic Author's Reply - Feb 11, 2019 - 08:40am PT
Thanks, Mark - we would like to try the direct flame!

Jim Henson's Basement
Feb 11, 2019 - 08:59am PT
The moat of flaming wax likely skewed the results. Starlight did completely shield the plastic chapstick container though.


Sport climber
Yakima, WA
Feb 11, 2019 - 08:38pm PT
I watched the BBC series about Maurice Ward and his 'starlite' and was struck by the similarity of the inventor refusing to revealing any details to others and a gentleman I once worked with. I was working at a marine engineering company in Seattle designing off shore oil drilling and mooring equipment; a co-worker was a gentleman who had emigrated here years ago from Poland and was a very good engineer and designer.

When I first joined the company he and I were working on redesigning fish processing equipment for canning salmon. He told me he had been working on a machine for producing woven rugs and had had a break though that would revolutionize the industry. When pressed for details he absolutely refused to speak about it. He later developed lung cancer and lived for about a year, but steadfastly wouldn't discuss his invention, although we were friends and he knew I had no intention of ripping him off. I didn't and don't understand his motivations, as I don't understand the motivations of Maurice Ward.
Dingus Milktoast

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Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
Feb 12, 2019 - 06:39am PT
For some people its all about the journey. "I'm working on a new route." Its not in the telling, hey "check out my new route," its in the journey to perfecting the idea.

Plus they may be very afraid of failure or ridicule.

We're not all perfect. For every innovation that changed the world there are probably a thousand, 10-thousand! that never made the light of day. That makes the true innovations all the more remarkable, eh?

Bad Climber

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The Lawless Border Regions
Feb 12, 2019 - 07:59am PT
Cool! Never heard of this. Thanks.

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