Amazingly enough, the “How is this related to motorcycles?” question pops up every now and then, sometimes in a comment, sometimes in an email from a reader who clicked over to The Kneeslider expecting (demanding?) to see a motorcycle and instead is confronted with some new high tech innovation or even (gasp!) something with 4 wheels. It always surprises me and to some extent disappoints me when they ask about why I’m writing about a topic they feel “shouldn’t be on The Kneeslider” because it doesn’t fit their idea of what is proper, and, though I understand what they’re saying, I have never been in that crowd and I have a hunch most of you aren’t either.
The more technically aware you are, the more you know how everything interrelates. If you really enjoy knowing how things work, every bit of extra knowledge adds to your arsenal when you approach a new problem. Advances in one field can quickly find applications all over, and beyond seeing how this new development may apply to motorcycles, sometimes it’s just so cool, just finding out about it is justification enough to post it here.
Knowledge isn’t compartmentalized in the real world, it’s continuous, there’s no such thing as chemistry, physics, biology or math until we start to classify and group similar bits and pieces of things we’ve figured out into tidy little units. Everything is related, that’s what makes the world interesting and it’s why I sometimes seem to stray so far afield from the world of “motorcycles.” If you read something here and can’t see the connection to motorcycles and wonder if it is, the answer is yes, it’s always yes. Always.
If you want a fascinating and highly entertaining illustration of this continuity, check out James Burke’s famous “Connections” TV series. (Geez, I loved that series!) If you like science and technology and haven’t seen those shows, you’re REALLY missing out. Excellent production!
So, am I just preaching to the choir with this short post? Probably, because most of you don’t need to hear this, but the next time I get one of those comments or emails, now I have something to refer them to.