Cars used to have starting handles. For
those who don't remember, they were
shaped like an elongated brace and bit
drill, with a sort of prong on one end that
engaged with a divided nut on the end of
the cam pulley wheel, at the front of the
To use the starting handle, you
via a hole just above the front bumper,
engaged it against the cam and cranked
using a vigorous jerking motion. There
was a knack to it, as you had to pull the
handle towards you after each jerk,
otherwise you risked a mangled arm
the engine kicked over.
My idea is to be able to start up your
computer using the same method.
Naturally you would need to fit a little
device to the computer, that engaged
with the hard
drive, but this could have its own car-like
features to add to the theme.
Now, first thing in the morning, when
want to boot up your stubborn PC (macs
only have this as a novelty), you open up
little tool box, take out the starting
handle, insert it under the fake bumper
fitted to the side or front, and begin
cranking.... cursing and puffing to your
fellow workers "she's always like this on a
Monday" as they do likewise.
After a judicious amount of jerking and
heaving, your PC splutters and farts into
life, its little pretend exhaust emitting a
harmless puff of fake smoke, and its
engine sound effect roaring away until
push in the choke, reducing it to its usual
monotonous, electronic hum.