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Decorative gourds are basically pumpkins without muscles, their
lies flat in their bones. This makes them look disgusting and
beautiful at the same time. They grow like pumpkins off the end
pretty stiff vines, and their shape shows you how they were sitting
on the ground as they grew,
due to the influence of gravity.
So have a robot arm that holds the budding gourds directly up in
air and slowly turns it so that you can use gravity like a slow knife
sculpt the gourd into any shape you want to make beautiful
mistakes to experiment.
The idea is preheated, albeit on a redwood-sized scale
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||I was waiting for this to segue into yet another plan for world
domination by and for the [JHC] penis, but it didn't. [+]
||I think the shape of gourds is largely determined by genetics rather than by gravity, but you might get some interesting results if you grew them in a clinostat.
||Clearly we need a gourd experiment on the ISS.
||computer: mouse: cord IS the logical category - I don't know why it didn't occur to me.
||Because if you could really get accurate information from
that stem, as you wave the gourd through the air, it is
deforming slightly and that could make it a 3D mouse.
||If you stuck a feather in it and rolled it around it would fly also.
||You could also insert a tube that introduces low but steady
nitrogen gas under pressure, during the growing period, for
larger and rounder gourds.