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Sturmey Archer 3-speed Epicyclic Prayer Wheel

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The Sturmey Archer 3 speed bicycle hub is perhaps the finest example of human technology to date. As such, identifying opportunities for Sturmey Archer to further enhance the human experience is a top priority at the global level.

Traditionally, world religions have rallied against the use of technology. However, recent advances such as fire, pyramids, and tax-exempt automatic electronic bank transfers show that enthusiasm does exist in the pious community.

Prayer wheels are an early example of the automation of the tedious work of praying. By writing the prayer of choice on around the circumference of a wheel and then causing the rotation of the wheel, the prayer is sent out into the world to perform all the usual functions. Prayer wheels rotated by hand, water, wind or electric motors exist, but all are somewhat limited in terms of speed.

To circumvent this issue, I propose a prayer wheel with a nice epicyclic gearbox in its hub. Solid, reliable technology requires only that it be anointed through the handy port with a 30Wt oil on a biannual basis. The power source for the wheel can be any of the aforementioned systems, better, the bicycle-style freewheel can be included to allow the prayer wheel to coast for a while. The 3 gears provide coverage for 1:standard karmic coverage 2:hightened karmic output 3:enhanced karmic output for new bright lights in the night sky/border disputes with China.

Advanced models could perhaps use prayers on the internal planet/sun gears to take advantage of a mix of forward and reverse prayer output.

bs0u0155, Dec 16 2019


       You've done something really bad again, haven't you ?   

       Haven't you ?   

       Really, really naughty ?   

       You know you shouldn't do what The Voices tell you. It's very bad and wrong. You promised the doctors that you would take your medication every day. Have you taken your medication today ? Have you ? Now, you don't want to have to go ... back there, do you ?   

       How many this time ? Is there a lot of blood to clean up ?
8th of 7, Dec 16 2019

       He's a biochemist. There shouldn't be any blood, just perfectly-preserved but very, very dead bodies.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 16 2019

       Yes, that's how it was last time, thankfully. Amazing packing density he achieves, really impressive - then again if you disarticulate them first, the packing fraction is better than .85.
8th of 7, Dec 16 2019

       //if you disarticulate them first,//   

       Dessicate is a more appropriate word. The bulk of the mass/mess is water and cryogenic liquids/solids are freely available. The process also renders time of death estimation to have ~5000yr margin of error, and to remove any volatiles that may or may not have been present. The remaining mass is lighter and easier to process for incineration, enzymatic degradation etc.
bs0u0155, Dec 16 2019

       Right, yes, we are totally in agreement with that. No argument.   

       But really, the point is that you weren't supposed to kill them at all, at least, not without the bill payer's permission. Rats, yes. Mice, yes. Euthanasia is an expected and inevitable part of the process of research.   

       But when you get to higher primates, the rules are a little more stringent - quite a lot more stringent when the higher primates are homo sapiens sapiens. You're supposed to let them "freely express natural behaviours", for example.   

       If you still haven't got over your compulsion to shut them up in tiny cramped cages without food or water, and poke them with a pointed stick while singing "Happy days are here again" or even "Singing in the rain" which has some terribly sinister overtones since A Clockwork Orange, we'll bring you [xenzag] to torment. Christmas in your lab is going to be a distinct improvement over the current prospects of being home alone where even Alexa ignores you.
8th of 7, Dec 16 2019

       The mechanism may be a good idea but the format is always going to let this idea down.
wjt, Dec 17 2019

       Should I perhaps Right align?
bs0u0155, Dec 17 2019

       If you go far enough to the Right, you can probably qualify for your own crematorium ...   

       (More practice with the right arm, by the way - you're bending the elbow a bit, and the wrist is a trifle limp).
8th of 7, Dec 17 2019

       // Dessicate is a more appropriate word. […] //   

       You wouldn't happen to be a Trisolaran…?
notexactly, Dec 21 2019

       No, he dosen't seem to have any food fads or anything like that.
8th of 7, Dec 21 2019


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