Word of the week Photo Challenge: Entropy
Posted by joeabbott on April 6, 2013
This week’s word is Entropy (for those forgetting what this is about, please see http://photochallenge.org) and I was getting pretty tired of folks posting pictures of peeling paint and rusting metal. Not that those things aren’t fine examples of entropy (def: the tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity), but I prefer another definition: a measure of the disorder that exists in a system.
The very definition of my desk at home and my workbench in the garage!
I very consciously try to put things away after I use them, but I have so many projects going on at any one point that things just tend to get a bit messy. Upstairs in my office, the main culprits are receipts and other stuff to file; in the garage it’s more projects to complete.
But I do get stuff done!
Just today I:
- Replaced some rechargeable batteries in a solar lamp (I had to sand off the contacts as there was a bit of corrosion … entropy! … present)
- Built a small perch/step for our new chickens to use to hop up to a taller roost
- Finished carving the handle for a spatula (the old handle broke)
But, for each project I start, there seem to be a couple others that arise from it:
- I now have another set of batteries to put away … and four more solar lanterns to investigate and repair (I want to see if I was successful on the one I fixed today but need to wait on a sunny day to see if the fix worked)
- Suzy mentioned that instead of a single step for the chickens, she’s prefer a small “ladder” roost … allowing the hens multiple levels to roost on and the ability to get away from pecks from alpha hen wannabes
- The handle of the spatula is carved but is now “soaking” in mineral oil to ensure it has a solid coat/finish
And so, there are a lot of things on my to-do list and the entropy in my life continues to hold at a high state.
How’s entropic is your life?