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Re: [PHISH] RE: Tungsten,2% Thoriated or Pure?
Original poster: Jim Lux <jimlux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
At 09:54 PM 2/16/2007, Tesla list wrote:
Original poster: "Teslacoil Workshop" <workshop@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
A better read IMO would be:
Be familiar with what is contained on the MSDS Sheets of every material that
goes into the construction of your special effects device before selling to
a major corporation. They not understand when they find something
"radioactive" in your product despite your every attempt to reassure them
with your "science" that the material in question is only "a little"
radioactive. For every scientist in an organization there is also a lawyer
And, oddly enough, Jeff is selling into a business that is
notoriously cavalier about safety, which is surprising given that it
is infested with attorneys (but they're mostly deal makers and IP
types, not personal injury liability types). Most of those attorneys
are nice folks (although focussed on their client's needs, which may
or may not be aligned with yours) but not necessarily scientifically
or engineering trained, and they are sort of professionally gun-shy.
But, that doesn't change the fact that if you're in a business, you
have to deal with customer perceptions, which are not always
And also recognize that everyone has a different risk acceptance
posture and that it evolves with time and situation. What I thought
was perfectly ok when I was an indestructible 20 year old is a tad
different in my forties with two kids. (although... a coworker was
relating an incident "Dad, can me and my friend make a flame
thrower?"... they wound up making a VDG instead) What's ok to lash
up in the garage and might burn your house down or fry your computer
might not be so cool in an elementary school with 700 kids under 10 years old.
I would venture that in any *business* the risk acceptance is
somewhat more conservative than for a *hobby*. There's a long
tradition that killing yourself by tinkering is relatively ok, but
charging people to kill them is less acceptable.