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Pistons and Windmills


The other finite factor that can be applied to infinite objects is Satiation. As in once I have watched a movie, I'm done, I don't necessarily want to watch it again. That want has been satiated. For business this makes the number of customers a finite factor for information. Even though a movie can be watched infinitely many times, people are only going to want to pay to watch it, say, one time, so there are only as many sales of that information as there are people.

So an object can be finited by only existing a limited number of times (once); it can be finited by needing time to be consumed and there are only so many hours in a day and so many days in a customer's life; or it can be finited by only being useful or interesting to a customer a certain number of times. With that in mind how can anything be considered infinite? The answer is that "infinite" is only infinite in the context of the consumption. It may not be mathematically "Infinite", but it is more than you could get. After all there are actually a finite number of microscopic shrimp on the planet at any given point, but a whale's ability to grab one shrimp is so immeasurably large compared to one shrimp and the total amount of all shrimp in any given area is so vastly much more than any one whale could catch that we call it infinite. The wind may not canvas the entire land and be truly infinite, but it is much more than I could or need to convert into torque.

The other aspect of these infinite forces that you have probably noticed is that while there is a lot of it, any given portion of it is not very strong. They are diluted or should I say, spread out. If we look back at our pistons and windmills, it's not specifically the gas or the air-- after all if you had a candle and put a piston over it, it ain't turning, but hundred year old toys show us that you can put a tiny windmill over it and the candle will turn a stem. And likewise tools that run off of an air-compressor are shoving air not burning gas vapors into a piston to get that power, they're using pistons.

So any given object-- material, information or otherwise, could be treated as finite or infinite based on being compared to the ability to convert/consume it and the method that we use to convert/consume is based on the density or dilution of the object.

On occasion in my life I've offered friends, especially lady friends, a "Deal with the Devil." A deal with the Devil is a playful way to obligate someone to do something for you: a bet whose prize is left TBD, a favor done for another one to reciprocate it later, etc. This is a fun and excellent way to get what you want out of someone. You say, "Okay, I'll do this for you but you'll owe me a favor to be cashed in later... shake on it."

Another fun and excellent way to get what you want out of people is karma. That non-specific force that, to Westerners, rewards kind deeds and punishes cruelty. You do good things for someone and at some point someone will do good things for you. A similar tit-for-tat arrangement that you may find with a Deal with the Devil, but there is nothing specific and there is no shortage of Karma.




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