Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Fable: The Genius
There was once a genius.
He developed two tricks for capturing the attention of audiences when he spoke.
One was to remark that his talk was on a hot topic, whereupon he would open his notes ands a puff of smoke would come out.
The other was to say he had only once before received such a flattering introduction – when the absence of the meeting’s chairman had obliged him to introduce himself – whereupon a conjurer’s bouquet of flowers would spring from his hand.
He would explain the principle of the amplification of a signal by likening it to tying a bale of hay to the tail of a donkey, striking a match to light the bale, then contrasting the energy used in striking the match to the energy expended by the donkey.
Moral: Genius can be weirdTags: absence, bale of hay, hot topic, match, puff of smoke