The Better Angels of Our Nature

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Abraham Lincoln at the conclusion of his First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1861: I am loth to close. We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, streching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.  

 

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And now, according to the New York Timesyou can print your own replica of the type of gun that John Wilkes Booth used to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. It will cost you $2.41 to do so, however, plus a buck more for a spring and some screws:

 

 

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Okay, whoever is out there still reading this nutty hodgepodge of topics on Traces, let’s accept a little challenge. Let’s try to list all the items that people might be creating with this amazing technology of 3-D printers. Items other than guns like this one:

 

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  1. A 30th wedding anniversary gift for your wife/husband. (Oh, geez.)
  2. One-of-a-kind frames for your glasses. (Someone had the same idea!)
  3. Replica of your best friend or a pet. (Ditto!)
  4. A 3D printer. (Ha! So “meta.” And, no surprise, it’s been done!)

 

But what we’re really excited about, evidently, is printing a gun. What’s next? How about a hydrogen bomb?

 

You know, I’d settle for just “angels of our nature.” Forget the “better” ones.

 

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