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I didn't realize that dumpster diving was such a popular past time among engineers!

I was raised in Zimbabwe, which used to be Rhodesia until 1980. Named after Cecil John Rhodes, who had the ambition to paint the map of Africa red -- the color of British colonies. However, in 1965, the then newly elected prime minister, Ian Smith, gave the finger to Britain and declared independence. So I have something in common with you Americans -- I also come from a country that gave Britain the heave-ho. One result of our independence was that Britain -- and most of the rest of the world -- put sanctions on us, which resulted in a culture of invention, re-use, and repair. It only lasted for 15 years (you've beaten us by a bit there!), but I digress. Suffice to say that it instilled in me a great reluctance to throw away anything that could be fixed or used for something. Fast forward 33 years and I found myself in Australia, a throwaway society of note, rooting aroun...

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