Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Contraption

Good Sunday Morning to you all. We need to start by clearing up yesterday's mystery picture. Actually the device in the photograph is much simpler than a flight simulator. It is a reaction time tester. It measured the time between when lights on the panel come on, and certain actions are taken on the controls. I guess pretty high tech for the day.

Now, for today's mystery picture. What in the world is the guy in the picture doing? 


I wanted to thank you for your prayers and continued concern for the Lovely Miss EAM. As many of you know, she serves as the Village Nurse at the Mattaw Orphan Village in East Africa. The village is near Kitale, Kenya, and can be considered one of the last outposts of civilization. To the North is Somalia, to the west the tribal lands of Uganda, to the East are pirate infested waters, and to the south more tribal lands. While performing her work, she contracted Typhoid and a very nasty strain of Malaria. She received medical treatment for these diseases in very primitive conditions. At some point in her treatment, she was seriously overdosed on Malaria medication, and became even more ill. Luckily, we were able to get her home and under the care of modern doctors. Her recovery since coming home has been incredible (praise God), and she has recovered to the point that she is now making plans to return to her post at Mattaw. 

The Mattaw Orphan Village is a wonderful place where abandoned and orphaned children are given a loving home. The village presently has 60 children. The children are housed 12 children to a home, and each home has a loving set of African parents. The children are well cared for, and are given a good education. Mattaw is guided by the Bible verse Isaiah 61 "The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners . . . and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor." Mattaw's vision is to raise up a new generation of leaders in Africa to help deliver Africa from the suffering and despair that is so prevalent there.

The lovely Miss EAM serves as the village nurse at Mattaw, and provides for the health care needs of the 60 children. The thing about abandoned and orphaned children is that they have no money, so the Lovely Miss EAM depends on the generosity of kind folks back in the US to allow her to do her work. She receives no salary or compensation from Mattaw, and has no organizations supporting her work. Last year, about 1/3 of her support came from the generosity of folks here at OPOD. We are asking that you consider sponsoring her work for another year at Mattaw. She needs about $2,000 for the aiplane ticket, and about $500 per month for living expenses. 100% of your donations will go to this cause.

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This picture shows Miss EAM treating a child at Mattaw. The child has injured his foot. Her work at Mattaw spans the range of fixing booboos to nursing recently rescued starving children back to health.

This picture shows Miss EAM visiting one of the Slums in East Africa. Raw sewage can be seen running in the street.

Georgie waits patiently as Miss EAM finishes milking the Mattaw cow, Panda. Mattaw cows not only produce enough milk for all the children of Mattaw, but also produce enough to be sold in the surrounding villages.

Let me wrap this up with this video that the lovely Miss EAM took of a play time at Mattaw.


  1. My guess would be that he is making a dart board.
    But I can't wait to read Nate's and Tracy's explanation.

  2. Well, DADD, if you need to know, this is J.E. Keefauver at the Bureau of Standards in Washington, DC. 75 years go, the government hired people like Mr. Keefauver to watch paint dry as part of the New Deal. The idea was to see what kinds of paints worked best on the roads. Before the invention of this machine, men from the Bureau would sit on the roadways and watch the paint dry. It was thought that this machine would make the job safer for all involved. Sadly for many good men, they did not consider that excessive gears on the machinery and their necktie dress code would not go well together.

  3. I can see where Nate got confused on the identity of our subject. This is actually Delbert J. Finkbeiner who is a double cousin of said J.E. Keefauver. The resemblance is uncanny. Delbert's story is a sad one. We see him here in his studio working on his prototype for the Spin Art machine. Unbeknownst to him, Finkbeiner's neighbour George P. Aldwinkle hid in the closet and using an elaborate miniature periscope through the keyhole, stole his Painting Machine idea. Aldwinkle or "Winkie" as he was known, made a very slight modification, changed his name to Eugene R. Pera, and presented his idea to the world thus becoming known as the father of spin art. Finkbeiner's only consolation was that Winkie did not patent the machine and therefore did not profit from the worldwide carnival novelty souvenir racket. On a happier note, Finkbeiner did go on to develop the present day cut key system eliminating the need for large keyholes.

  4. I think he is testing the durability of whatever paint or other substance is on the target looking plates. The wheel type thing looks like it rubs against the target. The paint brush on the wheel is to keep particles from becoming airborne. I'm not sure what the roller thing is, perhaps it is applying lubricant, paint, abrasive?

    Perhaps he is testing the efficacy of various abrasives.