You know you are in for an interesting week when you walk into your office, certain of your ability to
land a book deal, finish your novel, complete a single coherent sentence, only to discover that someone in your family has been using your computer to google "Build Your Own Steam Engine, Part 1."
The part of you that is laughing out loud? That is the "rational" part of your brain, the part that recognizes this for what it is: a 19th century timesuck for which some social studies teacher with a cruel streak and nothing but time on his hands has promised extra credit. Be very careful. You have something of a track record here. You have no one to blame but yourself if you find yourself at Home Depot at 9 p.m. searching for 13/32" brass tubing.
from the track record archives: