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I recently got a new calculator – as a gift. It is a fairly basic model but it has a wonderful cover over the display that opens at the touch of a button – smoothly and gracefully. I find it amazing that I can still be impressed – not so much by what it does as by the simplicity and grace of the engineering. On reflection, I find it surprising but pleasing: there are some attitudes that should not leave one; and a simple appreciation of good, basic engineering is one. If I get too cynical to maintain that appreciation, my time will be just about up.