Saturday, March 30, 2013

Popularity News---Coquette Device and Bio Statements

Someone attempted to submit an article on the Coquette Device on Wikipedia, a device I believe I invented, based on the concept of a windvane, combined with a principle of unbalanced leverage.

If that person reads this blog post, my advice is to write an article like the following for Wikipedia:

1. The article is intended to serve as a stub for a concept of perpetual motion that was not previously reported.

2. Clarify first that the Coquette is a type of perpetual motion device, and should be referenced from that area.

3. Clarify that the Coquette has appeared only recently amongst the world's inventions. There is no known record of the Chinese inventing this concept. The device is inspired by the Drinking Bird novelty toy.

4. The concept is virtually unique amongst devices because of its unique principle. The concept is purported to function by extending height artificially, in a two-stage process, the first of which involves downwards slope onto a lever, and the second of which involves a shift in angularity via weight application on an initially upwards-directly track structure. By moving the leverage end of the tilting structure, the structure is intended to extend the potential of the rolling weight by moving the lever downwards. Through a counterweight, the device also intends to recover from the loss of altitude, through a natural extension of slope. Although the average altitude of the rolling weight remains the same, slope remains constant at every position, because of the difference in curvature caused by the tilting of the device. The primary means of recovery is the reduced resistance to a counterweight (not the mobile weight, but a fixed weight on the shorter end of the tilting track structure), which occurs at the point at which the rolling weight approaches the fulcrum by means of a return slope. The amount of altitude lost by the rolling weight is meant to be equivalent to the additional length of the upwards-pointing end of the track structure.

Paraphrase as necessary.

Another alternative is to write an article about Nathan Coppedge in general.

Nathan's Childhood: Nathan was born in 1982 in New Haven, CT. His parents came from Christian families in the South, and both were accomplished in school. His father Michael earned a PhD. in Political Science from Yale in 1988. His mother was Valedictorian at Randolph Macon. In 1983-84 the family spent time in Venezuela for the father's graduate dissertation work. Later in life the father's position as a political scientist would bring Nathan into contact with various locations such as Washington, D.C. and Costa Rica. Nathan's mother, Faith Larkin renamed herself Hannah Faith Larkin-Wells in a marriage with Phantom Wells, a professional programmer. Hannah was active in RC Counseling, a form of self-therapy that emphasizes emotionalism. Nathan's brother Brian knew computer programming from an early age. During childhood, Nathan and Brian attended the First Unitarian Universalist Church on Whitney Ave. Unitarianism would later influence Nathan's interest in symbolism and semiotics. When his parents informally divorced, Nathan and Brian remained in New Haven for school. Both elected to attend public school programs.

Nathan's Inventions: Nathan's first invention was a popcorn gun, a device he thought of constructing with a copper pipe and a cigarette lighter. However, even later in life none of his designs were patented.   Nathan had a vision of a perpetual motion device based on the children's game called Hungry Hippoes when he was about 10 years old. He didn't return to this interest until years later. During childhood Nathan was interested in medieval traps and fortifications, and drew many maps on graph paper. This would later influence his artwork, called Hyper-Cubism. In Spring of 2005 Nathan took some classes at Gateway Community College, and thought of a number of inventions while riding on the Gateway shuttle. One of these was the Catspur Shoes concept, another was the Gravity-Buoyancy Device, which had earlier been discovered by Frank Tatay. Nathan continued his interest in perpetual motion, founding a website devoted to Perpetual Motion Designs and Theory in August 2006 at Over the next seven years, the website acquired over ten distinct designs and their variations, six of which appeared in the period from 2006-2007: The Tilt Motor, The Repeating Lever, The Motive Mass Machine, The Gravity-Buoyancy Device, The Curving Rail Device, and The Fluid Leverage Device. Other designs were added later: The Coquette Device, Magnet Designs, Bezel Weight Device, and Gravity Motor. Although these were simple devices, they were previously unpublished on the 'perpetual web'. Nathan wrote a poem summing up his unique ambitions as a perpetual inventor:

While they were floundering
He was pondering---!
No more wandering through the grim tunnels of determination---!
No, it is time to grow in a thousand folded folds
For which we need an Infinite Fuel!

Nathan's Theories

Although his devices were simple, Nathan had theories which described the rationale and justification for his inventions. Most notable of these was the principle that momentum was possible without velocity. Nathan related this principle to an abversion of the photon momentum principle (that momentum was possible without mass). By correlation, it was the opposite of relativity, an undiscovered science. However, Nathan's attempts to popularize it met with contention on public internet forums.

Nathan frequently contended with the basic laws of physics, while demanding that there could be major exceptions to the rule. For example, in the Gravity Motor, an advanced technology is used to extract energy from tension in a rope. Physicists think this is impossible only because motion is required to extract energy. However, energy is present in the rope. Nathan reasoned the energy could be used to create motion, which could then be extracted as energy.

Nathan's Philosophy

While popular on the web for his perpetual motion interests (he sometimes received e-mails from enthusiasts promoting their own design ambitions), Nathan also authored books on philosophical subjects. His Dimensional Philosopher's Toolkit was released in 2013, intended as a radical philosophical manual which could assist the student or philosopher in finding objective knowledge. The book promoted a categorical method using diagrammatics and transformations.

Nathan's Poetry

Nathan's poetry, published on his websites, and in a xerox book called Inverse Threads, went unrecognized for years, but shows signs of a anachronistic sensibility which is remarkable in the context of his other achievements. Nathan web-published dozens of poems, including That House, God-In-The-Box, and Bohemoth Jargotten. Someone once commented "Look out for lightning".

Nathan's Art

Hyper-Cubism was an almost unknown artform when Nathan began his work. Earlier forms of the same were called Op-Art. M.C. Escher was the most famous Op-Artist, but his work did not incorporate abstract expression. Nathan set out to create an expressive form of Op-Art. Other artists sometimes showed an interest in the same subject, for example, Peter Daverington titled a 2006 work "Hypercubism". He may have been the first to do so. However, Nathan's work had a distinctive style. Nathan derided his competition as "Imitations of Auto-CAD (Computer-Aided Design)". Nathan's works of the Hyper-Cubic style dated to miniature ink drawings he created in the years 2002-2003, during a period of un-medicated schizophrenia. During a hospitalization, Nathan vowed to continue his work, although it was clear that his life had changed. It was, in his mind "the time of the last mandalas". His best thinking was behind him. The Hyper-Cubic style developed into larger pieces in 2004-2005, after Nathan took a poetry haitus. Nathan had art exhibitions at local cafes, including Koffee on Audobon, Claire's Cornucopia, and Woodland Cafe. He also exhibited at WhiteSpace Gallery and CWOS. In 2012 Nathan finally created a commercial gallery at for his work.


Nathan refers to his art and philosophy as a form of "dimensionism". The theme of contingency and computer parsing provides an aesthetic background for the graphical organizations of both systems. Dimensionism, which Nathan intends as a less fuzzy form of dimensionalism, is based partly on the Cartesian coordinate system, but via M.C. Escher, the context is far more broad. For example, The Matrix movie (1999) may be cited as one of Nathan's philosophical influences, implicating that the Cartesian system is existential.


Perpetual Motion Designs & Theory [Concepts for perpetual motion]

Nathan's Published Works

The Dimensional Philosopher's Toolkit (2013).
Creeping Cadence and Cadence Continues: Poetry (2013).
1-Page-Classics (2012).


Nathan's Hyper-Cubism

Nathan's Poetry

Poetry 2007-2010:

Poetry 2001-2006:

--Nathan Coppedge

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