Among the subjects I have taught is science to 14 year olds. Physics is pretty simple, at that age, for a while the curriculum included simple machines. Inclined plane, screw, lever, pulley, wheel/axle. Now I used to tell the kids there were officially six of them but I took issue with the list and we would argue about it . . . a lot. This is because arguing about it made them think more about the topic of discussion.
Oh, the sixth? The wedge. That is the thing that came to mind over the past day as I have been reading the forums and following the threadnaughts. From a school workpage . . .
A wedge is a pair of inclined planes
attached back-to-back. A wedge is used
to force things apart.
Have you ever seen someone chop wood
with an ax? The head of an ax is a wedge
Mike, you are probably saying, why are you telling us about a wedge?
Because you are experiencing one. I tried explaining this in an Eve Radio chat today but I did not have my head in the right place to be clear. That bothered me. The wedge works by starting with a sharp edge then moving the paired inclined planes inwards with force, pushing things apart.
Get it yet?
Force projection change is the thin edge of a wedge but if you think that is the end of it you are probably good at deluding yourself. There is more to come. Now I have heard some folks ask why CCP did not just do ALL the changes at the same time. I point to the wedge. If you hit a piece of wood with a splitting wedge you want to make sure it has a good bite before you drive it in. No major knots on the splitting line. Then you drive it home with a hammer. What you don’t do is hit it with the side of the axe, trying to just shatter the wood. The simple machine focuses the effort and makes the work easier and more controlled.
So what are we splitting, here?
To quote Greyscale
Why this?/Why now?
Nullsec is stagnant and needs a change. This is the first of many steps in our plan.
. . .
We expect the impact of these changes to be emergent, and as a consequence are unpredictable and will take a while to develop on TQ. This plays into our longer-term plans, as you’ll see in a second!
In my youth I split a lot of wood. I doubt the wood enjoyed the process but it made it easier to light on fire. Take from that what you will. Just be glad I didn’t go with the screw as the first machine that I thought of when writing this.
fly it like you won it