In another thread we were discussing writing and possible simplicity. I thought about my writing, and methods we use for research. For example, my research does use the word "method" in its more basic form. I own, use and maintain the objects my characters manipulate. If a character wears Wrangler or H-D jeans because they're more comfortable for sitting, it's because I have done the same. If my lead character uses a ZT0551 to slice something open, you can bet I carry the same knife. But I am now relying on the speed of Bing and the videos on YouTube. I can witness the experiences of other owners as they operate with the items. I can even hear mechanisms working, and I incorporate the clicks, crunching and pinging into the plot. Many times I describe this process to other writers when I see decriptions which are not a proper depiction of the item. Lots of times I'm told that the story-line is the important concept. Whether the tool works or not is ancillary. What are your thoughts? Should I find a tar pit and just end it all? LOL.