Mine is not a straight path like an engineer's, it's not A to B. I make a very curly road just by the restrictions of goals and materials. A real engineer would probably solve the problem differently, maybe make an aluminum robot with motor and electric sensors and all that. But the solutions of engineers are often much alike. Everything we think can in principle be thought by someone else. The real ideas, as evolution shows, come about by chance. Reality is very creative. Maybe that is why the Strandbeests appear to be alive, and charm us. The Strandbeests themselves have let me make them.
I don't know why I thought this was relevant. I guess because sociopaths minds are so different than most people. I think their minds, thoughts, and behavior can seem charming because of their uniqueness. Sociopaths can have the innocence of an ingenue or the ruthless of the most determined predator. There's something sort of refreshing about their brutal approach to the world. And when we live in a world where "everything we think can in principle be thought by someone else," it might be nice to be around someone who is an entirely different "someone else" than you are.