Embedded IP

— the plans are included

I just started sewing clothes and I’ve come to realize how the plans for clothing are embedded in the final product. You can take apart a shirt and see how it is constructed. You can use any shirt to make another in any color or cloth. A shirt is not just a shirt but a whole blueprint for producing more.

A can of coca cola doesn’t allow me to make coke. When I look at my coffee beans, I have no clue on how many minutes or at what temperature they were roasted. But clothing gives me precise directions.

There are other items that reveal plans–furniture, a car engine, a website. But I hadn’t been able to appreciate this attribute before. Of the things I typically make, bread and desserts, none have plans revealed in the final product.

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