There is no explanation to this science of man and mother-in law conflict. It occurs constantly and there’s no escaping this phenomenon for married men, unless of course mother-in-law is resting in her coffin. Although men get frustrated with tantrums their wife’s mother throws, they tend to play the poker face with absolute perfection. Men do not get petrified at the sight of their mother-in-law but it causes a flutter within.
I read about a joke sometime back in a blog. George went on a vacation to the Middle East with most of his family, including his mother-in-law. During their vacation, and while they were visiting Jerusalem, George’s mother-in-law died. With the death certificate in hand, George went to the American Consulate Office to make arrangements to send the body back to the States for proper burial. The Consul, after hearing of the death of the mother-in-law, told George, “My friend, the sending of a body back to the States for burial is very, very expensive. It could cost as much as $5,000 dollars.” The Consul continued, “In most of these cases, the person responsible for the remains normally decides to bury the body here. This would only cost $150 dollars”. George thinks for some time, and answers the Consul, “I don’t care how much it will cost to send the body back. That’s what I want to do.” The Consul, after hearing this says, “You must have loved your mother-in-law very much, considering the difference in price between $5,000 and $150 dollars.” “No, it’s not that,” says George. “You see, I know of a case many, many years ago of a person that was buried here in Jerusalem, and on the third day he was resurrected. Consequently, I do not want to take that chance!
This brings me to explore the benefits of 3D printing. At Clone Factory, Japan, a chair in the middle of the room is surrounded by digital SLR’s. All you have to do is just sit on the chair and all the cameras do the work. Using a 3D modelling software all images from each camera can be combined together. Once the 3D data is ready, the 3D file is sent to the ZPrinter 650 3D printer. A tray full of plaster powder is inserted and the 3D printer creates the detailed model using layers of ink which harden in the plaster. When the process is complete, the remaining powdery plaster needs to be removed. The final product is then covered in some sort of top coat to protect the surface. The detail is pretty impressive down to the wrinkles. If this technology is explored properly then we may have the clone of mother-in law in the manner that we want. Infuse the additive process with some elements of robotics. Am sure over time the clone will act like the actual one and will become technology agnostic. But till then, its party time.
The problem of what to do with the original still remains. Now the original can get focussed on this clone and ensure that she is enamoured with it to the extent possible to ensure there is no time left for anything else to pry on. The daughter finds the clone mother-in law as a novelty and tries gets into the flow with the 3D printed figurine. In the meantime, the men may stop behaving like the sacrificial lamb when the clone mother-in-law visits. Prospective husbands may ask for a clone mother – in law at the ceremony as a wedding gift – an entire ecosystem may germinate.