Next entry in the cubic foot of art project-- the lottery box, based on the rotating wire cage used to stir the lots for the 1969 draft lottery -- my number was 42 (the answer to the universe, life , and everything in the Douglas Adam's "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"), which led eventually to me serving 2 years as a medical officer in the Public Health Service for CDC and NIOSH. This time of year I think about where the new year will take me, but also about how I got here and the random events which sent me down unforeseen forks in the road. Casting lots is an ancient practice, relevant to this season-- Roman soldiers cast lots for Jesus's clothes.
As the Afghan war winds down, a lot of men are probably thinking about how they came to be involved there.
This fully-operational wire cage has enough paper numbers for each day in the year-- the 1969 results are shown. Fortuna, roman god of luck and fate, is still with us.