Lesson number one: Now I know why the main light in kitchens is rarely squat in the middle of the ceiling. You end up casting a shadow over everything you do.
This life is even teaching me stuff about interior decoration. Who would have known.
Lesson number two, which is not really a new lesson, is that things sometimes look better in books, especially in line drawings, than they do in real life, or at least in my real life. Above is a nifty looking lamp with a counterweight, as presented in the book "Low Tech" (mentioned previously). Below is my attempt. I was so happy with the lamp over my bed I made one pretty much like it. But the wiring is just too unwieldy, and the lamp too light weight, for the counterweight thing to look nice.
It does work, though. It goes up. It goes down.
I now plan to come up with lots of ideas on how to make this look better, while doing nothing whatsoever about it.