Tag Archive: Technology


Baseball Justice

Why do people bring baseball gloves to a game and not use them (or bring them at all)? I went to a college hockey game once and a guy tried to catch a puck from an errant slap shot of the stick a hulking Swedish defenseman. The puck ended up twenty rows past the guy and his thumb was still snapped back to his wrist. Accidents happen so hang up the f’n phone!

The headline pretty much says it all. The video — for now anyway —can be seen at Deadspin. Wait for the slow-mo, which renders the fan’s divinely-deigned fate all the clearer.  Sadly, it doesn’t appear as though he’s talking on an iPhone, but let us not make the perfect the enemy of the good.

Best part: the girl who brought her glove to the game and was standing right next to cell phone guy actually backed away from the ball rather than try to field it.  I’d like to think that this was intentional and that she knew full well her role in this fan’s cosmic comeuppance.

Water a Blinding Force

Who knew?

Microwaving  Water!

A  26-year old man decided to have a cup of coffee. He took a cup of  water and put it in the microwave to heat it up (something that he  had done numerous times before). I am not sure how long he set the  timer for, but he wanted to bring the water to a boil. When the  timer shut the oven off, he removed the cup from the oven. As he  looked into the cup, he noted that the! water was not boiling, but  suddenly the water in the cup ‘blew up’ into his face. The cup  remained intact until he threw it out of his hand, but all the  water had flown out into his face due to the buildup of energy.  His whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd degree burns to  his face which may leave scarring.

He also may have lost  partial sight in his left eye. While at the hospital, the doctor  who was attending to him stated that this is a fairly common  occurrence and water (alone) should never be heated in a microwave  oven. If water is heated in this manner, something should be  placed in the cup to diffuse the energy such as a wooden stir  stick, tea bag, etc.., (nothing metal).

General  Electric’s Response:

Thanks  for contacting us, I will be happy to assist you. The e-mail that  you received is correct. Microwaved water and other liquids do not  always bubble when they reach the boiling point. They can actually  get superheated and not bubble at all. The superheated liquid will  bubble up out of the cup when it is moved or when something like a  spoon or tea bag is put into it.

To prevent this from  happening and causing injury, do not heat any liquid for  more than two minutes per cup. After heating, let the cup  stand in the microwave for thirty seconds! before moving it  or adding anything into it.

Here is what our local science  teacher had to say on the matter: ‘Thanks for the microwave  warning. I have seen this happen before. It is caused by a  phenomenon known as super heating. It can occur anytime water is  heated and will particularly occur if the vessel that the  water is heated in is new, or when heating a small amount of water  (less than half a cup).

What happens is that the  water heats faster than the vapor bubbles can form. If the cup is  very new then it is unlikely to have small surface scratches  inside it that provide a place for the bubbles to form. As the  bubbles cannot form and release some of the heat has built up, the  liquid does not boil, and the liquid continues to heat up well  past its boiling point.

What then usually happens is that  the liquid is bumped or jarred, which is just enough of a shock to  cause the bubbles to rapidly form and expel the hot liquid. The  rapid formation of bubbles is also why a carbonated beverage spews  when opened after having been  shaken.’

For the many, many people out there who find Facebook useless and a complete waste of time, this story might change your minds. A mother whose two children were kidnapped by their father 15 years ago found her kids by typing their names into Facebook. She called police, the father was arrested, and now mother and children are reunited. CNN discusses

Opposing Views: Mom Finds Kids on Facebook 15 Years After Kidnapping; Dad Arrested.

Google Chrome Reviewed

Welcome to the new age of the Internet, the era of Google Chrome. Does the world really need a new web browser with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and countless other options? The answer is no, but did the Net need another email company or instant messenger service when Gmail debuted? There is no dispute that Google is the best search engine out there, and they are slowly taking over the complete Internet experience. You have your search engine, email, IM, blogs, and now even your browser all through one company. Convenient and monopolistic, but not in an evil AOLtype way.

So how does Google Chrome stack up against the other competition out there? Well I predict that within 18 months Chrome will be more popular than Firefox and be the standard for all those non-Mac users that hate Internet Explorer. Chrome has a setup similar to Firefox but it throws in its own phrases for the options menu (Under the Hood, Minor Tweaks, etc). One very attractive feature is an automatically enabled blocker that prevents against redirects to known virus sites. Chrome is very user friendly, storing your most frequently visited sites and most recent sites on the homepage. The only negative I have seen is an occasional need to refresh once you have been on the same page for a few minutes, but that seems to occur mostly on pages that say they are not Chrome compatible. All in all Chrome puts Internet Explorer to shame but it hasn’t quite passed Firefox for my browser of choice.