Happy New Year, gadgeteers. I thought some humor would be a good way to start out the new year, so here are some things I’ve seen recently that made me laugh, I thought you might enjoy them also.
Most people probably have a basic idea of what cats are, and don’t need any sort of guide to them. But if you are not familiar with cats, or have been wondering if having a cat might be appropriate for you, then you might want to watch Paul Klusman’s video “Engineer’s guide to cats”
If you’re an engineer then you probably liked the movie “The Matrix“. Personally, it’s on my top 10 of all time for the story, the philosophical implications, and the special effects. Trevor Boyd and Steve Ilett also liked the film, so much that they spent 440 hours creating a frame by frame stop motion reproduction of the 40 second “Trinity, Help” scene using Lego figures (or Lego dudes, as my sons call them). If you’re old school then you might prefer the ascii art version of that scene.
I recently ran across a Dave Barry article that I first read back in the days of 300 baud acoustic modems and dial up BBSs. It’s titled “What is electricity”, and it’s pretty widely distributed around the internet. It starts like this:
Here is a simple experiment that will teach you an important
electrical lesson: On a cool dry day, scuff your feet along a carpet,
then reach your hand into a friend’s mouth and touch one of his dental
fillings. Did you notice how your friend twitched violently and cried
out in pain? This teaches one that electricity can be a very powerful
force, but we must never use it to hurt others unless we need to learn
an important lesson about electricity
This column is about gadgets, so we’ll close with one, a six legged robot that you can ride around the block.
Happy New Year,