Sunday, March 15, 2009

Useful Things I Learned This Weekend

1. World of Goo is a very cool game.

2. An hour playing with World of Goo will give you a better intuitive feel for stress analysis and the effects of resonance in a structure than ten hours reading a textbook will.

3. The ramshackle buildings you wind up with in World of Goo remind me of a lot of some source code I've seen.

4. The Wii Internet Channel's a pretty good browser (being Opera and all), but it doesn't have the horsepower to play an NPR podcast.

5. An electric crock pot turned on "high" can crack a Corian countertop.

6. You can make an effective trivet using a 12" piece of ceramic tile and five of those sticky-back felt tabs you put on chair legs. You really only need four tabs, at the corners, but the fifth in the middle is belt-and-suspenders.

7. If important work e-mail's going to arrive, the most likely time is right after you've mixed the catalyst with the self-etching primer and started spraying.

8. Just a hunch, but I'm guessing the "answer e-mail while wearing latex gloves half covered with catalyzed primer" scenario didn't figure prominently in Blackberry usability testing.


Giovanni said...

The RepRap could produce simple flat mirrors since this Solar Thermal Plant uses them:

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