Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Get a Grip

How beautiful it was to see Sir-Nods-a-Lot and Asstastic sharing a bench on the bus today! Yes, I said bench, you know the kind to normally fit 3, but since Asstastic has an ass of 2 grown humans, it became a loveseat.

Some things I don't think I'll ever understand. Despite my engineering degree or my unyielding common sense, I just can not grasp them. For example... now I know this may be a shock since you all think I am a genius, but I can't understand fax machines. Yea, I know, I read the wikipedia post and I've thought about it but I'm still stumped. If it's so much like a copy machine, then how come there's no bright scanning light? And I get the concept of sending information through binary to code for black and white, but how does it (the fax) know when to code a zero or a one? I know I know, the scanner tells it...but that takes me back to the copy machine! Oh well, it works so I'll go with it.

Next up, car rear view mirrors. What is happening when you flip the switch at night and the mirror transforms to make lights not as bright. What's going on there? Is the mirror warping its shape? It seems like your facing it more upwards but then how come it isn't mirroring the ceiling? I want to investigate further but every time I think of it, I'm, well, driving!

I just overheard my boss say, "Well, money doesn't grow on trees." Whoever thought of that phrase must have been joking because money DOES grow on trees. It's paper.

When I came into work today at the lupus center there was book sitting on the counter and I really liked the title, "Get a Grip: How to take control of your arthritis"

Oh wit!

3 comments:

Dallas said...

Well I have 2 comments.

How about those auto-dimming mirrors. They don't even move!!!

Now about this money on trees thing. You know U.S. currency is made of extremely fine fabric, right?

Jamie said...

thanks for always being there to call out my errors, Dall, however:

Ask Wiki states that money is made of Crane Paper fortified with cloth:

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_US_dollar_bill_made_of

Paul said...

Jamie- your rear-view mirror has two surfaces that are not parallel to each other. The mirror is located on the back surface and is what you usually see. The front surface is just glass and it reflects less light.

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