I want one of these…

OK. I’ll admit I’m a big Dr. Who fan*. That’s why I think I need this for my computer. It would certainly look better than the one I currently have and the sound would be neat!


*   Even though we get the new episodes in Canada two years after they are broadcasts in the UK – if we’re lucky – and don’t get me started on Torchwood…

My family discovered this blog!!!

Of course, I had told them about it. Except that I probably forgot to tell my wife’s sister that I put a link to her web site in my sidebar. So she was googling herself when she noticed my page. So of course, she called my wife who got on my case about not telling her about the blog… I am sure I had done that. But she kept saying that I had only mentioned my internal, IBM blog (which she can’t see, of course).

Well, here I go: a public apology! Sorry dear (and sorry chala!)! Mea culpa and all that stuff.

Now, off to email so I can tell everyone in the family before I get into even more trouble…

Cooling a can of Coke…

Adam Savage, of MythBusters fame, gives his recipe to quickly cool down a can of coke:


That would be about 20-25 minutes in a freezer. If you put it in a bucket of ice, that would halve that time. If you put water in that ice, it’d be cold (+- 5c) enough to drink in about 4-6 minutes, if you put salt in that water, you’d reduce the chill time to just over 2 minutes. Agitating the can in the water, rolling it around, reduces the chill time even more.

The fastest possible way is to grab a CO2 fire extinguisher and unload that sucker on the can.

Whatever you do, do NOT bury the can in sand, pour gasoline on the sand and set the sand on fire. That won’t do anything.

This is all empirically gained evidence, not third party.


And I think you can actually try that one at home (except maybe the CO2 one…)!

It’s been a while…

I haven’t posted in a while. Sometimes, work just seems to take over and the rest of the time is spent with family, leaving little time for leisure. On top of that, my father passed away after a long illness. Well, I’m back with a couple of new postings. Good reading!