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Don’t Do This!

I was restocking the fridge with some diet Dr. Pepper. I grabbed a warm twelve pack from the pantry. Many times I like to open the box like a can dispenser. All the makers of these packs perforate one end so this can be accomplished.

However, it is at least for me extreamly difficult to get the perforations to break properly. Most of the time I end up tearing the complete end of the box away. The bottom section is supposed to remain attached to act like a can stop.

I was struggling as usual so I had the brainstorm of using a paring knife to help break the perforations. I told myself to be careful. I was almost there, just finishing the cut along the bottom at the end of the box.


The explosion was so loud I thought someone had hidden a large, I mean to say VERY large fire cracker in the box.

It was immediately obvious what I had done, but the force of the resulting explosion was totally startling. It wasn’t a pop. (pun intended) it was a very loud BANG!

Diet Dr. Pepper was foaming out of the box everywhere…

I had either poked a hole or sliced the extremely thin aluminum skin of the bottom can. The picture shows the force of the explosion. I did not pull that can open that way.

Luckily the mess wasn’t too bad, so the clean up was not too bad. Diet soda isn’t as sticky as sweet syrup soda. Half the soda was still in the can in the box. SO maybe 6 ounces to clean up.

So the warning is: Don’t try this at home! I am a professional disaster mess maker. Leave this for the pros.

Slay the Dragon?

Jabberwocky_Concept_by_Michael_KutscheI’m glad the cell phone problem is over. Too many problems and strange things are going on in the world today. I think most of the serious problems are created by how easy it is to grab a moment of fame. Everyone wants to star in a viral video as if that was some ultimate goal and purpose in life. Anger always gets top billing.

Perhaps even my post about the cell phone added a bit to that. My intent was to show that sometimes perseverance and slow to anger can overcome difficulty. As Dragnet once boasted, the names were changed (or not used) to protect the innocent. I think the media needs to do more of that. Criminal identity needs to fade into oblivion.

Tell the story. I don’t really need to know the person and their background in intimate detail. Let the “authorities” do their job. The media and I mean ALL media have become the super watchdog professing a “right to know” about every minute detail to “report” to a hungry public. It used to be called “gossip”. I know something you don’t know.  All a part of being “better” than the competition. Sometimes knowing and telling need to be tempered by common sense. Media are far too immersed in the glory and the power of helping stage and create the news event. Then making sure they spread the story as thin as it can be spread.

I have watched reporters here in Dallas, poised amidst a crowd of “demonstrators” and become obviously and outwardly dismayed in their facial and body language and even their choice of words that everything is proceeding peacefully. I can only hang my head in dismay at such open and easily observed disappointment.

It’s a slow day when only “good news” can be broadcast or printed. No Pulitzer prize in that stuff.

The world is now an open stage with a guaranteed instant audience via social media as well as professional media. The new competition for the old school professions has been a swing to providing the same outlet for breaking news as the co-ed with a cell phone and Twitter account. The two have taken to joining forces. Lots of cellphone coverage in major media.

Sometimes knowing there is pro coverage creates the needed incentive. The ability to be publicized is as important or more important than the cause. Face it. We know that is true. The upcoming political conventions are ripe for this.

Shooting cops at a rally has obviously much better instant coverage than random acts of the same violence. More bang per bullet. It has encouraged at least one copy-cat.

Terror, whether one person or an entire army, needs an audience. We are so willing to make that audience global. What are we doing here? There needs to be some shame rather than fame in bad news. That’s a moral dilemma, I know. Who decides how that is done?

I don’t think we can or should close the show. Pandora’s box has been opened. I have decided to just turn off the talking heads once I know what has happened. Endless hours of the jabberwocky, mislabeled as ongoing “reporting” is of no value to my knowledge. Leave the dragon be…


I Was Locked Out

Back in late 2011, I purchased an iPhone 4S through my employer vendor. I had moved into an inside corporate office position and no longer qualified for a company paid data phone. I could have a corporate paid cell phone number but the phone and the data service I had to personally pay for myself.

No one including me wanted a voice only cell phone and in fact they were quite rare. I wasn’t required to have a cell phone since I was tethered to a real office desk and a desk phone. So a free cell phone line was considered an employee benefit by corporate thinking. All corporate cell […] Continue reading » I Was Locked Out

One Giant Step…

I took the step and I am now the owner/operator of my very own 3D hobbyist grade FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) type printer. That’s the extruder style. They are the most reasonable cost for students and hobbyists to experience “making” with minimal investment.

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My other web sites and blogs are going to have the in […] Continue reading » One Giant Step…

3D Printing

I have taken a hard long look at where Additive 3D printing technology stands today. I have determined it is a viable high quality creative process in the high end commercial and industrial marketplace. This is because it is a large investment to get top quality output.

I have no first-hand experience using any 3D printer, so my judgement is based on available video and information gleaned from internet sources. A condensed reference for 3D printing is available on Wikipedia:

The bulk of the consumer grade 3D printers, up to one thousand dollars, are really playthings. (Don’t hate me if you own and love one. […] Continue reading » 3D Printing