All entries for Monday 21 November 2005

November 21, 2005

Cooking for Engineers

Writing about web page http://www.cookingforengineers.com/

Consider this my public service announcement for the day

Worst toys

Writing about web page http://www.toysafety.org/worstToyList_index.html

American, but still interesting.

Mostly cited for choking hazards, but personal non-choking favourites are:

38 AIR KICKS KICKAROOS ANTI-GRAVITY BOOTS - got to get these…

These "anti-gravity boots" fit over shoes so that children can "seem to defy gravity" and "bounce across the yard like a Gazelle!" The manufacturer's safety instructions include the unrealistic directive to "always remain in control of your motions", and to use a "protective helmet as well as gloves, knee and elbow pads during use". Children pictured on the packaging have no protective gear whatsoever.

FANTASTIC 4 ELECTRONIC THING HANDS

These oversized fists, resembling those of a popular comic book and movie character, are sold to enable six year olds to "smash!" and "crash!" just like the "super strong creature." Remarkably, at the same time children are encouraged to engage in "clobberin time!", parents are warned that the toy is "intended to be used only for dress-up fantasy play", and that "serious injury could result" should it be used to strike a person or pet.

Spooky Fog

Spooky weekend.

From friday evening to monday morning the village and surrounding area has been enveloped in thick, freezing fog.

Fog was so thick at times you couldn't see across the road. Like living in a Stephen King novel (though without the ghostly pirates, zombies or flesheating bits).

The frost was fantastic and lasted the whole weekend, so the landscape was magical.

However, our neighbours and I decided that this was the weekend to have a go at the trees at the front of the drive. So we were all out nice and early in the freezing fog cutting off branches. It was ok until you stopped moving, which was when the fog really got into your clothes and froze your ass off.

It did mean, though, that for the first time I got to drive a massive bit of agricultural machinary – a kick-(frozen)ass teleplatform with hydraulic arm and cage. Sorry, but sitting at the wheel of several tonnes of heavy lifting gear and sending your neighbour high into the tree with a chainsaw was pretty cool. Not something you do everyday.

Shame that one of the neighbours got really pissy about the work we did – set her in a right strop because she thought we'd taken to much off. Didn't seem to get the idea that sometimes you have to chop quite a bit off of trees to let them grow back nice and healthy. Oh well.


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