Tag: robotics

Another cooking tool

So I’ve long used probe thermometers to measure the temperature of some dish. But as I learn more about cooking and baking I realized – something was missing.

The something is an infrared thermometer. When you think about it, the infrared thermometer really is a space age tool. Or are we past the space age now so we’re firmly into the age of artificial intelligence and robotics. Let’s hope they never combine those two – oh who am I kidding. We’re pretty much building SkyNet as I type.

But the infrared thermometer really is a fun tool. It also includes a laser so wherever the point lands, you can read the temperature of that spot. Because at this phase even the surface temperature of food is critical.

Even when we’re being overrun by artificially intelligent robots being directed by SkyNet. Guess we’ll have to do invent time travel into the past soon enough so we can stop it happening. Actually upon some thought I do believe we can travel into the past. It’s just the future we cannot travel into since we haven’t gotten there yet.

Maybe it’s time to think differently

I’m not a big fan of fracking – I see it as environmentally too expensive and security destabilizing. Plus there is what we do with those fossil fuels right now as in burn them – releasing tons of CO2 into the air along with all sorts of other nastiness.

And most recently I’ve read that Oklahoma is experiencing an increased number of earthquakes. They suspect it’s due to oil and gas mining operations.

Here’s my proposal. It’s going to sound far fetched but the technology currently exists to do this, if only we diverted say $100 billion or so away from the U.S. Military machine each year.

Build robotic spacecraft to mine Saturn VI aka Titan. It’s a hyrdrocarbon aka Methane world. Suck up the liquid product transport it back to orbit and retro it back to Earth. Only don’t burn it – use it to energize fuel cells – the byproduct of which would be electricity and water. Then if you want burn it. But extract as much as you can out of it before doing so. Imagine spacecraft the size of ocean going ships that currently carry natural gas. Ion propulsion would work too. And with that Ion propulsion the cost of getting it back to Earth would be relatively inexpensive.

You can’t tell me destruction is the only answer (Ear problems)

So I’ve written of this before. As a kid I had some pretty bad ear infections and back then they really didn’t believe in putting in drainage tubes. Oh they went so far as to remove tonsils and adenoids but the ears – it was pretty much the medical dark ages when I was a kid.

But as a result the scarring is causing major issues. Mostly manifested by serious reduction in hearing acuity and volume, but by balance issues, etc.

Been a long time since I’d had one but I know the triggers now. And made an unfortunate decision the other day. I skipped taking my allergy meds. And we’re heading straight into ragweed season. So all sorts of swelling of things that shouldn’t and fun abound!

The solutions for this are chemical or surgical destruction of the inner ear or severing of the nerve. This to me is UNACCEPTABLE. You cannot tell me that with the advanced robots and biotech we have today you can’t excise scar tissue and rebuild the structures?

When I have health insurance again I’ll go see the ENT and elaborate on the point I made above. Instead of simply alleviating a symptom, why not look a little further and make it whole again? To quote that famous line from the Six Million Dollar Man (Who in modern dollars would probably cost $15 Billion Dollars): “We have the technology!”