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Speed

by Richard

The speed at which we dudes perceive different things can give us a completely different impression of stuff.

Yeah, I know. That sounded a bit esoteric. Let me give you a more concrete example.

Take oxidation. When it goes slow, you get rust. When it goes fast, you get fire. Same chemical principle at work in both cases, but it’s only the speed of the reaction that makes one of these an immediate threat.

So, yeah, speeding up things that normally take a very long time to happen can make for some very interesting viewing. Which makes the story I just read on Cracked.com really compelling.

The language is a bit PG-13 plus, but, if you can deal with that, this is a really great piece of web content. The author, one John Cheese (if that is his real name), has put together a series of basically time lapse videos. These videos really opened my eyes to a few things. Everyday stuff that happens slowly, when revved up to hyperspeed, are a whole different thing.

Like, for instance, when ants eat the corpse of a gecko. There’s no blood, but this really rates very high on the *squick* factor. Very  high. You have been warned.

See what I mean about the *squick* factor? I’m still getting over the goosebumps and I’ve already seen it a couple of times. Ick.

Anyway, it’s a great article, in that Cheese offers up several more videos that put a totally different spin on stuff. For instance, there’s one of a dam being breached to drain a reservoir. There’s another showing how braces can straighten out a messed-up set of teeth in a human mouth. Another video shows how the night sky changes over time.

It’s all really great stuff.

If you’ve got a couple of minutes to kill, I’d definitely recommend you head over there and take a look.

Cracked.com. Who’d have thunk it? Not me, that’s for sure. I always thought of Cracked as Mad’s younger sister, the one who keeps drooling on herself and wetting the seat cushions. But they’ve actually got some good stuff over there.

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The First Day. . . Of The Last Year Of Middle School

by Richard

Today is that great day of mourning and celebration. It’s the first day of public school for the 2012-13 school year here in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools district.

Which means it’s time for Hyper Lad to be headed off back to the land of academia, relearning to wake up before the crack of noon, and be more useful in the thinking department than a bucket of wet rocks.

It’s been a long summer and a lot of that brain has turned to mush. Time to start stirring it back into shape.

Actually, Hyper Lad is feeling pretty good about the last year of middle school. Unlike his two older brothers, he’s actually enjoyed his middle school experience. He’s made new friends and had good times, both in school and out of it.

It’s a big year for a couple of the young Jones dudes. Not only is Hyper Lad finishing up middle school, but Zippy the Monkey Boy is already into his second week of college at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. We dropped him off in his dorm last week and he almost ran us over in his hurry to get us out of the room, off campus and no longer hovering over him.

One minute we were in his room with him, the next there was only a Cheshire smile hanging in the air, rapidly dissolving. So far, he seems to be doing all right. He’s woken himself up in time for his 8 am classes and actually seems to be looking forward to seeing what the semester brings.

Let’s hope that positive attitude continues as the semester unrolls. Which means I’m going to have to keep up my positive attitude. And that’s not going to be as easy as it sounds.

Still. A new year means a new start for everyone. And that’s always something to which we can look forward.

Here’s to a new school year! New challenges! New friends! New homework!

Hm. I had you up until that last one, didn’t I?

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