June 18th, 2005


Cause Knowledge Is Power!

Some things I learned today (in no particular order)

My friends need to be more insistent about music.
I finally listened to the Scissor Sisters album today. I've only gone through it once, but I already feel sexier.

I'm a damn fine waiter.
Only six tables tonight, and I walked out with $154.01 in tips. It seems I average between 18% and 24% tips. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

I underestimate my own skill as a photographer.
Apparently my pictures are better than I give myself credit for. Thanks to everyone for the feedback recently, by the way.

I like California and what I'm doing here enough to stay here and keep doing it.
So while I was in Boston my old company called and asked to meet me about the possibility of doing some contract work for them. Essentially, they wanted me to take care of the project that I'd been working on before I left that kept getting put off and put off and put off. So much so that I finally got bored and left. I met with them once, and had another phone conversation about it. And in the middle of writing up a proposal for them on what I would charge them to do it, I realized that I didn't *NEED* the job, so there was no reason for me to be playing the "try to guess the most that they'll pay you" game. And I told them as much. If they want me to put a huge chunk of my creative life on hold for them, then they need to convince me that I want to do it by laying out what they expect and how much they're willing to pay for it.

I have awesome parents and housemates.
I knew this one already, but I needed to reemphasize it. If it weren't for merlinofchaosTurk and esmerelCarla and my folks, I wouldn't have the ability to consider not jumping on the job. For that bit of freedom, I owe them the world.

Here endeth the lesson.

Happy guy

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Science in your Starbucks...

We all know that heat rises. Especially in water. The deeper you go, the colder it's going to get, unless you're dealing with super high pressures or underwater volcanos and shit. Why then, when a lake freezes, does it freeze from the top down?

I'm glad you asked. When the temperature of a body of water such as a lake reaches a certain low point, it undergoes something called a thermal inversion where suddenly, it's colder at the TOP than at the bottom. This is what allows fish to survive under the surface or a frozen pond and it is also what allows silly fourwheeling rednecks the opportunity to bust their vehicles through the ice and sink them to the bottom of the lake much farther off shore than the would EVER be able to do in the spring, even WITH a Dukes of Hazard style jump ramp and 500 yards head start.

So what does this have to do with Starbucks? I'm glad you asked. If you are a fan of their Frappuccino style frozen beverage, you may know that you can now get them"affogato style." Now, I have no clue what affogato means (but some non-pc ideas come to mind), but what it ammounts to is a shot of espresso and mocha (or caramel) dumped on top of the drink. If you let it sit long enough, after a bit, the hot mocha (or caramel) will cause a simulated thermal inversion, and go cascading down the side of the clear plastic cup so that it can pool at the bottom. It's pretty cool to watch.

This has been your moment of Science.

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