Like a Lion in Zion

When iron was first discovered, back in the Bronze Age, it didn’t seem much of an improvement over the then-traditional copper-tin alloy. Iron was twice as hard, but this benefit quickly vanished once it started to corrode -which it did a lot faster than bronze. Iron has a not-so-secret boner for oxygen, and that feeling is mutual, so the two …

The Bliss Bringer

The most beautiful sound in the world is the quiet after a storm. If you don’t believe this, turn on a leaf blower or vacuum cleaner for a couple of minutes and then turn it off again. You’ll find that, much like ignorance, ignoise is bliss. Philips recognized the marketing potential for this phenomenon. Like other companies, such as Braun …

Philips HZ 5100 Fan

Fans of the figurative may recognize a kind of jolly face on the right, perhaps even with a complicated idea rising from its head, like a helicopter. Those fans are probably the same people seeing all sorts of animals in clouds. Good for them, but I don’t see it. I just see happy little parts, finally freed from the bonds …