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The Internet is Smarter Than Me

I had one of those moments where something went through my head from a long time ago and suddenly I had to look it up.  Usually it’s “that guy who played that role on that TV show with the one lady” and I’m off to IMDB.  But today it was “Faraday constant”.  

That’s right, Faraday constant was in my head. For the life of me I don’t know why but I just had to look it up. 

And in looking it up I had another moment. One of those moments where I realize how little I know relative to what there is to know.  I figure these moments happen more since the advent of the internet.

In looking up Faraday constant on wikipedia I came across this:

Related to Faraday’s constant is the “faraday”, a unit of electrical charge. It is much less common than the coulomb, but sometimes used in electrochemistry.[5] One faraday of charge is the magnitude of the charge of one mole of electrons, i.e. 96485.3365(21)C.[6]

Expressed in faradays, the Faraday constant F equals “1 faraday of charge per mole”.

This faraday unit is not to be confused with the farad, an unrelated unit of capacitance (1 farad= 1 coulomb/1 volt).

I’ve read that passage 5 times and still have no idea what the hell it is talking about.

Luckily the next paragraph was:

The Simpsons episode “Dark Knight Court” (RABF10) has Mr. Burns asking Comic Book Guy how much he wants for his entire comic book inventory. He says “the speed of light expressed as dollars” and Mr. Burns says to Smithers, “give him Faraday’s Constant.” The check is written for $96,485.34.

I read that paragraph once and I laughed, remembering the episode.  And then I understood a bit more about the Faraday constant than I had a moment before.

So that’s three of “those moments” I had in one day:

  1. the moment where the random thought I had to look up went through my head
  2. the moment where I realized how little I actually know
  3. the moment where I learned something from the Simpsons.

That third moment is something pretty much all of us have on a weekly basis.



A Crap Resolution

It’s New Years so of course I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about New Years resolutions. I don’t want to. I was actually hoping to avoid them this year since I’m currently batting .000. But they are hard to avoid since talk of them is everywhere.

There is so much I want to do better, so much I want to do new, so much I want to keep doing, and a few things I want to stop doing. To list them all would only intimidate my resolve and I’d be done from the start. And of course is miss something, which would just give me a dull ache in the extremities of my subconscious.

Where the hell do people find the time to constantly tick through the never ending list of self improvement?

But — glory be! — I realized this morning that there is a resolution abstraction that can be made. If I can do one thing moderately well then I will get healthier, keep my thoughts fresh, and have tons of time for all manner of tilting at resolution-like windmills:

Avoid crap.

It’s that simple. I want to do the best I can at avoiding crap. If it isn’t interesting, or needed, or redeeming, or enjoyable, or important to myself or my friends or my family then I don’t want it. This should free up time, emotions, space, calories, etc. and make lots of room for the self improvement that the specifics were all pushing towards.

So there you have it.

In 2014 I resolve to avoid crap.

Facial Hair Envy

Carlos’ facial hair is getting better and better with each passing game. I’m wondering how long it lasts once summer comes. The chin strap might have to go in June/July but man am I hoping he keeps that waxed ‘stache.

Remember when thousands of fans would wear fake Matt Clement beards to games he started? We should do the same for Carlos.