So, I’ve been trying to do better with what I eat and couldn’t figure out why I don’t see any results. Yesterday I had a revelation–eating 11 Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies doesn’t help @ 1.75 grams of fat and 37.5 calories EACH. So, I ate 11 cookies for a whopping 19.25 grams of fat and 412.5 calories. Ouch. Maybe I understand better now.
Archives for February 2008
This week, on the night of the eclipse, I went out about every 10 minutes and took a picture. Here’s the slide show of the shots, all taken with the same settings, expect the very last one. On that one, I kept the shutter open longer to get the pretty color–sorry it’s kind of blurry– It was FREEZING, I couldn’t find my tripod attachment, and I couldn’t keep still!
Am I’m I cool now? I just met this man. I walked around the corner, saw him above the cubicles and thought he was standing on a ladder.
So, am I cool? Please confirm.
The following is about a new ‘teen repeller’ that it is out on the market. While it’s a funny concept, the article states that most mature adults are unable to hear the sound although it is clearly audible and, according to reports, highly annoying to most teenagers and children.
Why can I hear it? I thought I was mature. There goes that notion. So…Can you hear it? 🙂
The Mosquito is a device that creates a high-pitched noise like an amplified version of its namesake. Inventor and security expert Howard Stapleton created the device, a 9-inch black box which creates an 80-decibel pulsing frequency with an effective range of 15-20 meters. The device is intended to prevent youth from congregating around convenience stores and other places where loitering has been problematic.
Can you hear the buzz? Give it a listen or download as a ringtone.
Most mature adults are unable to hear the sound although it is clearly audible and, according to reports, highly annoying to most teenagers and children. Ingenious teens have since turned the ultrasonic sound to their advantage, by creating a ringtone that can alert them to text messages undetectably to adults — including teachers and parents. The ringtone version of the mosquito has been called “Teen Buzz.”
When the Mosquito teen repeller was tested at a convenience store in South Wales, here’s how one teen described the sound: “It’s loud and squeaky and it just goes through you.” According to an article on News.com, teenagers, with their fingers in their ears, repeatedly begged the store owner to turn off the device. Adults, on the other hand, were said to carry on shopping, completely oblivious to the noise.
CompoundSecurity.co.uk, which markets the Mosquito, claims that the sound is not bothersome immediately (so that teenagers should have time to make a purchase normally) and that, because the sound is stronger the closer one gets and does not effectively pass though barriers, it should not bother neighbors. Stapleton has considered creating a louder version of the Mosquito for emergency situations, such as when gangs of teenagers converge on a store to shoplift as a group.
The Mosquito won the Ig Nobel award (a less serious version of the Nobels) for Peace in 2006.