Comments: 28
You have experiments to conduct!
BrokenTune 10 months ago
Yes, I do!
Do you fancy telling me what outcomes I may expect?
A wet floor!
BrokenTune 10 months ago
One of the possible outcomes, for sure...
Elentarri's Book Blog 10 months ago
I predict the tea would end up sloshing all over you and the floor. If you do the experiment, don't forget to repeat it many times (more repeats is better) and take down measurements - speed you are moving, size of cup, volume, how much sloshed out etc.. ;)
BrokenTune 10 months ago
Obviously. Tho, I have a notion I would rope in some friends to do the running, while I observe, measure, and note down.
The joke in academic circles is, "That's what grad students are for!"
BrokenTune 10 months ago
It figures. :)
Murder by Death 9 months ago
Don't forget to take into account the increased upward momentum too - because running jolts you and everything you're holding upward harder than walking does. :D
Hol 10 months ago
I'm like that with mindfulness books, constantly highlighting paragraphs on my kindle. I never end up re-reading them often, though!
BrokenTune 10 months ago
I have this book from the library, so can't scribble in it (I'm a scribbler btw.). That's why I use the sticky markers. I tend to come back to them - especially when trying to write a review.

It's a similar process on the kindle, and I do re-read the highlighted sections. :D
Scribbling in books....hurghhh *shudder*
I scribble in ebooks, but yeah.
There are three Humboldt Counties - California, Nevada, and Iowa. But that's very amusing.

The Invention of Nature was a great, great read. I may have given it for Christmas.
BrokenTune 10 months ago
It was a fab book.

The County that Czerski mentions is the one in California. Thanks for looking up where the others are.
I looked it up from curiosity when I was reading Invention of Nature, and like a little squirrel stored it away, where I put my other factoids. My mother says I'm a bottomless fount of useless information. (Hey, she uses this facility of mine all the time. I get bombarded with crossword questions before I have any coffee.)
BrokenTune 10 months ago
Ha! It is a useful skill to have. Your mom shouldn't complain about that at all!
I'm her daughter. I will never win *that* argument! (Gotta pick your arguments with your mother. LOL)
BrokenTune 10 months ago
Ha! Very true!
Murder by Death 9 months ago
I grinned over the Humboldt county reference too this time around. :)

And something to add to your tea-walking experiment: try it while watching the cup (which is what most people do, I think, to watch for impending spillage), and try it again NOT watching the cup, but just looking ahead. I find if I watch the cup, I can't stop it sloshing, but if I don't watch it, it rarely sloshes. I can't begin to explain why this might be though, and I can't get MT to try it (he's certain the tea will end up all over the floor) so I don't know if it's just me, or an actual thing.
It's true, at least in my experience.
Murder by Death 9 months ago
Yes! Independent verification! It's a thing! :)
This is not a statistically significant sample! ;-)
Maybe not, but it's actually part of the way waiters are trained, I think. (I was told as much, anyway, in the half-hour quickie training I got before starting to waitress to earn extra money when I was in university.) And based on that short-lived experience, I, too, can confirm that it works.
Murder by Death 9 months ago
@Arbie: But we're on our way towards one! We're three for three so far... quick, go get your cuppa and walk across the room without looking at the cup, then walk back while looking at the cup. Results? :D :D
It's bed time...
Perhaps we could get the Mythbusters on this. Perhaps that would need exploding teacups, however?
Murder by Death 9 months ago
They do tend to go for the bang... but it would be cool to see the mythbusters have a go at it, exploding teacups or not. :)