September 29, 2011
September 28, 2011
Prior to inventing Doritos, Arch West "worked as a traveling cheese salesman." You know, I don't hear much about traveling cheese salesmen these days.
Pretty much this exact photo was in my Charlotte guidebook, so I figured I'd recreate it. Not pictured: the Charlotte skyline's newest tower, which I mention only as an excuse to link to an interesting article about a skyscraper built for Wachovia that will instead become the headquarters for Duke Energy.
September 23, 2011
NEW YORK – The hand-washing process in public bathrooms is problematic. That's been well established.
This week, I came across the sign pictured above, and it turns out I've been doing things wrong all along. Switching Step 5 with Step 6, I've been turning off the water before I dry my hands. I figured it was the better option since it saved water from running needlessly while I dried my hands.
September 21, 2011
September 12, 2011
September 01, 2011
As we get set to start the football season, it's time to discuss the possibilities of a First Down Laser System. Rather than use a virtual first down line on TV, this $300,000-per-stadium system would be a real line visible to the players on the field.
Inventor Alan Amron, according to CNBC reporting, is working on securing FDA approval.
Wait a minute. The FDA? Why is this under the purview of the FDA? Are they worried players may eat the laser beams?
CNBC didn't explain, but the Palm Beach Post has our answer: It turns out the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health wants to make sure the laser turns off when a player falls to the ground in the path of the line and does not come into contact with a player's eye.
The FDA regulates lasers.Now we know.
FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) is responsible for regulating firms who manufacture, repackage, relabel, and/or import medical devices sold in the United States. In addition, CDRH regulates radiation-emitting electronic products (medical and non-medical) such as lasers, x-ray systems, ultrasound equipment, microwave ovens and color televisions.