After watching a short TED talk via youtube, I was sent off to Wikipedia. Well, after watching the TED talk, you know how the video window offers all these other videos that are somehow related and that some algorithm somewhere has decided you just might like to watch next? Right.
Anyway, I clicked on this:
Which was fascinating to watch and had an incredible bit of audio with it and as I looked at the comments to see what it was all about, someone wrote, “Ahh the Leidenfrost Effect”
Ah, the what? So of course I searched that and clicked on the first return and read all about it. Ooooh, so that’s why water droplets skitter across a really hot pan rather than fizzing off into steam right away. Oh.
Scrolling back to the top of the page (the bottom being filled with a whole lot of formula for explaining how all this worked) I noticed that it’s Wikipedia’s birthday! I felt bad that I didn’t get them a card or anything, although I did donate to their recent fund drive and my employer matched my donation. But look! They’re offering us little prezzies to help celebrate their birthday. Cool stuff, check it out.
Some oligatory and then celebratory haikupedia:
a liquid wrapped in vapor
by hotter substance
even if you know it all,
happy birthday friend!
friend who knows it all, it’s true!
shares the world’s knowledge,
letting us write it ourselves: