How’s that for a title? One wouldn’t think those words belong in the same sentence…. just trying to catch your attention.
I consider myself a very lucky person. Blessed indeed. But that’s not what this is all about. This time Kostas lucked out.
Damn! Whatahellava sailboat! It’s been sold in exchange for $$ and two smaller ones and is being transferred from Athens to Malta. Kostas is crew/mechanic/skipper. Hopefully he’ll be back for Xmas. Personally I wouldn’t mind at all. I’d probably pay for a gig like that! If I was a bit luckier I would be there with ’em. Can’t win ’em all I figure.
Meanwhile back to my humid reality. One of my favorite blogs I follow The Art of Hookie, tuned me on to an interesting product called H2Out. I did a little research and decided to try and build one myself. The key ingredient is Silica Gel. It’s what’s in those little packets you find in shoe or electronic boxes. It is these little beads that absorb moisture from the air and it changes colour. So I went out to a chemical shop and bought a kilo of this stuff (9euro). Then I took a can of (of course) beer and riddled it with holes with a dremel tool, and filled it with those groovy little beads. I was pretty pessimistic on the results so I tried it out at home (I think I’ve got more humidity problems at home than on ol’ Zoot!)
After 3 weeks, I took a peek inside and low and behold, all the beads where orange. By golly, it works! I dumped the beads into a pot and warmed them up on the stove, and by golly, they turned blue again.
ps… should I feel guilty for stealing a patent? Probably not. Those H2Out canisters go for $25 a pop for the little ones. Plus I have to break out the vacuum cleaner… those little beads go everywhere!