Day 84: Lasers, Sugar and Dizziness

For the past few weeks, Mom and Dad have been in the Alaskan wilderness, and they’re blogging it. I swear I’ll never get those two to behave like parents.

So this is what the German Wheel looks like when you’re lying on your back because you’re too tired to stand.


That’s how Scott found me. Hands blistered, shins bruised, and probably grinning. I spent most of the day working on the wheel, with the goal of getting tired. It totally worked.

Not much else went on, so it seems to me like a good time to open another Secret Plan.

Secret Plan 54: Advent Toblerone

Okay, so this is a silly one. So what.

When I was little, we had an advent calendar, with chocolate pinned to it for every day in December. By the time Christmas came, we were so amped up on sugar that we couldn’t even see straight. It was awesome.

This kind of dizzy giddy anticipation prepares you for adulthood somehow, I’m sure of it.

So imagine a big special-edition Toblerone bar, with 25 segments, each with a number and a cute picture. I say they’d fly off the shelves.

…so how am I planning to do this? There are two options:

  • Option 1: Obtain night-time access to the Toblerone factory in Bern-Brünnen, Switzerland. Have my muse distract the guards (she’ll be good at that), and bring a few friends (let’s call them “the elves”) along to re-tool the factory overnight. Oh come on, it’ll be worth it.
  • Option 2: If Option 1 fails, The TechShop is actually giving classes in using a laser-cutter to etch food! No kidding. You can just sign up and learn. There’s even a class this weekend. Etching the sides of a Toblerone bar will be a challenge, but it’s got to be a little easier than Option 1.

I’m planning to make one of these as the holidays approach. If you beat me to it, please make an extra one and etch my name on it.

Random assertion: When trying to predict the future of any technology, remember the laser. It has not yet been used to defend the planet against an alien attack, but that little red dot will drive your cat nuts all day long.

Steganographic data: 1824/3.1

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