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The Best Place To Sit In A Movie Theater (via Popular Science)

In a couple of weeks I’ll be settling in for three hours or so of Avengers at our local cinema.
This sort of research from Popular Science might help in staying comfortable.
We don’t have an imax option, but the seating layout in the three rooms here are different so some thought is helpful.
I’m not sure if toilet breaks enter into these calculations, so your currency may vary.

The front row is where the tardy are relegated, where those who have yet to master the chicanery of pre-orders and reserved seating must be exiled.
There is no question that they are the worst seats in any house. The existence of a worst, then, must suggest its opposite: The ideal seat.
The perfect focal point that maximizes your visual and aural experience. Does it exist?


Of course, if this article were about churches, it would be a lot shorter: back row, aisle seat, reasonably close to exit – but not in cold draft.

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The World’s Largest Air-Horn

There’s a significant amount of science-stuff in this video which features someone named Mark Rober constructing a giant air-horn.
Yep, it’s loud, but you’ll also know why it is as loud as it is.

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Your Brain On Cats (via Inverse Health)

Well, normal brains on cats, anyway.
A phd neuroscience candidate and (budding cat-lady) explains the effects that kittens have on human brains.
Seems as if cats have basically turned themselves into a drug.

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Why Do Showers Suck? (via Mental Floss)

Ever had a shower in a shower stall that has a shower curtain and wondered why the shower curtain seemed to develop a life of its own, wanting to attack you and cling all over you?
Spoiled younger people probably don’t even know what a shower curtain is.
Anyway, great minds are trying to work out why.
This Mental Floss article contains some of the latest theories.
It seems like folk have been wondering for a while.

Liners have a tendency to billow inward during showers, enveloping themselves around our calves and forcing us to swat them away. As problems, go, it’s fairly innocuous. But that doesn’t mean science hasn’t tried to understand the physics behind the phenomenon.
Back in 1938, Popular Science theorized that liners were behaving badly as a result of air currents. When hot air from the warm water rises, cold air around the tub seeks to replace it, causing the liner—which is in between—to grow agitated. This explanation seemed to satisfy people for a while, until someone pointed out that the liners tend to move even during a cold shower.

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Lighting 10,000 Sparklers All At Once

Ever wondered what happens if you light 10,000 sparklers all at once?
Maybe I’ll play this video before I go to bed well before midnight tomorrow.

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Four New Elements

For those of you who memorise the names on the periodic table, Mental Floss lists the four latest additions.
They should be official on November 8.
Welcome nihonium, moscovium, tennessine, and oganesson.
The details are here.