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coffee attack!


It doesn't happen often, but when it happens...

I'm concentrated, coding away, or looking at test results, or something of that nature. I move suddenly, turn, or raise my hand for some reason and in between the origin of the movement and the destination, some part of my body hits a half-full cup of coffee.

Splat. Crash. (In the best style of the old Batman series).

Oops.

This has happened to me four times in all in the past, two with "catastrophic" consequences. And one of those was tonight. The end result is more or less constant: I end up covered with coffee, along with the chair, floor, with other alternatives (random, to spice it up :-)): keyboard, mouse, or even CPU for example. Coffee cup ends up on the floor, possibly broken in pieces (like tonight), and I have to be careful even to move to avoid making even more of a mess. Flow destroyed, whatever I was thinking is gone and then I have to spend half an hour cleaning it up. Good thing I don't drink coffee with sugar, otherwise everything would end up coated with a layer of sticky goo for ages to come. (The first time it was coffee with sugar. That took a while to clean up.)

Maybe I'm clumsy. Maybe I'm just not paying attention. Whatever. What I want is nanotech cups that will detect my approaching self (when at speed/distracted, not when I'm going to pick them up) and instantly change their molecular structure into a gas (including the liquid contained), then reform themselves back into a solid when the danger has passed. Probably not likely to happen soon, eh? Okay, I guess I'll just have to be more careful then. :-)

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on May 15 2003 at 2:08 AM

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