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May 18, 2006

Testing Something (Again)

I'm checking to see if this works. Let me know if you can see it or if it causes you problems pulling up the page.

Update: Okay, I've pulled it. Seems like it runs automatically rather than waiting for you to run it, and I don't see why you would want that.

(This is what it is, incidentally -- a video of me and Athena doing the "Mentos+Coke" thing via AOL's new UnCut Video beta.)

I'll fiddle with it some more and see where it gets me.

Posted by john at May 18, 2006 08:25 AM

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amanda m. | May 18, 2006 08:50 AM

I agree with Athena. That was AWESOME.
Did you get the coke out of your shoes?

John Scalzi | May 18, 2006 08:51 AM

It is there to this day.

Tom | May 18, 2006 08:52 AM

That was cool

Bill Marcy | May 18, 2006 09:23 AM

Come on John, the least you could have done was spring for a bottle of regular Coke to teach your daughter about the value of 'controls' in experiments....

John Scalzi | May 18, 2006 09:50 AM

Regular Coke = sugar = sticky sticky sticky.

JonathanMoeller | May 18, 2006 10:28 AM

If my boss ever farms out the Safety Training for his chemistry classes to me again, I'm gonna show this video to demonstrate the Extreme Importance of Wearing Goggles When Mixing, Well, Anything. (You'd think the scars from the sodium hydroxide burns on his hands and wrists would make a sufficient object lesson for the kids, but noooo....)

Cal | May 18, 2006 11:56 AM

if you use youtube.com for your video you can embed the player on your page and it won't play until someone clicks the big play button

John Scalzi | May 18, 2006 12:04 PM

I'm aware of that, thanks. I was testing the UnCut Video for other purposes.

Annalee Flower Horne | May 18, 2006 01:03 PM

Please don't take this the wrong way-- I promise I'm not a skeevie creep-- but you have quite possibly the cutest kid ever.

And that really WAS Awesome.

There's a related project you might want to try that I used to do with summer camp kids. We had them build little fizz-powered rockets.

First, you take a film canister and decorate it up like a rocketship using construction paper (making sure you don't block access to the cap). Then you fill it about a quarter to half full of water. Drop in an Alkaseltzer tab; snap the cap on; flip it over; stand way back. It usually takes a few seconds to start working (certainly enough time to get out of range of the exploding fizz), but the takeoff is pretty fantastic.

Burns! | May 18, 2006 03:37 PM

For your beta testing information...
When I linked to the other page in my Firefox browser, the video didn't load. When I switched to an IE tab in Firefox, it worked.

David Goldfarb | May 19, 2006 02:27 AM

Analee: I don't think you need fear being taken as skeevy; Athena's cuteness has been discussed here before. (Phrases such as "as a button" came up.)

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