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Ian Punnett's Blog Post 3/20/10

Ian Punnett's Blog Post 3/20/10

I hope you had a fantastic National Livingroom Fort Day! Did you order some pizza or Chinese and never leave the house like proponents of this occasion were suggesting on Facebook? Whatever you do, whenever you build a livingroom fort out of sofa cushions and coffee tables, etc, remember to take pictures and post them on Facebook. There’s a whole FB page dedicated to this.

Being able to assemble a livingroom fort is an important skill to maintain in case this country is overrun by invaders with Nerf guns.

Every good livingroom fort needs a spy to keep an eye on those diningroom fort losers and every good spy needs an invisibility cloak. The Times online says that those times are almost online:

Scientists have come a step closer to making Harry Potter-style invisibility cloaks a reality.

Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, in Germany, have created the first device to render an object invisible in three dimensions.

By placing a "cloak" over a tiny lump of gold measuring 0.00004 in by 0.00005 in, they were able to distort the light hitting the object in such a way that the bump appears invisible at nearly visible infrared frequencies.

Previously developed cloaks worked only in two dimensions and only worked if viewed from a specific angle. They also only worked for microwave frequencies. The new cloak works for infrared light — a step closer to the visible spectrum.

My sixteen-year-old just asked me the other day what I would do if I had an invisibility cloak and I told him I would use it to cover myself next time I had to go in for a colonoscopy. While he sat there trying to figure that out, I sat there trying to remember at what age exactly the answer to "what would you do if you were invisible?" changed from "I would go into the girl's locker room."

Of course, if you had asked me yesterday when a story I was involved with was on TMZ, I might have used the invisibility cloak for a couple of hours until that blew over.

If you missed it, it's too hard to explain. The story involved infidelity, my wife and Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman but don't worry, my wife didn't cheat on me with Dog, at least yet.

Like I said, hard to explain. Weirder still is that somebody just posted a message on my FB page explaining how Geraldo Rivera was asking Duane "Dog" Chapman about the TMZ piece and he denied any of it was true.

Fair enough. So, without going into the issue, the issue is settled. Geraldo is still going after the big game, my wife is still my wife and Dog is still a Dog.

The rest you will have to google.

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