Archive for June, 2008
The Martini-Glass-of-Science and I spent some quality-time in the kitchen this morning making a video of a mad scientist potion. I also wrote up instructions for making the fizzing potion change color. Of course, if you really want to play mad scientist, add dry ice to the liquid.
Yes, of course you can make your own smoke bomb, but not everyone keeps potassium nitrate around the house, so you may want to visit a freworks store to get smoke bombs. They come in various shapes and sizes. The little smoke balls produce brightly colored smoke, but they only last a few seconds.
Bigger smoke balls will last a bit longer (about 30 seconds). Smoke grenades and large smoke bombs can last for a few minutes. Colored smoke is produced by heating and dispersing organic dye into the air, not usually because the ingredients actually burn a different color, so if you make your own colored smoke bombs, the key to success is forcing the colorants through an aperture.
If you add Mentos candies to tonic water and illuminate the event with a black light, you’ll get a glowing blue fountain. My advice: use diet tonic water unless you want a sticky mess.
You can open a beer, root beer, wine, or other glass bottle with a butter knife. All you have to do is hit it with a butter knife just under the lip of the bottle. The glass will shear cleanly, without sharp edges if you do it right. You can shear the neck of an empty glass bottle too (which is what Ry is doing here), but it works a lot better if you remove the label first (not necessary for a sealed bottle).
That’s also my first-ever YouTube video. I either need to figure out a way to mute my cellphone or camera or else strip the audio track (couldn’t find a converter for 3g2 to avi format). Suggestions are welcome.