New Year, New Decade, Again

It’s weird to think that most of the years that people used to think of as the future have already passed. The year 2000, 2001, and 2010 all came and went already, and still no jetpacks or flying cars. The year 2020 is the last “future” year that most of us will experience in our lives; the next futuristic sounding year won’t be until 2050, then 2100. (I damn well better be in a relationship by then; I better not still be alone at 122. ¬_¬)

It’s hard to believe we’re just a few hours away from a whole new decade; they don’t happen too often, maybe only once every few years or so.

Minecraft Villagers are Raccoons Aardvarks

Maybe it’s that most Minecraft players are too young to know about it, or that the show was Canadian, but something that’s always baffled me (“always” meaning the better part of the decade) is that, as far as I can find, nobody seems to have noticed that the villagers in Minecraft look an awful lot like the aardvarks in the show The Raccoons:

Cedric Sneer
Cedric Sneer from “The Raccoons”
Minecraft Librarian
Librarian from “Minecraft”
Cyril Sneer
Cyril Sneer from “The Raccoons”
Minecraft Villager
Villager from “Minecraft”

Easily see the micro-LEDs in an RGB LED

You can get RGB LEDs that look like a regular LED but contain a red, a green, and a blue LED in one. The individual LEDs tend to be extra-small to allow all three to fit in a regular LED. These RGB LEDs allow you to emit any of the three colors or three combinations or white (and even more colors by adjust the amounts of the three primaries). However, even though the RGB LEDs are supposed to be a single component, the fact is that they contain three separate LEDs which of course, are not in the same place. You can see their separate positions by casting their light on something close to it.

RGB LED casting its colors on a white paper which looks like three overlapping circles
Holding an RGB LED near a white surface shows the three small LEDs in them
Closeup of the cast of an RGB LED looks like a classic additive-primary color graph
You can clearly see the red, green, and blue circles overlapping and where they mix

Rubber-bands melted‽ 😕

I needed some rubber bands recently, so I dug out a bag of rubber bands I’ve had for several years. Unfortunately, they weren’t very usable because they had melted! I know it can get very hot and humid in the summer, but what the actual heck‽ What a waste. :-\

In one of the photos, you can still see one band is almost normal. On the other side, it’s all completely flattened.

Pile of melted rubber-bands

Pile of melted rubber-bands (other side)

Thermo-vacuum-crushing plastic jars

If you pour a little boiling water into an empty plastic jar (instant coffee jars work great), then pour it out and close the lid, and wait a few seconds for it to cool, the jar will collapse in on itself. When you poured the boiling water in it, the air inside the jar got very hot and expanded, but pouring the water out prevents it from remaining hot, so it will cool quickly and contract, so the jar will collapse in on itself, especially at weak points like the large areas around the side as opposed to the stronger points like the neck.

Plastic coffee jar sucked in
Plastic coffee jar lost some weight.