Family-based testing

I’m a big fan of the Cool Tools website. Among other things, it’s directed me to a number of useful products, including the LapDawg (bed-based laptop stand), a knitted skiing helmet, a fibre optic flashlight adaptor, a Gorillapod, the Banana Bunker and the Tosagata Hocho 6" Santoku knife. None of these have I bought.

Today’s cool tool was the Storm Whistle that can apparently reach a volume of 118–120db, which apparently is three times the volume of the Fox 40, which only reaches 115db. (Logarithmic scale before you ask.) I’m not that bothered about the product itself, but enjoyed the following excerpt:

"I did some non-scientific testing against my Fox 40 (rated 115 decibels) by having my son blow into each of them across a soccer field."

I just loved the image of this.

Dad: son, you stand there. I will walk to the other end of the field. When I raise by left hand, you will blow into the Fox 40. When I raise by right hand, you will blow into the Storm Whistle.
Son: but Daaaaad!
Dad: [already marching into the distance]

I wonder whether this constitutes abuse and more generally, how much money is saved in testing by using family members.


4 Responses to “Family-based testing”

  1. elise on March 8th, 2007 03:20

    i got a Gorillapod for xmas from my best friend (her not knowing i’d wanted a tripod for my digital camera). it’s a nifty lil thing, though the little bit that allows you to slide your camera on/off (vs. screwing it on) is just a tad too big to fit into my camera case, so i do end up screwing it on every time. oh well, can’t win ’em all.

  2. Art Vandelay on March 9th, 2007 07:29

    Out of Control is a very interesting read and one you Dan would like, I think.

  3. Mark Chow-Young on March 19th, 2007 17:53

    Nothing like the internet, it gives cowards the guts to say anything about anyone that they wouldn’t have the guts to otherwise.

    Let me know if you are ever in Toronto, you can try calling me a child abuser to my face.

  4. Dan on March 21st, 2007 05:03

    Lighten up, Mark.

    If you’d related the story in a pub, I’d have said the same. It’s called humour, and it’s a wonderful thing.

    Sorry to hear about your humour bypass. Hope you’re recovering well.

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