Picked up the heavy cast iron frying pan to move it to the other hot ring.

I'd completely forgotten that I'd pre-heated the pan in the top oven for 5 minutes.


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Looking on the bright side, I've got a nice big blister on my hand that I can play with.

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@fitheach Don't worry, i can out-dumb you :-)
When I was 11 and nearly too short to reach the cupboard above the stove I reached out my right hand to steady myself and give me a slight boost in order to reach with my left hand up into the cupboard.
Oh, thou very idiot!
The electric coil I placed my palm and nearly full weight on was bright orange hot...

You've got the defence that you were only 11 years old, I don't.

@fitheach Maybe we're regressing now? :-)
I somehow forgot exactly and was a bit embarrassed to have to ask my daughter how old a grandchild was on her birthday last week.
Eleven! Holy mac!
She looks like 7-8 to me.
Mind you, my 31yo still seems like a kittenish little girl to me too so...

Naughty, you should know the age of your grandchildren. 😉

@fitheach I know :-(
I'm completely horrible. Bad grandad.
It took me ages to remember even the birthdays of my children without a computer.
Even in my twenties I was using 'Nag' from 'Grandma Software' in Seattle on my Amiga 2000 for such chores.

Just make sure you don't forget their names. 😉

@fitheach When we were little one of my sisters hated that our nana would always partly say all the names of her kids and grandchildren in order before getting to the correct one i.e. that sister in her case. "Jea-Joh-Hub-pau-Jackie!"
She vowed to be better.
In her adulthood she bred collies and she was Worse.
She went through all her dog's names before getting to her children! :-)

@fitheach My favourite from a very old Omni magazine contest is:

Damn Clever Mnemonic Makes No Prefix Forgetable

And I think that only got a mention and not a prize.

And the other way:

Decadent Hector Killed Meg's Gigantic Terrier

One of the few I use is:
Do Kings Play Chess On Fine Green Silk

I didn't do any biology after about 14 years of age, I preferred physics.

However, when reading anything about nature, remembering the order of taxa in biology is useful.

@fitheach I never got any in school (moved a lot) and never took it in college after.
Anything I know is just from my own reading around. Nothing formal at all.

I should add that having some more formal education in biology & chemistry would have been useful for topics that I read now for entertainment.

@fitheach My thinking as a child: taxonomy - we base it on a dead language so it doesn't change and always makes sense. Discovery: we name in latin whimsically and often after their discoverer!! Well eff that! It's a stupid waste of a good idea.

I will tell you though, that seeing this lecture years ago made me regret my early decisions somewhat.

Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria "talk" to each other, using a chemical language...

And I've gone on a bit.

@fitheach warning: her actual vids from normal lectures at her uni have low information xfer and are slow and boring.
Maybe all profs should be forced to TED rules of 20 minutes and then you get the hook.

Eventually got around to watching that. It was good.

@jamie @fitheach
I know one.
But one out of 6 isn't very good really. :-)


I'd recommend one of those new-fangled things called diaries.

@fitheach @gemlog True story. I once had to ring HMRC and one of the security questions was my wife’s birthday. I couldn’t remember it. I begged the lady to give me another question because if she didn’t I was going to have to ask my wife and it would not end well for me. She said she wasn’t allowed (I swear I could hear her smile in the tone of her voice). That did not go down well.

I never give out the real information for those security questions. I keep a GPG encrypted text file with a list of organisations/websites with things like security questions and login credentials.


@fitheach I don’t think you get a choice with HMRC. One of their questions was about which mobile phone company I was with and I’ve certainly never given them that information. I think they have (or had) a contract with Equifax or something similar.


HMRC have *my* real birthday, but I don't have any security questions with them. I don't recall 'phoning them in recent times.

Whenever orgs ask me for my mobile number I always say I don't have one. The next thing you know they might 'phone me or send an SMS.


@fitheach @jamie
I really don't have one. No cell, no landline. Been tethered to beepers, pagers and phones all my life. No I have a choice and I choose not to have one at all.

I have three plus a few "burner" SIMs for special purposes.


@fitheach @jamie
I have a file full of outrageous lies too.
Even at work I see no reason to bless e.g. apple or google with real information.

@fitheach @jamie
As I said, I've been using computer reminders since the 80's. No fuss. No bother.

@gemlog @fitheach I keep thinking I should do that but I would have to reach out and ask them what their birthdays are. I figure that bridge is already burned and we now casually ignore each other’s birthday - which is fine by me.

@jamie @fitheach One sister always emails me, so I always email her. I see the other reminder emails and just bring them to mind.
Kids and grandkids I always mark somehow.

@fitheach I do that kind of thing all the time, and I've accepted the blisters as just being part of cooking.

I've got a really nice pair of welding gloves that I use as oven gloves. I'd used them to take the pan out of the oven.

I then went into auto-pilot mode and picked-up the pan without the gloves. Lapse of concentration. I don't do it often, but when I do I make a proper job of it.

@fitheach ouch, definitely been there before. Once when I was working the line at a restaurant I slipped on something and reached out to catch myself, only to realize that I'd just put my whole palm down on the flattop grill :oh_no:

Hope your blister heals up quick

Thanks. I can't stop prodding the blister, it is fascinating. The slight pain of prodding adds to the fascination. I must be weird.

Your accident was a reflex action, completely understandable.

@balrogboogie @fitheach
I once tried to turn off a heating block in the lab and accidentally put my fingers on the hot bit. I didn't get blisters, the tips of my fingers turned white and went hard. The block was set at 750 deg C.
That hurt for a few days.

Sounds like you were lucky not to have permanent damage.


@fitheach @balrogboogie
Yes, there was no scarring or any other visible evidence of it after a few weeks.

My own stupid fault.
I'm still avoiding doing certain things with my right hand. It might put the kibosh on my plans for the ATP tour this summer. 😉

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