Quixotic Quantum Quandary

Q³: Boiling Point

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Probably this happens at lots of different workplaces, but here where I work, the busy times sort of come in spurts.  Sometimes it is a long stretch of being really busy, followed by a nice lull.  Here lately, despite hitting a lull that most people are trying to embrace, we have a few management types that feel the need to fill that down time with needless work, just so we look busy.  The worst is a new guy, who missed most of the busy time, and now is really really wanting to look busy so he can get his name out there.  There are quite a few of us lowly peons that find this to be ridiculous, and want the guy to just calm down; soon enough we will all have plenty of legitimate work, but then the question arises, how exactly do you get that message across to one of your bosses in a nice way?  So instead we grumble and tolerate – not exactly my favorite way to spend a day.

But enough whining about me! Let’s get on to something really interesting, looking at an oddball tech item, and seeing just how fast you fine commenters can positively identify it!  And before I obliquely discuss this particular item, and then give a shout out to our winner from 2 weeks ago, let me apologize to Mr. Batshitbox for not getting this posted last week and distracting him from the political discussion that almost ensued.  Sorry, man!  I will say this, by way of a clue for this week, if you go back and read that post, and the ensuing discussion by Mr. Box and Mr. ZomBee, you will have found a nice little clue in the subject matter.  Now hit the jump to see the answer to our previous Quandary!

Q3 No91 Answer

As far as two weeks ago, the big winner was TX_Stig, who was spot on with recognizing the internals of an old ball mouse!  I found this thing on a random, rarely used computer at work, and it cracks me up that it is still around.  I remember how awesome the laser mouse was when it first came on the scene, and it is a technology that I am glad resulted in a sweeping change.  I think a shout out is due here as well to OA5599 for pointing out that not all tv remotes require(d) pointing at the tv.  My semi-tenuous tie-in with the remote as a comparable technology was certainly colored by the Zenith VCR that we held onto for way too long with an extra finicky infrared sensor that made it totally useless if you were to say, accidentally put the rental movie box just slightly in front of it.

If you happen to have access to any oddball sort of tech related items, or just a blurry camera and an eye for weird photo angles, please don’t hesitate to send your ideas in!  Simply email HycoSpeed@gmail.com and throw Q³ in the subject line and I’ll get right on it!

  • cruisintime

    Easily identified as a sort of crimping tool. What it crimps is the remaining question ?

  • Martin M

    Looks like canvas or tarp pliers to me.

  • I thought I jinxed the Q-Cubed by mentioning it!

    This thing… usually when I see tools like this they're based on locking pliers. I think the first pair I saw was in a Porsche restoration supply catalog. Many hundreds of dollars for a pair of Vice-Grips with some simple metal flanges welded onto the jaws, but it rolled the edge of your valve cover in the correct way.

    Let's see, ZomBee Racer and I were discussing the relative merits of leaky steam versus leaky electricity, and exorbitant costs for military hand tools… I'm gonna guess it's something the military uses to fix leaks… um… blah blah blah cheap Edward Snowden joke blah blah blah…

    I got nothin' It looks like you could bend sheet metal with it, and a sheet metal bender is called a brake, so I'm gonna call it a Hand Brake.

  • Mr_Biggles

    It's a little OT I know, but earlier today I got this for an ad. Now, I'm usually pretty careful with my browsing, and my moobs are big enough as it is, so I'm wondering how this results from my own browsing habits or if there is something that Mrs_Biggles isn't telling me.
    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/fx7u3fa.jpg"&gt;

    • B72

      Was the enhancement done using tissue from her arms? What happned to her arms?!?

  • I saw these online a couple months ago, if i recall correctly, its for picking up hot pans for cooking. no idea on what its actually called though.

  • BlackIce_GTS

    Based on the title, I thought they're obviously canning tongs. On further consideration, they're probably too short for that. And the jaw design is too weird.
    It looks like they would do a not-especially-thorough job of crimping a T-junction in something, but the perpendicular part would occupy the space where the hinge is.
    Not only are the hypothetical crimping surfaces not matched in any way that looks crimpy, it looks like you wouldn't be able to apply very much clamping power at all.

  • jeepjeff

    I bet you could open your beer with it.

  • Slow_Joe_Crow

    My first thought was that they were a cheapo version of the pliers used for snapping off glass and tile after you score it.