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The ice cubes that tell you to stop drinking. The world’s greatest scooter rider. And the teacher suing because she’s scared of children

Today brings news that there’s just no end in sight for people who drink too much. Forget Alcoholics Anonymous, designated drivers, or any of those public-service announcements with the scary music and crashing cars.

No, apparently we need more ways to stop people from drinking too much. So a researcher named Dhairya Dand, from MIT Media Labs researcher, has created a prototype for ice cubes that monitor how much you drink.

Here’s how it works, according to this story: the ice cubes, which are actually waterproof jelly made to look like cubes, are stuffed with LEDs and a device that measures movement.

With each sip of your drink, the cubes keep track of your intake, and go from green to orange to red based on how much you imbibe. Bonus: The cubes are sensitive to vibration, so they flash with the music, “making you look extra cool in the club,” and making it awfully hard for you to forget the cubes are there. The cherry on top? They can be programmed to send a text message to the party animal’s close friends if he or she has gone over the limit.

I can’t even believe scientists are working on this. I mean, isn’t cancer and stuff a little more important?

Still, I think it’s really cool. Who wants to hang out at a club and stare at some ice  cubes on a Saturday night? I know I do.

**Under the category of “Hey, we’ve all got to be good at something,” here’s four minutes of the world’s greatest scooter riders. The move at 1:16 was pretty sick, though I wonder how exactly one decides to become a professional scooter rider.


**Finally, something that my fellow educators will certainly get a kick out of, or be horrified about.

A schoolteacher in Ohio named Maria Waltherr-Willard has sued her local school district after it reassigned her from her high school teaching job to a post instructing middle schoolers.

What is Ms. Waltherr-Willard’s grievance? She is being discriminated against because the district is well aware that Waltherr-Willard is afraid of children.

I’m not making this up. A federal judge dismissed three claims in her lawsuit last week, but three more claims remain. The teacher alleged the school district violated an “implied contract” to keep her away from young students. She also alleged that the district forced her to resign because of her age.

Hey lady, I’m not minimizing your phobia, I’m sure it’s a big problem for you. But being a teacher and being afraid of young children is sort of like becoming a Goodyear Blimp pilot who’s afraid of clouds.