Sprayable Maple Syrup?

There is a cute ad for this product HERE. Disclaimer: I haven’t tried this product, but I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they got the taste right.

Not sure “sprayable” is the right word for this. First off, that’s not even a word. Secondly, spraying something, to me, implies atomizing a liquid into a fine mist, like hairspray, for example. This puts out a stream, more like Easy Cheese. Of course they call that spray cheese and I’m not crazy about that name either. Stream cheese seems to be more accurate, to my way of thinking. So, “streaming maple syrup” maybe? Of course that could also mean listening to an indie heavy metal band on Spotify.

Anyway, semantics aside, to me, this product is clearly a SLFP (Solution Looking For Problem). One of the guys in the video says that he puts his maple syrup in the fridge between uses and then he has to nuke it to use it, and, this product solves that problem. Here’s a better idea — don’t put your maple syrup in the fridge between uses! Room temperature maple syrup will flow just fine and it is not a health hazard. In fact, I just checked our bottle of Log Cabin Maple Syrup and it says on the back: “Refrigeration not required”.

I suppose if you have small children that tend to spread maple syrup all over the table, this product may seem appealing. Then again, haven’t you just upped the ante by weaponizing the problem? “Hey Timmy, hold your plate toward me. INCOMING!”

— Carlton Dyle —

Headphone Design Flaw

A friend of mine bought this pair of name brand, high quality headphones for his son a few Christmases ago. He wore them quite a bit and after 6 months or so, the earpiece snapped off of its mount. This is a great example of what I warn my staff about all the time. The design looks great but the plastic material they choose didn’t have the proper yield strength to withstand the stress of frequently being placed on  and taken off of the head using the earpieces as a grip. I don’t know about you, but I’ve found it almost impossible to put on or take off headphones without gripping the earpieces. And, epoxying the pieces back together will not work as the stress will cause this bond to break as well.

So, even though the speakers in the headphones are basically still like new, this pair of headphones may have to be tossed out due to poor materials of construction. I glued the pieces back together and so far, it seems to be holding. But, this should not have occurred int he first place.

— Carlton Dyle —