Thursday, April 17, 2008
Students from our department built a "fishputer." That is, they took all the components from a Dell computer and immersed them (I guess it's a Baptist fishputer) in a tank of mineral oil. A debate rages as to whether or not the fan--which is operating, does anything of value. Also being pondered is whether or not you could load the computer with a CPU intensive code--perhaps, for example, calculating the Complex Specified Information of, oh, I don't know--say a kumquat, until the processor heats up to the flash point of mineral oil and the fishputer explodes.
It is inevitable that plastic fish will soon appear in the tank. A little CNU student in cement overshoes would be a nice touch.
I'll keep you posted.