austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,

They all laughed at Fulton and his steamboat

Cadbury Schweppes is opening a S$4.3 million Science and Technology Centre for the research and development of candies. They have other research facilities in Bombay, Tokyo, and Melbourne. Somehow I'd never thought to wonder how many research and development facilities went in to chocolate bars. The news report mentioned that an ordinary candy product could have seventy ingredients and require thus a lot of food science. I don't deny that there is this research and development involved, just that ... it's not a field where innovations and development are obvious. It's not a product that lends itself to obvious breakthroughs like the McDLT. They expect the center will work on the tropical fruits in the area to create more fruit-based candies. It's going to have ten researchers to start, so don't think they're going overboard to start.

While As The Apple Turns -- which would give amusing reviews of Apple-related news, and make fun of Dell and Microsoft -- hasn't updated since October, I do check sometimes to see how it's doing. The most recent survey on it struck me as peculiar in its results to date:

What disappoints you most about the Video iPod 1.0? Total number of votes cast: 25552. Already I'm suspicious of the palindrome numeral.

  • It doesn't get Cinemax: 3449 votes, 13.50%.
  • It requires far too much physical effort to cram a DVD into the Dock connector: 3100 votes, 12.13%. That's a curiously round number.
  • You can't stick your face in the screen like with the TV in Videodrome: 3100 votes, 12.13%. And now it turns up once more.
  • Showing home movies on the iPod makes it too easy for viewers to escape: 3100 votes, 12.13%. Now we're at the point something suspicious is going on.
  • I can fit 140 hours of TV in my pocket, but it sure is a hassle lugging this couch everywhere I go: 12803 votes, 50.11%. At least we broke out of that 3100-vote rut.

Trivia: Proctor & Gamble, founded in 1837, hired its first chemist in the 1870s. Source: Dust: A History of the Small and the Invisible, Joseph A Amato.

Currently Reading: Close To Shore: The Terrifying Shark Attacks of 1916, Michael Capuzzo. I never thought of it before, but ``Speedo'' is a very 1920s company name. The word formation fits most naturally to that era.


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