Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez (en_ki) wrote,
Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez
en_ki

SIPB types and thermodynamicists alike will be glad to know that I have acquired a drinky bird for my office. I spent some time last week trying to arrange a water dish for him at just the right height using only objects on my desk, but apparently the indoor weather here is not quite right to keep him moving at any kind of respectable pace.

I fixed this just now by perching him on top of the external hard drive attached to my Mac. The waste heat from the drive keeps him going, no water required; in consideration of this Stirling achievement, I have dubbed him Tantalus. (I have not yet dared to put a water glass right next to the open drive vents for maximum authenticity.)

With the drive asleep, he "drinks" perhaps every couple of minutes. If I keep it busy, on the other hand, he gets 3-6 (somewhat chaotic) rpm.
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