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Today: Lurking dangers of tech: things the tech-bros forgot to mention.
• Cleveland man with a nature app: (Cleveland.com, Oct 10, 2022):
A nature-identification app on his phone had identified it as an edible mushroom. The 54-year-old beekeeper and amateur naturalist from [the Cleveland area] had grown and picked mushrooms in the past, and regularly enjoyed identifying plants. So he did what he thought was the responsible thing: he used the plant identification app on his phone to determine the species of mushroom.
When the app matched his photos of the backyard mushrooms with an edible species, Hickman collected them, took them home, and sautéed them with onions, garlic and butter. Then he ate them on top of the mushroom tortellini his wife had made for dinner. . . . sometime in the middle of that night roughly eight hours later, Hickman became violently ill with crippling stomach pain, and continuous vomiting and diarrhea.
. . . “I think if I wouldn’t have had my phone, I wouldn’t have picked them. I know I wouldn’t have. There’s no question in my mind,” Hickman said.
YouTube users account for more than 45% of the world’s entire online population, including more than 73% of American adults. Many are turning to DIY online videos to inspire new ways of passing the time. As a result, the world has seen a startling increase in DIY-related injuries. . . . DIY-related fatalities have also been on the rise. . .
The growing popularity of fractal wood burning is increasing the incidence [of] high-voltage electrocutions occurring at home. The pre-eminent association for wood art in the United States, the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), has issued a policy against fractal wood burning citing more than 24 deaths attributed to the technique. . . . A casual online search using the terms “how to fractal wood burning” and “how to Lichtenberg art” yields hundreds of results including dozens of videos . . . frequently accompanied by links and “pop up” advertisements selling the electrical equipment necessary to build a high-voltage transformer and produce a finished work of art. While some videos depict methods to “improve safety” such as holding the electrified jumper cables with oven mitts, these methods are by no means safe.
Tim Carter of the Washington Post’s “Ask the Builder” column warned readers not to believe what they see on YouTube. He cautioned, “I’ve watched hundreds of YouTube videos showing the exact wrong way to do something.” However, prior to their accidents, all of our patients believed Lichtenberg burning was safe. . . . [and] any of them could have easily been killed by the transcardiac shock they experienced.
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|Lurking dangers of tech.|
|Tomaš Dvořák||Game Boy Tune||Machinarium Soundtrack||N/A|
|Ted Stevens||A Series of Tubes remix||N/A||N/A||0:54:49 (MP3 | Pop-up)|