The Acid Breath of the Angry Photographer

There is this funny camera guy on Youtube, The Angry Photographer.

He owns a ton of Nikon gear and uses profanity as his trademark. Of course, English profanity is so mild in Finnish standards, that my mother in law would think it is school girl talk, only if she could understand it.

Well, The Angry Photographer if somewhat funny to watch, though he could cut down the length of his presentations to 1/10th of the time he is using repeating f-words and giggling.

I was watching this piece yesterday.

Oh no! I was so shocked to hear, that you should NEVER breath fog on your lenses to wipe them clean. What? Everybody does that. But what really shocked me was, that he said human breath contains harmful acids, that will damage multi-coating of the lenses front element (go to about 1:40 if you don’t want to watch it all).

Of, my! I have been ruining my lenses!

But wait! Were does the acid come from, if you don’t vomit on your lenses (don’t do that, bugger). Human breath should be mostly atmospheric gases, with less oxygen plus some added carbon dioxide and water. Carbon dioxide dissolved to water can be acid, but other than that I would think the fog condensed on your lens from your breath should be practically water, not much else.

Come on, Angry! Though you probably know more about Nikon lenses than I do (and thank god for that), I was breathing on my lenses even before you even needed diapers!

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So, what I think is that The Angry Photographer is spreading an other urban legend.

There is nothing more I hate, than a false piece of information disguised as a fact, but is actually just hearsay. Even if spread inadvertently, I cant stomach such an abomination.

Well, we all do that, don’t we (and that’s why I hate it!). So it’s not a big deal, I forgive you, Angry Protographer, and may still watch you videos when I feel somehow inferior and need to know I am not the biggest deuchebag on the planet.

But hey! maybe I am wrong and the acid in human breath really eats through the multi-coating of your lens. If anyone can prove me this is true, I am happy to learn being wrong again and learn new things.

So, true or not, anyone?

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P.S. It appears from Internet, that Nikon may have been the source of this piece, but they have since removed the advice not to breath on your lenses from their website.

Update: Here is a post discussing the “acid breath problem”
http://petapixel.com/2012/12/07/your-breath-contains-harmful-acids-that-can-damage-camera-lenses/

Nikon had the “acid breath” warning removed from their website shortly after.

Update 2: Found someone else calling bullshit on Angry Photographer:
http://www.minimaliso.com/blog/2015/7/30/the-angry-photographer

Update 3: Ken Wheeler, alias Angry Photographer, calls bulshit on Richard Feynman, QED, and claims to be the only person to understand magnetism!

Whoaa! He is so cute! And he owns a shitpile of Nikon lenses! And can explain magnetism! And has an acid breath!

I think this case is closed.

Technology scams – here and there, everywhere

Andrea Rossi is by no means the only one who tries to benefit from people not understanding technology and science. We have several other technology scams going on, take Steorn Orbo or Blacklight Power, for example.

It’s nothing new, anyone remember the Great Oil Sniffer hoax of 1979? [1]

It has happened several times in Finland too! And amazingly, the fraudsters often go unpunished.

There was one case in Finland couple of years ago, that lead to conviction ( probation only). The “inventor” raised about million euros from private people to develop a new type of battery, that did not exist. He even seemed to have taken the idea for his invention from a famous Finnish novel and still managed to raise the money, and seemingly win a technology award by Frost&Sullivan [2].

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Rainer Partanen, “inventor” of the nano-battery, advertising his emission on newspaper.

However, he did not know financial law very well, so his emission turned out to be illegally arranged. In investigation, it turned out that he had used only couple of thousand euros for developing his nano-battery, while keeping the rest of the money for himself.

While the inventor of the amazing nano-battery got convicted [3], there have been other scams in Finland gone unpunished, because no litigant ever complaint.

One other Finnish guy raised several million euros from private investors. He claimed to have developed a theory of everything, and a new energy source of course. Wrote a book about it, called “We live in a black hole” and found a company. There where also quite famous, wealthy, and influential Finnish and Swedish people in the board of directors, amazingly enough [4]

Jorma Saarni. Inventor of the Utele-theory

Jorma Saarni. Inventor of the Utele-theory

 

His theory was far crazier [5] than any of the cold fusion/LENR nonsense, and still some people fell for it. And yes, he got away with it and the company’s web pages are long gone, thought the company itself seems to exist in some form. This happened in Finland just a couple of years ago.

Finland is a small country of just five million people, and even we have had several technology scams. Wonder how many scams are going on in the world right now?

It’s a strange planet and man is a strange animal.


[1]
Great Oil Sniffer Hoax
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Oil_Sniffer_Hoax

[2]
Giant aluminum batteries are for real
Frost & Sullivan Award for Europositrons Technology Innovation in Battery Technology

[3]
Rainer Partanen (In Finnish)

[4]
Utele-theory (in Finnish)

[5]
Utele-theory (from the Way back Machine)

Miracles, investments and public humiliations

A miracle has supposedly happened.

A big British investment company seem to have put a substantial sum to Industrial Heat LLC [3]. You know, the same company that funded Andrea Rossi’s [1] cold fusion gadget last year.

You should always remember, that it ain’t over until the fat lady sings: the LENR is real!

Well, it has been one hell of a ride of the valkyries and the pathoskeptics defeat will be complete, especially now that Andrea Rossi has his research lab of non-existing materials up and running.

I am soon to face my public humiliation in the stocks.

Oh well, so is life. To mitigate the damage to my reputation and personal life, I better put all my savings to Woodford Management [2].

On the other hand, how does the old saying go: A fool and his money are soon parted.


[1] Pathoskeptic on Andrea Rossi
https://pathoskeptic.com/?s=andrea+rossi&submit=Search

[2] https://woodfordfunds.com/how-to-invest/

[3] http://www.fusenet.eu/node/991

Silly science news – the EM-Drive is back

Roger Shawyer’s Em-Drive is back in the news, and we are seeing really funny news-lines, like The Telegraph’s super silly  ‘Impossible’ rocket drive works and could get to Moon in four hours [1].

Fours hours? Where did they get that part. Oh well, I guess someone used a calculator, but forgot to think.

Well, the fuss seems to be, that Martin Tajmar [2] from Dresden university has now confirmed, that E-Drive really produces thrust. Similar results, that NASA’s Eagleworks claimed last year [4].

“Our test campaign cannot confirm or refute the claims of the EM Drive but intends to independently assess possible side-effects in the measurements methods used so far,” said Prof Tajmar.

“Nevertheless, we do observe thrust close to the actual predictions after eliminating many possible error sources that should warrant further investigation into the phenomena.”

I am sure Tajmar is a nice guy, but he is also a big fan of funny and unrealistic theories. He has previously worked with for example anti-gravity [3]

So, taking into account that Em-Drive goes against everything we know about conservation of momentum and energy, and is in contradiction with both classical physics and relativity, which of the two is more probable:

  1. The Em-Dive really DOES work can take us to the Moon in 4 hours!
  2. The measurements by Tajmar and others are in error

paradigm-shift-cartoon

Thinking is allowed. Bad science has always paired nicely with bad journalism.


[1]
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/space/11769030/Impossible-rocket-drive-works-and-could-get-to-Moon-in-four-hours.html

[2]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Tajmar

[2]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-gravity

[4] Space Kick-sledges and over-unity devices
https://pathoskeptic.com/2014/09/14/space-kicksledges-and-overunity-devices/