Daily Giz Wiz 699: Casio G-Shock GLX-5600

Episode 699 of the podcast

Casio G-Shock GLX-5600
Subject: Review of Casio G-Shock GLX-5600
Released:Thursday 13 November 2008
Length:about 22 minutes
Download file:DGW-699.mp3 (10.3 MB)
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Short info

Track time zones, tides, and moon phases from 200 meters under the ocean with the Casio G-Shock GLX-5600.

Detailed information

Dick briefly mentioned this new Casio watch in Episode 694.  Part of the G-LIDE (or Glide, for surfing?) series, the G-Shock GLX 5600 series are designed as surfing companions.  Water-resistant up to 200m, shock resistant, 29 time zones (48 cities), displaying Tide Graph and Moon Data (presumably relevant to surfing and boating), automatic electroluminescence backlight display with afterglow, and all sorts of timer functions, alarms, sleep and snooze.

The Ears of Alfred E Neumann

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At the Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner on 16 October 2008, President--Elect Barack Obama quipped, "It is often said that I share the politics of Alfred E Smith and the ears of Alfred E Neumann."  The similarity in the ears has often been noted, and you can find morphs between Obama and Alfred on YouTube, here and there.

WTHII 0810

For last month's WTHII, Dick had to tape over the product to hide its name.  It's the QuakeAwake, an earthquake detector that was intended to give you a little more time to run for cover or safety, as Leo suspects.  An earthquake generates 2 kinds of waves, "primary waves" and "shear waves".  Primary waves travel faster but cause no damage, while the shear waves travel more slowly but are the shock waves that give rise to the real destruction.

By sensing the primary waves, the QuakeAwake takes advantage of the time lag between the 2 types of waves and sounds an alarm before the shear waves arrive, giving you up to 30 seconds' advance notice, in some cases, of an earthquake (as "themepark" in the chatroom found out).

The QuakeAwake is installed with a switch mounted on a load-bearing wall.  The switch will only be shaken by vibrations coming from the foundations of your building or house, the detection of which will trigger the alarm.  Read about it in a 1991 article in the New York Times.

The winner was Todd Wittenmeier who gave the closest answer, a motion detector.

Dick in Michigan?

Mention of Kate Botello in Episode 689 reminds Jeffrey Hackett of his first-time meeting with Kate and Leo when they attended a special ZDTV event in Taylor, Michigan (on 6 November 1999).  He still has the ZDTV Cube autogaphed by Kate and Leo.  A video of the event is available on YouTube.  Now that he's met Leo, when is Dick coming to Michigan?

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