Thursday, August 14, 2008

Harper Lee, Laptop Warmth, Erythema Ab Igne

Just got my MacBook battery replaced - it died, they took it, they replaced it- no cost. Why? Because it's less than 6 months since they last replaced it. Great idea - i think i'll take my MacBook down to the MRI department and rub it on the magnet every 11.99 months.
I remember reading an interview with the reclusive Harper Lee (author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird') where she expressed a view that paperbacks will neve die because "who has ever heard of anyone curling up in bed with a laptop?". Obviously she has never owned a laptop - the heat generated by my MacBook battery is incredible ! There is a well described phenomenon in dermatology known as "erythema ab igne" - reticulate (netlike) erythema (redness) after prolonged exposure to infra-red radiant heat. It's often recognised on little old ladies' shins but is quite common nowdays on the anterior thighs from prolonged exposure to laptop heat.
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2 comments:

  1. i've often wondered why it is that mac laptops are that much hotter than pc's. With a powerbook, it might be related to the metal housing?

    But the almost run hot enough to use as a panini grill! :)

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  2. Yes you're correct- Apple has been secretly researching "thigh paninification" techniques for decades. It's all part of the military-industrial-panini complex.

    SHLOG

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