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A few days ago Marble Bar was officially the hottest place on Earth. Or
so someone said who was working near there.
Anyway, chocolates. The advent calendar is flat at the front, as usual,
but at the back its shape resembles that of a conifer. The "branches"
are made from locally- sourced
iron, for conductivity. The "snow" on
the branches is cotton wool soaked in water. You stand it under the
vents of the air conditioner, and the evaporation in the air current gives
you that extra bit of cooling. Each chocolate, behind each door, rests
against a cool plate of iron, so as not to melt.
[hippo, Dec 13 2021]
Lego® Advent Calendar
[hippo, Dec 15 2021]
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||//could you do the heat sink in copper?// - or, as it's
||It's always sad to hear of another balming
||//you can't keep an advent calendar in the fridge//
Why not? Especially if you have one of those new-fangled
||Never seen an advent calendar with glass doors
||Yes, but we'd have to ship it in from Queensland.
||I'm not one for advent calendars but there is a nice
idea here that can live in another form. A croissant
is deserved. [+]
||Another way to do this would be to use the stable temperature of
the soil under your feet. Once you're a couple of metres below the
surface the temperature is pretty stable and so a good thermal
conductor extended down to that depth will keep the part of it
above ground also at a stable temperature. Thus, all that you need
to do is to have your chocolates resting on the top of long copper (or
silver, for better thermal conduction) spikes stuck into the ground. If
you wanted to show off, you could have the spikes made from
diamond or graphene, which are both even better conductors.
||Diamonds are very stable (but are brittle and flammable).
My question on diamonds though is whether to get the
exceptional thermal conductivity possible with diamond it
needs to be a single crystal. If so, producing single-crystal
diamonds several metres long might push the price up
beyond what the target market for this feels is justified
to prevent chocolates melting.
||Is there a halfbaked idea generator which randomly selects one word from
each of several lists and splices them together into a whimsical, far-
fetched idea? Eutectic Zip-up Pastrami Moose Whisker Covers.
||Record for nanotubes is about a half meter in single tube
production. ~140mm for high volume production. The largest
lab grown diamond is only around 25mm, so we've got a ways
||Do you mean to say that F. Scott Fitzgerald book
||It might have been a very small ritz.
||[pert] Good point (see link)
||I feel greatly deprived.
(whoops, accidentally typed "depraved").
||Anyway, I feel greatly deprived. I have never had an Advent
Calendar, and I love chocolate. I'm also a fan of Christmas.
Not so much for the real reason behind the season, but
because I love all the carols, and the smells of Christmas are
the best. I like fake trees, too. Recycling, ta-da.
||[blissmiss]; you're among friends here. You can safely admit to
being greatly depraved.
//I like fake trees, too//
<Anecdote> When I was young, I used to always get ill around
xmas. Took years for my parents to realise that I was reacting
to the (concentrated by being indoors) pine tree. Fake tree
ever since. </a>
||Typical advent calendar chocolate isn't great, in all honesty.
At least not the ones the big box stores keep.
||True. So imagine something ritzier. After all, with enough
refrigeration, you could use Belgian* chocolates with real
||*assuming you could first persuade artisanal Belgian
chocolatiers to emigrate to Port Hedland - that might be the
||Godiva makes an Advent calendar and that is
decent chocolate. I love the title.
||The Lego advent calendars (see link) are the best. We used
to use the same one every year and found there's enough
space behind the doors for the small Lego model provided
for each day plus a chocolate from the classy chocolate
manufacturer of your choice.