On June 15th, in 1752, there was a pretty big discovery. Ben Franklin, or so the story goes, went out into a lightning storm with a kite, a key, a bottle, and a soon to be wet kite string.
Franklin flew the kite (don’t try this at home kids, the next two people to try this experiment died), and it was struck by lightning, charging the key in the jar (known as Leiden jar), proving once and for all that there weren’t different types of electricity, discovering the principle of conservation of charge, and naming positive and negative electricity.
It was a busy night.
Today, electricity is responsible for a lot. A lot. We’d be here until next June 15th if I were to try to list it all, but here’s a few of the devices that make my day a bit better. Thanks Ben!
If you had asked me back in 2000, the iMac would probably have been one of the devices that would make me wish advances in electrical theory had been delayed. A little clunky, more than little weird, and strangely colored, I did not look forward to working on them every day. And don’t even get me started on the mouse.
Fast forward to now, and I’m not sure you could pry me away from my iMac. Sleek design, great performance, and one of the most user friendly OS’ around make it one of the brighter points of my day. While I still haven’t come around to a single button mouse (Microsoft makes the one I use), Apple has at least made me a believer in their computers.
Motorola Droid 3
I know, I know. These days it’s all about Retina Displays and ultra-thin phones, but when it comes to smart phones my heart still lies with a slide-out keyboard and a heavier, comforting presence.
The access to great apps, a pretty decent camera, and a screen resolution that suits me just fine (okay, I still crave the Retina Display, but I’m willing to let it slide) all make the Droid 3 one of my favorite uses of electricity. And time. Dear lord, the time I spend with my face buried in this phone
playing games doing legitimate business-like things.
Okay, I have a confession to make. I don’t have an induction range right now — but at one point in my life I did. And I miss it quite a bit. Induction cooking combines two of my favorite things: cooking and magnets. Well, magnetic fields.
All the recipe blogs posts you see from us? I’ve taken the time to write them all down on 3″ x 5″ index cards (call me old fashioned) so I can use electricity to create delicious things.
So while the details of Ben Franklin’s kite might be in question, the importance of electricity in our lives today isn’t.
What devices will you be celebrating electricity day with? Let me know in the comments!