So, for Christmas this year, one of the gifts I got from my list from my in-laws was a non-contact infrared thermometer. This one right here at Amazon.
The Sunday after Christmas, we did a Skype present opening, and I was excited to begin playing with it. They of course asked me why in the world I wanted such a thing. I said because I wanted to check the temperature of things. As an example I gave checking the temperature of the oven, but that's proving tricky to find the right spot to measure. I'm learning though.
The real reason I got interested in the thermometer? This Gizmodo article.
And so now, I've gathered lots of fun data (all numbers are in degrees Fahrenheit):
For drinking, I prefer my tea to cool down to 125.
I've also checked the temperature of my hands and feet at different levels of perceived coolness. Feet at 75 degrees are surprisingly cold.
The sun shining on our book case makes the wood 10 degrees warmer than the shaded wood.
The hottest part of my laptop (on the outside) is 140 degrees.
Today, I brought the thermometer to work...
Outside it was about 38 degrees, and the metal window sill in my office is around 60 degrees (55 in the pocket between the window and the bookcase.
The floor is 62 and the ceiling is 73. After dad telling me about his experience with warming his house up my circulating the layers of air, I'm thinking I'm going to bring in a little desk fan and see if that helps.
I also found out that the water dispenser at the office come out at 175. This is perfect for green tea, so I'm all set for my David's Tea Perfect Mug which I can't pitch enough for how great it is.