Pizza from Scratch, 29






23 March, 2006







Beating the kitchen heat with air-conditioned suits

© Bill Lemmond (Actually, you're welcome to download and share these web-resolution images, and you probably won't be happy with printing them.)

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Somehow, years ago, I met this factoid: Alexander Calder forever put his name on sculptures with a motion element. Cut to 2006, and I'm on deadline. I have a pizza restaurant run by cats. Restaurant kitchens are notorious for being vey hot (except maybe in winter). Cats are born with fur coats. What can they do?

Enter NASA, with a subsidy for evaluating cats as potential space crew. They're smaller, so they put a lower demand on life support systems, and move around easier in the same small spaces. NASA space suits always had air conditioning, as sunlight with no intervening atmosphere could be blistering.

The mobile in the kitchen is set up with counterweights because space suits in Earth gravity are heavy. With a common pivot point, and arms of different lengths, the kitchen staff can circle around, moving things across the kitchen by handing off. Of course it's silly and not really practical, but it is a comic strip, and computer disk driveswork with their drive heads, sort of. think of the circling cats as the tracks on the disk, and a pizza on its way from prep to oven as a read/write head. Yeah, it's a really rotten analogy. Sorry. Just try to enjoy the silliness.