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(The Verge)   Bread goes in, toast comes out. You can't explain that. Subby would use the COOL tag, but this is about toast, so   (theverge.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Toast, Toaster, Bread, YouTube channel Technology Connections, modern toaster, Sunbeam Radiant Control Toaster, YouTube video, Sunbeam engineer Ludvik J. Koci  
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2021-11-27 11:16:34 PM  
Toast
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2021-11-28 1:03:55 AM  
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2021-11-28 5:32:15 AM  
Streetband - Toast
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2021-11-28 5:38:29 AM  
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2021-11-28 5:40:50 AM  
I think one of my cousins had a Sunbeam toaster. I remember it had no big button tab to slam down. They were the family that also had Space Sticks snacks. The dad was a physics professor so they had a lot of cool nerdy things.

/ Like the first Avalon Hill war game I ever saw.
 
2021-11-28 5:42:41 AM  
The Antique Toaster that's Better than Yours
Youtube 1OfxlSG6q5Y
 
2021-11-28 5:43:38 AM  
Ah, herpaderp, that's the linked video in the article. At least they cited it.
 
2021-11-28 5:45:11 AM  
For obvious reasons I have updated my letter to Santa.
 
2021-11-28 5:46:06 AM  
So it works off a thermocouple and a set Stat. A bimetal coil isn't a thermostat.
 
2021-11-28 5:48:02 AM  
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2021-11-28 5:48:58 AM  
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Yes, it's amazing. Toast that's toasted really only in the center of the bread slice. In the meantime I'll just have to force myself to eat this delicious evenly golden brown toast piece in agony.
 
2021-11-28 5:54:46 AM  
The only toaster that matters in pop culture is the Toastmaster 1B14.

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2021-11-28 6:07:14 AM  
Yeah Toast
Youtube c0NdwzdOLkE
 
2021-11-28 6:20:48 AM  
I prefer tortillas over bread these days. You can wrap up nearly anything in a tortilla.
 
2021-11-28 6:24:48 AM  
Nothing like an article based on a two year old YouTube video.
 
2021-11-28 6:33:40 AM  

CrazyCurt: I think one of my cousins had a Sunbeam toaster. I remember it had no big button tab to slam down. They were the family that also had Space Sticks snacks. The dad was a physics professor so they had a lot of cool nerdy things.

/ Like the first Avalon Hill war game I ever saw.


My Grampa was a physics professor at UC Berkeley and San Diego. He had a student's creation in the lab's trophy case that worked on high-intensity strobe light that could make a perfect slice of toast or a perfect slab of carbon, depending on the setting. It was one of his favorite demonstration pieces.
 
2021-11-28 6:38:07 AM  
I inherited one of those from my gran, still working fine.
 
2021-11-28 6:44:45 AM  

LawPD: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/c0NdwzdO​LkE]


this is funny every time  :)
 
2021-11-28 6:45:28 AM  
It's such a simple machine, you don't have to use force.
 
2021-11-28 6:51:54 AM  
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2021-11-28 7:02:57 AM  

Axeofjudgement: So it works off a thermocouple and a set Stat. A bimetal coil isn't a thermostat.


No it doesn't and yes it is.

TFA mentions no thermocouple in the Sunbeam.

Also, per TFA, the differential thermal expansion of a bimetal coil opens a circuit.  That's a thermostat.  It's monostable but it's still a thermostat.  Bistable implementations were almost ubiquitous in home heating and cooling thermostats in the 50s - 70s before digital ones came along.
 
2021-11-28 7:05:59 AM  
But how fast is it?

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This car always makes me think of the Ohio Players for some reason
 
2021-11-28 7:18:21 AM  
Until you can reheat a slice of pizza in one I'll stick with my toaster oven, thanks.
 
2021-11-28 7:21:36 AM  
I discovered Technology Connections a few weeks back and totally love it.
 
2021-11-28 7:27:53 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: I discovered Technology Connections a few weeks back and totally love it.


Did you get to the color brown yet? It's the orangiest episode ever.
 
2021-11-28 7:31:24 AM  
Neat engineering, but I don't know that I'd prefer it. Mine has 4 slots, the two pairs have independent settings, the slots are wider than the Sunbeam's, it doesn't start until I tell it to, it lets me bring the toast up early if I want, it has a crumpet setting in case I want to toast one side of the bread more than the other, and non-electrocution comes standard. It isn't quite as elegant, but it's functional as f*ck.
 
2021-11-28 7:34:01 AM  
How does it handle English muffins?
 
2021-11-28 7:35:31 AM  

ComaToast: For obvious reasons I have updated my letter to Santa.


Has anyone mentioned your name checks out?
 
2021-11-28 7:47:50 AM  
I am disappointed Fark

(<iframe title="vimeo-player" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/44​2396301?h=7c3f6c9242" width="640" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>)

ok...  hmmm
 
2021-11-28 7:55:16 AM  
... apparently you can't do Vimeo on fark?   Anyway... it was a clip from Red Dwarf...
 
2021-11-28 7:57:15 AM  
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2021-11-28 7:59:10 AM  

ArcadianRefugee: I discovered Technology Connections a few weeks back and totally love it.


Came across it also just a few months ago.  I must admit that the hearing the speaker's voice just about make me turn it off immediately but I stuck with it.  They guy is actually pretty good.  Gets his facts (mostly) right, and when he does make an occasional mistake leaves it in with a correction.

But most important he is actually capable of completing a paragraph without an edit.  Most youtube videos can barely complete one sentence.
 
2021-11-28 8:04:58 AM  
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I have that same countertop. But I have no bread on it.
 
2021-11-28 8:13:01 AM  

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I have that same countertop. But I have no bread on it.


The photographer at least had the good taste to not capture a reflection of his or her fat naked body.
 
2021-11-28 8:25:37 AM  
I have a Dualit.

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Design hasn't changed in seventy years. No pop up mechanism so toast is kept warm after toasting. Built like a tank and will last decades.

/They have made one change. Newer models have a wider slot for muffins, crumpets, bagels etc and yiu can get a rack that will hold things like cheese sandwiches for toasting.
 
2021-11-28 8:26:08 AM  
I would post a picture of my toaster, but the chopped up body parts would ruin the picture
 
2021-11-28 8:30:22 AM  
That's cool, but I use a toaster oven. That way I can make toast and bake small meals without needing two devices.
 
2021-11-28 8:34:58 AM  

AppleOptionEsc: ArcadianRefugee: I discovered Technology Connections a few weeks back and totally love it.

Did you get to the color brown yet? It's the orangiest episode ever.


A couple days ago.  Weird.
 
2021-11-28 8:36:28 AM  

justanothersumguy: ... apparently you can't do Vimeo on fark?   Anyway... it was a clip from Red Dwarf...


Fark only embeds YouTube videos. It's rather annoying.
 
2021-11-28 8:37:15 AM  

rainbowbutter: LawPD: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/c0NdwzdO​LkE]

this is funny every time  :)


I wish Haywood Banks would tour, but I don't think he ever leaves the Midwest.
 
2021-11-28 8:40:45 AM  

nobody11155: ArcadianRefugee: I discovered Technology Connections a few weeks back and totally love it.

Came across it also just a few months ago.  I must admit that the hearing the speaker's voice just about make me turn it off immediately but I stuck with it.  They guy is actually pretty good.  Gets his facts (mostly) right, and when he does make an occasional mistake leaves it in with a correction.

But most important he is actually capable of completing a paragraph without an edit.  Most youtube videos can barely complete one sentence.



He's a knowledgeable nerd who explains things clearly in a friendly, self-effacing manner.  So, practically a unicorn.
 
2021-11-28 8:45:54 AM  

nobody11155: ArcadianRefugee: I discovered Technology Connections a few weeks back and totally love it.

Came across it also just a few months ago.  I must admit that the hearing the speaker's voice just about make me turn it off immediately but I stuck with it.  They guy is actually pretty good.  Gets his facts (mostly) right, and when he does make an occasional mistake leaves it in with a correction.

But most important he is actually capable of completing a paragraph without an edit.  Most youtube videos can barely complete one sentence.


Eh?  Do you never watch his bloopers at the end?  He edits quite meticulously (most of the time; sometimes they're quick-n-dirty).

Anyway, I live his sense of humour.  He throws in all sorts of subtle jokes that many miss.
 
2021-11-28 8:46:09 AM  
If you're not toasting with lasers you're just an old heating-coil fuddy-duddy.
 
2021-11-28 8:48:38 AM  
A thread about toast?
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2021-11-28 8:48:43 AM  

LawPD: [YouTube video: Yeah Toast]


What is that from?
 
2021-11-28 8:53:27 AM  
We had one of these in the '50s, but as our family grew it was replaced with a four-slicer.
 
2021-11-28 8:55:25 AM  
Necessary here:
The King's Toaster
Anonymous
Once upon a time, in a kingdom not far from here, a king summoned two of his advisors for a test. He showed them both a shiny metal box with two slots in the top, a control knob and a lever.
"What do you think this is?"
One advisor, an engineer, answered first. "It is a toaster," he said.
The king asked, "How would you design an embedded computer for it?"
The engineer replied, "Using a four-bit microcontroller, I would write a simple program that reads the darkness knob and quantizes its position to one of 16 shades of darkness, from snow white to coal black. The program would use that darkness level as the index to a 16-element table of initial timer values. Then it would turn on the heating elements and start the timer with the initial value selected from the table. At the end of the time delay, it would turn off the heat and pop up the toast. Come back next week, and I'll show you a working prototype."
The second advisor, a computer scientist, immediately recognized the danger of such short-sighted thinking. He said, "Toasters don't just turn bread into toast, they are also used to warm frozen waffles. What you see before you is really a breakfast food cooker. As the subjects of your kingdom become more sophisticated, they will demand more capabilities. They will need a breakfast food cooker that can also cook sausage, fry bacon, and make scrambled eggs. A toaster that only makes toast will soon be obsolete. If we don't look to the future, we will have to completely redesign the toaster in just a few years.
With this in mind, we can formulate a more intelligent solution to the problem. First, create a class of breakfast foods. Specialize this class into subclasses: grains, pork and poultry. The specialization process should be repeated with grains divided into toast, muffins, pancakes and waffles; pork divided into sausage, links and bacon; and poultry divided into scrambled eggs, hard-boiled eggs, poached eggs, fried eggs, and various omelet classes.
The ham and cheese omelet class is worth special attention because it must inherit characteristics from the pork, dairy and poultry classes. Thus, we see that the problem cannot be properly solved without multiple inheritance. At run time, the program must create the proper object and send a message to the object that says, 'Cook yourself'. The semantics of this message depend, of course, on the kind of object, so they have a different meaning to a piece of toast than to scrambled eggs.
Reviewing the process so far, we see that the analysis phase has revealed that the primary requirement is to cook any kind of breakfast food. In the design phase, we have discovered some derived requirements. Specifically, we need an object-oriented language with multiple inheritance. Of course, users don't want the eggs to get cold while the bacon is frying, so concurrent processing is required, too.
We must not forget the user interface. The lever that lowers the food lacks versatility and the darkness knob is confusing. Users won't buy the product unless it has a user-friendly, graphical interface.
When the breakfast cooker is plugged in, users should see a cowboy boot on the screen. Users click on it and the message 'Booting UNIX v. 8.3' appears on the screen. (UNIX 8.3 should be out by the time the product gets to the market.) Users can pull down a menu and click on the foods they want to cook.
Having made the wise decision of specifying the software first in the design phase, all that remains is to pick an adequate hardware platform for the implementation phase. An Intel 80386 with 8MB of memory, a 30MB hard disk and a VGA monitor should be sufficient. If you select a multitasking, object oriented language that supports multiple inheritance and has a built-in GUI, writing the program will be a snap. (Imagine the difficulty we would have had if we had foolishly allowed a hardware-first design strategy to lock us into a four-bit microcontroller!)."
The king had the computer scientist thrown in the moat, and they all lived happily ever after.
 
2021-11-28 8:57:55 AM  
I only eat toast that was heated over burning hundred dollar bills.
 
2021-11-28 8:58:18 AM  
Ah, so you're a waffle man.
 
2021-11-28 9:09:56 AM  

DuneClimber: LawPD: [YouTube video: Yeah Toast]

What is that from?


The Bob and Tom show in Chicago 101.1 WKQX. The guy singing is Comedian Heywood Binks.
 
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