movies: you get what you pay for?

Kind of sad to see this ‘top 10’ list – the ‘best’ movies at the bottom, the worst at the top, making the most money.  I know this is the critic score and the audience score is higher for those top ones (especially ‘This Means War’, which I saw last week and liked, at 72% for audience), but still. Smile

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Lysol (well, disinfecting) bomb/fogger

After seeing my son’s teacher spending a good chunk of one morning going through the entire classroom attempting to disinfect every possible surface, I jokingly told her it’d be faster/easier if she could just do a ‘bug bomb’ for microorganisms.  As you might imagine, many others have already had this same idea.

Lysol itself has refused to make it multiple times, each time stating some variation of:

Sorry fogger/bomb type product would not be an effective surface disinfectant due to its limited and possibly uneven coverage of surfaces. Lysol® Disinfectant Spray, in its current form, offers a much more effective solution as it can be used accurately on a specific surface target, especially areas that are prone to carry germs such as handles, knobs, counters and other commonly touched surfaces.

The particular threads found by a ‘site:lysol.com bomb’ search:

Date Forum Thread
January 19, 2011 http://www.lysol.com/lysol-community/conversation/lysol-bomb-1386
January 22, 2011 http://www.lysol.com/lysol-community/conversation/lysol-bomb-1396
February 2, 2011 http://www.lysol.com/lysol-community/conversation/dana-1446
March 9, 2011 http://www.lysol.com/lysol-community/conversation/lysol-bomb-1680
December 22, 2011 http://www.lysol.com/lysol-community/conversation/disinfectant-bomb-3354
February 1, 2012 http://www.lysol.com/lysol-community/conversation/foggerbomb-3492

However, there’s a company (seems to be recommended by people various ‘germ-o-phobe’ forums online) that does sell such a thing.

Now, they say "To be used as a finish to regular cleaning (SafeSpace® does not replace regular cleaning)." While that might be for liability reasons, it does seem reasonable to still clean known ‘high-touch’ surfaces manually first.  On that front, I’m going to search around on the tubes for something akin to a disinfecting version of Scotchgard, since you’d rather keep such surfaces from gathering the germs in the first place.  However, that’s a different train of thought/research.

In any case, it does appear that for ‘massive disinfect a room’, you could do the regular surface cleaning (with Lysol or the like) and then use this instead of having to go through and try to spray every possible surface. 🙂

http://www.safespaceco.com/products.php

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There’s an entry for them on RetailMeNot.com as well if you want to try something out – if you do, please let me know how well it works for you. Smile

http://www.retailmenot.com/view/safespaceco.com

swap value types

Admittedly it’s overkill to do an atomic exchange just to swap 2 values (I’d normally just make Swap<T> that stored into a temp T), but since I ran across a thread on SO where someone was confused as to how to switch a couple of integers using it, I figured it was worth a tiny post.

int a = 71324;
int b = 33254;

b = Interlocked.Exchange(ref a, b);

a.Dump("new a value");
b.Dump("new b value");

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