Monday, June 14, 2010


As an archivist, I get to use lots of fun tools: bone folders, microspatulas, um.... pencils? But the most fun of all is my brand new toy, the sling psychrometer!

First of all, the name "sling psychrometer" is immensely fun to say. Almost as fun as hygrothermograph.

Secondly, it is helpful in that it tells me the actual relative humidity in a room, allowing me to mentally calibrate my digital (and uncalibratable) temperature/humidity monitors and then be sad because the humidity is always too high in my storage area and there isn't anything I can do about it.

And thirdly, and most importantly, when using the sling psychrometer, you actually whirl it around in a very satisfying way. Just take a look at this video and watch some sports dude show you how to use this tool.

Sling Psychrometer!


Joolie said...

You are like the coolest kid in town with all your fancy instruments. All I have is a cup of sharp blue pencils that I occasionally stab myself in the face with when I'm not paying attention.

Corie said...

I don't even have that. All of my pencils are stubby so that they're safe for the children. Boo!

I do get to drive a government vehicle, though, so I guess that's something.

Angela said...

I'm going to keep my eye on Cold Case Files for you and your new archives tool. No way something called a sling psychrometer doesn't have forensic applications.