How to clip your fingernails in space

I found this video in Reddit's Learn Useless Talents section. In my reality this won't be useless for long!


    1. Me too!!!

      As for the method of clipping nails in space, I was thinking they were going to do it with a hand and clippers inside of a big clear plastic bag. 

      1. Why would someone use fuel to blast a big, honking watch into space? To a station that almost certainly has hundreds of time devices? He could have taken chocolate instead.

        1. Sometimes I feel like I’m one of the last people wearing a watch all day every day on Earth. This wouldn’t be so bad if non-watch wearers weren’t needlessly smug and superior about their choice, just like those people who feel the need to tell you they don’t have a TV or run no-script in their browsers. For me, it is for requirement at work (we’re not allowed to cell phones or ipods or laptops in our building) and simple convenience elsewhere: even at home, where there are a lot of clocks around, I find it faster and easier to look at my wrist than to walk to the nearest room with a clock, or even fish out my cell phone, turn it on, turn it off, and put it back in my pocket. 

          That said, even if space poses similar challenges (lots of clocks, not necessarily where you need to look at them) I guess he could have taken a lighter watch.

          1. Last year I asked for a nice watch as a Birthday present, since I plan on shortly moving towards a management role and it will be useful. I can check the time during a meeting while my phone is off. I could use aeroplane mode, but it might still look like I’m playing games or something.

  1. While I have always enjoyed the “Here’s How Astronauts Do The Simplest Things In Zero-G” videos, (this one answered a question I was pondering just yesterday), I would love to see a lot more short vignettes like this that describe an ongoing experiment on the ISS. 

  2. this might work better:

    tl;dr summary: nail clippers that capture the clippings inside the mechanism

    1. Quite a better mousetrap, I suggest the Japanese send some of these up ASAP, they’ll skyrocket in popularity once word gets out!

  3. A bit of tape on either side of the “jaws” keeps the nail bits from flying out the sides. (Tiny pieces actually stick to the tape.) When you’re done just peel the tape into the garbage and presto, no mess.

  4. You could build a bed for microgravity this way. Consider a structure like a trampoline with a wide sweep fan under it. The fan sucks air through the mesh of the trampoline. Air movement makes your bedding stick to the bed. It also draws air past your face, preventing the build up of stale air near your body.

  5. Speaking as a USAian with a serious and growing case of Canadophilia, I would just like to say that we need more Canadians in space. This is the same guy who tweets his space snapshots and tweeted fellow Canadian William Shatner in perfect Trek-speak. I fully support the Canadian space program, and look forward to seeing the first Canadian on Mars.

    [OT: A few years back, there was a hilarious SF comedy serial on CBC-radio about the lone Canadian starship in a US-led invasion of a distant star system believed by future-POTUS to have Weapons of Planetary Destruction. IIRC, the Canadian ship provided “logistics support,” consisting of vending machines and video games. I once owned a dubious MP3 rip which I lost in a hard-drive crash. The captain was a man from Toronto, and the mate was a Quebecois separatist woman. Does anyone remember the title, in case I wanted to find another dubious MP3 rip?]

  6. @vravina:disqus : I guess I first started becoming a Canadophiliac because of comedy — SCTV during my college years, and KitH in young adulthood. But then there were beer runs to Sault Ste. Marie when I lived in the UP, a college trip to York and Etobicoke, and a wonderful 10 days spent in Montreal during the 1996 Jazz Festival. Then the Internet came along just as I was discovering audio dramas, and I discovered Nightfall, Vanishing Point, and CBC Mystery Theater. (Also, the 1980s was the heyday of independent Canadian TV shows syndicated on late-night US UHF stations — remember The Hitchhiker? Tales from the Darkside? That one about the haunted antiques with the hot redhead?) And then there’s all the great Canadian bloggers I follow (check out Ian Cromwell from Vancouver), among whom I suppose Cory counts, unless he’s considered British now.

    It’s not all gee-whiz fantasy, I realize that if I lived in Canada, the shine would probably wear off, especially with the Harper gov’t, but there’s something about the subtle diffs between the US and Canada endlessly fascinates me. Somehow, I think we can both look at the situation like some kind of alternate history novel, except played out in real life and real lives.

    It’s late and I need to go to bed, but I’ll be sure to check out in the A.M.

    1. Also (and I’m getting way off topic here), anyone who’s interested in alternate history, golden-age SF, Canada, radio plays, or WWII, really needs to check the gloriously giddy propaganda broadcast Nazi Eyes on Canada, a delirious imagining of a Canada overrun by Nazis and Japanese.

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