Google+ Dried Banana Making Machine

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Do you remember when g+ first came out? It was invite only, the next big thing. the Facebook crusher. It still exists, and its still a highly polished ‘thing’ (not sure what) without the endless baby pictures and what-I-had-for-lunch updates of Facebook. But it is dying an unfortunate and painfully slow death. Google will, one day, turn out the lights and close the door.

I actually signed off from facebook about three years ago. I just pressed the red ‘delete account button and keep pressed ‘yes/ confirm’ red buttons until it was gone. Has life been different? No, it’s been the same.  I would go as far as to say I was ahead of the curve. I am pretty sure fb is becoming old hat. Perhaps I am just getting old?

Anyway, this is fab facebook diversion -eminently Google+’s No#1 issue, right? At the moment g+ exists (for me) as a bit of a nerd zone. I like it. And it is starting to get a little spammy.

Banana Chip Making Production Line

But today I hit on spam gold. In the machine learning community. This is a community which is quite/ very technical and high brow. However, ‘Sherry’ from ‘longer-machinery’ decided to advertise her/ their dried banana chip-making machinery via an ‘infographic‘. Yes, totally unrelated to machine learning, but WOW. A die-hard group member called ‘SPAM’ pretty smartish as you can see in comments above. I feel they had missed the pure splendour of the notion that:

  1. You can go online and order, from Sherry, seven/nine (the air-drying and vibrating de-oiling machines appear twice in the process) machines to make a dried banana production line.
  2. Sherry thought it a great idea (or just an idea or didn’t think per se just ML’ed) to advertise this pretty(/ very very very veeeeery) specialist bit of kit on a machine learning group, on google plus.

Rabbit hole

Oh, but this is not the end of it. The post included a link to Longer-Machines website.

And they do not specialise in banana chip machines (after all who would?). They cover a wide range:

and my favourite, the toothpick production line,  because (1) you can make 60000+ an hour, and (2) I have never found a use for a single toothpick (as a toothpick).

What is possible, if you put your heart into it. This is my own creation, not part of longer-machine’s marketing.