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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Electricity.

In this Badge Bit, you will create a micro heater bubble.



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  - Heating People Not Places: How to Keep Warm in a Cool Place
  - Space Heater Buying Guide





To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- create a microheater bubble
  - document your comfort after one hour with the air temp is 60 degrees F
  - optimize bubble so you can be comfortable, sitting still, for three hours at 50 degrees F
  - must have one incandescent directional light
        o close to head, but not in your eyes
        o light is not in the eyes of anybody
        o easy to turn on and off
  - must have a dog bed heater
        o a style that will not overheat
        o easy to turn on and off
  - must have a lap warmer
        o couch or chair can just be a blanket
        o desk must be a kotatsu
 - desk must have
       o heated pad under keyboard and mouse, or
       o heated keyboard and heated mouse

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - 2 minute video of you demonstrating the above requirements
   - provide a list of the microheaters you are using and where they are located in your heater bubble
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Yesterday was Labor Day, and ninety degrees. Today it snowed. Time for a BB.

I work on my computer at a standing desk, so I configured my micro heater bubble there.

Heaters used:
- Incandescent light at head, desklamp (1)
- Dog bed heater (3) (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07YZQDNFQ) at:
 - Feet
 - Chairback, where I brace myself
 - Tabletop, at hand-contact, draped over the front of the desk

In the morning it was below 60 degrees, I was toasty warm, wearing a t-shirt and warm pants, even without the desk lamp on.

By midday, it was below 50 degrees, I shifted to long sleeves. I was comfortable inside the bubble. When I left the bubble, I became quickly aware that yes, it was every bit 50 degrees in the rest of the house. The primary optimization I made was to fold the "foot" dog bed heater over the top of my feet. That made extra toasty feet.

I'm now contemplating better cable management to increase portability and aesthetics of the three dog bed heaters. I've head-height incandescent lamps aplenty, so that doesn't need portability.
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60 degrees, 937 am thermostat standard time
60 degrees, 937 am thermostat standard time
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60 degrees, 1101am thermostat standard time
60 degrees, 1101am thermostat standard time
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Three dog bed heaters
Three dog bed heaters
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This guy
This guy
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Easy on, easy off
Easy on, easy off
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50 degrees inside, file timestamp 1215pm phone time
50 degrees inside, file timestamp 1215pm phone time
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Dogbed foldover, not as good as a pbj foldover
Dogbed foldover, not as good as a pbj foldover
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50 degrees inside, file timestamp 327pm phone time
50 degrees inside, file timestamp 327pm phone time
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Snow, really! (Still 50 degrees, file timestamp 627pm)
Snow, really! (Still 50 degrees, file timestamp 627pm)
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I certify this BB complete along with your new air badge!

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