"I like to poach in an electric skillet, which I calibrate by filling with waters, dropping in the probe of one of my many thermometers and taking the thermostate for a ride. I found that the temperature gauge was way off, so I re-marked it with white tape and a pen. Then I went one geeky step further and wired in a dimmer switch so that I could maintain temperatures well below the "simmer" level."
My own reactions? One the one hand, yes, that's very geeky. On the other hand, how cool is that? And useful, too.
But then. I am a speaker-to-geeks.