I realize that as a scientist I should not be particularly enamored with the use of glass over a hot surface but bringing that type of technology home is absolutely delightful. The TOT recently gave yours truly this lovely kettle:
and my simple mind is all agog at being able to watch the water come to a boil on my gas stove in a glass container. Ah, the simple life!
Now if I can just get some parafilm in my kitchen then we're all set!