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>be me at work
>feeling too curious at work
>in the pipe maze
>look up, read a pipe label
>it's sulphuric acid

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losing my favorite pencil is like losing my tongue,in the sense that I cannot write anything of note without it.

just chores, simple, boring things.

cool scifi idea: detecting and preventing time-travelers by measuring their isotope ratios and for presence of man-made isotopes.

combine this with the controversial practise of "banding": seeding the entire earth with trace amounts of isotope(s) with half-live(s) such that they will disappear in a few centuries, every few centuries. this ensures that time-travelers cannot jump out of their band and interfere.

performing extreme analytical chemistry on some dumb alcohol 

the subject: accursed bottle of this terrible american lime vodka found half-buried in the scrubby woods of a friend's place when he bought it. weird, out of the way, rural.

gifted to somebody else recently, and despite all urgings it was tried. it tasted somewhat of dirt and cheap bad lime vodka.

what to do next? wtf is in this stuff. grab a pipette, sample phial, and another friend who has access to a GC-MS.

killer quote 

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
— Robert Heinlein

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honestly if you spend a summer working in a strange place in a strange land, and pass your evenings and weekends reading technical papers on arachnids, writing, and meditation: you will not return the same person. not even close.

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imagine if you will that this post is a long monologue, ranting and raving about short people and the golden ratio

going from my white labcoat era to my navy blue labcoat era

taking a class on plastics and polymers and such, and it's funny how we talk all about their different properties and whatnot but never about: toxicity, environmental half-life

professor neither knows nor cares!

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more like useless serial bus! plug and pray!!! haha
sent from my pentium 2

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