Monthly Archives: December 2012

Monday, 31 December 2012

07:33 – The Democrats and Republicans are still locked in a struggle at the top of Reichenbach Falls. I’m hoping that the Democrats are Moriarty and the Republicans Holmes, but I’m afraid they’re both going over the edge this time. … Continue reading

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Sunday, 30 December 2012

10:00 – Housecleaning continues. Barbara is happy with progress, so I’m happy. I just read an article on CNN that said about two-thirds of the lower 48 states are covered in snow. We just barely missed out on that over … Continue reading

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Saturday, 29 December 2012

09:49 – Housecleaning continues this morning. Barbara just started on the den, which meant I had to get everything off my end table. That’s more of a job than it might sound. I also took down the old ceiling fan. … Continue reading

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Friday, 28 December 2012

08:36 – I finally ordered a bottle-top dispenser yesterday from one of my wholesalers. Also called auto-burettes, these are basically pumps that sit on top of reservoir bottles and deliver an accurate volume of liquid with each stroke of the … Continue reading

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

08:02 – With only four days left, it looks likely that we’ll go over the “fiscal cliff”. My bet is that congress will extend the Bush-era tax rates for the middle class, while allowing the other tax increases and spending … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

07:28 – Thanks to Lynn McGuire for the link to the following image. As usual, xkcd gets the science right. The purple stain in the first panel is Hucker’s crystal violet, the primary stain used in Gram staining, and all … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

08:51 – Happy solstice/christmas/hanukkah/festivus/kwanzaa or whatever to any of my readers who celebrate a holiday around this time of year. Barbara is heading over to her parents’ new place for the day. Colin and I will take the day off … Continue reading

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Monday, 24 December 2012

08:19 – The lead story in the paper this morning is about the investigation of UNC academic fraud led by former governor Jim Martin. As the article headline suggests, the “investigation” was more a whitewash than anything else. One paragraph … Continue reading

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Sunday, 23 December 2012

08:26 – The lead story in the paper this morning is about the Winston-Salem Gun & Knife show, which is currently running. It’s an annual two-day event, running from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon. The all-time record attendance was several … Continue reading

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Saturday, 22 December 2012

09:04 – As I expected, kit sales have fallen off a cliff. None overnight or so far today. If last year is any indication, we’ll probably sell half a dozen kits during the last week of the year, and that’ll … Continue reading

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