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. Barbara’s just fired up her Floor Ferrariยฎ. Dogs and people are scattering frantically to avoid being vacuumed up.

We’re still shipping science kits, two so far today. I’d guess we’ll receive and ship another three to five kit orders by end-of-year on Monday afternoon. One of the kits I shipped today went to Anchorage, Alaska. I was surprised to see that USPS estimated Wednesday delivery. That’s only two business days.


14 thoughts on “Saturday, 29 December 2012”

  1. Stupid question from stupid AI:
    Does the room temp affect the outcome of your experiments? Will the guy in Alaska get different results than a guy in, say Florida?

  2. Those sled dogs that the USPS uses up in Alaska are quite reliable and fast, better than the slow 20-mule team here in the lower 48 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Sometimes, but usually not greatly. Regardless of location or season, most people keep their living areas at 22C ยฑ 5C. Rule of thumb for chemical reactions is that a 10C change doubles or halves the reaction rate, so the reaction rate would typically double or halve across that range of room temperatures. The only place it might make a major difference that I can think of is in culturing some bacteria, some of which grow rapidly at 27C but extremely slowly at 17C.

  4. Actually, USPS amazes me with their delivery times to US addresses. They estimate 1 to 3 business days for Priority Mail. I had one kit take four business days to arrive, but that was to a really tiny, remote location in Alaska. They routinely deliver to locations along the Pacific coast in two business days, and I’ve had kits arrive in one business day to destinations from Florida to New York and out as far as Missouri. Most of those take two days, but USPS really doesn’t waste any time.

  5. @OFD: Maybe, my question relates to different temps, not assumptions about place-temp conditions. If the guy in Florida has sub-zero ambient temp, while the guy in Alaska swelters in 100F temps, that does not affect my question.
    I am sure Bob is more than intelligent enough to interpret my question correctly, though I did not phrase it to your superior language skills.

    After all, I TOLD you I am stupid – cut a little slack?

    C

  6. Back when I was taking Chemistry classes at the * Institute of Technology, we ‘assumed’ that most lab experiments were taking place at a standard temperature & pressure, or STP. When talking about gas volumes, STP = 0*C and 1 atmosphere; most reactions, thermodynamics, etc., STP = 25*C and 1 atmosphere.

  7. @OFD: Fine OFD, all is forgiven! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Next time, when you’re funnin’, just use a smiley to indicate this. In writing it is not always easy to detect this.

    By the way, you asked if there are more RC members reading this site. I can think of one more, Jeff Duntemann, who is an “Old RC” member, and is on Bob’s favorite list, while Bob is on his blogroll.

  8. Ya gotta cut OFD a bit of slack. He hasn’t been the same since Princess threw him over her shoulder and he landed head first on the concrete driveway.

    Apparently the ER people couln’t find everything they needed to put his head back together properly… ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. For the interested, Ron Paul’s 50 best lines:
    http://www.chron.com/news/politics/gallery/Ron-Paul-s-best-lines-54479/photo-3958654.php

    My favorite is:
    http://www.chron.com/news/politics/gallery/Ron-Paul-s-best-lines-54479/photo-3958673.php
    “Prohibiting guns on campus made the Virginia Tech students less safe, not more.”

    My second favorite is:
    http://www.chron.com/news/politics/gallery/Ron-Paul-s-best-lines-54479/photo-3958677.php
    “You wanna get rid of drug crime in this country? Fine, let’s just get rid of all the drug laws.”

  10. “…since Princess threw him over her shoulder and he landed head first on the concrete driveway.”

    She’s strong but not that strong. And the driveway is gravel. Most of the damage to my head occurred decades ago.

    How does one insert smileys or other ’emoticons’ in here? Or edit anything? Should I google it or learn up on WordPress or something?

    12 here in Retroville this morning and gray overcast that looks like more snow is coming.

  11. Thanks! And yes, I believe in getting it right the first time; unfortunately my belief often conflicts with fast fat fingers. ๐Ÿ™‚

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