Wednesday, 18 September 2013

By on September 18th, 2013 in Barbara, news, science kits

09:47 – Barbara’s been gone 96 hours. We miss her. I told Colin this morning that she’d be back in only three more days. That seemed to satisfy him.

The plastic bottles we order in bulk come in cases of 1,100 to 1,650, depending on the size of the bottle. They’re packaged loose-filled in large cardboard boxes with a large plastic bag inside to protect the bottles from dirt. The 30 mL glass bottles are different. They come in “cases” of 168 bottles, which are shrink-wrapped. I hate that packaging, because as soon as I cut the shrink wrap I end up with a loose pile of breakable bottles. I wish they’d package them in cardboard boxes with cardboard dividers to protect the individual bottles.

Katie sent me these two images yesterday, taken in Fort Collins, Colorado where she lives and works.

Hi Bob,

Here are a couple flood pictures (before and after). The first one was taken Friday and the second one was just a few minutes ago.

These were taken right by our work on the path we take our daily walks!

Thought I would share since we were talking about it yesterday.

Katie Dugan


Flood After

11:57 – Those who follow RCC superstitions should be aware that contact with “holy” water can be hazardous to their health: Holy water in Austria is contaminated, unsafe to drink, researchers say

Although the researchers limited themselves to churches and other religious sites in Austria, it seems likely that the problem is universal. Many people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, so the bacteria and viruses on their hands–including potentially deadly coliforms and other pathogens–are transferred to the ‘holy” water. So, the next time you think about touching “holy” water, you might want to think again. Either that, or boil or otherwise sterilize the stuff before you handle it.

7 Comments and discussion on "Wednesday, 18 September 2013"

  1. Chuck W says:

    Wow. Wonderful that Katie and her family were not rousted from either their home or their business.

    Ordinarily, I listen on my Smartphone to the world news on BBC World Service every morning when I first get up. That is what I did every day for the years we were in Germany, where there is a BBC World Service transmitter on FM in Berlin. The stream nowadays is much higher quality than what I used to tolerate decades ago using shortwave to get the BBC. And I can get that stream anywhere I can get data (which is not everywhere with Sprint). I often listen in the car on the way into Indy.

    Normally, I do not commend specific programs in a series, but today they played Business Daily and Global Business back-to-back. Today’s Biz Daily paints a picture of the growing nationalism that is developing around the Internet. The economy may want to be one world, but the Internets (as Europeans call it) want to divide us.

    Peter Day is—IMO—one of the most boring presenters on the planet, and I quit downloading his shows ages ago. But today’s Global Business examines how drones are becoming pervasive outside the military. Looks like soon they may be as ubiquitous as security cameras that are everywhere. There are drones that are no heavier than 4 x AA batteries.

    I get the podcasts to various programs, but it is harder and harder to find the links to those, so if you want to download, instead of listen in the browser, I leave that search to you.

  2. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Interesting in the sense of being Snopesbait, perhaps. This story has been circulating for years, and is false. The site you linked to is one of those woo-woo “alternative medicine” sites.

  3. OFD says:

    Aha! I’d just glanced at it quickly and thought it looked like a news site at first; once burned, twice shy. Then going to the Home page, it was all African news. Weird.

  4. Miles_Teg says:

    OFD, your penance is to gargle holy water for ten minutes.

  5. OFD says:

    No can do; latest scare nooz is that those filthy Catholics have contaminated holy water worldwide.

  6. SteveF says:

    It’s not my fault, man! The bathroom was out of order.

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