Tuesday, 28 January 2014

By on January 28th, 2014 in science kits

10:30 – Cold weather has moved back into the area. The high today is forecast to be 36F (20C) lower than yesterday’s high. There’s also a winter weather advisory out, with 1″ to 3″ of snow expected starting this afternoon and into the evening.

We shipped half a dozen kits yesterday, including three in one box to a Canadian customer. That’s the first time I’ve ever used a Regional Rate Box C. That box is next to useless for domestic shipping. It’s about three times the volume of the Regional Rate Box B that we use for most kits, but postage for the C box is at the 17-pound rate, versus the 4-pound rate for the B box. But the C box is also usable for international shipping, and is large enough to fit three kits.

I’m building more kits today, which is the story of my life recently.

19 Comments and discussion on "Tuesday, 28 January 2014"

  1. Miles_Teg says:

    Here’s Mr Barkley and his adoptive mum. She says he’s getting bigger and less fluffy as the days go by:


  2. Lynn McGuire says:

    We are 32 F (0 C, easiest conversion to make along with 212 F) and raining here in the Land of Sugar. They have sanded all the bridges once again but I detected no ice on the four mile trek to the office. But I do not cross the 1,000 ft bridge across the Brazos river. And the rain is very welcome due to our implied drought condition.

    And we are suppose to be 75 F by Friday. 77 F on Saturday, the first day of February.

  3. Lynn McGuire says:

    The REAL State of the Union in just 889 words…

    “President, members of Congress, fellow citizens:

    “This summer we will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I.”

    “This senseless, destructive war was started and championed by politicians who cared nothing for the 9 million people who lost their lives.”

    “And in doing so, they began a century of warfare which continues to this day.”

  4. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    It’s 17F (-8C) here at the moment, with the actual wind chill down around 0F. And it’s snowing. The driveway, street, yards, and roofs are all white.

  5. bgrigg says:

    0C (32F) here in K-town with powder snow falling lightly. So far not enough to cover the ground.

  6. Chuck W says:

    Sun and 1F above in Tiny Town. No snow in the forecast until Friday. Average temp for this time of year is 35.5F. Jetstream stays well south of Indiana with no sign of retreating up into Canada as far out as Monday, so we are all going to be colder than usual for another week.

  7. rick says:

    42 and cloudy in Portland. Normal winter weather.

  8. Chuck W says:

    We in the Midwest are getting what you had last winter.

  9. SteveF says:

    I’m building more kits today, which is the story of my life recently.

    Is founding a business every bit as glamorous as you thought it would be?

    That’s meant to be sympathetically humorous, not nastily snarky. Me being me, I figured I’d better clarify that. Me, I couldn’t deal with the government BS involved in running a business. Even after I trimmed down to just myself with no subcontractors, there were still endless forms and reports “required” by endless government agencies with nothing better to do than harass anyone who was trying to add to the economy. True, I’m in NYS, which is among the worst of the states, but most of the BS came from leviathan, or Mordor on the Potomac, as OFD would say.

  10. Bob Phillips says:

    After Lynn’s comment, I was wondering what caused the wars in the previous Century and Previous Centuries?????? Bob

  11. Jenny says:

    Anchorage has been in the midst of a thaw to rival spring for the last week or two. Above freezing most days making a major wreck of the roads and confusing the bejesus out of plants and animals. I hate the ice. It is slipperier than snake snot and d*mned dangerous. This time of year we are more typically in the teens with a nice base of snow, not puddles and ice and sprouting plants.

    Miserable weather.

  12. Chuck W says:

    From my perspective, it seems pretty clear that WWI was fought to eliminate kings as the supreme authority, and—as has been proven time and again—democracy has to be earned, not handed out. Obviously, Europe could not handle it in the beginning, and dictators soon replaced the kings. WWII dealt with them.

    Myself, I do not begrudge our help with WWII, as for the great bulk of us, Europe WAS our cousins (and many of mine are still there, and we remain fairly close).

    Prior to the 20th century, mainstream economic thinking was that if a jurisdiction was to grow and prosper, it required acquisition of land. Thus kings fought each other for control of more land. Yeah, there was the occasional idiot despot, but primarily, wars were economically motivated, however erroneous their economic understandings were at the time.

  13. Chuck W says:

    Yeah, there’s a lasso-like loop in the jetstream pushing up from the south, into Alaska at the moment. The jetstream forecast shows it disappearing in a few days, though, with northern air pressure returning to control. The pressure bands are really tight, all over the N. American continent, so winds have been extreme recently. I have had more than one person comment that they do not ever remember the degree of wind (regularly at 30 mph here in central Indiana) for such an extended period of time. I have a 2.5-ton car, and it gets blown all over the road.

  14. Rolf Grunsky says:

    It was about -17C this afternoon with a windchill that made it fell like -33C. Certainly felt like it when I had to go foraging for milk and other stuff. The great thing about living in the city is that everything (almost) is within walking distance. The bad thing about living in the city is that when I want to get something I have to walk.

    It certainly was windy. At one point I was almost blown off my feet. It didn’t help that the sidewalk was very icy.

  15. Ray Thompson says:

    It is slipperier than snake snot

    Really? Have you ever slipped on snake snot?

  16. Miles_Teg says:

    Mr Barkley has a face like an adult but a body like a puppy:


  17. Lynn McGuire says:

    It is slipperier than snake snot

    Nah, Obummer was spilling snake oil all over the place last night in the SOTU speech.

  18. Chuck W says:

    I always wonder who sparks the applause at the SOTU. There was more last night than I think I have ever heard. And some came at the strangest points. He mentioned something about unemployment being high, and there was a round of applause!

  19. Ray Thompson says:

    I always wonder who sparks the applause at the SOTU.

    His buddies. It is all scripted. Notice that his partners in crime would stand while during the applause while the opposition would simply sit with no reaction except to look at each other.

    Mordor has been overrun by sniveling spoiled brats who only want to feed their own ego by posturing their own agenda. Nothing about working together to find a solution. They think their solution is the only solution, alternatives not possible.

    The whole damn bunch should be thrown out with no pension or medical benefits. Let them get their insurance on the exchanges and file for unemployment (as if they were really employed to begin with).

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