Monthly Archives: August 2014

Sunday, 31 August 2014

10:41 – Barbara is ironing and cleaning house while I do kit stuff. Right now, I’m dehydrating some magnesium sulfate heptahydrate to anhydrous form. The hydrated form, AKA Epsom salts, is cheap, a couple bucks a kilo in USP/FCC form, … Continue reading

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

08:27 – We ended up getting 20 kit orders yesterday–including one custom order for 30 sets of six chemicals that aren’t stock items–and shipping 14 kits. We’ll ship three of the outstanding six orders today, plus whatever orders come in … Continue reading

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Friday, 29 August 2014

09:19 – As usual this time of year, we’re run ragged trying to ship science kits and build more. We got orders for 17 kits overnight and so far this morning, which wouldn’t be a problem except that we’re running … Continue reading

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

07:57 – So, I was down in the lab yesterday making up a new batch of Kastle-Meyer reagent, which is used in forensic science as a presumptive test for blood. It’s made by dissolving phenolphthalein powder in a concentrated solution … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

09:25 – One of the things that makes this time of year hectic for us is the unpredictability of orders. For example, as of yesterday morning, we had what I estimated as at least two or three weeks’ worth of … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

08:36 – I called the local Costco yesterday morning to tell them they’d overcharged us by 41 4-packs of Coke. She corrected the charge and is mailing us a receipt. She did seem annoyed at the checker at the door, … Continue reading

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Monday, 25 August 2014

09:27 – We did a Costco run and dinner with Mary and Paul yesterday. As we arrived at the restaurant, we were talking about how much we’d paid. Paul and Mary’s receipt had been for about their usual amount. Our … Continue reading

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

09:04 – Barbara and I are doing the usual Sunday stuff. After Barbara finishes cleaning house and ironing, we’ll get back to building more science kits. I’ve been saving the dehumidifier water in new 5-gallon (19 liter) buckets. Chemically, it’s … Continue reading

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

10:04 – The guys who poured our new sidewalk sprinkled what I thought was grass seed along the edges of the walk. I’m not sure what it was, but what’s growing doesn’t look like any lawn grass I’ve ever seen. … Continue reading

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Friday, 22 August 2014

08:28 – I’m still building and shipping science kits. I have a new batch of 30 biology kits binned and ready to finish boxing up, which’ll take an hour or so. Then I’ll get started on another batch of 60 … Continue reading

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