21 November 2014
I love science - these videos on each of the elements is just great stuff
Naturally the reactive elements like Phosphorus, Liquid Fluorine, exploding potassium and even Cesium are fun to watch but they do a grat job of making all the elements come to life and interesting. Gallium and the beating heart
Even boring old carbon is brought to life in all the different forms and functions
After Breaking Bad Chemist Heisenberg - Martyn Poliakoff would be one of my favorite chemistry teachers along with his team
18 November 2014
New Orleans Lawyer...
Part of rebuilding New Orleans caused residents often to be challenged with the task of tracing home titles back potentially hundreds of years. With a community rich with history stretching back over two centuries, houses have been passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish ownership. Here's a great letter an attorney wrote to the FHA on behalf of a client:
You have to love this lawyer...
A New Orleans lawyer sought an FHA loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1803, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply:
(Actual reply from FHA): "Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."
Annoyed, the lawyer responded as follows (Actual response): "Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received. I note you wish to have title extended further than the 206 years covered by the present application. I was unaware any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France in 1803, the year of origin identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. ownership was obtained from France , which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain . The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Queen Isabella. The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus 's expedition. Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume God also made the part of the world called Louisiana . God; therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory. Now, may we have our loan?"
The loan was immediately approved.
17 November 2014
1. Use retail hangers as chip clips
2. For the always-falling zipper
4. Fit two bowls into a small microwave
6. Use a leaf blower and PVC pipes to clean gutters without a ladder
7. The easiest way to make an ice cream sandwich
8. Unclog drains without expensive chemicals
Pour a half a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar into a clogged drain. Once it stops foaming rinse down the sink and your drains will be clear. A cheap and environmentally friendly way to unclog a sink!
11. Stop people from stealing your pens at work
12. Putting your phone into airplane mode will charge it twice as fast
15. Fix a blurry phone camera
16. Wrap a wet paper towel around beer, and put it in the freezer to cool in just 2 minutes
18. Use a can opener on obnoxious plastic packaging
22. Create a bright light in a pinch
When camping or just in a pinch, a standard headlamp strapped to a 1 gallon jug of water can illuminate an entire room or tent.
24. Tell which side an exit ramp will be on
26. Chinese containers are designed to fold out into plates
27. Run the razor across old jeans to resharpen and extend its life.
30. Unwrinkle a shirt in a flash
31. Perfectly cut cherry tomatoes all at once
32. Keep a pot from bubbling over
Placing a wooden spoon over the top of boiling water will stop it from boiling over by bursting the bubbles.
33. Soft-drink lids can double as coasters
Avoid getting a tongue lashing from your mom for putting your cold drink on her new coffee table.
34. Pinching the end of a banana is a far easier way to open it.
35. Adding a teaspoon of of baking soda when you boil eggs and the shell will come off easily.
36. If you don't have baking soda, then peel away a small hole at the top of the boiled egg and a large one on the bottom. Finally, put the small hole close to your mouth and blow.
37. Stack clothes vertically side by side in the dresser to save a lot of room
38. Charge your phone while traveling
Many hotel TVs have handy USB slots in the back that will charge most smartphones.
39. Folding shirts doesn't have to be a tedious chore.
40. Pulling the bones out of a chicken wing makes it easier to eat. Just twist the bone and pull.
41. Place a plastic bottle on top of a yoke and gently squeeze to separate egg yolks from egg whites
42. Save space when packing a spare change of clothes.
44. Use AAA batteries in devices that require AA
Use AAA batteries in gadgets that need AA batteries by filling the gaps with scrunched up tin foil. It won't last as long as AAs but it'll help you out when you're in a pinch!
45. Avoid Elevator Pranksters
46. Play games without ads.
Putting your phone in airplane mode while gaming will stop those annoying ads from playing!