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Last Build Date: Sun, 14 Jan 2018 21:16:22 +0000


Life With an RC1gaussling

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 18:54:11 +0000

I’ve been using a Mettler-Toledo (MT) RC1e reaction calorimeter for about 6 years. Our system came with MT’s iControl software, RTCal, and 2 feed pumps with balances. Overall it has proven its worth for chemical process safety and has helped us understand and adjust the thermal profile of diverse reactions. Like everything else, MT’s RC1e […]

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A Pox on the House of Microsoftgaussling

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 16:28:40 +0000

An automated Windows update disrupted my life today. It swooped in overnight like a winged wraith, did its dark deeds, and flapped quietly back to the dank hole from whence it came. My RC1 data may yet reside unscrambled on the disk drive, but it lies orphaned from the mother iControl application which mockingly professes […]

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On Nuclear War With the DPRKgaussling

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 05:34:48 +0000

The electronic news world is a colossal hodgepodge of media jumping on anything new and “compelling”. The weekend’s compelling news du jour is Ret. Adm. Mike Mullen‘s comments on the likelihood of nuclear war with North Korea (DPRK). As a retired admiral and chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Mullen is a strategic thinker. These days he […]

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Updated Update: A SciFinder Saga.gaussling

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:24:57 +0000

12/20/17. It has been perhaps 6 weeks since CAS has fixed the snag with downloading ACS publications directly from SciFinder. This was a problem because, prior to the SNAFU, the ACS downloads directly from within the SciFinder account would be billed in our monthly statement. Without this feature, every download from the ACS Publications siute, […]

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Some useful instructionsgaussling

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:10:32 +0000

How to follow directions- Look at the person Say ‘OK’ Do it How to do anything- Start at the beginning Proceed through the middle Stop when finished How to save electrical energy- When leaving an area, Turn Off the Goddamned Lights! I’ll confess that I am especially peevish about the last instruction. What instructions do […]

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Time to accept that Trump is too great a liability to retain in officegaussling

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:34:09 +0000

Recital. Whereas contemplation of the lawful removal of the 45th President of the United States is a serious matter; and, Whereas the President of the United States, Donald Trump, has displayed public behavior that can reasonably be characterized as profane, untruthful, misogynistic, and a demonstrated top-level fomenter of many of the base instincts of man; and, Whereas the President has consistently displayed conduct, both internationally […]

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GOP Evangelical Dread-Fear Machine In Action. Again.gaussling

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 23:13:38 +0000

The weighty voices of the GOP evangelical propaganda wing have activated following the awful soaking that Houston received. The wagging fingers of TV evangelists were not far behind to remind us of the looming existential threat. We’ve witnessed a burlesque of  righteous-sounding preachers leaning in from the video pulpit and warning, solemnly and in no uncertain terms, that hurricane Harvey is only the latest in a […]

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Eclipsing Casper, Wyominggaussling

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 05:46:02 +0000

I found myself up north in Casper, Wyoming, with friends for the 8/21/17 solar eclipse. We were modestly equipped for the spectacle. A member of our small group brought a Celestron 8″ Cassegrain telescope with solar filter and clock drive. We set up in an uncrowded neighborhood and began the wait. Knowing that Casper would be crowded I […]

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Dear Samsung …gaussling

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:21:26 +0000

Dear Samsung, I have owned a Samsung S6 smartphone for several years. Permit me to offer an appraisal of this device. Satisfactory Attributes Satisfactory reliability Appearance, size, and weight. Fits in most shirt pockets for maximum personal utility. Several useful functions and features. A QWERTY keyboard for faster texting. Takes video and stills. Sends video and […]

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Ferrocene as Insecticidegaussling

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 02:58:14 +0000

Enroute to other things I ran across an old Gulf R&D patent, US 3294685, titled “Organic compositions containing a metallo cyclopentadienyl”. Sifting through the description my eye caught the interesting content below: July 1941. A test spray was prepared by dissolving 2.5 grams (3.2 percent) of iron dicyclopentadienyl in ml. of a typical household insecticide base oil. The […]

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