Friday, 10/23/09, Public Square

remember_the_alamole_11Mole Day — It’s not a day to celebrate our favorite insectivore, but a day to celebrate chemistry! Mole Day was started to as a fun was to create interest in maybe a not so exciting subject. The date (October 23) and the time of its celebration (from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m.) represents , Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 10^23), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.

Many high schools around the United States, South Africa and Canada celebrate Mole Day as a way to get their students interested in chemistry, with various activities often related to chemistry or moles.

For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the atomic mass of the molecule. For example, the water molecule has an atomic mass of 18, therefore one mole of water weighs 18 grams. An atom of neon has an atomic mass of 20, therefore one mole of neon weighs 20 grams. In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro’s Number of molecules or atoms of that substance. This relationship was first discovered by Amedeo Avogadro (1776-1858) and he received credit for this after his death.

Somehow, I expect several of you to tell me you knew a mole was something more than a furry animal that burrows, and you knew the meaning of Mole Day…  (sigh)  I learn something most every day!  Will this be today’s lesson for me?  What else can I learn today?



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48 responses to “Friday, 10/23/09, Public Square

  1. Here’s what I’m going to do in my spare time:

    I’ll visit religious book stores and ask for R.Crumb’s Genesis.

  2. Wonder how many versions of the Bible there are, and now that more people are getting into the act of having one written the way they want, how many could there be in the near future?

  3. jammer5

    Lobbyists registered to work on financial regulation:
    Citigroup — 46
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce — 46
    American Bankers Association — 44
    Prudential — 41
    SIFMA — 37
    Managed Funds Association — 31
    Goldman Sachs — 29
    Charles Schwab Corp. — 28
    American Insurance Association — 27
    Investment Company Institute — 25

    Number of registered lobbyists for consumer groups: 58

  4. What was the pledge President Obama made concerning lobbyists? I’m pretty sure he didn’t keep the pledge, but can’t remember what it was exactly.

  5. David B

    Promises, promises.

    Mr O has found it harder to totally ban lobbyists than he had thought. But I think we can be assured that K Street is not writing the bills for the Democrats to sign off on.

    “I am running to tell the lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over. They have not funded my campaign. They won’t work in my White House.”

    Now, the Obama team is quick to point out that their rules and restrictions on lobbying ties are far stricter than any previous administration.

  6. tosmarttobegop

    LOL talk about home owner’s mission creep! I had to buy another gallon of paint to finish the wash room.
    So I asked my wife if there was another room she would like painted the color.
    It was the upstairs bedroom, while there I looked at the walls of the bathtub.
    It is tile and for the most part a good deal of them have fallen off and the drywall behind has gotten bad.

    SO (BTW yesterday was our 33rd anniversary) late night we went out and after diner where else would a couple go? We went to Lowie’s and shopped for the tile paneling to put up on the bathtub walls!
    Of course then the talk became that it would sure be nice to have a shower again.

    LOL So now it is pulling the rest of the tile off the wall, replacing the drywall, putting up the tile paneling, reinstalling the pipe and shower head. Painting the remaining walls and window seal so what is next?

    So there is a minor voice in my head that is a concern, when we first moved to this town.
    Part of getting the rent lower involved me painting and patching the rental house.
    At the time I was also going to computer programming school and while my wife went to work to support the family. I watched our kids all under six years old, which of course some really funny stories came of that.

    Anyway, the day I put the last coat of paint on the last room in the rental,
    The landlord and his son showed up, long story but he said that he counted his receipts and there was only 13 receipts for the 14 months we had been renting from him. So he was going to get to court and have a eviction notice issued!

    I was so anger that I told him there was no need and we would be moving out.
    After we moved out of the newly remodeled house he sold it! I made a point to explain to him what color I considered his mortal soul was!

    SO, I wonder if after all this painting and replacing what will happen with the mortgage company?

    A house that was 35,000 when we moved in, may finally be worth the 56,000 that the government values it at for taxes. LOL always look at the down side of life… Then if it does not happen the surprise is always a
    good one!

  7. tosmarttobegop

    Ok one of the funny stories:
    I had spend a good part of the day cleaning and picking up around the house.

    My wife and kids all came home about the same time from work and school.

    With in ten minutes, the front room floor was covered with toys and my wife had came home and plopped down in her chair and just kicked off her shoes toward the middle of the room.

    I went off about how I had spent the day cleaning the house and it only took ten minutes for everyone to trash it!!!!!!

    My wife was laughing so hard I thought she would fall out of her chair.

    Finally she slowed down enough with her laughing that she managed to get out.

    “ Now you know what life is like for the last seven years!”

    It is good that the spouse gets a idea of what it is like for their spouse.

    But it is also good that men can not have babies ….. The species would be doomed!

  8. Morning all, thought this might cheer up you day…

    • wicked

      LOL I saw this on Facebook a couple of days ago and posted it to mine. Hilarious! I do believe I know how that tabby cat feels. Thanks for sharing, loon!

      Should I post the best condom commercial ever?

      Or maybe the photo booth?

  9. jammer5

    More paranoia from that master of the moist eyeball, glenn, I never met a tear I couldn’t outdo, beck:

    • wicked

      Ah, the joys of having an old(er) model car.

      Do they realize that cell phones are tracking devices? That would include their can’t-live-without Blackberries. GPS is the same. Have they not watched TV for 20 years or what?

      (Refraining from a huge rant. 😉 )

  10. wicked

    Okay, what’s all the hubbub on Fox about Government trying to regulate all executives’ pay in entities “regulated” by the government? That includes all banks, all media and a whole truckload of industries. I know I’m behind on the news, but I suspect Fox has found a patsy to stir up trouble.

    • jammer5

      Only the entities that took bailout money. If faux non-news is saying anything different, then they are being true to form.

      • They covered this on NPR, too. The problem is – CEO pay was set up by contracts that preceded the various companies taking bail-out money. So, the question becomes is it legal, fair, etc. for the government to retroactively alter pay agreements that were made before bailout money was taken.

        The solution should be that if your company takes billons of dollars of bailout money, your prior salary agreements become null and void.

      • wicked

        If they had any morals, they’d offer to do this on their own.

        And just why wasn’t this a stipulation when they were given the money? Somebody goofed, big time. A lot of somebodies.

    • wicked

      That’s what I thought. But that’s not what someone posted on Facebook. Oh, I love the poster. She’s been a friend for several years, but when it comes to politics, she’s a nutcase. Total.

      And, yes, there was an “economist” saying goverment is determined to regulate all. The Right is crying Unconstitutional!. Too bad people can’t make up their mind. Don’t they realize Fox and the other masterminds aren’t even consistent? One day they’ll say something, then wait a couple of months, and it’ll be the opposite. Not because they’ve changed their minds, only because it stirs up the people.


  11. lilacluvr

    The GPS system has been around for how many years? Even Mapquest now has pictures of my previous house we lived in two years ago with my two cars parked in the driveway as a ‘forever’ moment on the Internet for all the world to see.

    Beck and the rest of his merry men know exactly what they they are doing – they are targeting their message to their audience – the uneducated, arrogant and self-righteous people who think we are in the end times anyway and that anything the government and/or technology comes up with is just another plot to overun good Americans like themselves.

    If Republicans did not have the victim card to play, they would have nothing.

    • wicked

      Like most countries in the world with cars (and cell phones) don’t have the same. I guess the inhabitants of the entire world should be worried about Big Brother.

  12. Makes less sense when you see it this way, and it made NO sense anyway!

  13. jammer5

    Soupy Sales passed away. Having grown up (?) during that era, I remember him with nothing but admiration. Here’s a bit of him with Pookie and Black tooth:

  14. wicked

    Hmmmmm, Tim McGraw at Intrust Arena in June, just 3 days before my birthday. They’re tempting me.

  15. wicked

    iggy? Pewlitzer?


    • I couldn’t resist that one. I was surprised no one else found that one first.

      I came by here now, to tell you guys about the business casual blog. If you remember Ben Huie and Joe Williams – they are often blogging there. It was fun to read them. The subject matter is usually local politics and local development and the intersection of the two. It was interesting, at least.

  16. Interesting. Tonight’s Law & Order Episode will be based on George Tiller’s murder. In the dramatization, a late term abortion provider is murdered – by gun shot to the head – inside of his church.

    In a rare moment of agreement between Diane Wahto (a reproductive rights advocate – who works with a Blogger from the other place) and Cheryl Sullenger (of Operation Rescue – and terrorist who was imprisoned after attempting to blow up a clinic in CA) – they both think it is too soon after Tiller’s murder for this program.

    Will have to watch it…

  17. Oh, the applicable Law & Order episode will be at 7:00 p.m. tonight.

    • wicked

      I thought I’d missed that particular L&O. Thanks for the date and time. I’ll try to catch it. They do try to keep current with many headline news stories.

    • It does seem too soon. Wonder what this will do (if anything) to the ongoing conspiracy investigation?

  18. Diane Wahto teaches English at both (I think) BCCC and WSU. If I am recalling correctly, she was JR’s English teacher in college.

    She often writes letters to the Editor at the Eagle regarding reproductive rights, womens issues, etc. Her letters are always impeccibly written. I think I would like to meet her. I believe she may be more ill-matched to this Wichita environment than me.

    • wicked

      I read the same article in the Eagle. Afternoon Headlines, ya know. 🙂 That’s how I stumbled upon your ‘Pewlitzer’ comment on the other blog. Love it! I did think the bloggers there were more liberal than around here. Do you suspect “dad”, who comments ad nauseum on nearly every Eagle article, is someone we know from over there?

  19. I am thinking so. Who would your candidate be? JJ?

    Joe is ictBest, but that was clear to many when he visited the WE Blog. Ben is the same as his last WEB iteration.

    • wicked

      JJ or AW, but probably the former. I noticed the other day while reading a couple of article comments that “dad” was getting nailed for abusive comments. I’m not sure if he was the one who mentioned that WEBlog wasn’t nearly so restrictive, but made it sound as if he didn’t go there. Made me go hmmmmm for not the first time.

  20. wicked

    Joe will age with time. Like cheese. 🙂

  21. David B

    “For she is not meek but fierce, and the daughter of a king… She is learning what it is to be a foreigner, cast out, alone and despised.”

    I will be attending Medea, a violent tragedy by Euripides this weekend at WSU..
    tomorrow night.


    • wicked

      Sounds wonderful, iggy.

      I once attend one of WSU experimental theater’s production of Othello. It’s stayed in my memory for many years. Added to it is a production by my HS drama department of Antigone. I was in junior high and didn’t completely understand all of it, but it was superb. Having seen it also came in handy when my daughter studied the play in English last year.

      • wicked, pssst. David is going to see Medea. Iggy may too, but…

      • wicked

        LOL Well, iggy should. It’s a real pity I can’t read, isn’t it?

        Sorry, David. I let my fingers do the scrolling and screwed up. Have a great time at WSU. I have no doubt you’ll see a superb performance by all.

  22. wicked

    And, btw, I watched L&O, although I came into it almost 10 minutes late. (A raspberry to Walmart for not having a single bag of popping corn, only that microwave kind.)

    Comments on the show? I’m off to make my mom’s recipe of candy popcorn and will check back later.

  23. The show only confirmed that emotions are high and deeply rooted differences won’t make this controversy end soon.

    I don’t think the show helped anyone, changed any minds, or even caused anyone to think in a way they haven’t already. No new revelations or ways to see something differently or more clearly. It just showed how deep the divide is, and how difficult it is to work it out.

    I have to go back to asking what good could come from forcing a woman who doesn’t want to have a baby to have one.

    I see too many who suffer and have too few options for improving their lot to think that bringing unwanted babies into our world is a positive.

    a woman, her doctor and her god.

  24. Then we need to mention the judge who allowed the nurse’s testimony (which shouldn’t have been allowed!).

  25. Yes. Probably. The discussion requires more, don’t you think?

  26. Yes, I think it requires more. But until the violence of emotions can be removed that more can’t happen.

    I think abortion will be the reason for a third party. I can’t see how the Republicans can be united with that issue separating who they’ll be willing to nominate and automatically making their nominee someone no one but their small base will vote for.

    The issue will probably come back to the Supreme Court again.

    Proving that a president’s legacy will live on in the courts.

    Even tho bush did such a tremendous job of screwing over America, he appointed two young strongly conservatives to our highest court.