Wednesday, June 27, 2007


My favorite science supply store, United Nuclear, has recently added a new chemical to their catalog that’s among the most toxic they have ever carried. Given this is the only place I know that sells Uranium and other radioactive materials, that makes it pretty toxic. What is it? Here’s the entry for it:

chemical formula: C8H10N4O2

Caffeine is an alkaloid that's found in numerous plant species where it acts as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kills certain insects. In Humans, Caffeine is a central nervous system and metabolic stimulant in small milligram quantities, however, ingestion of only slightly larger amounts can be fatal. This material is for experimental purposes only and not to be added to food or drink products.


Caffeine is toxic. Use normal safety precautions (wear a filter mask/respirator and gloves) when working with Caffeine. Accidental inhalation of fine particles can be dangerous.

Note: adult signature required upon delivery.

MSDS ( Material Safety Data Sheet )

Yep, that stuff can kill you in very small amounts. There’s a reason I generally avoid things that contain more caffeine than Mountain Dew (I believe one can has around 35mg but not certain on that number)

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Don't Bother

If you go to extreme measures to use less gas in your vehicle you will probably get a visit from people who are very unhappy with you. They will be very displeased that their employer isn’t making money off of your driving and will use legal power to force you to pay them. They get this legal power because of the money and influence their organizations possess. Not buying gas decreases the revenues of these organizations and they aren’t pleased from this. Which company do these people represent? Exxon Mobile? Shell? British Petroleum? Nope, think bigger.

Try the government.

Here’s a story about what happens when you try to fuel your car yourself.

And the moral of the story is: If you try to do something for the environment that isn’t forced on you by the government, they will bite you.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


I've been really busy lately with school. I've only got two days left but I've done more work in the last two weeks than I have during the previous 9 weeks of the quarter. I needed to make a CG animation from scratch, design every part of an engine and assemble it, and write out a journal of every video clip I saw for my History of Animation class. Here's my animation if anyone is interested.