I stopped by the Pharmacy today

by Terry 7/17/2008 3:47:00 PM

I stopped by the Pharmacy today during my lunch. There are two locally owned pharmacies in town, both owned by the same family. The closest is in the grocery store a few blocks from my house. Unfortunately, I cannot buy bulk chemical supplies from them. The other store, about two miles from my house, is a compounding pharmacy and has a full lab for making custom medicinal blends.

They are checking into whether their state license allows me to purchase chemicals of various kinds from them. I gave them the link to http://www.homechemlab.com/ to get the basic list of chemicals I would need over time; I hope they can provide when I run low on some items. However, they are willing to supply me with glassware and supplies without issue. This is very helpful.

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BlogEngine Update

by Terry 7/17/2008 3:41:00 PM

I updated my site this morning with the latest version of BlogEngine (1.4.0). This took me about 90 minutes. The challenge is my web host provider does not allow an ‘Admin’ folder at the root share on the server. I do not mind this so much, but I have to search for every reference to the Admin folder and replace it with a different location that work with my site.

Once I did that, the conversion was generally painless. My current web theme still works, but I need to update my site master to use my custom controls. At the moment I do not have the time to do this. Anyway, BlogEngine 1.4.0 appears to work.

The one problem I did run into was with an error on the ProfilesCommon class. I kept getting the following compile error when publishing:

The type or namespace name 'ProfileCommon' could not be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)

I found another post with the same error at http://developerblog.net/post/2008/07/ProfileCommon-could-not-be-found.aspx. I did the same thing and deleted my site and republished. All is now well. Go figure.

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See Dr. Horrible

by Terry 7/16/2008 3:10:00 PM

Joss Wheden has implemented his typical genius once again. I miss Firefly/Serenity. His internet show, Dr Horrible, took me by surprise, but I am delighted by its quirky, humorous delivery. See Dr. Horrible while you can. It is freely available until July 20th.

I wish I had more time, but I have to leave to go teach for the night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Back from the Martial Arts Super Show, 2008, Orlando

by Terry 7/15/2008 2:18:00 PM

I am back from the Martial Arts Super Show, this year held in Orlando, Florida. Karen and I, along with Instructor Leni, attended by invitation of DMW Martial Arts’ owners, Instructor Dan and Instructor Marcia. Mrs. Leni and I both are instructors at DMW. The three of us attended a broad variety of seminars at the Super Show. I will have much to write about as we consolidate our notes. For the moment, I am trying to get my head above water.

This week Mrs. Leni and I are teaching all the classes at DMW while Instructor Dan and Instructor Marcia take some vacation time. I still have to work full-time at my ‘real’ job. I am about maxed-out on bandwidth at the moment. Life is good while I am strong.

Posts are likely to be short, if any this week.

In the meantime, if you have or know kids in any martial art, or know any kid who is interested in the arts, check out Kono Magazine.

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I cannot get started soon enough

by Terry 7/8/2008 10:45:00 AM

I have a large order from Elemental Scientific due to arrive, but I won’t have time to unpack it until I return from Orlando next week. It is just as well, I suppose, as I have not had any time to work in the garage this last weekend. On the HomeChemLab.com forum (http://forums.homechemlab.com/) another user posted a concern and prompt for people to start posting their experiences on the forum (Dont be shy...say hello). I am now realizing how much effort it takes to build a lab from scratch. Note that I am not really surprised, more like impatient. I want to get started now, if not sooner.

To paraphrase what I said on the forum: I would presume once you have a lab and the supplies, you will use it. And if you have made that investment you will likely use it for years. There is staying power in the hobby that transcends time better than some hobbies. This is an investment.

For me, the investment is partly for my own pleasure and knowledge. It is also an investment in the future for my daughter and anyone else, particularly youths interested in science.

One teen I talked to told me he was excited to take a science course at the local high school next year because the teacher does a cool experiment with Hydrogen. I would think it would be cool if the student could do the experiment, not the teacher. Gee, I can go to school to watch someone else do science!

I cannot wait to unpack the equipment. I cannot get started soon enough. I cannot wait to see my daughter and others want to learn as they experiment.

You too can build your own chemistry lab. You too can do science at home. Robert Bruce Thompson made it pretty easy. Start by getting a copy of the Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture. The effort is less than you probably think and the rewards will be more than would appear.

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Getting ready for the Martial Arts Super Show

by Terry 7/8/2008 10:40:00 AM

This week has been consumed getting ready to go to the Martial Arts Super Show (http://www.masupershow.com/) in Orlando, Florida. Martial arts are my hobby. I still have a full-time job that I need to attend to before I go on this vacation. Naturally, I have been out every night with Karen and Kaitlin before I go, not leaving me much time for anything else. I leave early Wednesday morning for my flight. Seattle to Orlando is an all-day trip, so my travel days will be entirely consumed by sitting in a plane or an airport. I need to get a book or two for the trip.

I am debating whether I should pack my laptop for the trip. Normally it is not a question, but I hate the hassle of participating in ‘Security Theater’ brought to us by the TSA. I guess I will decide once I pack my bag tonight. I am trying to pack light; no checked bags. On my last trip to Orlando, two months ago, I checked one bag for my eight-day trip. I spent over an hour waiting for the bag at the airport, which was distinctly not-busy. This trip I hope to get off the plane and go straight to the hotel shuttle with as little delay as possible.

If I do pack my laptop, I hope to journal the show. I will post in the evening if the hotel offers internet access.

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The new scale is here!

by Terry 7/2/2008 9:38:00 AM

I received the MyWeigh iBalance Lab Scale balance yesterday, via FedEx. It looks great. I hope to get it calibrated and setup in my garage today sometime. My order from Elemental Scientific should be coming early next week. Originally I thought it would arrive late this week, but I forgot Friday is the Fourth of July. Oh well. That gives me the weekend to do other projects around the house and garage.

Kaitlin took an immediate interest in the scale. I have a kitchen scale I use for baking with a 1g resolution. I think I will take both scales, side-by-side and show her the difference in measuring with something like 5g of rice, sand and maybe a highly uniform set of objects. (I used scales to inventory o-rings when I managed a SCUBA service department. Some o-rings are very costly for mixed-gas applications, and are very small. An accurate count of o-rings is not usually earth-shattering, but some of the o-rings I used where a couple of dollars each and the size of a pin-head. Being off in my count by 10 or so with a hundred different sizes adds up fast.)

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