Would you like fires with that?

by Terry 11/12/2008 4:02:00 PM

I had a brief email exchange yesterday from a good friend, Charles, one of the brightest people I know. The email dialog was written while we were both at work, and is a bit choppy; nonetheless, I decided to leave the spelling and grammar errors intact as it adds a bit of ironic humor considering we are both literate and bright people.

From: Charles
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 8:51 AM
To: Losansky, Terry D
Subject: Thought you would be interested, given your hobby

http://science.slashdot.org/science/08/11/11/150231.shtml 

Charles


From: Losansky, Terry D
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 9:16 AM
To: Charles
Subject: RE: Thought you would be interested, given your hobby

Hello Charles,

Thanks! I happened to read the source article, http://pubs.acs.org/cen/science/86/8645sci1.html, yesterday. I am glad it is making the rounds.

It is interesting to observe the fear and suspicion people have at first learning about my little lab. The remarkable part is that once the knee-jerk reaction is past, the curiosity and encouragement come out. Reading the Slashdot comments tell the same story.

The two local pharmacies in my town, owned by the same family, at first were kind of hesitant to talk with me. After a few months of getting to know me, and learn that I am not a criminal, I have established a legal supply chain through them for chemicals, glassware, used storage bottles and possibly arranged a tour of their compounding lab.

I just finished reading a series of books on the history of science. I am saddened at how scientific studies have gone from something akin to civic duty in the 1800’s into criminal precursors today. I am thinking on how to contribute to changing that mindset.

I recently learned about the ‘science cafes’ which are slowly gaining popularity. I am researching starting one in my neighborhood. See Seattle Science on Tap, http://scienceontap.org/.

Take care,

Terry Dee Losansky


From: Charles
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 9:22 AM
To: Losansky, Terry D
Subject: RE: Thought you would be interested, given your hobby

The comments from slashdot that struck me the most were the ones how the neighbor said "you are allowed to do that" to both the chem lab and to making bread. I grew up doing physics and chemestry experiments with my uncle. Formed a major part of who I am today.

Charles


From: Losansky, Terry D
Sent: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 9:30AM
To: Charles
Subject: RE: Thought you would be interested, given your hobby

“I grew up doing physics and chemestry experiments with my uncle. Formed a major part of who I am today.”

I am not surprised to hear you say that. I hear similar things from some of the smartest people I know. What the next generation of smart kids will say is what concerns me. “I grew up playing DS. Would you like fires with that?”

Terry Dee Losansky


Know I right good! Indeed. Would you like fires with that?

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