Monday, November 30, 2009


Okay, let's try something new. Here is a video of Fluffy eating...sort of...

You can actually see the cricket struggling. Cool. Right? closeup of her with the cricket (a few people said they couldn't actually see the last cricket in her mouth)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

I ran across this video today and it cracked me up. There is some significance to the video (besides being funny) in that it's the first true 1080p YouTUBE video. So be sure [if you care] to follow it out and click on the HD and then's totally worth it. That HD link is here.

And then to celebrate Thanksgiving...

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving break with their families.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Once upon a time, there was a difficult exam, and the mad scientist had mercy on his minions and he allowed his prodigee to help his evil minions save their souls from eternal mental instability.

Hey this is your crazy teacher's son, here to give you a few helpful hints

I'm only going to say this once. Good Freakin luck. Study all of your conversions, notes, and most of all have the psychiatric hospital on speed dial. Just read the whole test... word of advice, don't freak out. the answer is NOT 42. If any of you look at this you have brains connected to your body. You are very smart. Hint: the last one is a doozy. SO... make sure you know how to convert miles, yards, CENTIMETERS (HINT HINT WINK WINK) to cubic yards. another very important hint... GALLONS TO MOLES!!!! Good luck.

nRaine and cCutler out

P.S. And i just got confirmation from the evil warlock himself that if you write nRaine and cCutler on the last page you get five extra credit points. Yeah we're great. we know. Don't go blabbing. or no more helpy helpy for evil minions. I would like to help you. I really would, but if it gets out too much... i can't anymore

P.P.S. That Raine world header was created by me.
all usage of said header is restricted and prohibited by Raine inc.  

Dimensional Analysis

I promised my chemistry classes a small (in my best Russian accent)-short-quick-tiny peek at the test. How? Well, by giving away two questions on the test. Most the the questions are multi-part; in other words, you need to do one to see the next. In addition, several of the problems are wordy and give away too much information for me to pull a question from the mix. I looked through it and came up with these two problems.

Convert 8.00 x 1019 molecules HCN to grams

Convert 385.29 km to inches

 Then, in a moment of  grace-goodwill-kindness (or sheer stupidity) I am pulling a larger question from the exam. It follows.

A five (5.00) gallon bucket full of a highly toxic liquid metal (mercury) weighs in at 0.28376 tons.  How many pounds is this? What is the density of mercury in grams per cubic centimeter?

Good luck everyone...and if you happen to look here on my blog (like I suggested), then good fortune and about 18 points are yours.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


So, the new header is a whole bunch of things rolled into one. Thanks, however, go first and foremost to David for the artwork (though maybe you should start thinking about tagging trains and such for part time work).

Friday, November 13, 2009

Protein Synthesis

So, all of my Biology classes recently went to the computer lab for our follow-up lesson on protein synthesis. It went well I thought. There are tons of great sites on the internet that walk students through the process. Back in the day--after walking to and from school in the snow, uphill both ways--we didn't have the internet for lurnin'. We had to get the information exclusively from the teacher (or heaven forbid--the book). I'm not implying that it was better or less interesting. I'm simply saying that it was different. I know, I know, I am sorry for the back-in-the-day story. Because the old-time stories crack me up I'm sure you'll be hearing more in the near future.

Anyway, back to the topic: protein synthesis.

If you missed the assignment because you were sick or skiing or basking in the glow of the television, the links for the assignment follow. You will need to write a paragraph (five sentences or more) for each website listed.

  1. Cell Scale
  2. Build DNA
  3. Transcription
  4. The Firefly

What do you write, you ask? Um, what you are seeing, what is says, or what you learned from them. It's not complicated. The DNA Fingerprinting website is necessary too. That handout is here.

Oh, we just did a literacy assignment based on a long story. Different classes dissected different articles. This article on the 1918 flu pandemic will work though if you missed it during class. Your assignment, as an alternate, is to write two paragraphs summarizing the article.

Good luck and have fun.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Prisoner

To quote Wikipedia: The Prisoner (wiki link) is a 17-episode British television series broadcast in the UK from 29 September 1967 to 1 February 1968. Starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan (imdb link), who plays No. 6, it combined spy fiction with elements of science fiction, allegory, and psychological drama.

Patrick McGoohan died on January 13th of this year. Most people would remember him from Braveheart; he also starred in some classic movies like Ice Station Zebra and Escape From Alcatraz. There are, however, a group of fans that also know him from the series The Prisoner and it's prequel Danger Man.

The Prisoner is actually quite pervasive in modern pop-culture (from Black Sabbath to The Simpsons). There is a nice link explaining many of them here. The village used in the series is Portmeirion (their website)--a resort in coastal (and what isn't?) Wales, England (it's not a conspiracy of cartographers--we'll save that post for another time). As far as the TV show goes--it's not for everyone. I obviously didn't see it on it's first run. My father introduced it to me when I was probably 10 or so. It will always be a part of my youth.

There are only 11 websites dedicated to The Prisoner. The "official" fan club is called Six Of One and has tons and tons of great stuff.

I bring all of this up for two reasons:
  1. If you haven't seen The Prisoner than you really owe it to yourself to watch a few episodes. 
  2. A remake will be shown on AMC on November 15th starring Jim Caviezel & Ian McKellen--it looks promising.
Update: Wired just posted a Prisoner retrospective too; clearly copying my post. See it here. It's pretty well done.

Be seeing you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Extra Credit--for everyone

Good morning everyone. If you're reading this blog then you're lucky enough to get a chance to earn some easy extra credit points--it's not a lot, but something is better than nothing.

Ignore Using standard typed format the and convention blue, write at words least three please paragraphs about they what you've are learned in only class so there far that to you think confuse is important you enough you as would pass blue it on always to someone does else.  Due November 20th. Chemistry students can earn up to 10 points. Biology students--the same. Good Luck and have fun.