Celebrate Mole Day

October 23, 2020
FAQ – Laboratory16

When I was in school, I really loved chemistry.

Well, I really loved the idea of chemistry.

Chemistry makes everything work. We are chemistry.

When it came to studying chemistry, however, I always seemed to come up short. In lab when everyone’s experiment samples turned clear, mine turned red. When everyone’s experiment turned white, mine turned black. And my experience went on from there in the same vein.

I still love the idea and the concepts of chemistry. That is why I am noting mole day today. On October 23, we commemorate Avogadro’s number:

Simply put, Avogadro’s number is the number of particles in a mole. How many particles? Exactly 6.02214085774 ×10 23 mol.

See the 10 23 in the equation above?

It is named after the Italian scientist Amedeo Avogadro


What am I sappy cat blogging?

October 23, 2020

What do I think is of note?

October 19, 2020
Top 25 Quotes of Margaret Thatcher - Listverse

Baroness Margaret Thatcher’s birthday was October 13. She would have been 95 years old. In addition to being Britain’s “Iron Lady,” friend to President Ronald Reagan, and first woman Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher should also be remember for her poise and intellect.

Back in 2017, The Independent Women’s Forum published the “Top Five Reasons Margaret Thatcher is Still an Inspiration to Women Today,” summarized here:

  • She didn’t use her sex to influence her career.
  • She was principled.
  • She challenged the status quo.
  • She had to work for her success.
  • She was a modern feminist.

I was also struck by her insight which is evident in these 10 quotes:

My favorite quote, however, is one my mother often said: “There is no such thing as public money, there is only taxpayers’ money.”

1. The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

2. Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas?

3. I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me.’ They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbor. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.

4. No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions; he had money as well.

5. The philosophical reason for which we are against nationalization and for private enterprise is because we believe that economic progress comes from the inventiveness, ability, determination and the pioneering spirit of extraordinary men and women. If they cannot exercise that spirit here, they will go away to another free enterprise country which will then make more economic progress than we do. We ought, in fact, to be encouraging small firms and small companies, because the extent to which innovation comes through these companies is tremendous.

6. Our challenge is to create the kind of economic background which enables private initiative and private enterprise to flourish for the benefit of the consumer, employee, the pensioner, and society as a whole…I believe we should judge people on merit and not on background. I believe the person who is prepared to work hardest should get the greatest rewards and keep them after tax. That we should back the workers and not the shirkers: that it is not only permissible but praiseworthy to want to benefit your own family by your own efforts.

7. I place a profound belief—indeed a fervent faith—in the virtues of self-reliance and personal independence. On these is founded the whole case for the free society, for the assertion that human progress is best achieved by offering the freest possible scope for the development of individual talents, qualified only by a respect for the qualities and the freedom of others…For many years there has been a subtle erosion of the essential virtues of the free society. Self-reliance has been sneered at as if it were an absurd suburban pretention. Thrift has been denigrated as if it were greed. The desire of parents to choose and to struggle for what they themselves regarded as the best possible education for their children has been scorned.

8. What are the lessons then that we’ve learned from the last thirty years? First, that the pursuit of equality itself is a mirage. What’s more desirable and more practicable than the pursuit of equality is the pursuit of equality of opportunity. And opportunity means nothing unless it includes the right to be unequal and the freedom to be different. One of the reasons that we value individuals is not because they’re all the same, but because they’re all different. I believe you have a saying in the Middle West: ‘Don’t cut down the tall poppies. Let them rather grow tall.’ I would say, let our children grow tall and some taller than others if they have the ability in them to do so. Because we must build a society in which each citizen can develop his full potential, both for his own benefit and for the community as a whole, a society in which originality, skill, energy and thrift are rewarded, in which we encourage rather than restrict the variety and richness of human nature.

9. Some socialists seem to believe that people should be numbers in a State computer. We believe they should be individuals. We are all unequal. No one, thank heavens, is like anyone else, however much the socialists may pretend otherwise. We believe that everyone has the right to be unequal but to us every human being is equally important.

10. There is no such thing as ‘safe’ socialism. If it’s safe, it’s not socialism. And if it’s socialism, it’s not safe. The signposts of socialism point downhill to less freedom, less prosperity, downhill to more muddle, more failure. If we follow them to their destination, they will lead this nation into bankruptcy.

This material is from Mark Perry’s blog post at AEI

Happy Birthday, Margaret Thatcher!


What am I sappy cat blogging?

October 16, 2020

Don’t squash the music

October 14, 2020

Autumn in Central Park

October 11, 2020

Fall from Jamie Scott on Vimeo.


What am I sappy duck blogging?

October 9, 2020


Well, I feel better

October 8, 2020

We have been doing our daily walk and nature study at the nearby Nature Center and have been somewhat flummoxed of late. But Bird Dog at Maggie’s Farm has summed it up well . . .

“I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but North America has lots of warblers. They come up north in May to breed, and head back to the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America in September and October. 

“You really need to be an expert to identify them without their springtime migration breeding colors. They mostly look like the photo, or otherwise nondescript. All around my gardens for the past few weeks.”

We regularly enjoy a variety of wildlife – mainly birds – in this oasis of nature within a suburban setting. Sightings include a bald eagle, osprey, red-tailed hawk (he’s a neighbor), green heron, great blue herons, belted kingfisher, downy and hairy woodpeckers, red headed woodpecker, chickadees, phoebes, goldfinches, red winged blackbirds, catbirds, as well as the myriad robins, mourning doves, cardinals and jays.

In the spring we delighted in the little, colorful warblers, but this autumn is dominated by LBBs – the little brown birds (wait, is that one yellow?) that Bird Dog referred to above.

We always see something interesting.


What am I noting today?

October 6, 2020

It is National Noodle Day – It is also Tattoo Tuesday

I had a cat named Noodle . . .


Sunday Dinner

October 5, 2020

It was yummy. There may be a few carrots missing.