Monday, October 27, 2008
Meet me at Facebook!
No, I'm not anonymous over there, and no rantin' and ravin'. No ER mentions over there -- so I can keep bloggin' and be forthright with my rantin' and ravin' here -- a right I surrender in the public sphere 'cause I am a workin'-press type.
So, if you know me in the RW, come find me me at Facebook. Just don't mention *this* place, or "Erudite Redneck," or "ER" or the like, at *that* place, 'k? Muchas gracias.
And if you don't know me in the RW, I ain't gonna quit this place. It's kept me sane lo, these four long years.
I'm not so sure about facebook, can you tell?
At first it seems fun... then you realise you have just lost 8 hours.
It also seems weird catching up with people you have not seen since school days.
Keep on blogging though won't you.
I'll see ya here. :)
Or post a happy family photo as your profile picture so that their friends see that you actually have a relatively normal family, unlike the weird, horrific mutant family your kids have been telling everyone about.
Alan - it's not the friends from high school necessarily, but what about friends from before those strange years? Elementary or Junior High for instance?
I had all my memories of school and college prior to the age of 22 erased by a neural neutralizer developed by Dr. Simon Van Gelder.
For me, Facebook is a great way to stay in touch with anyone who doesn't live in the same town--which is rather a lot of my friends, actually.
Oh, and my dad and I play scrabble there, even tho we live down the street from each other!
But you know, I had a hard time in my school years (until I discovered the social rewards of getting drunk to fit in), mainly because I was so very shy, bookish and an easy tease (reading Hermann Hesse at 15 doesn't put you in the popular crowd...), but FB is perfect for those with eclectic interests; I just joined two groups of people from around the world who love Roland Barthes - no one in my community or even family, and I'd say my friends on FB have any idea of who he is.
Alan: Hey, I've not Friended anybody from high school. And precious few from college. Most are former coworkers in the news biz; there is a camaraderie there.
Come on...do it...everyone's doin' it....it'll make you feel all grown up!
Yeah, I fell for that line once ... regarding tequila ... never again. :)
Good tequila, better!
Better tequila, excellent!
Excellent tequila! And it cleans your teeth.
Been on the Facebook a few years now. Yes it is a black hole for time. My biggest peeve is the stupid incessant invites to play poker, raid a castle, or go on some trail ride: "Bob has farted in your general direction. Would you like to accept his fart, fart back, or fart in the general direction of your friends?"
Poor Alan and his tequila nightmares.
Doc, sounds like just another night at my house.
...come to think of it, that's a little screwed up, isn't it?
Well, no faster than the alcohol evaporates from a beer just sittin' there.
I'm sure others' situation is simlar.
Just keep it out of my shot glass and my rocks glass. Bleah.
"wouldn't the alcohol evporate while the jello is setting?"
GEEK ALERT! Please feel free to stop reading now. You've been warned.
Well, you could go with the common sense answer ER gives, but where's the fun in that?!?
The evaporation rate of ethanol in a closed system under controlled conditions at 25C is about 5 mg/square meter of surface in one second. One of those little plastic cups people use for jello shots has a surface area of about 0.0007 square meters, so the evaporation rate would be about 0.003 mg per second. If it takes an hour to set (just guessing, I've never made them) that would be about 10.8 mg total. The Jello Shot recipe I found online contained 10 oz of vodka (80 proof), thus about 4 oz of ethanol or 93,000 mg. So after all is said and done, you're down to 92,990 mg of ethanol.
(For our non-metric friends, a gram is about the weight of a paperclip. A milligram is a thousandth of that mass.)
So it's very, very small. And that's at 25C, but these things are made at much cooler temperatures.
And that's for pure ethanol. In water/ethanol solutions, the ethanol molecules prefer their own company to the company of water molecules and thus hang out together in microscopic droplets, thus are not evenly distributed throughout the liquid, so the ethanol molecules are not randomly distributed at the surface, thus decreasing the rate of evaporation. Further complicating this is that water and ethanol form something called an azeotrope, meaning that once the composition of the liquid hits 96%, the composition never changes after that, no matter how much evaporates. So, in order to get rid of that last 4%, you'd literally have to evaporate away all of the water.
This is why cooking with wine, for example, never removes all of the alcohol from a recipe, BTW.
See? Chemistry can be practical! ;)
BTW I'm not sure if it means anything but my word verification word is "drudg"
You apparently missed me on Facebook! There are four with similar names, and I guess you now have to be friends with a different "Adam". BTW, if you choose to try again, you can see three kids in the profile pic. Or just drop me an email.