Stretch

Parafilm is an amazing thing.

For those of you who aren’t in the wonderful class of AP Chemistry, and yes, I mean that wholeheartedly, Parafilm (c) is this wonderful little film somewhat like industrial saran wrap. You get this ittsy bittsy tiny square of it from this huge roll sitting on the lab bench, and grab your 750 mL of deadly base, and just…

stretch…

and s t r e t c h….

and s  t  r  e  t  c  h . . . . . . . .

until the little bitty piece covers the entire lid. As you can tell, this is a pretty darn useful thing in case if you want to seal, oh I don’t know, some kind of skin irritant from vaporizing and getting into the room where you spend 240 minutes per week in.

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Tragedy

Today, 27 people have died.

27.

Every day, thousands of people die in the US alone. Most of them are senior in age and experience, going out with a passing of the light. Heart attacks, cancer, and old age slowly devestate everybody, everywhere.

Around the globe, nearly 17,000 kids die every single day due to starvation. In a world where food has become commonplace in some areas, people are still being hit, and being hit hard, by this issue of malnutrition.

All over the world, so many die for so many wrong reasons. Sudden heart attacks, inter-city violence, drunk driver accident. So many lives cut loose, far ahead of their time. It’s become commonplace for all of these to occur, so that when another shocking report appears on National Public Radio, it is but another nuisance in our days.

In general, life moves on, no? Isn’t death inevitable, that any action taken against it futile?

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Catalog Cards

In our old-fashioned, unmodernized library, there is a petite little device in the back of every book. Used for many decades before modern organization of books came to be, the library catalog is a must. It would have provided the author, title, subject and etcetera about any book located within this fine institution of a library.

At our school, the catalog is a shame.

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Streetlight

There’s a new streetlight in front of my house. It really isn’t hard to miss. I mean, they replaced those old sodium-burning lights for the harsh glow of the white LED’s.

It used to be that they would have to send energy into this little container of sodium, vaporizing the poor little container (hooray for anthropomorphizing atoms!) and turning it into a gaseous state. From there, the sodium was shot full of energy until those valence electrons began to jump, one by one, up the orbitals. Unfortunately, it doesn’t stay up there very long, and it crashes back to its original state in a fit of glory, releasing just one itty bitty photon along the way.

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