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September 28, 2006

fun with science, potions, witches and nature

Some of the frozen items delivered via Peapod home grocery delivery service from Giant come with dry ice. With such side benefits from the service I get to act like the evil witch Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, and I make a vile potion to bring down my enemies:
Bwa ha haaa!
When I drop the dry ice into warm water it roils and boils and puts off that cool gas, and I cackle like a mad hag. It's clean, simple fun.

like a willow, I can bendMaybe I'll save some dry ice for the 2nd Annual Stevie Nicks Hallowe'en video party at Omega on October 21st. I'll try to make it and have a Stevie Nicks cocktail at 2122 P St., NW...

...at the rear entry of the address.
>; )

Despite deadlines at work (well, there are always deadlines it seems...) I managed to get Friday off to drive to the Dolly Sods Wilderness area of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. It is a very scenic area at the top of the Appalacian range, and almost resembles some parts of Canada or Alaska. The colors of the blueberries, maples and heather should be changing and vibrant. I can't wait. It's been a while since I've gone backpacking, and after this week I have some open spaces coming to me.

Posted by jimbo at September 28, 2006 7:43 AM

Comments

I love playing with dry ice. Its one of the few compounds that sublimates, that is goes directly from solid to gaseous form, for all you non-geeks. It you put metal against it it makes a terrible screeching noise. I like putting it in my mouth and blowing big clouds of water vapor out of my nose. Just keep it moving or you'll get frostbite in your mouth.

And there's always fun with dry ice + soda bottle bombs.......

Posted by: Markie / Chemistry Lad at September 28, 2006 12:47 PM

What has it all come down to?!?! Jimbo using Peapod?!?! No cell phone but Peapod?!?!

Posted by: Shawn at September 28, 2006 2:20 PM

For some more (not necessarily) clean, fun - try dropping a roll of Mentos into a 2L bottle of diet coke - just be sure to run away quickly.

Posted by: Tim at September 28, 2006 3:42 PM

I love that area of my home state! Although I haven't been in years, Dolly Sods is an interesting place... now stay on the walkways and off the bog-like flora :-)

Posted by: Bob at September 28, 2006 3:57 PM

How'd you get so much hair on your hand?

Posted by: Tim at September 28, 2006 4:04 PM

I wonder if red food coloring would make the dry ice "smoke" turn red?

Posted by: homer at September 28, 2006 4:49 PM

Jimbo, you're accelerating global warming!!! ;)

-andy

Posted by: Andrew at September 28, 2006 5:33 PM

Homer: I'll try the food coloring thing, but I doubt it will work.

Tim: I have furry arms!

Posted by: jimbo at September 28, 2006 5:51 PM

Hey Jimbo ~

Thanks for adding info about the Stevie party. I appreciate that. And you gave me an idea for the party, to add dry ice. Don't know how much of that I would need, but sounds like a fun idea. Maybe I will see you there. Come up to the booth and say hi.

Tre :-)

Posted by: VJ Tre at September 28, 2006 6:15 PM

Looks like Dr. Jekyll drinking his potion and turning into Mr. Hairy Hyde.

Also, have fun enjoying the great outdoors. You definitely won't need a sweater. (eg)

Posted by: SmartAss at September 28, 2006 6:21 PM

I used to love backpacking in the Flatirons of Boulder. So relaxing. Have fun!

Posted by: moby at September 28, 2006 11:45 PM

Jimbo,

You have Meleficent from Sleeping Beauty mixed up with the Evil Queen from Snow White-she's the one with the potions that turn her into an old hag! I thought by now you would know everything there is to know about evil queens.

Posted by: Brian at September 29, 2006 2:30 AM

Nice furry forearm pic...

Posted by: Joe at September 29, 2006 6:03 AM

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