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Clearly God is a major geek to have made chemicals that do this.  I have seen some of these in action; much fun.

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Date: 2013-12-02 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Oh my gods, this is awesome! Thank you for making my day! :D

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Date: 2013-12-02 11:11 pm (UTC)
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Chemistry - science in general - is pretty awesome indeed. That cake sounds great! Do you have a recipe for it, or is it a secret?

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Date: 2013-12-03 01:05 am (UTC)
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Oh, awesome, thanks for the links! I'll have to try that out one day.

I've never celebrated Imbolc. Perhaps I should. I really like your Hawai'ian version. I think that's a great idea merging traditions like that.

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Date: 2013-12-03 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Yes, it does need practice to know what will work. But in my experience, it can help very much seeing the similarities, and the differences, in the different traditions, which in turns helps understand them better, including one's own.

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Date: 2013-12-03 12:03 pm (UTC)
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I always pictured him sitting in his workshop, chuckling to himself and saying "Wait until they see this one!"

Mind you, biology is full of things that make you wonder if the Creator was pulling your leg, or just higher than a kite... I mean, I think Darwin came up with the Theory of Evolution because the alternative was that God's either crazy, high or sub-contracted out the southern hemisphere to a 10 year old boy with a dubious sense of humour. [Seriously, penis worms?! Really!]

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Date: 2013-12-03 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
I think high school chem lab has gotten a lot tamer since my day. I remember making nitrogen iodide, and the teacher (the only black teacher in the school, back in early 1960s Connecticut) demonstrated thermite (though for some reason we weren't allowed to make any ourselves).

Yes...

Date: 2013-12-03 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
And then they wonder why it's hard to get kids interested in science. Me, I grew up with my parents naming the chemicals that made fireworks colorful.

Though to be fair, my most exciting science class story involved the teacher's discovery of a rogue magical talent in the room. We'd been telling him about it for a while. When it finally happened to one of his experiments, he proved himself a true scientist and just accepted that it happened.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2013-12-04 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siege.livejournal.com
The science teacher at the Ivy Tech in southern Indiana showed around a Geiger counter on day, walking it around the classroom for each of us to hold and look at. I decided to experiment by pushing energy at it from my hand, but he took it back and handed it to the next student before I could see if the expanding energy field made it hiss.

But I've also done this with a theremin, and gave it a proper squeal -- though that was at least somewhat muscle tension in my arm, I think. I'd have to do a proper series of isolated tests to be sure.

Re: Yes...

Date: 2013-12-13 09:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
That would be fascinating to explore.

I can manipulate plasma inside storm balls. Most people have to touch the glass to do that. I don't.

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