Monday, September 15, 2014

Thanks for Stopping By

Anyone who notices how long it's been since I've posted would probably guess that the blog is no longer maintained.  That guess would be correct.  The time has come to officially announce that  there will no longer be any new posts to this blog.  I'd like to thank everyone who has stopped by over the past 4 years, particularly John Spevacek of the Rheo Thing blog.
I still think that there's a place for a blog dedicated to general rheology, but I've come to realize that I'm not the best person to write it.
Thanks again, and may everything flow smoothly for you.

Monday, October 7, 2013

A tip on French-Canadian tipping

For those of you who are headed to Montreal for next week's SOR meeting, here's something to keep in mind.  Due to a new provincial law, you have to accompany your server to the credit card station and tell that person the amount you wish to tip.  Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.  Most of the hospitality workers I’ve encountered in and around Montreal are familiar with English.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Link of the Moment: Beer Review

A few years ago, I found a San Diego-based microbrew called Old Viscosity Ale.  Inspired by the post, fellow blogger John Spevacek tracked down some of the product and rigorously tested its tagline "Not your dad's 30 weight."  He published the results in the most recent Rheology Bulletin on page 7.  [Disclosure: I'm acknowledged in the paper.]  Congratulations to John on his humorous work, and thanks to Editor Faith Morrison for including the work in the Bulletin.
One side benefit of John's sampling work is that he supplied a bottle for my own consumption.  I am no longer an unpaid blogger.  I have been compensated in beer.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Audio of the Moment: A New Pitch

Many people, including John, have reported that the Australian pitch experiment is about to drip for the 9th time.  I enjoyed this presentation from Radiolab.  It will take 9 minutes of your time.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

New Material Coming Soon

I've found a few things worth posting, so look for more stuff coming in the next few days.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Quotation of the Moment: Pi Day (#2)

"Frustra laborant quotquot se calculationibus futigant pro inventione quadraturae circuli."
"Futile is the labor of those who fatigue themselves with calculations to square the circle."
--Michael Stifel (1544)
People who attempt to "square the circle" are trying to prove that the perimeter of a square is equivalent to the circumference of a circle.  Their proofs usually generate rational values of pi.
Hat tip: History of Pi by Petr Beckmann 
 
 
 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Jobs Report (Mar 2012)

Using the keyword "rheolog*", I found 36 positions listed on Monster.com and 22 jobs on Careerbuilder.  The search was conducted on March 1st.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Link of the Moment: Tattoo Emporium

If you've got some spare time, head on over to the Tattoo Emporium at Discover magazine's Loom Blog and examine some of the creative ways that scientists and engineers decorate their bodies.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Link of the Moment: Silly Putty Info

If you want to know more about Silly Putty, head on over to HowStuffWorks.com to read their article on the history and properties of the "solid liquid."