Wednesday, January 25, 2012

To relieve crapback, butter your stuff with rock hard ButterSoft

That's all I'm sayin'.

Except... Don't knock it till you've tried it!

And by "it", understand that I don't know what I'm talking about here. It's potentially all euphemism, or none of it's euphemism. It's really up to the individual!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Post munchitis brought on by kettle lack leads to crapback

If you slouch too much, it gives you crapback. If you've lacked a kettle for most of the day, you're liable to slouch (even after an emergency temporary kettle has been delivered, STAT!) (except it wasn't really stat, in fact it took a few hours...the guys who brought it claimed to have been "testing it" before delivering it to us. I think they were testing it on mulled wine). And, as mentioned previously, slouching can lead to crapback. Therefore it follows that lacking a kettle leads to crapback. Via kettleless-induced post munchitis.

Monday, January 16, 2012

There was nary a hair on the brawny tea

It was time for a cup of tea (being brorning tea time, you see...ahead of MUNCH, but after the usual breakfast time), so I went down to the ocean and scooped up a mugful of briny water, which I planned to boil in the perfectly ordinary kettle in the staff tea room. While I was on the shore, a frightfully robust dude slathered in coconut oil, with a shiny orange tan, budgie smugglers and peroxide blonde hair, approached me. He moved with an impressive swagger, and as he drew up before me asked, "Heez it gahn?" and favoured me with a sly wink.

I stammered an incoherent response and turned to run, freaked the heck out by this spectacle of nature.

Just kidding, none of that happened. But it is brorning tea time.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Boron in da house

And I quote...

Name: Boron
Type: Metalloid
Density @ 293 K: 2.34 g/cm3

Discovery of Boron

Boron compounds such as borax (sodium tetraborate, Na2B4O7·10H2O) have been known and used by ancient cultures for thousands of years. Borax's name comes from the Arabic buraq, meaning "white."

Boron was first partially isolated in 1808 by French chemists Joseph L. Gay-Lussac and L. J. Thénard and independently by Sir Humphry Davy in London. Gay-Lussac & Thénard reacted boric acid with magnesium or sodium to yield boron, a gray solid. (1) They believed it shared characteristics with sulfur and phosphorus and named it bore. (2) [ - Boron]

What I want to know is, what does all that mean for Leo F. Boron, Sophie Boron and Walter F. Boron, all of whom are authors represented in our library catalogue over here?

Back in 1960, Leo was an added author on the book Transcendental and algebraic numbers, (so not my area of expertise...). More recently, Sophie's been writing about France's constitution, and during the 2000s Walter's been all about a cellular and molecular approach to Medical physiology (come to think of it, I'm an expert on none of these things!).

Happy Boron!

Friday, January 6, 2012

"Microbes and men" by Robert Reid

I love these dorky scientists and their very dorky book titles. Microbes and men - bring any famous books by Steinbeck to mind, folks? It should have been called Of microbes and men, though, really. Right?

Anyway, this is all I have to say today, but I want to explain that this post is part of the Library Treasures blog post series we will be featuring here. Great authors, great book titles, and great other things (authority records perhaps?) that we stumble across in our lovely dusty grimy library and its...errrr, "quaint" catalogue.

One down, many thousands to go!