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Periodic Table Table Poster Post 93

Posted by kdawson
from the ray-smullyan-did-not-live-in-vain dept.
TheodoreGray writes to mention his Artsy Periodic Table Poster. Others here have discovered his Periodic Table Table and his sodium-in-the-lake party. He concludes, "And if I post about posters again, I could be a Periodic Periodic Table Table Poster Poster."
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  • Ooo.. (Score:5, Funny)

    by onion2k (203094) on Wednesday September 06, 2006 @05:39AM (#16050809) Homepage
    "And if I post about posters again, I could be a Periodic Periodic Table Table Poster Poster."

    Ooo.. ooo.. please! Go on! I'm on the edge of my seat here!

    (On a side note, HTML really needs a sarcasm tag.)
  • by rbarreira (836272) on Wednesday September 06, 2006 @05:40AM (#16050813) Homepage
    Looks like his server has just been blasted by the /. element.
    • Re:Sodium metal (Score:5, Informative)

      by Otter (3800) on Wednesday September 06, 2006 @07:28AM (#16051016) Journal
      Coral Cache link [nyud.net] -- I love the Slashdotter FireFox extension! (And kudos to Theodore Gray for a really nice poster.)

      As long as I'm posting, I'm reminded of the article I read recently about how some public school was so poorly funded that their periodic table was from 1996 and didn't have the very newest element! Whatever the financial situation in the school, I found it at least as alarming that "activists" thought that was seriously holding back high school chemistry education, let alone that a reporter and editor (WSJ, no less, IIRC) agreed with them.

      • by ConceptJunkie (24823) on Wednesday September 06, 2006 @11:19AM (#16052519) Homepage Journal
        That's nothing, at my high school in North Carolina in the early 80's our periodic table contained only Earth, Water, Air and Fire. They didn't even have the update for Ether.

        Serious note, in 6th grade we were all supposed to bring in an example of an element. I don't recall what I brought in (probably coal for carbon), but it amazed and shocked me how many people brought in wood. I guess nowadays that wouldn't surprise me.

        By the way, my high school was actually pretty good and my chemistry teacher, Mr. Merritt, was an especially good teacher. I learned a lot in 11th grade chemistry.

         
        • by gfreeman (456642)
          Hmm, what would I bring?

          Something made of nickel, copper or iron, probably.

          Now though, I'd just show my wedding ring.

          What would other people bring, I wonder?
    • by dar (15755)
      Looks like his server has just been blasted by the /. element.

      Which can also be poisonous and explosive.
  • by DavidHOzAu (925585) on Wednesday September 06, 2006 @05:40AM (#16050814)
    ...and I think it is now safe to say that you can read more about him here [wikipedia.org].
    • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

      by mgblst (80109)
      There is no article. I guess we are still waiting for the first of such people to take an interest in wikipedia.
  • Oh, COME ON. (Score:2, Flamebait)

    by geminidomino (614729) *
    This doesn't even PRETEND to be news!

    And here we thought it was bad when the editors were posting PR fluff pieces. At least those were DISGUISED ads. This is just a frelling commercial, FFS!
  • I like ..... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ajs318 (655362) <sd_resp2@NOSPam.earthshod.co.uk> on Wednesday September 06, 2006 @05:47AM (#16050835)
    It's very pretty. Nice use of images ..... especially the Noble gases. Even pictures of the scientists after which some of the *cough* harder-to-obtain elements were named! I'm going to order one of the 68x134 ones if they can be shipped to the UK.

    If you like this, you'll probably also like Kalzium [kde.org].
    • Kalzium does look interesting but I use [caugh]windows[/caugh].

      I wonder if there are any emulators that allow linux and other weird OS's to work in Win.

      I saw one where each element had a picture of it's use.
      Tungsten, for example, showed a light bulb.

      I noticed the profiles of the undiscoved countries, er elements.
      Actually they will be created by them.
      Somehow the creater of this picture went forward in time, ohh I said too much.

      OSQ from the last part, ala James Wood.
      • by ajs318 (655362)
        You don't need an emulator. Just grab a bootdisk such as Slax [linux-live.org] or Knoppix [knoppix.org]. Boot from this. Although you probably won't find Kalzium on the CD, you will still be able to install it from the net. Slax accepts Slackware packages and Knoppix accepts Debian packages.

        You might even find you quite like Linux, and decide to install it permanently .....
      • KDE 4 will almost certainly run on Windows. Just be patient.

        --
        Evan

    • by Lactoso (853587)
      "harder-to-obtain elements"

      Like unobtanium?

  • From TFA:

    "After four years of collecting and photographing samples of all the chemical elements, months of struggling to select the very best example of each one, and further months of working on the best possible printing quality, I am pleased to say that you can now buy a copy of my photographic periodic table poster."

    Nice work! But I'm really not sure about elements like Rh, Bh, Sg... Are you sure they are the best examples of each element?
  • by QuantumFTL (197300) * <justin,wick&gmail,com> on Wednesday September 06, 2006 @06:00AM (#16050855)
    Check out the new formula, folks:
    • Step 1: Create product made for /.ers
    • Step 2: Use Slashdot's Slashvertisement Submission Form
    • Step 3: Get server completely slashdotted before ten posts.
    • Step 4: /.ers are annoyed at you and never buy any of your stuff.
    • Step 5: ???
    • Step 6: At least you are not as bad as Roland.
    • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

      >Step 5: ???
      Step 5: No Profit!!!
    • by egr (932620)
      I see a good strategy for DoS attack here
    • I obviously posted the comment because I thought it would be modded funny (and because i was frustrated with the story). I'm wondering, does anyone know what (if anything) in the list is actually funny? I'm just curious, as I often see a lot of +5 funnies (my own, included) being modded up w/o any discernible humor value.

      And why do I post things just for karma? It's because /. is the only MMORPG I allow myself to play :)
  • Title (Score:2, Offtopic)

    by tsa (15680)
    Great title above this post!
  • by 192939495969798999 (58312) <infoNO@SPAMdevinmoore.com> on Wednesday September 06, 2006 @07:06AM (#16050973) Homepage Journal
    Looks like Unobtanium is all I get when I try to view that table... hey, maybe I should just post my digital artwork as a story too -- at least my server can (supposedly) handle some hits!
  • Shameless plug, yes (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TheodoreGray (578458) on Wednesday September 06, 2006 @07:40AM (#16051046) Homepage
    I would just like to say in my defense that in the form I submitted the story it wasn't just a shameless plug for my poster. It was a shameful plug disguised with interesting links [badscience.net] to the recent Brainiac alkali metal explosions fiasco [theodoregray.com], which I'm genuinely surprised didn't get any attention on slashdot. Sorry about the server, again. It was supposed to be able to handle it. Unfortunately they have their hands around my bandwidth neck because for some reason our sysadmin department feels it's more important to keep wolfram.com [wolfram.com] running than my periodic table table site. Where is the appreciation for fine art in this world? If only people would buy my poster, I could afford more bandwidth for sodium explosions. There, now you have a truly shameless plug to complain about.
    • by Lijemo (740145)
      "Sodium in the lake party"-- wait-- I think our pyromaniac honors high school chemestry teacher showed that to us back in-- 1989? somewhere around there? Is it a video of you taking a class out to a strip mine and throwing a big 'ol block of sodium in? my class thought that was pretty darn cool =^). (In class, our teacher was only able to demonstrate will small peices in a large garbage can of water...) The only part of that class that was more memorable was when a tin-foil trough of flaming chemicals star
    • by nblender (741424) on Wednesday September 06, 2006 @08:04AM (#16051120)
      Ignore the other self-righteous wankers. I am continuously amused by the things you get up to, and enjoy your little pieces in popsci.. My favourite is still the Iridium incident with the batshit crazy russians....

      http://georgelazenby.livejournal.com/195942.html [livejournal.com]

      So hey, Thanks.

      • by gardyloo (512791)
        Love the link. Too bad the pictures linked to from it are apparently hosted on a defunct site. On the other hand, the postings are great. Thanks!
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Kris_B_04 (883011)
      My son will love that poster.
      Now, I just gotta find my paypal account...

      But it's sayin I gotta start a new one.

      Blah. :)

      But one order coming up as soon as I get an account!!! LOL

      It is a gorgeous poster....

      Thanks,
      Kris

    • Maybe you should have a potassium party someday. When I was a teenager, I did a little pyrotechnic experiment with K. I had a rod about 4 inches long and the width of a half dollar. I decided to take a 5 gallon bucket of water, set it in the middle of our Cul de Sac, cut off a 2 inch chunk, and toss it into the bucket. It took a couple of tosses to get it in from a safe distance. There was fire, a huge amount of water sprayed all over the place and a very destroyed bucket in the end. The majority of the
    • by deglr6328 (150198)
      The image of liquid nitrogen in the unsilvered dewar you have is remarkably perfect. It is rare to see a picture of it so clearly due to the ever present misty cold vapor. It looks like you are using a bell jar to cover the dewar and take images of it. If so, have you ever considered pulling a vaccum on it so you could get nice pictures of solid nitrogen and oxygen? I would love love love to see how much of a deeper blue solid oxygen is compared to the liquid. cheers.
      • The rotation video you can find under nitrogren on my site was in fact taken under a bell jar, with the bell jar in turn heated by a hair drier blowing at it to keep off condensation on the outside. But that video didn't come out nearly as well as the picture in the poster, which was taken on a dry winter day but otherwise out in the open. It took several hours to get it just right, and also involved the use of a hair drier to chase condensation off the Dewer between attempts. I was a bit nervous blowing
        • by deglr6328 (150198)
          Yes I saw your LOX image, I suspected something because the edge of the bowl also looked suspiciously blue!! Its ok you are forgiven. ;) really, making nitrogen ice by placing some liquid in a dewar and putting it under vacuum is surprisingly easy (look at the simple setup here for instance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Cryopreservati o n.jpg [wikipedia.org] ). I've done it in a plastic cup and all you need is a vacuum pump of moderate heft. Unfortunately my bell jar was utterly filty and taking pictures would've been
  • Before your Perl operator table overlord: http://www.ozonehouse.com/mark/blog/code/PeriodicT able.html [ozonehouse.com]
  • by greysky (136732)
    What is this guy's real name? Major Major Major Major?
  • Mirror of Table (Score:3, Insightful)

    by soulsteal (104635) <soulsteal&3l337,org> on Wednesday September 06, 2006 @08:51AM (#16051316) Homepage
    Mirror! [pseudonordic.org] so people can see it.
  • " Periodic Table Table Poster Post"

    Don't do that! You're going to make dyslexic and other spatially impaired folks go mad!
  • Since it didn't make it onto the "Related Stories" tab, I'll throw the good old Periodic Table Of Comic Books [uky.edu] back into the discussion.
    Just to keep it all over the table I am related to one of the people responsable for this.
  • You'd better either explicitly state periodicity and specify period or observe for more than just 1 cycle (peak-to-peak == post-to-post) before calling it periodic.
  • As a Chemistry major, I was interested to know that there are more than just one way to explore the properties of the elements. A few examples can be found here: http://www.wou.edu/las/physci/ch412/alttable.htm [wou.edu]. I wonder if any of these guys could be made into some type of artwork...
  • Come on, people, get with the times [re-discovery.org]!
  • i would like to point out that chemists have been doing these experiments for ages--the difference is that chemists typically don't document the steps and posting them on the web.

    a typical experiment (and one that has been repeated many, many times by many different people) is to pull a 1 lb brick of sodium out of a container of mineral oil and toss it into the charles river as you are walking over one of the bridges late at night.

    i agree with the other comments about the shameless promotion of products. w

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