One of my pictures made it into today's CakeWrecks. It's the last one on that page, the "beach vomit" cake.
There were actually a couple of other cakes in the same "style" that looked even worse, but they disappeared before I could get back to the store with a camera.
It would not have occurred to me that one might create permanganate at home by dissolving steel wool in bleach. Nevertheless: I've got that distinctive grape-juice colour that first-year chem students at Queen's used to ask me "is this a purple solution?" about.
I probably won't bother to try to save and purify it; it's likely to be much more fuss than it's worth, I don't need it, it's relatively chemically unstable and would probably decompose before I got to play with it. My intended product is the rust, ferric oxide. With which I will make ferric chloride, by dissolving it in hydrochloric acid. With which I will make jelly.
I have also made some cupric (copper+2) chloride by dissolving fine copper wire in hydrochloric acid with hydrogen peroxide. Combined with ascorbic acid extracted from vitamin C tablets, I'll be making copper nanoparticle jelly. The two jellies combined can be used to copper-plate stainless steel so it can be soldered onto.
From there, I hope to be able to build a light-up propeller for my bike helmet. I'm having some trouble sourcing some of the stainless steel bits, not to mention having to revise my designs as I discover that some items simply aren't available. I've already gone through a fair bit of hassle getting some T-pins that were supposed to be stainless steel, only to discover (on prior testing, because I'm suspicious) that they were just ordinary nickel-plated regular steel and rusted rapidly when scratched. (The seller tried to insist that their product was stainless and that I must have switched the pins. Then that, well, yes, their stuff rusted, but it was still stainless, just really low-quality stainless. "Of course if you scratch off the protective layer it rusts!")
- If a thing is fixed, another thing will break.
- If a problem is prevented, another failure will become possible.
"Disconcerting" because I discovered it by eventually noticing that the breakers were matching the wrong set of neighbors -- the breakers for the former electric water heater, rather than the ones for the current clothes dryer -- at the wrong time. Could have been worse. I have felt 240VAC just once, and that was enough, thank you.
Most print-on-demand books cannot be returned after purchase. In most cases, that's a fair limitation. When the product is as misleading as this... well, I don't know if the no-returns policy applies to these books, but I'd be surprised if it didn't.
Like in my great-grandfather's days
Through blizzards howlin',
To school they crawled, twen-
Ty miles, uphill both the ways...
We are very tired of doctors who, having failed to find a probable cause of a symptom by anything they can test for, jump to some conclusion about something that wouldn't show up on any test they can think of... and insist that that MUST be THE answer.