MOLE DAY

TL 10-23 MOLE DAY

If you are not a science nerd or chemistry geek you may not have a clue what Mole Day is – I admit I did not.  Let’s learn together.

Most Americans – 84% – saw science as a positive force in society.  Yet…  all age-groups had a rather flimsy grasp of simple scientific concepts, even those taught in most public high schools, such as gravity or the structure of the atom.  – Priyamvada Natarajan, PhD

MOLE DAY is celebrated annually on this day from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m. and commemorates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 1023), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry.  That’s about when I started dozing off – but stay with me.  Mole Day was created as a way to foster interest in chemistry.  Various activities related to chemistry and/or moles will abound today.

For a given molecule, one mole is a mass (in grams) whose number is equal to the molar mass of the molecule.  Am I the only one getting a headache?  LOL!  For example, the water molecule has a molar mass of 18, therefore one mole of water weighs 18 grams.  In general, one mole of any substance contains Avogadro’s Number of molecules or atoms of that substance.  This relationship was first discovered by Amadeo Avogadro (1776-1858).  He didn’t receive credit until after his death.

Wow – I think the left side of my brain is asleep or something.  So – let’s see how people with a left brain celebrate this Mole O’Ween:

 Auld Daddy Darkness creeps frae his hole,
Black as a blackamoor, blin’ as a mole….
– James Ferguson

Yes – my mind is going toward the animal mole…  guilty!

Well – there’s an idea for your Halloween costume!  You can be Dr. Geek.  Works for me – hmm – not sure about those goggles – they might have to go.

 There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.  – Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, 1883

I took science in high school and had to memorize a lot of minerals and stuff – but could not tell you any of them now.  I did what I had to do to pass the course and did not make an A.  I’m sure this is a great day for the smart science geeks  in America and around the world.  Have a good time and Happy Mole O’Ween!  🙂

 

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PLAY GOD DAY

TL 1-9 PLAY GOD DAY

1-9 GOD IS GOD

I think it’s vital to have something outside your acting to keep you rooted.  For me being a Christian has been invaluable:  It simply means acting isn’t the center of my life.  – David Oyelowo

Did you know that today is PLAY GOD DAY???  What should we do about that?  Well, my resolve is stronger than ever to pray to God with a grateful heart.

From all I’ve read, we are encouraged to try and solve a problem for a friend and make their day better and brighter.  Can I solve my friend’s problem as well as my God can?  Well, of course not.  So maybe we should tell our friends that we will pray for them and pray that God will solve their problems.  I’m all for that!

I’m at a disadvantage because I’ve not seen the movie Bruce Almighty.  Apparently this movie explores the idea of what it means to play God and what those powers should entail.  We’ve all seen movies and TV shows where someone is trying to play God.  It’s usually some scientist who holds a devious plan for creating life in a beaker or something.  As technology advances and humans delve into biology the discussions about “playing God” have become more prominent in real life. 

God is not a cosmic bell boy for whom we can press a button to get things done.  – Harry Emerson Fosdick

I’m not trying to be a wet blanket, but rather I’m trying to keep us from giving advice to someone instead of taking them to the one who can really help.  I think we have all thought about the power God has and wondered why diseases are not eradicated and why small children are still hungry.  I can’t answer those questions – because God is God – and I am not.

Okay, am I the only one asking, “Is it better to point a finger at someone, or threaten to break a finger off that’s being pointed at you?”  Just sayin’…  and I won’t even go into the part about poisoning the tea and tying people up.

It seems to me today is a day to love and support each other.  Pray for one another and show true compassion for everyone.  Rather than playing God, we point others to God.  I’m comfortable with that.  🙂