Posts Tagged ‘chemistry’

First the Snowpocalypse hit the States. Now something… Else is upon us: the Dustpocalypse. If some of you (yes, I know that at least a few people out there read my blog) hadn’t noticed, an Icelandic volcano, the Eyjafjallajökull, erupted last week and sent the European airports checkmate. In Copenhagen alone a stunning 2.250 arrivals and departures has been canceled. That’s not just a few flights. That’s a lot.

Coincidentally I was in Copenhagen when the shit hit the fan, and at first it was just a few cancelled flights to Norway and the airspace were said to be closed until 6 pm, but that was this Thursday, today is Monday and the airspace is still closed. Thank the Heavens I’m not trapped somewhere, like Copenhagen. One of my friends are currently stranded in Copenhagen on his way from Bangkok to Dublin (he has been in Thailand since last year, so I don’t blame him for wanting to go home).

I don’t know if it’s officially been dubbed the Dustpocalypse (yet) so I’m doing it now. Yeah, you stupid fucker, it’s nothing like what happened in Washington, man! You might say. But the fact is: fuck you! Here’s a list of what happens when a country is covered in 2 meters of snow:

  • People are trapped in their houses – no, they just have to stop being so fucking lazy and start walking(!) to the store instead of taking the fucking car.
  • Roofs collapsing – yeah, I don’t really have anything good on that one. That’s just too bad.
  • Snowball fights – fuck… YES!

So stop whining. Here’s what happens when a fucking country is hit by an enormous fucking volcanic dust cloud:

  • Airspace is closed – you don’t want fucking glass on the inside of your jet engines when you’re in a plane, don’t ya?
  • Climate changes – fuck yes, Al Gore! When the atmosphere is filled with ashes the warm rays of the Sun are not able to heat the Earth thus causing a cold summer – Yay, Al Gore says, it’s putting a stop to the global heating! No, fucker, read the next item.
  • Toxicity – okay, volcanic ashes are more or less made of sulfur, and sulfur is not good, not for humans nor plants, got that Al?
  • Acid rain – you know what happens when sulfur get’s mixed with the chemicals in our atmosphere? You get motherfucking acid rain, motherfucker! Just take a look on this shit:

SO2 + OH => HOSO2

=> HOSO2 + O2

=> HO2 + SO3

=> SO3 (g) + H2O (l)

=> H2SO4 (l)

Chemistry is the fucking truth brother… So if you got any sculptures or statues of marble or gypsum, I’d advise you to get them inside. Quickly. Oh, and by the way, acid and plants don’t mix.

  • Snow vs. sulfuric ashes – yeah, snow melts. You know what happens do dust and ashes that gets into the fucking atmosphere? It stays there. For a long time. When the volcano on what today is the Greek island of Santorini erupted? The ashes spread all around the fucking globe. They found traces of the ashes in the glaciers on frggin’ Greenland.

So, what were the consequences of the Snowpocalypse? Please I really wanna know, because I really doubt it was fair to associate a snowstorm with the damn apocalypse, when the Dustpocalypse kicks his fucking ass.

I recently moved to a new apartment, and because I’m about to move again in about three or four months I didn’t feel like unpacking all of my books – only the ones I felt like I needed in my impressively small bookshelf, and I thought of making a list of a few of them*:

  • Albert Camus: The Fall
  • Allah/Muhammad: The Quran
  • Boccaccio: Decameron
  • Dante: The Divine Comedy
  • Euripides: Electra
  • Finn Høghøj: Pre-Socratics
  • Franz Kafka: The Verdict
  • Frede Møller Kristensen: Texts of Buddhism – Pedagogical Studies
  • Friedrich Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra
  • George Orwell: 1984
  • George Orwell: Animal Farm
  • God/Moses: The Bible
  • Henrik Ibsen: A Doll’s House
  • Homer: The Illiad
  • Homer: The Odyssey
  • Howard Philips Lovecraft: Necronomicon
  • Jean-Paul Sartre: Existentialism is a Humanism
  • Johannes Sløk, Mogens Pihl & Erik Lund: The European History of Ideas
  • K.E. Løgstrup: Creation and Destruction
  • K.E. Løgstrup: Martin Heidegger
  • K.E. Løgstrup: The Ethical Demand
  • Ken Keysey: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass
  • Marty: Nachel: Homebrewing for Dummies
  • Professor Wally Jay: Small Circle Jiu-jitsu
  • Sv. Aage Bay: Contemporary Foreign Religions
  • Victor Hugo: Les Misérables
  • William Shakespeare: Collected Works
  • Willy Thrysøe: Human Sexuality: a Philosophical and Biological Analysis
  • + About 15 books about various fields of mathematics and chemistry

*When possible I’ll use the English titles – otherwise I’ll try to translate in best the best possible way.

Jag vet inte något bättre, men i Amerika har de visat
att i låten “Beyond the Realms of Death” av Judas Priest
Finns det röster i huvudet som säger: Ge dig själv en chans
Men det är svårt när du inte vet vilket håll kulan ut
Så jag sa släpp rädslan för sataniska musik
För du blir först hjärndöd, så det kan inte slå klick
Och även om Ozzy Osbourne hoppade en dopade get i luften
Finns det inget fel med sunt förnuft …. nej