Saturday, 8 September 2012

Some of my Favourite Substances.

1. Potassium Permanganate

Well, that's how this blog started. I had a plan to take shit & piss and old batteries and transform them into a "magickal" chemical that could transport organic materials through time. There's no point me elucidating further here... if you are seeking enlightenment, just read the rest of the blog.

2. Sodium Bicarbonate (Bicarbonate of Soda)

Another one that's been covered elsewhen elsewhen in this blog. It's amphoteric - if you wish really hard that it's an acid, then it is - if you wish equally hard that it's a base, then it'll do that for you too.

3. Hydrogen Oxide (Water)

And whilst we're one the subject of things hanging on the borderline of acid and base, we mustn't forget the most magical substance of all. Water contains hydrogen ions... and that makes it an acid: H2SO4: Sulphuric Acid, HCl: Hydrocloric Acid, HNO3: Nitric Acid, H2CO3: Carbonic Acid (acid rain)... and so on. But water is also a basic oxide and it's acidity and base-ness cancel each other out in a perfect balance that would make any Taoist in search of the yin and the yang sit up and notice. And in direct contradiction to Sodium Bicarb they achieve perfect balanced neutrality. Making water the source of all life.

7/10 of this Earth's surface is water. 70% of you is water. Water is the source of all life. Water, that's what I'm talking about - water.

4. Glass

You might look at a lump of glass and say that it's a solid, but you'd be wrong! If it was a solid; it'd be nice, neat quartz (or something similar - there's lot's of different glasses)  crystals but glass aint crystalline. Now aluminium... that's a solid. If you took a lump of aluminium somewhere where it couldn't get eroded, corroded, or melted by some maniac and left it there for a squillion years - when you came back, it'd still be much the same block of aluminium you left there. Glass is a different story. The glass would be a puddle on the floor! Glass is a very very very very thick liquid - but a liquid none the less. You can do your own, simplified version of the experiment above by finding a very very very old window - you'll notice that the glass has become thin at the top and thick at the bottom as, over hundreds of years, the glass has flowed down following the force of gravity.

Thing's aren't always what they seem.

Did you know that EVERY TIME you have a glass of water, you're drinking at least one molecule that passed through the bladder of Aristotle!