The Black Blood of the Earth
Click Here to Jump to the Latest Coffee News Updates (read below first the beginnings of where BBotE came from) Or skip my blather and go look at the goods! THE COLLEGE YEARS At some point, all of us start wondering how much coffee we can drink before our hearts explode. This typically happens when we are up, very late, in college with either the panic of a final the next day or have nothing particularly better to do than try to achieve acute caffiene poisoning. What do you mean you haven’t done this? Liar. Your letting yourself down and making Baby Jesus (ten time running All American Most Valuable Jesus) cry. My first foray into this arena involved a winter quarter introductory physics final exam. I had been gifted with a friend’s surplus espresso machine that I’d barely used, not being much of a coffee fan at that time. Also, all of us freshmen had received a gift box (sub-category: male) full of useful “male” things. One of these useful things was a packet with two No-Doze in it. I had six apartment mates and none of them had used anything other than condoms from their kits yet (as a…
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I, first, commend you for your dedication to your loved ones by recognizing their need for More Awesome in their lives with the gift of Scientific Drinking. Be it a 665ml Stein of Science, a Subaru Outback converted into a hovercraft, a 6pk of Black Blood of the Earth, or a gold plated quarter-stick of dynamite, you have chosen to give the very best. However, there’s a few things you should probably think about when placing an order for a gift from Funranium Labs: BBotE Is Perishable: When refrigerated, it has a shelf-life of about three months. If you’re going to wrap it and put it under the tree, this a present to put out on Christmas Eve and the promptly put back in the fridge after unwrapping. International Shipments Of BBotE Go Out Express Mail On Mondays: Because I don’t want BBotE to get stuck in postal facilities or customs, I only send it out on Mondays to minimize their time in bureaucratic hell. Steins of Science Have A Three Week Lead Time: The steins are built to order and it sometimes takes a while to get parts in. Generally, things move much faster and ship within a week…
THE STEINS OF SCIENCE: Available here on this website and on the associated Etsy for expensive, though reasonable, prices. (Note: I have not gone mad, the pictures from the Gallery of Steinwielders were removed during site migration and will return with more as we take them) Once upon a time, I was a cryogenics technician for Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Yes, the South Pole…as in the bottom of the globe. In addition to spending my days maintaining liquid nitrogen and liquid helium for astrophysical and atmospheric science experiments, I was also the bartender. During my year on the Ice, I had the opportunity to do plenty of experimentation blending my work with my hobby, creating a variety of liquid nitrogen based cocktails to enhance the alcohol content by freezing out all the water that used to be in your drink. Denizens of New England should be very familiar with this method of creating apple brandy; I’m not that patient and I had liquid nitrogen at my disposal…but cryogenic cocktails are a story for another day. Fast forward several years. I acquired two bench top liquid nitrogen dewars on the general principal of “I don’t know why I need one, but…
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Berkeley Radiation Expert Sells Laboratory-Grade Beer Steins ©2010 Bloomberg News By Ryan Flinn April 3 (Bloomberg) — Ask Phil Broughton if he’s ever dismantled a nuclear bomb, and he’ll pause, clasp his hands around his thick red beard and give a couched answer. “Not that I can talk too much about,” said Broughton, a radiation safety specialist at the University of California, Berkeley. What he does want to discuss is beer: specifically, a stein crafted from lab equipment normally used to keep liquid nitrogen so cold it doesn’t boil off into vapor. Beer will stay perfectly frosty for days if left alone in the vessel, he says. That discovery has turned into a business for the 34-year-old, who began selling high-tech mugs for as much as $375 last year. “The primary buyers have been coming out of academic and research institutions, but by no means are limited to that,” Broughton said. “I’ve had bankers, lawyers, architects, IT folks and, in one case, a Coast Guard lieutenant.” He first realized he had something valuable while celebrating Oktoberfest at a bar in Ben Lomond, California. He poured a pitcher of beer into one his steins, keeping it cold for hours. The bar…
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