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February 2010



Another Use for Salt, Or a Household Tip That Works

February 26, 2010 – Comments (10) | RELATED TICKERS: DOW

Let me preface this by saying that I have been disillusioned by many household tips that haven't worked for whatever reason possibly the "human element." But the other day I found a tip that really works. Someone had made me a pretty grapevine wreath decorated with cloth flowers. However, I looked at it a couple weeks ago, and it was dreary,covered with dust, an allergy attack just waiting to happen. Even if I dusted it with a feather duster, I doubted that it would look as clean as new. Then I remembered reading somewhere that to dust plastic or cloth flowers put the flowers in a clear or almost clear plastic bag with 1/4 cup of salt and shake the bag until the salt turns brown. The soft shoosha, shoosha sound as I danced around the backyard shaking the bag was an added benefit, but best of all it really worked! The salt removed the dust and was easy to shake off leaving the wreath nice and clean.  [more]



Southern Copper's New Ticker

February 17, 2010 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: PCU

When I opened my portifolio today, I noticed a strange new stock. Not really. Southern Copper Corp is now SCCO rather than PCU. The only way I could remember the ticker before was by thinking the words "Peruvian copper." Evidently the company wants investors to realize that it is in more places than Peru, but I will miss the old ticker symbol with its aura of mystery and romance (Andean Mountains, colorful and intricate weaving, unusual animals, etc.) Nothing like having a "new" stock without the trouble of trading. Do you think the ticker change was a good move? Have a nice day!  [more]



Pendulums and Airbags: Or the Worth of Curiosity

February 15, 2010 – Comments (10)

At the small private university where my husband teaches there is a required physics/chemistry course for non-science majors who will be teachers someday. Unfortunately some students enter this course with a generous amount of hostility towards the subject. The professors tend to rotate this class among themselves so that nobody has to teach it forever. After a lab about pendulums, one student wrote "this is a total waste of time and has no relation to real life." Well my husband had the perfect reply: "Without the pendulum, your car wouldn't have an air bag." The airbag can deploy so accurately because there is a sensor based on pendulum technology that can measure the car's acceleration (decelaration, or any change in direction). The explanation is as I remember it. Engineers, feel free to phrase it better.   [more]



Reply to UltraLong and Portefeuille, Thank You :)

February 12, 2010 – Comments (3)

Unfortunately, I hit a virtual brick wall when I tried to post a reply to "UltraLong Ask a Blunt Man: Secret Stash. Sometimes when looking for treasure brick gets in the way.   [more]



Hitachi leaves--Proterra arrives: More jobs for Greenville?

February 11, 2010 – Comments (3) | RELATED TICKERS: HTHIY , SC




Purple Sweet Potatoes--a Love Story!

February 10, 2010 – Comments (5) | RELATED TICKERS: WFM , NC

I had wanted to write about this before, but was waiting for a slow day when I had time. Every now and then I'm surprised by an exotic food that I never knew existed. Let me introduce the purple sweet potato. Ta-da! This potato is purple from its skin to its core. The texture is smooth and not grainy and the taste is very like a good quality orange sweet potato.   [more]



A Gift of Fast Company

February 05, 2010 – Comments (7) | RELATED TICKERS: PHG , MMM

Starting in January, I was delighted to get a magazine called Fast Company in my mailbox. At first I thought that my oldest brother had sent it to me because he encourages me in my investment hobby and in the past has given me subscriptions to Forbes, but when I saw the careful misspelling of my last name (close but not quite correct) I knew that it probably wasn't from him. The only other person that I think it could be is one of the most senior managers here at my company who has given me good advice about growth companies. However, when I asked him about the magazine, he said that he was glad I liked it, but he didn't take the credit for the gift. So thank you whoever you are!  [more]