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Display Name: SomeSteff
Member Since: 4/10/07

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I have a set of 10 nesting glass bowls that I adore and use practically every day.

Science != email forwards.

Best Products: Pyrex Glass Bowls
7/23/07 12:44 PM

At the start of every semester, I go to my alma mater's campus bookstore. I review the course listings, pick out a couple classes that sound interesting and then buy the required books for those classes. English, history, computer science, philosophy, math, engineering, psychology... all at your fingertips.

Good Questions: How To Start a Book Collection?
7/20/07 06:25 AM

I live on the first floor of a three-story house. The apartment on the 2nd and 3rd floors has central AC, which trickles down to my place. That plus open windows plus a naturally shady lot means I've never had to use my window AC unit in the three years I've lived there.

AT Survey: How Do You Cool Down?
7/19/07 11:01 AM

I like this post. A plus plus plus. I enjoy reading about the interdisciplinary research that protects my family members serving in the military. The controversy between Canada and the U.S. over who developed the pattern first is also an interesting issue.

Look!: Digital Camouflage
7/17/07 01:05 PM

My next door neighbor growing up had a plastic Shamu head from Sea World that fitted over the faucet. When the mouth was open, the water ran normally. When closed, the water was redirected out of Shamu's blow hole, turning the sink into a water fountain. It was probably an overpriced $4 from the Sea World gift shop back in the mid-80s.

Brush Rinse by Amron Experimental
7/17/07 09:29 AM

Take a deep breath there, boss. I'll try to keep your personal preferences in mind for future posts. I didn't realize the word 'lay' was offensive. I hear it used all the time in casual and professional conversation.

In the fan thread, people were claiming that fans remove heat from the room, that being a violation of the second law of thermodynamics, which you would've discovered had you googled the phrase instead of relying on me to do it for you. I'm not sure why bringing up entropy was irrelevant to the topic.

AT Green Home: Call For Questions
7/13/07 08:21 AM

Easy, chief. When the commentary veers into the realm of science on this design blog, I don't see why I shouldn't post on the topic. Nobody here is uneducated, we just have different areas of expertise. When I'm unfamiliar with a topic, I pick up a book or take a class. That's why I read blogs like AT, to fill in gaps in my own knowledge and experience. If you'd like some recommendations for science books geared towards the lay person, send me an email and I'll see if I can dig something up for you. Later. After work.

AT Green Home: Call For Questions
7/13/07 08:09 AM

Oh I'm definitely a snob about science, much the way designers are design snobs. You'll notice I don't offer design advice since I have no knowledge whatsoever about design.

You're on the internet, reading and posting on a blog. Surely you can perform a google search for 'second law of thermodynamics'.

Yes yes it's hilarious that I took two minutes to explain something as opposed to the hours it would take to craft a lesson plan to teach you science.

AT Green Home: Call For Questions
7/13/07 07:59 AM

1) I'm not your research assistant.

2) If you saw someone make a blatant, glaring error about a subject you knew very well, surely you would be compelled to say something too.

3) To properly explain why so many of these posts are so very very wrong would mean I'd have to go back to first principles, which you should have learned sometime in middle school. After explaining basic concepts of physics, chemistry and the scientific method, then you might be ready to understand why so many of these posts are so very very wrong. I don't know about you, but I have a full-time job and it is not teaching science to people on the internet.

AT Green Home: Call For Questions
7/13/07 07:45 AM

Patrick, when you pay me a crappy salary and throw spitballs at me, then I'll teach you junior-high level science. ;)

AT Green Home: Call For Questions
7/13/07 07:26 AM

Every time someone passes off myths and propaganda as facts, I kill and devour an endangered panda. Please, think of the pandas.

AT Green Home: Call For Questions
7/13/07 07:00 AM

A hidden key also comes in handy when you're 100 miles away from home and you suddenly remember you left the front window open. On more than one occasion, I've had a friend use the spare key to get in and close the window.

The Smallest, Most Useful Thing: My Hidden Key
7/12/07 09:06 AM

Did none of you ever learn the 2nd law of thermodynamics?

Reverse Your Fans!
7/9/07 06:00 PM

I bought a rolling cart with shelves, drawers and a butcher block top from Lowes three years ago that has held up beautifully. The rolling feature is nice for when we have parties and need to move it out of the way or even into another room for serving purposes.

Good Questions: Where Can I Find a Freestanding Counter/Storage Unit?
7/6/07 07:27 AM

What's the educational background for these two?

July is Green Month!
7/2/07 11:49 AM

The misinformation in this thread is hysterical. A would condescendingly laugh again.

AT On: Bottled Water
6/30/07 07:34 PM

You're really into telling people what they should or shouldn't do, huh.

Pappelina's Plastic Woven Rugs
6/28/07 06:53 AM

I don't think it's AT's job to anticipate every question a reader might have. If you're curious, contact the company for further information.

Pappelina's Plastic Woven Rugs
6/28/07 06:46 AM

College-level math and science should be required for all people claiming to be green experts.

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6/27/07 11:09 AM

Settle down, Beavis.

Look!: Ikea Rising in Red Hook
6/14/07 08:31 AM