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So, last year at Dragon*Con, I marched in the parade. I'd never been to D*C before, and I was worried this would, well, suck. However, it most assuredly did not suck, and I will march in the parade every year if I am at all able. I had a blast! I marched last year with a Periodic Table group. That's right, a hundred some odd folks marched in a living periodic table. I was concerned the crowd wouldn't "get it," but I forgot my audience. They loved it! People ate it up and started chanting things like "Elements! Elements!" and "Dude! Real science! How cool!" as we marched along.

And so I'm marching in said group again this year.

I'll most likely be pulling out Strontium again, as, well, it's Scottish, it can be radioactive, and its atomic number is 38 (that's for the Stargate fans), but I may switch to Nitrogen if the mood strikes me and it is still available when it does.

If you're going to Dragon*Con, and this little adventure seems like fun to you, please let me know, and I'll get you the info you need to march with us, or you can use the email address below. Right now, about half the elements are covered. We need more people!

If you're worried about a costume, don't be. All we ask is that your element be represented in name, symbol, number, and weight on the front of your costume. A simple t-shirt will do, but if you want to get more elaborate, that's fine, too!

Just come on out and have fun with it!

Here's a link to samples of last year's costumes. We supposedly had all but eight elements represented, but we didn't manage pics of them all. ( http://planettom.livejournal.com/278398.html ) If you are interested, here's a link to the available elements this year. If you want one, email here: periodictableparade@gmail.com

Oh, and here's mine up close, if'n you was wondering:




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Jul. 22nd, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Actually, Strontium melts at the very hot temperature of 777 C, and it doesn't boil until 1392 C. So there.


Yeah, I have a very, very neat idea for N that I've had for some time, but I just don't think I can give up my Sr. I picked it last year when about half the elements were taken. I wanted a noble gas (who wouldnt?) but they were all spoken for. I thought about Hg, which is my favorite element to play with in its natural state. I considered Vanadium, because it'd be fun to dress up like a goddess. But when I discovered Sr was named after a Scottish village and that it was number 38 to boot, well, the game was done. Sr it was.

Besides while melting and boiling points are very high for Sr, it is quite soft, and it ignites at room temperature if its in a powdered form. Yeah...seems about right.

And then there's Strontium Dog...
Jul. 23rd, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
Sign me up! I need to know what's left and get a costume together etc.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Hit the link above, pick one, then email the group at the address above. If you take N, I'll share my costume idea!

What about dear daughter? Is she coming this year?
Jul. 23rd, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Dear daughter is coming and just consented to be N. I picked Y because most of the good ones were already gone and it seems easy to find something metallic, slippery and silvery. Or should I go with an LED (it helps phosphers glow)?
Jul. 23rd, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
Okay, so here's my idea for N. Use or not. I'm fine either way, but I get a giggle from it, so...whatever.


One of the age old silly questions kids like to ask to try to stump people and that older people use to be very rhetorical is 'why is the sky blue?' Well, the fact is that that answer is very simple.


When white light from the sun hits our atmosphere, it is refracted into the visible spectrum of colors. Red, green, blue, etc. (DRATW!) But because our atmosphere is mostly nitrogen and nitrogen absorbs most colors except blue, blue gets through and that's why we see our sky as blue.

It's blue because of the refractive index of nitrogen.

So, my shirt idea for N is:

Sky blue tee-shirt.

On the back the phrase. "Go ahead. Ask me why the sky is blue."

And on the front, so you can turn around and answer anyone who asks, the atomic tile for nitrogen.

( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nitrogen.svg )

I'd make the text of both white on the blue shirt, and there you go. That's my idea. Run with it or away from it. I'm cool either way.

Now, let's see. Yttrium. Right in front of wabbit. Hm...

No immediate thoughts, but it makes nice garnets, apparently. Hm...that sounds fun.

Let me think on that one. Of course, it's named after a village in Sweden, so you could do all flag-like, like me, but...hm...

Or, um, Palladium's available. Go Iron Man? (If I had time, I'd whip up an arc reactor! There are great tutorials online! Oh, why can't I be all of them?!?) I can think of easy ones for Iodine, Cadmium, Europium, Bismuth, Nickel, Sulfur, Potassium, Aluminum, Hydrogen, and Neptunium, too. If you can't think of something for Y, let me know and I'll hook you up...but sticking with your first choice and letting your own creative juices flow seems quite right to me!

Edited at 2010-07-23 02:22 am (UTC)
Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:53 pm (UTC)
I was thinking something with red glow sticks but I'm sure the TSA would say something if they found them in my luggage.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
No they wouldn't. You can check firearms, so why would glowsticks be a problem? (No, really. You can take rifles, shotguns, pistols, swords, etc, so...)

My dad works for TSA and I always call and ask him when I'm talking something funny, and he's always like, "Dude, you can take WHATEVER you want in a checked bag." He always acts like I'm crazy for asking, in fact.

I was concerned about my lightsaber, as it's a metal tube and looks like, oh, a pipe bomb, but there are certain things they look for that indicate a source of ignition, etc, that are not present there. He went through it with me, but I don't remember what they are.

Bottom line? You can take what you want in a checked bag, as long as you follow the rules (guns unloaded, in their own case, etc). You might consider telling them (I will be carrying swords this year and will declare them), but for glow sticks I wouldn't even bother.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
I've been getting quite a chemistry education lately. From "Breaking Bad"! Lots of chemistry lessons in that show.

Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Huh. Maybe I'll have to check it out!
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's good. Very good. But dark!

And filmed entirely in Albuquerque.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
You know my dad lives in ABQ...still have to come out and visit you two sometimes!
Jul. 23rd, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
I was about to ask if you had any plans to head west. How long has your dad lived out here? What brought him here?

Also! dog question: frodo seems to suffer from allergies. can I give him people anti-histimine. His vet said his excessive licking of paws was due to allergies she told me other stuff which I forgot!
Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. I just read over what I just wrote and it's awful. Please forgive grammar and punctuation problems! I chatting as well and I get lazy with the proper Engligh.
Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
it happens
Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
and I totally failed on that comment, too! What can I say, it's Friday!

Jul. 23rd, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Um...my dad moved there about the time I moved to Maine, so...2006? He moved there for his wife's job.

But honestly, we're all wanderers. We don't stay still too long.

I'll likely come visit someday, but it'll be in winter for sure.

Re: Frodo - yes. Benedryl is fine, but call your vet and ask for the dose, as it varies based on weight, etc.
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