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Friday Follies: Become a Professional Beer Expert (And You Thought All You Had to Do Was Drink)

This entry is part of a series, Follies 2011»

Some of you astute readers may have figured out by now that I like beer. I don’t drink a lot of the sudsy, but I do watch a lot of trends in the beer arena. Oh, and I occasionally sample a good brew. Something local […]

The Great Cereal Caper: What Were They Thinking?

I don’t normally rant about food-related business blunders here at the Underground. I see blunders daily, of course; anybody who’s not in a comatose state or living in a mountaintop monastery gets their nose rubbed in them, in fact. Contaminated spinach recalls, bad bison burgers, Candwich. And that’s just this week. Not every food […]

How the Big Salami Turned Into the Big Salmonella

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted a notice that at least 245 people have been infected with the outbreat strain of Salmonella Montevideo. These unfortunate folks are spread about in 44 states and the District of Columbia. The first reported case was on our about July 1, 2009. (2009!!) No […]

Friday Follies: Cajun Seasoning Wars Heat Up, and So Long, Jolt

One of the world’s great commercial treasures, the Cajun seasoning company Walker & Sons (makers of the “Slap Ya Mama” line of Cajun seasoning), has taken the spice wars to a level not seen since the British East India Company sought to dominate the spice routes from far Cathay. You see, they’re suing “Punch […]

Back to Work Monday Blues

It’s back to the grind, folks; and I don’t mean a Starbucks double-chocolate latté with a Dexedrine chaser, even though that’s what I’m likely to need by the end of the day. I’m learning one of the Great Truths of modern information-work: Once you pull the pin, Mr. Computer is Not Your Friend.

I got […]

Great Science and Mall Walking in Washington

Today I visited with my sister-in-law, Dr. Liz. (I’d give you her full name, but since she got married I can’t remember all her last names.) I know, that nickname makes her sound like some sort of relationships therapist or something, but actually she’s a gim-crack polymer scientist working in tissue engineering. She’s also a […]

First Day in DC: Asian Spice and Chemists

Sunday afternoon I traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet up with my summer research students. They are presenting a poster at the American Chemical Society’s Fall Meeting, covering their fifteen months of undergraduate research efforts at their school, Texas Lutheran University. I get to go along and snicker make snide comments assist in my […]

Visiting Tropical China: Paradise is Where You Find It

Today I got an early start, preparing for the first supplier site visit of the trip. I met Stan at 0700 for breakfast and strategy. The breakfast buffet was outstanding; the strategic planning, not so much. Oh, we covered a nice variety of topics. Since this is a totally new effort, though, we’re not […]