Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Sarah (Frazer), a good friend of mine, is looking for a quality doctorate program, and her search brought her to Germany. She crashed here for a few days and we managed to squeeze in as much fun as we could amidst tight schedules and being very sleepy. We searched for a good vantage point in the city, but everything ended up being closed due to the winter weather. We even sneaked to the top of the Berliner Dom but the door to the outside was locked. Still unwilling to give up, we climbed to the top of the flak tower in Humboldthain Park. It was incredibly windy and cold. The wind was making the rails vibrate creating high pitch screaming sounds. Or city going led us to lots of cool art as well, including Tacheles and the studio of Paul Reimert who makes cool sculptures by reappropriating ceramic kitsch. We covered lots of ground and saw as much as we could in order to get the most out of her day pass.

Monday evening, Sarah and I also decided to rename a large number of the periodic elements. Together, we devised a much more consistent list of names by ensuring that every element name ends with -ium. Notice some of the more entertaining ones such as Ironium or Nickelodium:

Actinium, Aluminium, Americium, Antimonium, Argonium, Arsenium, Astatinium, Barium, Berkelium, Beryllium, Bismuthium, Bohrium, Boronium, Brominium, Cadmium, Calcium, Californium, Carbonium, Cerium, Cesium, Chloridum, Chromium, Cobaltium, Copernicium, Copperinium, Curium, Darmstadtium, Dubnium, Dysprosium, Einsteinium, Erbium, Europium, Fermium, Fluoridium, Francium, Gadolinium, Gallium, Germanium, Goldium, Hafnium, Hassium, Helium, Holmium, Hydronium, Indium, Iodine, Iridium, Ironium, Kryptonium, Lanthanium, Lawrencium, Leadium, Lithium, Lutetium, Magnesium, Manganesium, Meitnerium, Mendelevium, Merconium, Molybdenumium, Neodymium, Neonium, Neptunium, Nickelodium, Niobium, Nitronium, Nobelium, Osmium, Oxygenium, Palladium, Phosphoronium, Platinum, Plutonium, Polonium, Potassium, Praseodymium, Promethium, Protactinium, Radium, Radonium, Rhenium, Rhodium, Roentgenium, Rubidium, Ruthenium, Rutherfordium, Samarium, Scandium, Seaborgium, Selenium, Siliconium, Silverium, Sodium, Strontium, Sulfurium, Tantalumium, Technetium, Tellurium, Terbium, Thallium, Thorium, Thulium, Tinium, Titanium, Tungstenium, Ununtrium, Ununquadium, Ununpentium, Ununhexium, Ununseptium, Ununoctium, Uranium, Vanadium, Xenonium, Ytterbium, Yttrium, Zinconium, Zirconium


Sarah said...

Good times. I am looking forward to the zombie easter party.

Phil said...

I was just thinking of some kind of theme zombie party. For example, everyone has to dress like their favorite dead scientist, if they were a zombie!