Friday, February 08, 2008

Glass-like allotropes

Last year I mentioned that I was intrigued by the idea of basing one's year around the atomic number that corresponds to one's age.

Well, I have reached the last day of my Selenium Year, and let me tell you: I really seleniumed it up.


In the past year, I made a concerted effort to connect my life to selenium:
  • I, like selenium, rarely occur naturally in my elemental state.
  • As some can affirm, I, like selenium, am toxic in large doses. On the flipside, deficiency of me, though rare, can be fatal.
  • While I tried to form the active center of the enzymes glutathione peroxidase and thioredoxin reductase, as selenium does, I was only partially successful in this endeavor.
  • Like selenium, I have a lighter cousin named Sulfur.
  • I worked most of year to develop six isotopes, and by November I was up to five. But finally last week I formed my sixth and final isotope. So, success!
  • For a brief period early last year, my primary use was as a photoconductor in plain paper copiers.
  • I spent most of July as a black glass-like allotrope.


At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Your Mom posited...

Happy Birthday and welcome to 35, the year of BROMINE!

At 12:31 PM, Blogger undulatingorb posited...

I agree that John-deficiency is fatal. Happy Birthday!

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Tom posited...

H'y B Day, JW.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger constant_k posited...

how is cousin sulfur doing

happy birthday


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