Saturday Morning link roundup

A few of the things that caught my eye on the internet this week…

A very unusual book. It’s not a self-published memoir, but one published by a chemical company? And a fascinating glimpse into the world of chemistry in a time when things were very very different than they are now. Recklessness, determination, and a young man who would literally do anything in his quest for knowledge.

book piles
My TBR pile a year ago. It, ah, hasn’t changed much I’m afraid.

I’m up at the Mad Genius Club today, talking about fatigue, industry articles, and ranting a little bit about the traditionally published world’s aversion to competent characters.

Writing a mystery or police procedural? Need some accurate resources and don’t trust those ‘forensics for mystery writers’ books on Amazon? Here’s a couple of websites that may help. This one is all about blood, spatter, stains, passive, altered, skeleton… The terms you will need to talk the lingo. And then there’s this: what role do insects play in forensics? This site will open a few doors to better understanding bugs after death and what they can tell us.

And finally, for math students: you have to check this site out.

notes and doodles
Math & Chemistry


3 thoughts on “Saturday Morning link roundup

  1. Chris Johnson – that might be a problem with trying to access it through your browser’s Acrobat plug-in. Firefox, it was completely blank for me – but when I downloaded the file and opened it through the Adobe Acrobat application, it seemed to work fine (I haven’t read it yet, but there didn’t seem to be anything missing).

    BTW, Cedar – looks fascinating! You have to be a particular kind of geeky, of course…

    1. Yes, I know, but as it happens I am becoming that kind of geek. Also, I suspect it will be great fodder for inspiring a mad scientist character as I’ve been reading the beginning with a sense of fascinated horror at what he was doing and the risks they took.

      1. “Mad” of course, in the context of today – not really much so for those days. (I’ve read up to his Junior year, whichever chapter that is).

        Of course, we are in an age when the “accidental” discoveries have mostly been mined out. An actual “new research” experiment is going to cost at least four figures, if not more, so is meticulously planned to avoid “accidents.”

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