Thursday, January 21, 2010

Holiday is over.

The busy part of my holiday is now over. I am currently lounging about at home, in Geraldton. So, here's what I've done:

  • Gone to Perth
  • Gone to Albany
  • Met my half-sister for the first time
  • Went bowling
  • Went to mini-golf (new record: -6!)
  • Saw 'Avatar' in 3D, 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Old Dogs'
  • Shopping
  • ...and more
I got back yesterday at about 4:30. Let my normal life and routine resume.

Oh, and I started construction on that 6-foot Ferris Wheel, and I'll upload pictures soon (as well as another rant).

Friday, January 8, 2010

8 (OH EM GEE Pt. 2) - a rant

This is a follow-up of the OH EM GEE rant.

One thing that is like the usage of OMG in real life conversation is the usage of 8 to represent syllables that sound like 'eight' (-eat-, -ate-) in text messages on the phone.

Think about it - it takes 4 clicks to scroll to the eight on a mobile, right? It also takes 4 clicks to type 'ate/eat'. One click for a, 2 clicks to scroll to e, and another to produce a t. Yet people still use 8 instead.

.........................s k 8...s k a t e

# of clicks per letter:..4 2 4...4 2 1 1 2
Total # of clicks:.......10......10

No argument here that 'skate' would be the better option. Seriously, why have an abbreviation for a single
5-letter word? I can understand 'polytetrafluoroethylene' (Teflon, PTFE) needing an abbreviation, but 'skate' does not.

EDIT: I completely forgot about holding it down. However, I can do 4 clicks in the time it takes to do an 8. Also, if you use the shift button, it should still take 4 clicks (and because of the horrible amount of errors in text messages, I doubt people are taking their time and are going to hold a button for 5 seconds instead). Also, if you are going to use pre-emptive text, wouldn't just be better to use 'skate' then?

OH EM GEE - a rant

One thing that annoys me to no end is when people say acronyms (mainly Internet-based ones) letter by letter. Regularized acronyms such as SCUBA or RADAR do not bother me when they're said letter by letter or as a word. Why only Internet-based ones? It's because they're so simple without the acronym (think SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) compared to OMG (Oh My God))

Now, OMG bothers the most. Why? Look at this:

.................Oh Em Gee......Oh My God
# of letters:....2..2..3........2..2..3
# of syllables:..1..1..1........1..1..1

People still say "Oh em gee!" even though it takes the same amount of effort to say "Oh my God!", which is almost undoubtedly better. Why?

Thursday, January 7, 2010


I recently found out that licking the plastic outside of a pack of 5 Gum will irritate your tongue, with what seems to be a very strong 'mouth freshness' feel. I wondered what caused this, so I looked around on Wikipedia. I think it may be mannitol.

According to Wikipedia, mannitol (or D-Mannitol) is used in chewable tables and breath freshening candies (and assumably chewing gum) because it gives that 'mouth freshness' feel.

Sesquioxidizing - a rant

Ah yes, the ‘word’ sesquioxidizing. It is gibberish to many people, except for the few of us that like to study high scoring Scrabble solutions. This word can theoretically net you 2044 points (and an unofficial 2069) with the SOWPODS Scrabble dictionary, as follows [1](for a picture, visit the link - there's apparently a HTML error or something. I'm still new to this):

2044 point play

SESQUIOXIDIZING..........27x62 = 1674
JABBERWOCKS...............3x31 = 93
TALAQ..........................= 24
LEYLANDII......................= 13
PORTMANTEAUX..............3x23 = 69
OVERCOMPENSATED................= 25
FRITZ..........................= 27
HIGHFALUTING..............3x23 = 69
7-letter bonus.................= 50

First off, let us consider the word: because it has tense suffixes (-ed, -ing), then sesquioxidized should exist. And because tense suffixes can be added, there must be a root word: sesquioxidize. And on top of this, the Oxford English Dictionary has both sesquioxidizing and sesquioxidiation[2(pg. 68)]. So, it seems to be analogous to oxidation.

Here’s where it can either be a word, or not. But first, you need to know what a sesquioxide is. A sesquioxide is a compound where 2 radicals or atoms bond with 3 oxygen atoms. Normally the radicals are metals with a valency of 3+, e.g. Al2O3, La2O3, etc[3].

First off, there have been 2 main definitions for oxidation: one old, and one new. Here’s the old definition (note: it is important to know that reduction is the opposite of oxidation, and will always happen if oxidation occurs (in the new definition) and vice versa):

Oxidation is the creation of an oxide or the addition of oxygen onto a compound/element. Reduction is the opposite – so, loss of oxygen. An example:

Oxidation: 2Hg(s) + O2(g) →2HgO(s) (Here, the mercury is oxidized – it gains oxygen)

Reduction: 2HgO(s)2Hg(s) + O2(g) (And here, mercury is reduced – it loses oxygen)

This could be the same for sesquioxides – compounds/atoms could gain, or lose a sesquioxide. I can’t think of an example, but I assume it could be applied to unsaturated organic molecules.

However, from that view, sesquioxidizing makes sense. However, in another way, it does not – the prefix sesqui- means 1.5 (as in, a 1 : 1.5 ratio, hence a 2 : 3 ratio in sesquioxides), ‘literally’ meaning 1.5 oxidation, 1.5 oxidizing/ed, etc. However, this could not be the case.

Then there is the new definition, which is a lot more complex and has a set of rules, as well as exceptions to said rules.

In the new definition, oxidation is loss of electrons in the outer shell of an atom (better defined as an increase in oxidation number), where reduction is the exact opposite: reduction is gain of electrons in the outer shell of the atom (better defined as a decrease in oxidation number) (think OIL RIG – Oxidation Is Loss (of e- (electrons)) and Reduction Is Gain (of e-)). In this definition, oxidation and reduction occur simultaneously in a reaction. Here are the rules (and exceptions):
(note: you need to know about oxidation numbers: basically, a number which represents the valency/charge of an ion)

Elements in their free state have an oxidation number (or charge – are you catching on?) of 0. E.g. O2, Mg, Xe, etc.

Ions have an oxidation number the same as their charge. E.g. Ag+ has an oxidation number of 1, O2- has an oxidation number of -2, etc.

Single oxygen normally has an oxidation number of -2, except for peroxides (O22-) and superoxide (O-) Single hydrogen normally has an oxidation number of 1 (as H+), unless it is in some hydride compounds, where it has an oxidation number of -1 (H-).

Using the mercury(II) oxide example above, here are the reduction and oxidation reactions, as well as oxidation numbers underneath.

Oxidation: 2Hg(s) → 4e- + 2Hg2+(s)

Ox#: ..............0..................... +2

Reduction: O2(g) + 2e-→ 2O2-(s)


Complete: 2Hg(s) + O2(g) →2HgO(s)

Ox#:.............0............0..........+2 -2

Now, I shouldn’t need to tell you that it doesn’t make sense when you think of sesquioxidation in this way. It’s because in the new definition, oxidation works with electron transfer (in most cases [4]), not with oxidation only. So it can’t be analogous to anything else.

Now the reason why I say sesquioxidizing is just not a word is because the old definition has become obsolete and is no more used in chemistry teachings or practice (especially electrolysis). However, some dictionaries beg to differ (or use both old and new definitions as correct ones, which is misleading). [5][6][7]

In the past few days...

Dec. 25th - Christmas with my Mum's side of the family.
Dec. 26th - Head to Newman with my Dad, and had Christmas there.

Christmas Presents:
  • - 'The Waterboy'
  • - Futurama movies box set
  • - GH:M and GH:GH
  • - Paint by numbers
  • - 3 Dick Smith Electronics kits
  • - Water bottle
  • - Cross Stitch Kit
  • - Travel Game
  • - Lava Launch K'NEX roller coaster
  • - Action 3 antiperspirant and body wash
  • - 'Wurli Worm'
  • - Sudoku Cube
  • - Garth Nix CD-ROM
  • - Gift Card
  • - This
Between then and now: A few barbecues, went to Tom Price, done electronics kits, tried to make hydrogen through electrolysis (which didn't work as well as I had planned)...

P.S. expect pictures of Ferris Wheel!

I now have a blog.

Hooray, I now have a blog.

Hi, I am Kieran, I call myself the Angry Ranting Kid, I will occasionally post rants here as well as whatever 'significant' thoughts or events that happen in my days.

These rants I'm talking about will mostly be centered around my peers - Year 8/9 students, as well as people on the internet who should not be there, and their use of grammar, words, their immaturity, etc.

Anyway, I wonder if anybody will happen to stumble among this...

About me: I am an 11 year old (currently) who lives in Western Australia, and has social problems - I basically dislike most people between 5 and 13. I am also an intellect academically.

P.S. Incorrect grammar in the 'comments' section will not be tolerated (alright, maybe I'll let my family off the hook - I'm still encouraging them to use proper grammar).