This Rayner Dialdex is from my personal collection.
In spite of the fact that they haven’t made these in quite some time they’re still fairly common, running in the $700 to $800 range online. But this is the only one I’ve seen with the base, which acts as a stand and a light source.
The light runs on either 9v DC or 120v AC and attaches to the back of the refractometer, making it more convenient than having to break out your polariscope to provide a light. Although you can use an external light by unscrewing one thumb screw and removing the connection on the back of the device.
I’m told that the Rayner is more accurate than the GIA Duplex II but I write such talk off as personal preference not proven fact. It’s sort of like saying Ford is better than Chevy.
For instance I have a cheap Chinese refractometer with a built in light that has proven to be as accurate to two places as my Duplex II. –It is not as comfortable or as easy to read but with care the results are consistent.
If you’re curious this comparison of the Duplex II and the Rayner Dialdex is fairly neutral.
Whatever instrument you choose practice until you get good at it before passing judgement.
–Bad tools will make you crazy, but good tools used badly will make the rest of us crazy.
My partner in crime and I have spent the last couple of days setting up permanent VPNs between our offices; a simple enough job that is already giving me a migraine.
This relatively easy task wouldn’t be nearly as much of a PITA if we didn’t have to sit in front of every computer in every office and be reminded that our employees spend a butt-load of time and effort trying to cripple the network by going wherever they damn well please, doing whatever they damn well please, downloading all kinds of new and interesting crude -mostly by opening the “someone said something bad about you” links in their email- and then getting away with denying that it was them. –Don’t ask me to explain how that last bit works, just ask any sysadmin who’s been doing it a while.
Then tomorrow we get the pleasure of tracing cables in one of our buildings. It used to be a bank building so there are bunches of small offices with at least three Ethernet and two phone lines running to each of them.
I “think” the lines all run into the room that once held the server, but I wouldn’t bet on it because our luck has never been that good. If they do then it’s just three or four hours worth of work tracing and labeling. If they don’t; we get to figure out what conduit goes where and hope there’s enough room to pull more cable. And if that fails we resort to plan “B” which is to crawl around in the dirty, bug and roof rat infested attic of a building that was built with firebreaks, reinforced ceilings and concrete walls, running more conduit. –I’m not only getting too damn old for this shit, at 6’4″ and 270lb I’m just not built for tight spaces.
Which reminds me. I’ve started exercising and I don’t know who first said exercise was good for you but they lied. Think about it, exercise causes pain and pain is your body’s way of telling you that you’re hurting yourself. So who am I going to believe, my body, or some guy trying to sell me a gym membership?
I was digging through a bunch of pictures when I came across this..
These were/are part of a display in the chapel at the Clark County museum.
At the risk of showing my age, except for the fact that the mannequins aren’t drunk or high this looks just like the weddings I used to photograph.
And yes for the sake of business I actually dressed like that, or worse yet, wore a tie in public.
In my spare time I’ve been working on a new website which would be simple enough, providing the art work was ready, the overall design was agreed on and certain people didn’t change their minds every 32 1/2 seconds.
According to them, they never change their minds. They “re-analyze” the business model based on the latest trends with an eye towards “web placement” and “advertizing potential.” –Translation: they overheard someone say that they heard somebody say that this is the latest trend in web design as proposed by a drunken truck driver in a roadside bar in some obscure corner of Spotsylvania.
As far as “Web placement” goes they haven’t a clue, instead they rely on me. Yesserie Bob, that’s first person singular, an army of one. Good web placement is doable, but only if they quit changing the entire project every 32 1/2 seconds. –Oh, am I repeating myself?
But my favorite phrase is “advertizing potential.” Having an advertizing budget and spending money to make money… How terribly quaint. Why not just have a website that people are going to miraculously find by the thousands and which will be so entrancing that it will cause this ever growing multitude to descend on the as yet unbuilt brick and mortar location with pockets full of hundred dollar bills and no concept of the value of anything. Or are these massive hordes of people with pockets full of hundred dollar bills supposed to be rushing to the website to buy advertizing space. I’m really not sure.
I’m just hanging on for dear life and watching the world go round. Kind of like a bull rider who knows he’s about to wind up with a mouth full of rodeo dirt.
Just some random notes on my first trip out to the new Wetlands Park Nature Center that’s been under construction for the last few years.
It’s finally open… Kinda..Sorta…. Well, it seems to be finished even if it is 90% empty.
This is the address, but 7050 What?
This is their favorite sign.
Followed by the ever popular “opening spring 2013.”
Here are the two ponds connected by a small waterfall in the center of the building. –Yeppers, nothing makes you feel cool and comfortable like a scum covered puddle.
And here we have a government issue water do-hickie. The leaf shaped bucket fills with water, the arm drops, dumping the water in the base where it is recirculated. -Thoroughly soaking the wooden benches in the process. But who knows? Maybe it was designed that way so you’ll have a cool but soggy spot to sit on a summer afternoon.
Then for the truly adventurous we have a pair of viewing binoculars sitting out in the direct sun. They shouldn’t reach more than 1000° come August.
This one makes sense, so it’s probably not connected. –I’m not cynical. I’m experienced.
Of all the signage this one makes you the most secure about leaving your car in their lot.
From our people are strange department we have this. With dozens of available parking spaces why did someone feel obligated to park right next to the only other car in the lot? –Lonely?
And lastly we have these guys who are doing the necessary but messy job of cleaning the plastic bags and bottles out the ponds. –You can tell it’s a government project. Who else would put a full blown outboard on a boat that’s used exclusively on ponds the average 10 year old could throw rocks across?