#96 The Periodic Table

Or … I could  entitle this post «Just shoot me!»

Last night we watched — halfheartedly — some crime show on TV, where they mentioned Marie and Pierre Curie. You know … they who discovered radium [88 Ra] and got the Nobel Prize. From there, my thoughts took me to the periodic table and number 96: Curium. I just remembered it and wondered why it was named that, went online and found that it was named Curium to honour Marie and Pierre Curie.

Now, since I had the periodic table up and in front of me, I started looking at them all, to see how many I remembered and all the ones I’d never heard about. Here’s the real far-fetched part and why I should be shot at dawn LOL.

#19 is K for Potassium. K?! Why K? I read more about Potassium, that seems to be such an important element in our lives. Too little potassium would make you really ill, and too much potassium would definitely kill you. Found out that the K stands for Kalium [Latin]. From there, my thoughts wandered off to all the potash railway cars I see here in Saint John every day. There’s a potash mine near Sussex, here in New Brunswick and they ship it out of Saint John, so there’s always a lineup of railway cars … they’re conspicuous because they’re all orange coloured.

I have only taken one picture of those, and now I wanted to find it. Went in to my trusty Flickr, and searched for potash. Only found two pictures and they were of some derailment … not at all the one I was looking for. Wasted more than an hour — closer to two — searching for this meaningless photo, growing more and more mad at myself for not tagging it properly. I had no idea when I took it either, so that was no help.

Was thinking «What the eff is wrong with me?! All these years of taking pictures, and STILL I leave photos untagged?!» I’ve been through this so many times before.

Eventually, I did find it in a Picasa album and it turned out that this particular batch had not been uploaded to Flickr … very unusual, but it WAS tagged ‘potash’ after all. Here it is! 🙂


From the periodic table to a potash train in Saint John … that’s how I spent the better part of this morning. LOL

35 thoughts on “#96 The Periodic Table

  1. Angh

    I’ve taken at least a carload of these damn horse choking pills in the last 5 years…Low potassium can also cause death…can’t imagine what an overload would do, but remember vividly that until the 50’s at least, most new mothers’ were checked for low potassium before they took their new babies home and the vitamin K injection was administered to those found in need. It was a painful experience that I escaped until a few years back when it was discovered I had 0 potassium in my system after a cardiac event. Happy to say I don’t need the pills anymore… they are awfully big and can make one sick if taken on an empty stomach. Yechhh..

    1. colderweather

      Yeah, you die either way — too much or too little. You experience a burning sensation, I guess, with a K injection … never had one! Back home it was never referred to as ‘potassium’ before, but rather Kalium, so it took me a while to get it.

      That’s a really good thing, that you’re free of them now, Angh!

  2. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    Okay so, most importantly, have you apologised to yourself for 1) the false accusation? and 2) for calling yourself nasty names?
    Here’s a link on potassium from one of my favourite sources for health-related info: Alive Magazine from Vancouver, BC
    http://www.alive.com/search/articles?keywords=potassium Be warned, there are a MASSIVE amount of articles on this REALLY important subject; but to boil it down into a few words… Your body can’t function without it. Period.

    1. Deb Weyrich-Cody

      Oops, should’ve more properly said “There IS a massive amount of articles…”

    2. colderweather

      He he! Yes, I have … partly! While I was at it, I noticed how many untagged photos I had. Something to correct on a rainy day. 🙂
      I will check that out, the link. When you watch the crime shows, they often talk about potassium. Now that I know it’s the same as Kalium [which it’s called in Swedish] I understand more …

  3. suzink

    ROFL! Seems you wandered quite a bit. It happens to us all. I love rail cars and taking photos of them. We have a lot of graffiti on ours. I wandered one day from rail cars into the world of graffiti. lol

    1. colderweather

      Yes, that was quite the wandering of thoughts … I’ve seen awesome photos of these orange rail cars, taken from down below. They are quite picturesque, when they’re lined up like that. Most rail cars here have a lot of graffiti on them. Especially white ones … not so much the black, crude oil cars..

      1. suzink

        I always wanted to go downtown here where there are a lot of rails and cars. Not so safe by oneself though. They are indeed picturesque. I think it is the repetition I like and the seemingly endless line.

  4. Lori Thatcher

    I love the progression of your wanderings. (and the orange car-ed photo).

    My last such journey started with an amazing reddish orange moon rising over the ocean>>is this what they call a blood moon?>>>(no) what are the names of the moons (harvest, hunger, etc.)>>>Now, how was it the phases of the moon worked?>>>> and so on.


  5. John

    Nice rail photo, and the scenery across the bay, beautiful. Hey, how did you change the BG color of the Search box! I know where it is in the SS but it has no effect. Grrr.

  6. daydreamer2011

    Wow!! All the thoughts we have in our heads and they sure can make us wander! LOL Nice photo!!

    1. colderweather

      Yeah, it was so annoying when I couldn’t find the picture, but it was a good thing also, as I found out that one whole day’s batch hadn’t been uploaded… 🙂

  7. roughseasinthemed

    I used to be able to recite the periodic table off by heart. I did know the derivation of the letters though, but there again I learned Latin so it didn’t seem unusual to me.

    I leave my photos in date order, partly because I can usually remember more or less when I took them. I like them that way. Although I still haven’t found the missing flemish synagogue pix …

    1. colderweather

      Never knew them by heart like that. Many other things though, all the German prepositions, amongst others. Still do. I didn’t take any Latin until I started to learn the medical terminology.

      I too, have them in date order and usually I do remember, roughly, when I took whatever I’m looking for. Not in this case, though … I was way off! More than a year!

  8. Annette Ursin Holmboe

    Have you ever heard Tom Lehrer sing the periodic table- its hilarious. Marie Curie got her first Nobel Price in 1903 together with her housband and Becqerel. It was because of their research of radio activity ( new at that time). She got the second Nobel Price in 1911 because she found Radium and Polonium( named after her birth country). She died mainly of radiation damages as a result of the work she did with radio active minerals for many years.
    I have never heard about potash trains- where do they go to?
    I havent tagged very many of my pictures, I have many on discs – so I dont loose them when my PC breaks down. Some day I will start tagging- maybe LOL. Its a great picture of that train.

    1. colderweather

      I’ll look it up and listen to it! How I remember that name after Chernobyl … Becquerel! Endless talk about the dangers of eating this or that. One person turned in some moose meat, he’d had in the freezer since BEFORE it happened, and that meat had just as high levels … geez.

      If you want to find a particular picture … how do you do it?! LOL

  9. purpleborough

    Geez, you guys are really organized. I have over 4,000 photos and have not a clue where I might find any one on any given day. The dates are useless because the camera lost the correct setting and I never updated it 🙂 But then, I am a pretty bad photographer.

    I eat a banana a day to get my dose of whichever you want to call it.

    Very interesting ramblings, I must say.

    1. colderweather

      Banana is good. I was very low at one point in life, and was recommended to eat banana and drink orange juice.

      I have many photos untagged, I just realised. Since I know there will come a day when I will want to find this or that … I really like to keep track of them. I have 34,000 all in all now, in Flickr.

  10. Nylabluesmum

    Very interesting blog Rebby…I love your ‘train of thought’….*groan* I could not help myself!!
    Your photo is lovely…they always are…do you know how many you have in total?
    As for Potassium when Mingflower had Kidney Disease she had to have oral Potassium daily via syringe…it tasted like bitter molasses but she took it like a trooper….worked for 2 1/2 yrs for her…I make shure I get enough Potassium in what I eat 😉
    Maybe I should go chow down on a Potash train, lol??
    Love Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xoxo

  11. Deb Weyrich-Cody

    Now that would be a VERY cool effect: the amazing disappearing train – ultimate study in perspective… (You will share it, this perspective of yours, yes?: )

    1. colderweather

      I sure will … once I get there. Always look, when we drive by … sometimes the gates are open and one could sneak in… That’s what the others must have done. I’ve seen awesome shots from there 🙂


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