Category Archives: Atomic Anecdotes

TEPCO’s truly tiny tritium terror.

(NOTE:  this post started out on Fukushima, then turned to tritium, then to radiological concerns at the WTC site after 9/11, then to using tritium for assassination, and finally how to survive tritium assassination yourself.  It’s actually a pretty informative essay, and quite useful if you need an … Continue reading

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Wheee, a brand-new radiological error!

So, Fringe, Season Four Episode Four.  Astrid… …mmm, Astrid…sorry, where was I?  Oh yeah.  Astrid investigated a Fringe event using a Ludlum GM probe. So naturally she waved it over a pile of magnetized metal and reported “two rad”.  (“rad”=radiation absorbed … Continue reading

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You’re in the (Atomic) Army now.

I entered the commerical nuke business in 1984 in my early twenties.  One older tech I learned from had also been a “meter swinger” as a twenty-something.  One of his first jobs?  Surveying Army guys after stuff like this: Were … Continue reading

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Nuclear knucklehead news.

Well, that’s unfair.  MG provided a link to the latest nuclear response in Japan.  I don’t see where any mistakes were made.  Even the reporting appears competent(!)  Old containers of radium paint are some of the hottest sources that unsuspecting folks can harbor. At … Continue reading

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Mushroom clouds.

In comments, rana has found another raver.  Let’s just say I don’t find his explanations conforming to Occam’s Razor.  But he mentions a mushroom cloud from one of the explosions and asks, …what could cause a mushroom cloud? Lots of … Continue reading

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Fukushima lady with more internal exposure than external? Uh-oh.

Noticed some hits from freerepublic, checked out the main link-provider, saw another link there to a Fukushima over-exposure. and one of them was exposed to a total of 17.55 millisieverts of radiation. The woman was found to have suffered more internal … Continue reading

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Death is death.

Via mountainbear, this article on the plight of the Fukushima workers. It’s ridiculous.  Just because you’re not killing them with radiation doesn’t mean you get to do it another way.  …work in shifts of four days on and two days … Continue reading

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Fixin’ to fix with fixatives.

Knew this was going to be part of the response. My brother is also a rad tech. Actually, both brothers are, even the former Greenpeacer. Plus Mom and Dad. But I was the first! Yes, we are the Nuclear Family. … Continue reading

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New readers bringing gifts!

TrueNorth put some effort into a first comment. Excerpts: It seems the big PR problem with nuclear is that when an accident happens the authorities seem to be winging it. Nuke PR has been totally defensive since at least Three … Continue reading

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When is it permissible to cut off someone else’s air supply?

We just finished our little birthday party on the unsuspecting German science babe. Good food and a double feature: Tangled and MegaMind. Both are excellent movies. So, we’re definitely starting to send over contractors. My little brother could swing a … Continue reading

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