Monday, November 23, 2009

"I have begun thinking like an Alchemist"



"I have begun thinking like an Alchemist" - The Confusion by Neal Stephenson

10 comments:

Clueless in Boston said...

And it looks like something an alchemist would use.

shant said...
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kobico said...

I am dying to know what steel makers do with holey spoons! Or maybe this one is just old enough to have developed a hole?

Argh, I clicked onto that spam comment! Since you mentioned him yesterday, if AB were here, he'd probably be able to translate what was on it, since he knows almost every language on the planet.

AB said...

Yup, kobico, I hope Martina is going to fill us in on the mysteries of holey spoons and metallurgy.

Joan Elizabeth said...

If the steel mills are closing I wonder who is making the steel ... ... Australia digs up an awful lot of Iron Ore each year some of which goes to European mills.

Walter Neiger said...

great... you could produce me a little gold :)

Martina said...

In fact ... I don't know. I assume it is how kobico said, just a matter of age - I don't think there should be a hole by purpose. If I remember right there was another spoon without a hole.

kobico, sorry, :-( - the spammer spamed while I was still asleep, couldn't delete the comment earlier.
And regarding AB, I am not so sure he isn't from another planet with his multilingualism, ;-)

Joan Elizabeth, some interesting facts I learned today about this. China is the biggest steelmaking country but I was suprised at reading that Germany is on place 7 of all steel producing countries: All The Facts

Walter, of course ... :-)

Martina said...

And I should add that the abandoned part is an ironworks, the steelworks is still in use.
Sorry for the confusion, my dictionary says steelworks for the German "Eisenhütte", ie. ironworks. My fault :-(
So, Joan Elizabeth, perhaps it was Australian iron ore I saw being transported to the steelworks by train.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the facts Martina ... I knew China was making a lot of steel but didn't know the order of other countries. Glad the industry is still going strong in Germany.

Martina said...

Joan Elizabeth, it's amazing what we learn through blogging, isn't it? Bees, wheat, iron, sheep shearing sheds (I love this alliteration!)

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