Bag of Randomness for Thursday, March 14, 2020

I may have had the strangest fifteen-minutes of my life, and I bet I shared that moment with millions of others. Former Gov. Sarah Palin was unmasked as a masked singer and sang “Baby Got Back” on national TV, President Trump banned travel from most of Europe, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson revealed they had COVID-19, and the NBA season got postponed.

Right before 9/11, all the local news stations had their own branded helicopters to report on traffic and other things. But after 9/11, they were grounded and proved to be too costly. Soon, technology advanced, like GPS and traffic cameras, and it’s like it never happened. I presented that train of thought because I’m wondering in what ways will COVID-19 trigger a change that becomes the norm. For instance, Super BaD Radio spoke about how the NBA started to restrict reporters from the locker rooms as a way to prevent contamination. They said players have been wanting this for a while, and once things get better, they will decide they’ll continue this policy.

As much as I don’t care for Sarah Palin, I like what she did and wholehearted support her in this endeavor.  If anyone is upset at her appearing hypocritical because of conservative values and the song she sang, I say, “Dude, lighten up.”

“But it’s all about fun. It’s unity. This is all good. This is something that our country needs right now too.”

Experts Say You Shouldn’t Make Homemade Hand SanitizerThey’re not as effective as you think.

For example, a popular recipe circulating online suggests using 2/3 cups of either 99 percent rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol) or ethanol (ethyl alcohol or alcohol) as the main antimicrobial active ingredient, resulting in roughly 66 percent active content in the final product. However, there is a nuance in the FDA’s rule governing the hand sanitizer product category regarding the different actives recommended as being safe and effective, Aral says.

The rule states that the minimum recommended level for isopropyl alcohol is 70 percent in the final product as opposed to the minimum of 60 percent for ethyl alcohol. So if you use isopropyl alcohol at the recommended 2/3 cup level in the recipe, the active level would fall short of the recommended 70 percent, Aral notes. If ethanol is used instead, the recipe should theoretically meet the minimum of 60 percent required by the FDA rule.

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2 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, March 14, 2020

  1. RPM says:

    I work for one of the Big 4 accounting firms. Over the weekend we shut down our training campus in Westlake for the next 3 weeks. That will probably get extended now with the travel ban. We get guests from literally all over the world. Talk about a stick in the spokes.

  2. Bizarro Big Tex says:

    Word just came that Disneyland in California shuts down Saturday morning and closed rest of month (at least). When Mickey takes it seriously, you know we should hunker down. Some unnamed national leader who fancies chemical tans should take a lesson from the Mouse.

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