Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Lads From teh Burrow

Now some who are following the conversation under Brian's acid tasting contest may have noted that there remains considerable confusion about the capabilities of pH sensors and method, which are really quite good, as is clear to anybunny who reads Rabett Run or the scientific Google

As Eli noted, although the older spectrophotometric methods are quite precise and accurate, modern FET sensors have a lot of advantages

an ion selective field SeaFET, accurate uncalibrated to 0.01 pH units, with a precision of 0.005.  The SeaFET can be left alone to operate and read out later and here is something about a system under use on the California coast.  Basically they are comprised of an ion selective membrane (only lets certain ions pass) on top of an FET. 
The two guys leading this effort are Todd Martinez of Scripps and Kenneth Johnson of the Monterey Bay Acquarium.  Richard pointed out that there was serious money (the Wendy Davis X Prize) being offered for what was already available (the SeaFET) and the Rabett Run Organization (the Lads from the Burrow) decided to try and cut themselves in on the feed.
From: "Eli E Rabett"
To: Subject: Confidential Investment Proposal
Date: Wed, February 30 14:03:47 -0000
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ATTN: Dr. Kenneth Johnson, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)
Dr. Todd Martz of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography,


E-MAIL: manager@mgheadoffice.com.bu, EliERabett@email.com

First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction, this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly CONFIDENTIAL and TOP SECRET. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. We have decided to contact you by e-mail due to the urgency of this transaction.

Let me start by first introdusing myself properly to you. I am Eli R Rabett, a Manager at Rabett Run Enterprises, Big Burrow Bend, USA. I came to know of you in my private search for a reliable and reputable person to handle a very confidential transaction which involves the transfer of a huge sum of money as a consequence of a contest to produce a better oceanic pH sensor requiring maximum confidence.

I am not too really sure if you are my long lost contacts whom I am trying to reach, but in anyway, please do take this message with a good heart and report back to me if you are not the persons I think you are. I would explain more latter.

THE PROPOSITION: A foreigner, Dr. Peter H. Diamandis banked with us here at MT GOX PLC., is an American engineer, physician, and Intel entrepreneur best known for being the founder and chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, the co-founder and chairman of Singularity University and the co-author of the New York Times bestseller Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. He is also the former CEO and co-founder of the Zero-Gravity Corporation, the co-founder and vice chairman of Space Adventures Ltd., the founder and chairman of the Rocket Racing League, the co-founder of the International Space University, the co-founder of Planetary Resources, and founder of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.

He is also somewhat forgetful as eminent STEM people can be and after offering the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health X Prize and depositing the $2,000,000 in prize money with our bank, which has grown considerably after being converted to BitCoins and had a closing balance of USD$38.M ( Thirty Eight Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which the bank now unquestionably expects to be claimed by one of the prizes available scientific supplicants or alternatively be donated to a discredited trust fund for climate change denial at a local school of oil drilling and chiropody studies.

Fervent valuable efforts are being made by the MT GOX Bank to get in touch with any scientific supplicants or relatives but all have proved to no avail. It is because of the perceived possibility of not going to be able to locate any of Engr. Diamandis lab mates (he had no known graduates) that the management under the influence of our Chairman, board of directors, Retired Director of Research S. Fred Singer, that an arrangement for the fund to be declared "UNCLAIMABLE" and then be subsequently donated to the Trust Fund for climate change denial, oil drilling and chiropody studies which will further enhance the courses of disaster in the world in general.

In order to avert this negative development, myself and some of my trusted colleagues here at the Rabett Run Enterprizes now seek for your permission to have you stand as an entrant for the Wendy Davis XPrize, with your SeaFET, the fund, USD$38.5M would be subsequently transferred and paid into your bank account as the beneficiary winners.

All documents and proves to enable you get this fund have been carefully worked out and we are assuring you a 100% risk free involvement. For your assistance, your commission would be 30%. 10% has been set aside for expenses while the rest would be for myself and my colleagues for investment purposes in your country.

 If this proposal is OK. by you and you do not wish to take advantage of the trust we hope to bestow on you and your company, then kindly get to me immediately via my e-mail furnishing me with your most confidential telephone, fax number and exclusive e-mail so that I can forward to you the relevant details of this transaction.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation.

 (Yes, Eli did not send this Email, but he did send one:)


Thomas Lee Elifritz said...

Can I interest you in some real estate? lol.


Lemon prize very pretty
And X-prize PR very sweet
But conditions set by Peter
Are impossible to meet.

Will Eli please dig up his stash of investment grade pH paper dispensers and see what changes color when dunked in very weak lemonaid, or citric acid is added 100 mg at a time to a 250 cc glass of water.

Anonymous said...

Under SEAFET specs it says initial accuracy of pH is 0.05, but precision is 0.001. What manner of sorcery is this?

Rib Smokin' Bunny

EliRabett said...

Precision means Eli makes ten measurements one after another and gets answers within 0.001 of each other. Precision depends on calibration against a standard, which in the case of sea water depends on temperature and composition.

John Mashey said...

I doubt the lads can get any precision better than 1 / 419, about .0024.



Take two nails from the heartwood of the great bunny fetish dissolved in a glass of lemonade, and call your sorcerer in the morning