12/28/2006

stalker alert?

This arrived in the mail yesterday:


As much as I appreciate their lovely equipment in the lab, I don't think I'll be buying any for my apartment in the near future. (The kitchen is small enough already.)
It's also a little creepy that they know where I live. Or am I just being paranoid? I know other people must get similar junk mail. What are your thoughts on it?

6 comments:

Excimer said...

If you're an ACS member, if you've subscribed to any magazine, club, whatever, that's chemistry-related, then you, too, will get crap from companies.

Though I dunno, maybe a rotavap would be useful for distilling alcohol...

Ψ*Ψ said...

Maybe. een of andere vent could probably tell us more...

een of andere vent said...

A rotavap can be used to distill alcohol, but distilling it under vacuum does not give a better product.

I had the Buchi junk mail as well, but they delivered it to the the Lab. I was their contact person for some chromatography system we bought from them, so that's why they know me.

Did you know that Walter Buchi invented the rotavap? He could have made his name so famous by calling it a Buchi-apparatus.Dean and Stark understood that...

Mike said...

I allegedly smashed a conductivity cell once [1] and ever since I bought the new one with some kind of student discount they float my mail-box with advertising letters.


[1] I HATE my ex-PChem teacher for that bloody claim. The thing was falling into pieces just by looking at it. One can expect things to break when their according -meters bear a swastica and a date stamp of 1938...

"He could have made his name so famous by calling it a Buchi-apparatus"
They very rarely call it like this in Austria (s'ppose this applied for Germany too). Either that or there was another Büchi-apparatus as well *scratching-head*

een of andere vent said...

You are right. Did some google on Büchi. The term Büchi-apparatus is now used for anything they make, melting point, chromatography system or whatever. It just refers to the manufacturer. It is not a 'real' named-apparatus like Dean-Stark, Vigreux, or Dewar. (But who wants to be remebered for a piece of glass?).

ElwoodCity said...

I would like to be remembered for anything, at this point.