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February 28, 2005


do I attract these people or what?  this was worse than getting china-fied.

So it starts when I meet "John Doe" around 1983. He's working for a major material supplier, I'm one of his customers.  All was well, the business relationship went on for a few years before we both moved into other areas.

Continue reading "the GREAT BIG LIAR" »

February 24, 2005

I got china-fied!

A few months ago I got... china-fied, we lost a huge job to competition in China.  It took me from sympathetic outside observer of others in this boat, to active participant inside the boat. I'm the guy at the front yelling something about  'can't beat em, join em...'

There's a bunch of guys in the back of the boat whining about how unfair it all is. Maybe...

Continue reading "I got china-fied!" »

February 17, 2005

Introducing RegUp Blogs

Whats a RegUp you say?

Some kind of health elixir?  A new way to say Hi?

Actually, its short for Regulatory Update, the industry's best source of news for regulatory and legislative developments in the health, safety and environmental field for the Plastics Industry and compiled by Lew Weisfeld, a renowned expert in the field.

Lew has just launched RegUp Blogs where he be sharing snippets of timely news from the newsletter, so if you're interested in these developments, please check it out!

Welcome Lew!

February 12, 2005

God Bless Plastic!

At last! Someone who REALLY appreciates plastics!  Found an army medic in Iraq who justs rants and raves about the benefits of plastics saving lives in our military!

Who am I too argue with the Knight in Plastic Armor?  Not me.  I do find one qualm with his musings though. The use of plastic as a negative adjective or verb is like nails on the chalkboard to me.

The main benefits he touts:
Protection from the elements and lightweight equipment and amor!

Thanks to all of our service folks around the globe.

February 11, 2005

One of our own at the Supreme Court

Now here's something I hadn't heard before.  An illegal immagrant who forged his ID to get employment at Hoffman Plastic, was awarded backpay over a termination issue. It went all the way to the Supreme Court where the ruling was reversed and the backpay negated.

It has had such an effect that it is refered to as... Hoffman's aftermath

Continue reading "One of our own at the Supreme Court" »

February 10, 2005

Plastic Recycling Process Works... How?

I noticed an older blog, Gideon Rosenblatt's Blog, that referred to a new recycling process, which in turn lead me here:

N.C. State Researchers Develop New Plastic Recycling Process

It's for PET recycling and claims two unique advantages in dealing with the removal of impurities. these two steps are the running of the material through a twin screw extruder into a thin film and second, "supercritical carbon dioxide is combined with the ethylene glycol or methanol, which reduces the viscosity, or stickiness, of the polymer, making it easier to process and allowing better contact between the materials"

They go on to say: "At the end of the process, the CO2 is vented from the extruder and run through a condenser, where dissolved impurities can be removed. The CO2 is then recycled."

Now, I've worked and researched engineering polymer recycling via twin screws and have a patent in the field, but this explanation is leaving me a bit confused.  How is this removing physical impurities from post consumer waste?


I know it's dated but maybe I'll track em down if I get the time.  In the meantime, thanks Gideon for pointing this out!

February 08, 2005

Business Blogs

This may be of interest:
Business Blogs As A Powerful Linking Strategy 
Its on SEOChat.com, a very helpful Search Engine Optimazation site and explains why business blogs can have such a powerful effect on your rankings.

Some blog exclusive Internet directories from that article:

Blog Search Engine http://www.blogsearchengine.com
Blogwise http://www.blogwise.com
Eatonweb portal http://www.portal.eatonweb.com
Blog Universe http://www.bloguniverse.com
Popdex http://www.popdex.com
Blogarama http://www.blogarama.com
Blogdex http://www.blogdex.com
Blo.gs http://www.blo.gs/
Globe of Blogs http://www.globeofblogs.com
Blizg http://www.blizg.com
Online Marketing Links http://www.onlinemarketinglinks.com

February 07, 2005

Welcome Maro Blogs

Presenting our newest regular blog, Maro Blogs

This is  Roger D. Corneliussen, PhD. and Editor of maropolymeronline.com. For over 18 years, Maro Publications has been providing information access tools for the top professionals in the polymer/plastics industry. 

Roger, through the nature of his work with maropolymeronline.com, may know more about emerging polymer technologies than anyone. Now he has graciously offered to share some of his insight with us through his Maro Blogs! Thanks Roger!

You may also be interested to know that maropolymeronline.com provides a free email service known as Maro Patent Alerts.

Each Tuesday, the US Patent Office publishes 2000 to 4000 patents. Maro reviews each patent and selects those related to polymer technology. The Patent Number and Title is copied to Topic Pages on the Maro site with its URL linking it to the US Patent site. Typically 150 to 300 polymer related patents are found each week. 

Maro Alerts are free and you may subscribe by sending and email request to [email protected]  with your email address.  There is a fee to use the web site, but again, the email alerts are free!

Welcome Roger!

February 06, 2005

Superbowl time is Chili time!

No plastics today. Today its football and chili.

The superbowl will start soon and I'm busy making our family recipe chili.  Nothing goes with football like Chili. Ok maybe except Buffalo Wings.  One of my boys, Wayne, made Buffalo Wings while tailgating at Foxboro Stadium. They were SOOO hot as to be practically inedible. We basically abandoned them as I recall.

I've found out through experience when Buffalo Wings have a funny light brown color instead of reddish, is everyone is watching when you go to eat one... don't! Learned that from Sean Hussey.

My chili is of a medium heat to maximize the amount of family members who partakre, but the heat is easily adjusted bowl to bowl.  Our recipe was developed over a ten year period of experimentaion, then locked in.  You too can experience our chili via the recipe at Chililabs.com.

The Patriots are about to win (my prediction) and I'm thinking possible blow out. You never know though. The pats organization is a model of excellence that makes me think of my shortcomings. If only I could attain that level of discipline and organization. Well, something to strive for.



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