[Darkroom] Granite Counters and naming

Kelly hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com
Wed Mar 31 13:58:57 PDT 2010


Actually, since we're going to be doing non-photographic chemistry in
there, I eventually plan to make a sign for the darkroom that says
"Chemistry & optics lab".

Re: list name changing, what about just chemistry at nb.etc?  I mean...
it doesn't really include the non-chemical optics hacking though.  But
then optics at nb.etc doesn't include the non-optical chem stuff.

Which is why I basically think we should just switch to
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On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 19:23, Ben Rupert <meowdip at gmail.com> wrote:
>  I had forgotten about the radioactive nature of granite.  It's a
> serious concern and I think we should avoid using it.  As for the exopy
> resin coating, I'm not sure.  We don't use them in chemistry labs
> because they aren't resistant enough, but I don't think we'll be using
> the worst of those chemicals (like strong oxidizers or concentrated
> nitric acid) in the darkroom.  I think some epoxies are sensitive to
> acetone and even concentrated acetic acid though, so we'll have to be
> careful about choosing the right one.  If we can find formica it would
> certainly do the job.  I guess I'm fine with the epoxy myself if we can
> find information showing the resistance to chemicals we expect to use
> for the specific formulation we're using.  This information should be
> available from the manufacturer.
>  As for a name, I have come up with a bunch of fairly bad ideas.  I've
> never let that stop me before, so here they are:
>  The most obvious and least interesting would be Optics Lab or Imaging Lab.
>  Since the space is small and dark and once you go in you can't come
> and go until you're done your time (that is, until you're done making
> prints, etc), it could be nicknamed Solitary Confinement.
>  It could also be called the Physical Sciences Closet.  Then people who
> use the space could be closet scientists.
>  Again owing to the small box-like quality of the space and the fact
> that the inside is painted black, it could be the Black Box.  This also
> works as people will see us bringing materials in and finished product
> out, but can't watch the process from the outside.
>  Since we will be using chemicals, lasers and high voltage in there is
> could also be the Unmitigated Risk Lab.
>
> Hopefully someone (maybe even me?) will come up with something better
> for a name.
>
> Ben
>
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