Monday, April 5, 2010

A Chemical Engineer's Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Objective:Household cooking involves chemistry. Here is a cooking experiment in which the product is edible.


236.6 cm3 (500 mL) partially hydrogenated tallow triglyceride (butter or margarine)
177.45 cm3 (177 mL) crystalline sucrose (sugar)
177.45 cm3 (177 mL) unrefined sucrose (brown sugar)
4.9 cm3 (5 mL) 4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde (vanilla)
2 calcium carbonate-encapsulated avian albumen-coated protein (eggs)
532.35 cm3 (500 mL) gluten (flour)
4.9 cm3 (5 mL) sodium chloride (salt)
4.9 cm3 (5 mL) sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
1 package of theobroma cacao (chocolate chips)
236.6 cm3 (250 mL) chopped de-encapsulated legume meats (nuts)
measuring spoons
measuring cups
mixing bowls
cookie sheets


Cream the partially hydrogenated tallow triglyceride, methyl ether of protocatechuic aldehyde, crystalline and unrefined sucrose in a bowl.
Add the calcium carbonate-encapsulated avian albumen-coated proteins and mix well.
In a separate bowl combine the gluten, sodium chloride, and sodium bicarbonate.
Add to creamed mixture.
Stir in theobroma cacao and de-encapsulated legume meats.
Place the final mixture piecemeal onto a cookie sheet.
Heat in an 463 K (190°C/ 375°F) oven for 8-10 minutes and allow the chemical reactions to take place.
Remove from oven and place on cooling rack.

Taking charge of your career

* Pick a company where you can build a broad range of skills.

* Look for your employer's toughest problems, and make yourself part of the solutions.

* Learn how to work in teams.

* Build a network of contacts, inside and outside your company.

* Keep your eyes open for opportunities elsewhere.

Rules For Success

The value of time.

The success of perserverance.

The pleasure of working.

The dignity of simpliciy.

The worth of character.

The power of kindness.

The influence of example.

The obligation of duty.

The wisdom of economy.

The virtue of patience.

The improvement of talent.

The joy of originating.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Eight Traits of Success

Your chances of succeeding at anything you attempt may depend on being:

A Dreamer who can visualise your success by focusing more on what you want to happen than on what you fear may happen.

Disciplined enough to set goals and priorities and devise plans - flexible enough to change those plans when a new opportunity arises.

Dedicated enough to know that success demands total commitment and contagious enthusiasm that motivates others.

Decisive enough to make more decisions and to make them more quickly.

Daring enough to risk more, to welcome change and to view mistakes as a chance to learn.

Devoted to a programme of life-long learning and self-improvement that finds you constantly learning new skills and developing more interests.

Dependable to a fault, always keeping your promises to yourself and others.

A Delegator who knows that time is best spent doing what you do best - not trying to do everything yourself.