Hi, all - thanks to those who attended the kickoff chat. We'll be meeting in the same place, same time next week (see the schedule here).
(above image via @MelissaN on Twitter)
First, I wanted to mention that we have a program blog here: http://publiclab.org/blog/oil-testing-kit
You can post to it at: http://publiclab.org/wiki/oil-testing-kit-beta#Share+your+work
This is an easy way to share your work and any difficulties you've encountered. It'd also be great if you left comments on one anothers' posts -- if you see something that could be improved or adjusted, or just for encouragement!
Some additional notes from the chat:
- We'll have a new calibration procedure posted and documented very soon - perhaps as early as Friday
- Safety: Please be careful with the laser, and the samples, they are motor and crude oils, and toxic. Ventilation!
- Please share your difficulties, with pictures. Comment on one another's posts!
There was a discussion about mineral oil -- it was not included in the kit, but is available in most pharmacies and supermarkets -- it is used as a laxative. Since it was chosen specifically because it does not fluoresce, we don't feel that different mineral oils should make a difference, but please do record a baseline of pure mineral oil in a cuvette and upload it as you begin your scanning. (Which is next week's topic!)
Mineral oil is also available online for $9 on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Vi-Jon-Inc-S0883-Mineral-Oil/dp/B001B2RG1C/
The next chat is next week, Oct 7, same time and place, and the topic will be: preparing samples, scanning and uploading. The chat, is available at:
Old OTK video
For fun, we shared the old OTK kickstarter video, which is lighthearted but informative: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6jKe80YO8w
Here's the complete chat. Thanks, and please leave any additional questions or input in the comments, below!
Thanks again to all our OTK Beta Program members: @eustatic, @cquijano84, @Tofu, @ronhuber, @norby, @uprmotero, @Craig, @tmccaffr, @Charles_Hamilton, @mahsa, @JayB, @MelissaN, @LKStendie, @wsg, @zhughbanks, @JeanellSullivan, @Webstertiums, @emilycheung17, @ethanbass, @Cindy_ExCiteS, @chongyukwai, @drocheleau, @gracecagle, @Bluemountainsurfer