Thursday, May 3, 2012

Life Imitates Art...

When I saw this article about the forest service having to saw up cows to get them out of a cabin, all I could think of was the scene with the horse in National Lampoon's Animal House.  I guess I have a warped sense of humor.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Ultimate O(W)S Statement

I could never say it so clearly...




Merry Christmas.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Sad Commentaries on "Life in California"

Over at Beers with Demos there is a very sad story about how bad life in California is getting in the Central Valley that is definitely worth reading. But what really prompted this post is the oh-so-perfect story from yesterday's Rose Parade.

Seems that the float from the city of Sierra Madre won this year's Governor's Award, one of the Tournament of Roses Parade's most prestigious awards, which is awarded to the float which "best depicts life in California." What makes their depiction of "Life in California" so richly ironic is that the float broke down, right at the main TV area, and had to be towed the rest of the way (see full story).

Friday, April 23, 2010

Two Links To See

First here is a stunning view of the sun in the extreme ultraviolet (false color of course).

Then I wonder if this is a peek into the house of the Maximum Leader? (Note: I couldn't figure out ow to make that first link always point to the entry for April 23, 2010, so be sure to go to that date.)

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Tomorrow is Pi Day...

So go out and party like it's 3.13...

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Words of Wisdom... True Then, True Now

I just got back from an extended trip back east for leadership training. The one thing that really stood out to me is all the lessons that we've learned collectively, but forgotten individually.

Here's one in particular that I wish our current political "leadership" (and some of the recent past ones as well) would have learned. The quote (with my emphasis):
As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is, to use it as sparingly as possible; avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace, but remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent much greater disbursements to repel it; avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts, which unavoidable wars may have occasioned, not ungenerously throwing upon posterity the burden, which we ourselves ought to bear.

The source of this apparently long forgotten wisdom?

The Farewell Address of President George Washington.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Beautiful, But a Bit Bothersome

Over at Astronomy Picture of the Day they have this beautiful picture of the Cosmic Microwave Background - Beautiful.

They point out that the dipole nature of the colors you see are due to us moving "600 kilometers per second relative" to it. See that's bothersome to me. To me it implies that there is a preferred "stationary" frame of reference. Such a thing is contrary to Einstein's Theory of General Relativity.

(For those versed in the theory, Yes, "contrary" is too strong a word. But certainly there is an implied preferred frame which is not supposed to exist.)