Monthly Archives: September 2010

Coyotes at Church

This morning, when I arrived at church, I saw these two coyotes walking across the empty area on our lot. I’ve seen a single coyote several times, but I hadn’t seen a couple like this before.

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No Serenity 2, I Guess

I really liked Firefly. The movie Serenity wasn’t — couldn’t be — as good, but it had its moments: A year from now, ten? They’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people… better. And I do not … Continue reading

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How to write thin science journalism

Ever wondered how to crank out shallow science journalism? In the Guardian‘s “Lay Scientist” column, Martin Robbins shows how it’s done: In this paragraph I will state the main claim that the research makes, making appropriate use of “scare quotes” … Continue reading

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Chuck

I’ve been looking for some TV-on-DVD to watch while I exercise, and a couple of weeks ago I hit on the series “Chuck.” Initially, I only watched it to see what Adam Baldwin (a/k/a Jayne “I’ll be in my bunk” … Continue reading

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Phobos not a captured asteroid?

New research suggests that Phobos, the larger of Mars’ two moons, isn’t a captured asteroid after all. It’s still not clear if it was ejected from Mars in some kind of impact, or if it’s all that’s left after an … Continue reading

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Nerd Badge

When I was in high school, you could tell who the nerds were, because we had our TI-30 calculators in pouches hanging from our belts. I don’t know what these kids today use for that purpose — I mean the … Continue reading

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Olmstead Point and Tanaya Lake

One final vacation photo: looking down on Tanaya Lake from Olmstead Point. If facing this way is 12 o’clock, then Half Dome (the non-iconic side) is about 4:30.

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On Vacation!

Today, we’re going to hike around Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. It’s the last “activity” of our vacation: Thursday is “down” time (and packing), and Friday we’re driving home. The picture is of the 727 (a former Air Force One) at … Continue reading

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