Friday, January 29, 2010

Clouds and Eclipses Stain Both Moon and Sun

This image from NASA is meant to show all 3 blog visitors that tonight's full moon will be the brightest and largest for the remainder of the year.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

When a body meet a body, comin' thro' the rye

If you haven't read Catcher In The Rye or Franny and Zooey or Nine Stories or Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction you owe it to yourself to experience them.

J.D. Salinger died today.


Monday, January 25, 2010

nate the great!

You guys Requested ME? you need some help
but i'll help you with the test...
it's an easy one if i do say so myself.

1. your going to need to know nuclear reactions. Alpha/Beta Particles.  Half life. that sort of thing.. there's a few problems a-f?

2. most of this test is comprehension and not math.
            therefore, know what rayleigh scattering is and explain it
            J oppeinhiemer thingy midude. know how he relates to prometheus? something he talked about?
3. Wavelength stuff is kind of diagramming and labeling it...
4. you should know when to get fission chips. with fusion flavoring.    see what i did there?

that's pretty much it... except a surprise he has for you,  P=E~R   ....CEN,-=1-2-032-35=8T. A982374B239874U3284N32084D32084CE. He gives the masses of two isotopes and the final average weight, and then he asks for percent of of them. So, I think you need to make one equal to x and the other 1-x.Technically i wasn't supposed to tell you. So.... you didn't hear it for me.

And Extra Credit. I'm so awesome, your welcome, etc etc....
for this one hmm... I like wallace and gromit. So... if you've actually read this LOOK AT THE FEATHERS MCGRAW PHOTO!!!!!!! Extra Credit: Feathers McGraw is a Penguin, What does he disguise himself as?
if you really really don't know google feathers mcgraw.

just place it at the very bottom of the test 5 if you just right the name 10 if you can tell how he planned to steal the blue diamond.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Feathers McGraw

If you haven't seen all of the Wallace and Gromit movies [well, they are shorts--more like about 30 minutes or so], you really owe it to yourself to check them out. Particularly, A Grand Day Out was pretty good (the rats with sunglasses were great), but my favorite has to be the criminal mastermind penguin from The Wrong Trousers.

And this image near the end of it is perhaps one of the best. The train ride after is pretty good too. It makes me smile just thinking about it.

So, in summary, you should see it.

That is all.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Good morning everyone. Welcome to a new semester.

I genuinely hope each and everyone will have a day filled with lo_e an *cough*d j*hack*oy.

sorry. I don't know what happened there. I think I was suddenly overtaken by something., back to normal.

The fishies. Please note there are now more fish. Thank you all for feeding them. Thank you for being concerned with them. It cracks me up to no end, by the way, that anyone actually notices the fish. I had a student tell me he had visited the site and spent twenty minutes playing with them. And now Carly and Katie comment on their well being.

Interesting too that I am considering moving this site to Wordpress (another blogging site) because it potentially has a few features that look interesting. It does not, however, seem to have any fish. And I may not move it all over there for that very reason. 

Funny stuff.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Sciencie Stuff

Okay, okay, okay. For a guy that promised sciencie stuff, this blog has been remarkably lacking sciencie stuff.

I'm not sure why. It might be I'm sort of scienced out. Science day in and day out and I'm sort of blah by the time I get to post something on here about science. I know, not much of an excuse. So, with the new semester, I think I'll make a more concerted effort.

Here, for instance is a Foxnews slideshow with some great science pictures. They are pretty cool.

Half Way

This post finds itself onto the blog half way through the school year. The semester has come and gone. No, it's not a big deal in the big picture. But those of us that live and breathe and plan things around a school calendar (as sucky as this one is--after all, who in the world would only give a few days off before Christmas Day?)--sorry for digressing--the semester brings a new life to the school year and classes.

It's time for new seating charts, new material, new attitude. Renewal I suppose. Not quite spring.

Our new semester will bring Ecology and Classification and Biomes to Biology. Chemistry will see Atomic stuff come to a close, and we'll start gas laws I think. Probably. Either that or thermochemistry.

So, for those that have come along for the ride this semester--thank you for your support and friendship. For those students with kind words and gestures of appreciation, again, I thank you.

This has been an interesting semester.

And I've had a great time.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Pretty Funny

I found the following article (I'm using the term loosely here [it's more like a blurb]) and had to share it with you. The link is off this website and at a Science Blog called Bad Astronomy.

Anyway, it's a great graph showing...well, see for yourself...and the tagline after the graph made me laugh.

Vaccines work

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Monday, January 11, 2010

All Things Cool

I do not, as a rule and matter of personal choice, comment on my family. My private life is--for the most part--just that, private. The things we do are dearly personal and, as a result, won't find their way onto this blog.

So, why state the obvious? Well, there is an addendum to the above rule. It's a side note, or the small print, if you will. You see, I can't help it from time to time. And this small exception isn't grand, or monumental by any measure. In fact, it could be argued that precedence has already been set.

My applause is to my son today. Last week I asked him to make a new header graphic for this blog. The criteria for the assignment was vague (on purpose). The result is what you see today. Mr Einstein.

Great job Nate. It looks fabulous. Thanks for spending the time to do it well.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


A reminder here, a reminder there, and a reminder everywhere:


Okay, probably not--mostly because I'm not Chicken Little. The semester is, however, almost up (next Friday!!). Everything that has been due is due by 7:30 AM on January 12th, twenty-ten.

So, get those missing assignments turned in. After the due date it's all worth exactly nothing.

Tick tock.

A treasure of extra credit is here too (for all those that visit the site). Comment [nicely, of course] on the class here on the blog for up to one assignment's worth of credit (10 to 20 points). :)

this extra credit expires on Friday, January 15th. 

A Short Video to Start Twenty-Ten

The best description is a cross between Pixar and The Twilight Zone.  No, it's not me...pretty well done though.

Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.