Thursday, March 25, 2010

Continuing The Line



I have a question for those tuning in to the blog. An easy question with a potentially easy answer.

So, is a blog (sort of like this) a good idea for a school like Hillcrest High School? It would, for instance include stuff like games, their results, student accomplishments, pictures of events, drama productions, tryouts, and general information--to just name a few. Links to counseling and scholarships would seem useful too.

Would be a good thing or not? What do you think would be useful in a school blog? What do you think??

Monday, March 22, 2010

Better Late Than Never

File this under talented. Stanley turned this in today--beating the term deadline by 30 minutes or so.

I'm not sure how long it took him, or how much effort he put into it, but it's just great and I love it.

Nicely done.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!



Wow, that's a lot of exclamation points--and that's something--because, really, I don't like them much. Personally, I'm a fan of the semicolon. ;)

This blog entry isn't subtle, doesn't obfuscate, inveigle, or deceive. I think it's pretty straight forward.

If you're in one of my classes you may earn a few extra credit points (up to 20) by doing the following: post (or turn in a typed copy) of something sciencie that you're interested in. It doesn't have to be long. One paragraph minimum. Pictures or images help towards the maximum 20 points. This special internet offer expires Wednesday, March 24th at midnight.

Have fun.

Friday, March 12, 2010

C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate

I read the coolest article yesterday that started with a discussion of the latest earthquakes. How, because part of the ocean plate is sub-ducted (goes under), the earth is getting a little smaller around. As a result, the earth sped up a little [like a figure skater that brings her arms closer as she spins and the spin gets faster].

With each subduction zone earthquake the earth speeds up a little and makes the day a little shorter, albeit we're talking millionths of a second here.

But the article (here) then points out that the shorter days (as a result of the earthquakes) are canceled out by the moon getting a little further away each year (about an inch and a half--incase you were wondering). And that in turn causes our days to get a little longer. Eventually then, our days will be longer and the moon would be locked into one single place in our orbit. It would be in the very same place all the time.

The problem? Well, it's like 50 billion years from now. And it's not nearly as cool as the two moons on Tatooine. And our sun will engulf us all by then anyway. But beyond all that--pretty cool science stuff. Please be sure to read the whole article and click on the picture for a really cool desktop image.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Mmmmmm. Yummy

So, my major in college (CSU Sacramento) was Biology. General, to be specific. Mostly because I couldn't decide. I took the Botany classes (plants) and the Zoology classes. I even took the microbiology classes. I liked them all. Plants, however, weren't really my favorite thing. Don't get me wrong...I do like them. Ornithology might have been my very favorite though.

Why am I talking about biology and the like? Well, as much as I sortofnotreally liked Botany classes i saw this video and wanted to share. It's pretty cool.


The whole article on Venus Flytraps is here on Savvy Saplings. It's worth a read if you're into plants that eat frogs.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Will The Real Fluffy Please Stand

A couple of websites first. Mr. Harris brought over a link to a pretty cool website that allows you to enter your weight and it immediately gives your weight on other places in the universe (namely, our bevy of solar system celestial bodies, but the neutron star one makes me chuckle). The link is here. This one at the same site allows you to enter your birth date for a free pie. Okay, so there isn't a pie. But it does show your birthday information on other planets. It's definitely worth a quick click. That link is here.

The animated spider below still remains creepy. The real thing--the real Fluffy--is, however, creepy enough to most. She [yes, it's a girl, and NO, I still haven't asked] is kind of acting a little off lately. I have no idea why though. Mark is hoping that she dies so he can get a breeding pair to have a bunch of little baby Fluffys. That is mean Mark. She just seems depressed. Perhaps it's news of the the Killer Whale deal at Sea World. Animals in cages kind of gets me--but we'll save that for another time.

Maybe she doesn't like her home anymore. Maybe she is lonely and depressed. Maybe she yearns (do spiders yearn) for the great outdoors.

Maybe not.

Mark fed her today so maybe hunting and killing little crickets will perk her up. Regardless, I suppose, here is the latest picture. If you're wondering why the picture is so clear and void of any window reflections [you were wondering, right?] it's because I took the picture from inside the cage. No, I didn't get in there (the cage is a weee bit small for me), but I did reach the iPhone in to take the shot.

Oh, and after seeing my son in a play last night (Much Ado About Nothing at Springville High School)(great job, by the way, to the entire cast--but especially Nate), it reminded me that I think Fluffy is almost One Year old.

So, maybe she is depressed about the impending birthday.

Be sure to click on the picture for the full screen version.