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9-Year-Old Lists Worst Things About Being a Boy

Not supposed to cry and supposed to play football are my favorites…in a sad way.

Bad about being a boy via independent

(Image via @Independent on Twitter)

Larger version here.


November 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM 1 comment

35º Temperature Drop in Boulder in 3-1/2 Hours

Here’s a screenshot I just took at WeatherUnderground. This morning at 9:00 a.m., when I took my walk (3-1/2 hours ago), it was 64º.  So that frigid weather they’ve been talking about is h-e-r-e and it came in in no uncertain terms but hey, I’m ready!

Temperature 11-10-14

Oh, P.S.:  Get ready for climate deniers to drag out the tried but-not-true:  “With temperatures like these, how can there be global warming?!”


November 10, 2014 at 2:45 PM Leave a comment

The Antares Rocket Explodes

Setting aside the hysterical overreaction by the people in the background, this is the best video of the explosion of the Antares rocket I’ve seen tonight:



October 28, 2014 at 7:39 PM Leave a comment

Why Corporate Media is Dying

Stratosphere wikipedia

(The Space Shuttle in the Stratosphere via Wikipedia)

When the corporate media can’t break from its cycle of covering three “Breaking News” stories all day long (and week after week), one doesn’t hear about amazing stuff like this, which happened today:

A 57-Year-Old Computer Scientist Just Dove 135,000 Feet From The Stratosphere
Shattering Felix Baumgartner’s world record for freefall distance

When Feliz Baumgartner’s dove 24 miles from Earth’s upper atmosphere, he, along with his Red Bull sponsors, made sure millions of people would follow along. Today, Google vice president Alan Eustace dove from almost a mile higher—135,000+ feet above Roswell, New Mexico—with a fraction of the fanfare.

On his way up, Eustace dangled from a balloon that lifted him at about 1,000 feet per second minute, according to a release from the Paragon space exploration company. Unlike Baumgartner, who rode a pod to his jump site, Eustace was fixed directly to his balloon. He wore a space suit designed by Paragon to protect him from the inhospitable upper atmosphere.

After more than two hours of climbing, Eustace spent a half hour dangling and “experiencing” his astonishing altitude, according to Paragon. Once he dropped, early this morning, he breached the speed of sound in 90 seconds.


Imagine doing that.



October 24, 2014 at 7:44 PM Leave a comment

What do Google and a Camel Have in Common?

Watch this gorgeous short video showing how Google filmed the “street view” video of the Liwa Desert in the United Arab Emirates:


October 8, 2014 at 2:21 PM Leave a comment

Take the Pew News I.Q. Test

Pew Research Center Logo

Take Pew’s “News I.Q. Quiz” and see how much you know about what’s going on.  I answered 10 of the 12 questions correctly, confirming that I’m a hard core, thoroughly addicted news junkie.

What do you know about the news?

Test your knowledge of prominent people and major events in the news by taking our short 12-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,002 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a national survey conducted September 25-28 by the Pew Research Center.

Go here to take the quiz.

October 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM 2 comments

Politics in America

No, this isn’t from The Onion:

What should Chelsea name her baby from 9-22-14

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If you’re like me, you say I DON’T GIVE A SH*T!

September 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM Leave a comment

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