science

A guano-load of work

Our friend Amy, who’s the heart and soul of our Camp Fire chapter, solicited ideas for an Arbor Day project. Someone suggested building bat houses. After some investigation, this seemed relatively straightforward project for the kids to undertake. (I think this model was similar in scope.) Some materials were purchased. Meanwhile, she called the local …

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The Dentist

After a conspicuous absence, Debbie recounted her recent experience with her dentist, Dr. Lecter . (I’m glad you’re back, Deb!) My dentist visit was much more benign. I started scheduling my checkups for obscenely in the morning so when I was done, I’d already be “down the hill,” ready for the commute to work. I …

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I’m Turning Patentese

I hope that, by 2006, I’ll have secured my place in innovation history, along side the Method of concealing partial baldness. Peabody, set the Way-back machine for December, 2002. The first round of my product was scheduled for launch in March. It was neat, but what I was really excited about was the vision, the …

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This just in…

The headline from CNN just graced my mailbox a few minutes ago: The Federal Reserve says rising energy costs are constraining consumer, business spending. My reaction: D-uhhhhhhhh! This obvious insight, broadcast to thousands of CNN users, might just be a symptom of a slow news day. I just checked CNN’s web site, and among the …

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IQ test

A friend is working on her Ph.D. in psychology and needed a victimvolunteer to take an I.Q. test. It would be filmed, so her professor could review her testing technique. Most potential volunteers backed down when they found out she’s not allowed to reveal the results of the test (she’s not certified). Without revealing actual …

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Mt. St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens, March 2002 It’s been exciting reading about Mt. St. Helens Two years ago, I did an aerial photo safari around the mountain and was impressed at the level of eruption evidence still visible 20+ years later. (see also: 1, 2). This photo was taken at 9,000′, circling the mountain counter-clockwise. For those …

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