Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

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Wednesday

September 8, 2008

If you feel like you’re having a LSD flashback on Wednesday, it may just be the miniature black holes created by the new Hadron Particle Accelerator in Switzerland. No reason to worry, but if you’re out at dinner when it happens, you might as well go ahead and have dessert and that expensive bottle of wine.

Or, it could just be an LSD Flashback.

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Michele’s Nemesis

July 16, 2007

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Slugs

Plus (+) this

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Equals (=) this

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An unusually wet June has brought an onslaught of Slugs.

Michele has taken their invasion as a personal affront. First, they turned the freshly planted flowers in the front yard into a (presumably tasty) Zinnia Dahlia Salad. A few weeks later, the Impatiens in the backyard met a similar fate, the night after they were planted.

First, she went after them with some Sluggo. However, the Slugs refused to play their part and they did not Go. Next up was individual copper rings around each plant. Somehow or another, Slugs and copper combine for some sort of electric chair style death, at least as far as I understand it. This plus the Sluggo seemed to do an OK job of deslugging the yard but a few of the slimy bastards still made it through(see sample above, complete with a copper ring barrier that the that the slug went all Andy Dufresne on). Once the Slug made it through the copper barrier, Michele had seen enough. Suddenly, the woman who once didn’t want a slug within three feet of her was actively searching for them to throw in her toxic milk jug (water and dish detergent) where they are currently suffering a long, painful, Sarlacc-style death.

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The New Mower

May 23, 2007

Is global warming real? I think so.

Around here, we’re trying to do what we can to decrease our carbon footprint. Not as much as we could be but we’re definitely conscious of our energy usage.

And you know what? Even if global warming turns out to be the ‘Greatest Hoax ever Perpetrated against Mankind’, I still thinks it’s important to try and limit the energy you use. You’re saving money, lessening our dependence on foreign oil, and cutting down on CO2 emissions (you can see the layer of noxious, yellow smog hanging over Seattle on a bad day).

And if it’s real? Well then, Good Luck Kids!

All of that to get to this.

Mower

The new mower.

It takes 3 – 4 times longer to mow the yard than it did with the gas powered lawn mower. However, since a gas powered mower emits 10x+ the amount of CO2 as a automobile, for me, it’s worth the extra time to use the manual push mower. You even get some extra exercise out of the deal.

If you have a large yard, this is obviously not a solution for you. But that’s OK. I’ll use a push mower, you keep your gas powered mower. I know you can find another place around the house where you can save some energy.

Note: When I posted this, I incorrectly referred to exhaust as Carbon Dioxide (CO2). It is actually Carbon Monoxide (CO)

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Saturn

March 3, 2007

Yesterday, the Cassini probe transmitted new pictures of Saturn back to NASA. They are amazing.

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