With no forethought, I took the last month off posting. It all started with my Acer Aspire One being flung across the kitchen via Max getting caught in the cord. Within 3 days, it didn't start anymore. Such is life with dogs around.
I didn't realize how much I really came to like that little netbook. I still have my Dell 6000, but it just wasn't the same. The Dell is not nearly as portable, the screen quality doesn't compare and it is not nearly as cute. (Yes, lame as it is, I said it was cute.)
I wanted another one and found it. Cruised Craigslists for a bit, but just wasn't sure about what I saw. There are quite a few AOA150's out there, but I was apprehensive. I ended checking out ebay and there I found a company out of Ohio selling the same netbook. They have an excellent rating. I took the plunge. For $179 including shipping I have a new Acer Aspire One AOA150. (I thought it was going to be a refurbished one. It is actually new though just the unit in a plastic sleeve. No documentation or original power cord.)
And thus, I am back to posting to my website.
The start of 2012 brings with it a new year of skywatching, and lunar enthusiasts are gearing up for a stunning lineup of full moons. But, where does the tradition of full moon names come from?
Full moon names date back to Native Americans of a few hundred years ago, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. To keep track of the changing seasons, these tribes gave distinctive names to each recurring full moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred.
There were some variations in the moon names, but outin general, the same ones were used throughout the Algonquin tribes from New England, continuing west to Lake Superior.
A little moon info for you:
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I updated Pedro's Rides this morning. The changes reflect the addition of the rescued Spot Bicycles single speed, the change over of the Trek 8000 from mountain to urban and the fact that the Sirrus Comp is out of commission.
Last weekend was beautiful here in Denver. On Saturday it was in the upper 40's, clear as a bell. A perfect day to sit on the patio and while away the afternoon having a few beers with friends. So I did.
The conversation wandered here and there eventually hitting on our past days of skiing. It gave me the oppertunity of telling the story about the best question I was ever asked.
It's the late 80's and I'm living the ski bum life up in Snowmass Village. It's a bright, sunny day. We're ripping fast, tight slalom turns on fresh courderoy. I look down, my inside ski is gone. I look up, a tree in the distance.
I don't remember going down. I do remember at one point, while I was sliding along, thinking, "It's been a long time, I must have missed the tree."* I didn't.
My next memory is sitting next to a tree with my left arm up in an odd position. I look over to see my friends with looks of shock on their faces and say something about how maybe they should contact ski patrol. (Brilliant huh!) A couple other skiers come over and one of them tells me he is a doctor.
He starts checking my status. Movement, feeling, ect. The ski patrol arrive. I know them and they know me. They start prepping to take me down in a toboggan. I am thinking how humilinating that will be and tell them I can ski down.** This is outright denied, I am put in a c-collar, loaded up in a sled and taken down to first aid.
At this point things are a bit fuzzy. I remember parts of the ride down. I have vague memories of arriving at first aid and being checked out. At some point it's time for x-rays of my shoulder. I am getting woozy by now, shock is setting in. I think they walk me into x-ray and the tech tells me I have to be in an upright sitting position for the x-rays. She sits me on a bench against the wall with a knowing look on her face. She says something along the lines of, "You're not going to pass out on me are you?" I say, "No," probably struggling to say it and with the thought that I am not sure I won't. I am struggling.
And this is when it happens.
She looks at me and asks, "Is Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"
Wait a minute. I know something is wrong with what she said, but I can't seem to put my finger on it. I'm baffled.
"Is Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?"
I had to clear the cobwebs out of my brain so I can figure out what the problem is. It takes me a bit but I am able to tell her that Mickey Mouse is a mouse. This moment of having to think helps me shrug off the effects of shock and I am able to make it through the x-ray session with out passing out.
It is something I will always remember, sitting there and struggling with whether Mickey Mouse is a cat or a dog.
* On an interesting note: I was later told by the people I was with, right before I hit the tree, I curled up in a tight ball. I guess my subconscience knew better than my conscience.
** Seriously, I did!
Are LED Lightbulbs Better Than CFLs? -- Mother Jones
Finally! LED lightbulbs have hit the market, and they're pretty cool: They cast a nice warm white glow and, unlike CFLs, they're mercury-free. Best of all, they last an amazing 15 years. But before you plan on switching out all your CFLs, consider this: A good quality LED bulb will set you back a whopping $45, comared to $1.50 for a CFL. So is the LED really worth its hefty price tag?
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Lego likenesses of the Roman god Jupiter, his sister Juno and the Italian astronomer Galileo will accompany the Juno space probe. Photo: The Lego Group via Wired
This Friday, NASA will launch an Atlas V rocket that will be contain a very special payload. Not only will the rocket be carrying Juno, a space probe that is being sent to Jupiter to study the fifth planet from the Sun, but there will be a few unique stowaways. Thanks to a joint mission between NASA and Lego, there will be three very special Lego minifigs affixed to the spacecraft.
Damn, Legos get to go to space! When do I get to go to space? (Although, I'll pass on that mission. Juno will end its mission 'crashing' into Jupiter. Uh, no thanks.)
Video artist Marco Cadioli is no stranger to making shorts with images available from Google Earth, and for this summer he has turned our planet into a giant melon, as seen in the video above (be sure to have your speakers on).
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