Wild, Wild West

After starting with a relatively serene view of Yosemite’s Half Dome, our journey through the desert revealed some elements of the untamed west. In eastern Nevada we drove past many “dust devils”, and a bit later spied this intense gateway arch that was completely covered with deer antlers, a sight quite unlike any we’ve seen … Read more

On the Road Again

We’re on the road again! Tomorrow takes us through Yosemite on 120, and after skirting Mono Lake we’re in for a long day’s drive through the desert, passing through Tonopah and Ely on our way to western Utah. We’ll visit Arches National Park on Sunday, and points beyond as the week progresses. Updates and photos … Read more

Reflections of a Long Life

While I would never be mistaken as a supporter of the late Senator Strom Thurmond, I did find some of these facts from the Strom Watch site worth noting: * As of mid-2003 he was one of the few living politicians to have received votes from Civil War veterans * Mark Twain was still writing … Read more

The Inbox of the President

A while ago we were privy to an instant message interchange between the shrub and his North Korean counterpart, and much hilarity ensued. Well, as we know, no secrets are safe on the internet. From an anonymous source comes news that a copy of gw’s mailbox is available at this super secret website. Check it … Read more

Flowers by Katinka Matson

Manhattan-based artist Katinka Matson is featured in this short CBS news feature, FLOWERS by Katinka Matson. The article briefly touches on the development of the flatbed scanner, (I didn’t realize Ray Kurzweil was involved), before turning to Katinka’s scanner based art. The images created using this technique are very richly textured and exhibit nicely saturated … Read more

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients 2 1/2 C flour 1/2 tsp Baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 Lb butter (2 sticks), salted 1 C firmly packed dark brown sugar 1 C granulated sugar 1 C extra-crunchy peanut butter, preferably Jif 2 large eggs 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup roasted salted peanuts, ground to consistency … Read more

Movable Type 2.64

With only one glitch (must use existing mt.cfg and mt-db-pass.cgi files) the upgrade of this blog to the latest version of the Movable Type software, 2.64, completed without further incident, as this post demonstrates.

When Galaxies Collide

Here’s a fascinating photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope that shows many thousands of galaxies, including two that are apparently close to colliding, and many others that are almost as old as the known age of the universe. You can click on the image for more details and a link to an even larger … Read more

When Humans Faced Extinction

According to this BBC article, we’re actually quite lucky to be here. Based on the results of analyzing human DNA, some scientists are starting to believe the human race had dwindled down to a worldwide population of around 2000 people sometime within the past 100,000 years. Though the date when the population reached its lowest … Read more