Friday Glow Blogging: Creamy Fluorite

This week’s glowblog entry is a creamy brown piece of fluorite from Ohio. Activated by long-wave ultraviolet light, this piece stands in contrast to the more brightly colored blue fluorite, such as what may be found in England. It’s also interesting in that Ohio and Kentucky do produce large amounts of fluorite, in the form … Read more

No More Pi

This site has been upgraded from MovableType version 3.14 to 3.15. The announcement of this upgrade mentioned that it was somewhat urgent for sites to upgrade quickly to remove a fairly big security hole. Imagine my surprise when I could not find any instructions for upgrading from the prior version to the current version. The … Read more

Occasional Weather Report

No one’s going to be surprised in July when it’s (much) hotter here in Kansas than out in California. On the other hand, no one’s complaining that it’s 64 degrees in Lindsborg at sunset, while out west, 2 hours earlier in the day, it’s only 58 degrees in Palo Alto. Also, thinking about our weather … Read more

Mudslide Update

This is just a quick note to let folks know that I’ve updated my California Mudslide posting with a new aerial photo of the area. Taken by Doc, the photo shows the entire town and the hillside behind it. What happened almost appears inevitable after seeing the image of the mudslide from the air.

This, Too, Shall Pass

It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words, “And this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! … Read more

Kanopolis in Winter

We took a nice Sunday drive earlier today and headed over to Kanopolis Lake. Located 15 miles west of Lindsborg, it’s a popular recreation spot, though mostly deserted as we expected this time of year. What we didn’t expect was to find that large areas of the lake were frozen over. And if presenting a … Read more

Pond at Sunset

Here’s a picture of a pond northeast of Lindsborg. I took it late last year, near sunset, and forgot about until now. I like both the golden colors and the way the trees are reflected on the water. It’s worth noting that winter trees, lacking their summer greenery, make for interesting photographic subjects.

Sunny and Cold

We saw the sun for the first time in a week today, and with the extremely cold, dry air, everything looked crisp and bright outside. Towards sunset, we once again headed towards Coronado Heights, thankful for the 4-wheel drive capabilities of our vehicle as the road was a bit icy. Did I mention it was … Read more