Tuesday, December 20, 2011
I couldn't help but think of the all the American soldiers who fought in the Korean War and patrolled the border over the years. Both my father and father-in-law fought in the war. No one was ever the same after that. While I am happy that South Korea is free, it seems like unfinished business with North Korea still in an isolated deep freeze. Perhaps they will thaw out some day.
Monday, December 05, 2011
Sunday, December 04, 2011
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Friday, December 02, 2011
This morning our dog Gus found an old packet of rat poison. By the time my wife found him he had ripped open and spread it all over the couch. We had no idea how much, if any, he ate.
The vet said we should make him vomit by giving him two teaspoons of salt. After he was done we took him to see the veteranirian.
They ended up giving him an antidote shot. We have pills to give him over the next few days. I personally don't think he ate any. But we are covered in case.
It just shows that amyuthing can happen.
Dogs are worse than children in some ways. They never grow up!
Thursday, December 01, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thursday, November 03, 2011
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Here's a closeup of the ATTENTION Sign.
We did hear the gunshots of the military reenactors. But we never saw them, fortunately.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
My alumni magazine from the University of Maine had an article about two professors (sociology and german) who are writing books for flat world knowledge. Students can read the book for free online, buy chapters in pdf, or buy the whole book in a print on demand format.
I'm still not totally on board with ebooks, especially for something like a textbook. But if digital screens get better I can see that they will become the default means for publishing. This will certainly be true if traditional publishers keep jacking up the price by the usual means!
Friday, July 08, 2011
And here they are resting the night before.
The last shuttle launch has been on all the news stories today. Many of the stories have been nostalgic about the shuttle program. Others interviewed people who had come to see the launch. One talked about the economic impact of all the discoveries made through the shuttle missions.
I remember how it was originally sold as a space truck that was supposed to go up regularly with minimum maintenance. The difficulties of the system proved to be be much more difficult than anyone expected.
I wonder if our society will every invest the resources to do a massive project like this again. There has been talk about a private sector rocket, but what company would every put so many resources into such a risky project?
This evening one of the crazier radio talk show hosts ( I won't mention his name.) claimed that the end of the shuttle program was a plot by President Obama and his allies to subvert the U.S.A.'s space dominance. Renting space on the Russian Soyuz until there is another American rocket is just proof of the plan! Of course, the military is continuing with its own space program.
I just hope that our future includes more space exploits!
I got the photo from NASA, which I assume means it is legal to post here.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
And on June 19. They have grown quite a bit. I want to get a picture of the parents at some point.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I have been on and even led many such tours during my time in Africa, including this area. I wonder where they went to eat afterward?
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
As for the NPS program, it is an advisory effort to help states and local communities in the Watershed conserve their important faces. Although there are goals, such as increasing public access to waterfronts, there are few federal funds available. Those will depend on Congressional action.
There are plans to create an online, interactive map of conserved areas in the Chesapeake Watershed.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 03, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Originally uploaded by P_Linehan.
The gold finches really enjoyed the thistle from the feeder this morning. Several nonbreeding adults also came by. Below is my favorite image. It's hard to get both birds to look at the camera!
Friday, March 25, 2011
I do really like the graphics and the sound. More to follow.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
I really enjoyed the first night of Any Human Heart on Masterpiece. It was a little disconcerting at first when the show switched to different times in Logan's life. I did get used to it as the story went on. Logan is remarkably selfish. I wonder if he will develop as a person by the end. I am thinking about getting the original book by William Boyd. Maybe after this is over.
Wednesday, February 02, 2011
I put in a new deicer for the koi pond. It's a 300 watt model in the shape of a rock. (I got it from Foster and Smith Aquatics, who were running a sale. They had great service, too.) When our old flat one stopped working, I put in the 1250 watt one for a while, but I was afraid it would use too much power over the long run. With the ice and rain storms we've had it also warmed up enought to melt all the ice. The fish like to line up like this for some reason.