A Sweet Gar Named Desire.

Filed under:General — eric @ 11:02 am

A Sweet Gar Named Desire. (Yeah… it made me groan, too.) Chicago has cows. Albuquerque has bronze people. Now New Orleans has fish. I think Athens needs street guitars and drum kits.

ABC News has a good

Filed under:General — eric @ 5:04 am

ABC News has a good story on NASA’s plans to crash the scientifically valuable Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory back into the earth next week. Should one of the telescope’s two remaining gyroscopes fail, it would crash uncontrollably, and it’s so large it would not completely burn on re-entry. Rather than risk life on the ground, NASA will crash it while they still have control. The story also talks about space junk and the new telescope in New Mexico that can track objects as small as buckshot(!) from the ground. While an astrophysics student in New Mexico, I got to tour the NORAD telescopes in the northern end of the White Sands Missile Range used to catalogue and track space debris. Both MIR and a shuttle were up at the time, and we could see both as if we were looking at a jet liner with nice binoculars. The astonishing part of the evening, though, was when we saw a cylindrical object tumbling end over end as it passed overhead, and were told it was a mere three feet long and an inch or so wide. (ObSimpsonsQuote: “Three cheers for this inanimate carbon rod!”) It’s a pity that we have to use telescopes so good to keep track of our junk.

My house mouse (or a

Filed under:General — eric @ 3:48 am

My house mouse (or a relative) didn’t heed my warnings and ate some of a small piece of leftover poundcake. I set traps the last two nights, but the mouse ate the peanut butter without setting the traps off each night. Tonight, I’ll try to set them ever more gingerly. I tried looking up “How do I set mouse traps so they go off every time” on the various search engines, but couldn’t find anything of use, other than the knowledge that you can do plenty with mousetraps besides catch mice.