Archive for the 'Personal Commentary' Category

Earthquake in DE

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

I was just upstairs in my office at the College, talking with an instructor, and suddenly he starts moving back and forth!  The hitch was that so was I…  First real earthquake I’ve ever experienced.

Apparently it had a wide effect radius.  A search-engine search (moahaha, take that, Google) will likely reveal information on the epicenter, &tc.  I called my wife and she simultaneously was calling me.  My instructions?  Put the baby in the tub and you lay down next to it!  There were still tremors at home (10 miles away) after they had subsided, here [future Earth Science and wave propagation lesson, that].

Hopefully we can avoid aftershocks…

Double Friday?

Friday, August 12th, 2011

You know you love your job when you wish TOMORROW was Friday when TODAY is already Friday.  ;0)

Pool Shark

Friday, July 15th, 2011

I had to share this.  ;0)

Last Shuttle Launch?

Friday, July 8th, 2011

There’s a lot of hype going on about STS135 having been the last shuttle launch…  yes, that’s apparently true, the SHUTTLE program (started at the beginning of the 80s) has ended (for good?).  However, the proposition is that we move from GOVERNMENT (read: NASA) to CORPORATE (read: INDUSTRY) run space programs.  And yes, that might take a few years to blastoff *snicker snort*  ;0)

Also, don’t forget that we still have astronauts up in the International Space Station.  AND please don’t forget the key word:  INTERNATIONAL.  It’s about time we all realized (as did the late Deke Slayton) that space exploration isn’t just about the U.S. of A.  It’s about EARTH.  Other nations have contributed (more than contributed) to the ISS…and their programs don’t seem to be going anywhere.

So this isn’t the end of space exploration.  There will STILL be astronaut/cosmonaut/&tc. heros out there for us and our children.

As was written on the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:  “DON’T PANIC” 

itinerary

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Just an observation…of the few words I have great difficulty spelling from memory…the word “itinerary” is one of them.  I think it comes from my utter lack previously in having to write it out, or even use the word  ;0)

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Just an observation…  it is easier to type (or text) “the governor of California” rather than type (or text) Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

Also…  for some reason, no matter what he says, I can’t help but agree with Arnold, at least at the time I hear it.  Love that guy  ;0)

Baby’s first tooth!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

At nine month’s old, Baby’s first tooth is coming through!  And boy is it SHARP!  You won’t find me letting him chew on my fingers any longer!  For some days now he has been exploring with his lips and tongue–making some of his funniest faces yet.

We praised his “success” and told him “good job” and all that *winks*, but I think these milestones are more for we parents than for the babies.  It took a lot to get him here, and we went through a lot along the way–more than our fair share, let me tell you!  So each new advance in his life is like a trophy for us.

Little Baby Boy, we are so happy to see you grow and develop.  Now I need to get off of the computer and let your Mommy type on her own blog  ;0) 

We love you!

-Papa+

If tomorrow the internet is extra slow…

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

“Online,” “internet,” “world wide web,” “web 2.0″…  whatever you call it, tomorrow there is a big test scheduled by some major sites concerning IP (Internet Protocol) numbers…basically addresses for all websites that get masked by the URL.  For the full story (at least from where I first became aware of the switch) go here:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=will-the-internet-stop-on-june-8

Wildlife

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

On campus so far I have come across a number of creatures.  The first was a baby painted turtle (who is now making her home with us).  She was crawling along the concrete floor of the building in which is my current office.  Then I saw a small copper head snake out on the gravel road.  I’ve also seen a blue-striped salamander (or some such lizard), a number of fish, more painted turtles (one of which bit another’s head), and even a rather large snapping turtle (which looked like something out of a dinosaur film).

I wonder what other creatures I will come across as I traverse the campus.

If you don’t have anything nice to say…

Monday, April 18th, 2011

…don’t say anything at all!

It’s a good thing that I have plenty of good things to say  :0)

I heard something interesting yesterday:  “People who tend to complain a lot rarely have much time to encourage…and people who are encouraging rarely have time to complain.”  That really resonated with me.