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JPL Rose Parade float construction

The JPL (and other) parade floats are in progress. Being decorated. So late Wednesday afternoon, Doc M and I reported for float decoration duty at a big building near the Rose Bowl for an evening of applying flowers to the float. Things I learned: “Mum” is a verb. Meaning “To apply mums to a surface.” […]

JPL float in Rose Parade will have a webcam

After living in the greater Pasadena area for over 20 years, I’m going to do a new thing today: help decorate a parade float. The JPL parade float. Will take camera. The JPL parade float will have a webcam at the top, New Year’s Day. So you can see the Rose Parade from the top […]

Numbers and waves

I haven’t much to say about the S.E. Asia earthquake and tsunami, except that the numbers of dead is absolutely boggling. I’ll just pass on the sites I’m visting to get word on the latest. Tsunami Updates Tsunami Help Worldchanging ChiensSansFrontiers (SMS messages from SriLanka &more) Above links via boingBoing and Buzzmachine Followed this link […]

Merry Boxing Day

I didn’t get the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas on Christmas day, so here’s to a happy boxing day.

dawn planets

I had the opportunity, in the wee hours, to see the beginnings of the big planet lineup to the east. Saw Mars, Jupiter, Saturn. Wasn’t up late enough (or early enough) to see Venus and Mercury rise. They’re all in line with one another. describes what to see in the early morning sky and […]

skunkworks and the Graphing Calculator

How the Graphing Calculator got into the PowerPC. Wonderful skunkworks story. [via AnilDash]

Izzat you, Santy Worm?

(with apologies to the late Louis “satchmo” Armstrong) This site was defaced earlier by the Santy worm. The web server on which this site runs is using a slightly older version of php (4.3.8, should be 4.3.10 according to this article). Also, the worm strikes at phpBB. Which is offered as part of hosting service, […]

bizy backson

Lotsa stuff happening elsewhere. Not much to post. Well, yes, there are movies of Altadena’s Christmas Tree Lane tree lighting. I await a visitation from The Great Round Tuit. I am an elf, in my own workshop, preparing Christmas presents. Oh the joys of mindless photoshop retouching. One can zen out in Stamp-tool bliss. One […]

Julie Leung on the ashes of her brother

What Julie did yesterday. I know that my brother left his body years ago. In that sense, his ashes were not significant. Yet the ashes represented someone I loved. They were what remained of Jim. They had belonged to my brother. They were Jim’s atoms, for the time he used them.

Four years ago today

…or was that one hundred and four years ago today? Four years ago, we were celebrating my grandfather’s 100th birthday. UPDATE: Here’s what I read at his hundredth birthday party: Inheriting Physics (I looked at it again recently and thought, “Hey, a few years later, I still like it. In fact, I might even like […]