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02 02 2020 Palindrome Day

A friend from college had a saying I adopted: “Wow. Say it backwards. Wow.” Sunday February 2 is a day that is a day it backwards. And forwards. All the same. 02/02/2020 — the same forwards as it is backwards. The last Palindrome Date was 11/11/1111, or 900 years ago.

Transit of Venus (Telescope), viewed with eclipse glasses

Venus Transit!!!!!

This Venus Transit story begins with Christmas, I suppose. I was presented with a huuuuuge box — actually a few huge boxes. I had NO idea what was inside them; they intimidated the hell out of me. It was a telescope. Wow! A total surprise. There’ve been some great nights viewing this year. And, for […]

Path of the Annular Eclipse in Western United States

How to view Sunday’s Annular Eclipse

This Sunday, May 20, there’s an annular eclipse — a ring-around-the-moon not-quite-a-total eclipse. I’m traveling to an area where it’s as total as possible this weekend (the SW corner of Utah), but here’s instructions for how when to view it where you are. The Exploratorium has a how to view it post. The Goddard Space […]

Windowfarms

Windowfarms

Windowfarms.org launches its how-to site, Our.Windowfarms.org. So! very! cool! A while back, during my sick July days (respiratory crud [nearly] all month long, oh joy), I found a site called Windowfarms. So cool. R&DIY — Research and Develop It Yourself, a project spearheaded by Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray. A New York City grow your […]

Releasing Hubble from the Shuttle

I’ve been following but not blogging (till now) the Space Shuttle and Hubble telescope progress (I’ve been tweeting it, tho). I just watched this video taken from the Shuttle crew window of the release of the Hubble telescope, which is back in “flagship condition” and is expected to remain in operations until 2020. (we’ll call […]

Cool High Schools (the perfect follow on)

Cool High Schools (the perfect follow on)

15 Cool High School College and University Building Designs. How’d you like to do your learning in an environment like one of these? This is the perfect follow on to the previous post about how buildings and environment affect mood, creativity, and work.