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an Oldie

As I boarded I followed an older gentleman who was being helped on board by the stewardess. I watched as she stowed his cane in the over head bin. I then took my seat next to him. The conversation began as another passenger boarded, blabbing loudly on …
A couple years ago, as I boarded boarded a flight, I was followed an older gentleman who was being helped on-board by the stewardess. I watched as she stowed his cane in the over … http://hstuff.net/blog/oldie/

A Curious new Rover

A Curious new rover takes off, headed for the red planet
I wrote an article about the new martian rover and it was accepted for publication on ksl.com http://hstuff.net/blog/curious-new-rover/

Curious Update

Update to the Curious Rover
This morning aboard an Atlas V rocket, the Curious rover successfully launched and is now on its way to Mars. It will take nearly 9 months to get there. It was a great day for man… http://hstuff.net/blog/curiousupdate/

Beautiful Math

To me, math is beautiful. Math was invented as a method to describe what goes on around us. Ok, first it was probably invented to represent the counting of something like sheep or eggs. But are those not things around us? That was simple addition and subt…
 To me, math is beautiful. I have heard some say that takes the beauty away from the natural world around us. I disagree with that sentiment and agree with Dr. Feynman who said th… http://hstuff.net/blog/beautiful-math/

Silicon pyranometers are the best choice

Silicon-based pyranometers are better for use monitoring solar panel output than blackbody-type pyranometers. Price is one significant reason but more importantly is that the response of the silicon-cell pyranometer closely matches that of a solar panel s…
I am excited that I just got to do my first post on Apogee's blog. You should read some of the posts. I wrote about why our silicon-based pyranometers are better for use monitori… http://hstuff.net/blog/silicon-pyranometers-are-best-choice/

Shuttle

I think it is amazing that NASA's space shuttle has been able to fly a long as it has. Given that it was designed in the late 1970's when computer memory was nonexistent (by today's measurements in GB) and they have to use tape drives. It is truly a tribu…
I think it is amazing that NASA's space shuttle has been able to fly a long as it has. Given that it was designed in the late 1970's when computer memory was nonexistent (by today… http://hstuff.net/blog/shuttle/

Elegant art

The most beautiful and elegant piece of art on the Utah State Univ. campus is now errected and the cliched ribbon literally cut. I had a small part in it and many of the "pieces" were donated by Apogee. You can catch a glimpse at: weather.usu.edu It is …
The most beautiful and elegant piece of art on the Utah State Univ. campus is now errected and the cliched ribbon literally cut. I had a small part in it and many of the "pieces" … http://hstuff.net/blog/elegant-art/

Today's geocentric theory heretics

I read an article in a scholarly newspaper today and I am rather disgusted with the author. In attempting to explain "global warming denyers", he has attempted to portray those who question science as heretics ready to be burned at the stake, or at least…
I read an article in a scholarly newspaper today and I am rather disgusted with the author. In attempting to explain "global warming denyers", he has attempted to portray those who… http://hstuff.net/blog/todays-geocentric-theory-heretics/

Magnet trick

I am stoked. I saw today a really cool magnetic "trick". I hadn't thought about it before but all the law of electro-magnetism verify what I saw. Imagine a foot long aluminum pipe. It is not magnetic, a magnet does not stick to it, right? Well, with a po…
I am stoked. I saw today a really cool magnetic "trick". I hadn't thought about it before but all the law of electro-magnetism verify what I saw. Imagine a foot long aluminum p… http://hstuff.net/blog/magnet-trick/

Auroras

Aurorae Borealis have fascinated me for a long time. Solar winds, magnetosphere interactions, etc are so cool. I love to read about them. I recently read a short article regarding the history of auroral research by Syun-Ichi Akasofu, professor at Universi…
Aurorae Borealis have fascinated me for a long time. Solar winds, magnetosphere interactions, etc are so cool. I love to read about them. I recently read a short article regarding… http://hstuff.net/blog/auroras/

Ender

I just finished Ender's Game. The story pulled me in from the first few lines. I don't typically read much science fiction. But this does not feel like science fiction. Some years ago my friend Jeff VanShaar told me about the Ender's series, and how in th…
I just finished Ender's Game. The story pulled me in from the first few lines. I don't typically read much science fiction. But this does not feel like science fiction. Some years… http://hstuff.net/blog/ender/

Scary Math

As a student at Utah State, I had a class called "Fundamentals of Calculus". It was a class designed to help students understand the rigors of mathematical proofs and then move on to two classes in which students prove all the basic tenets of calculus. T…
As a student at Utah State, I had a class called "Fundamentals of Calculus". It was a class designed to help students understand the rigors of mathematical proofs and then move on… http://hstuff.net/blog/scary-math/

Skepticism

Don't believe what you see, heard or read. Ask questions. For example, if you hear that 4 out of 5 dentist's approve of some toothbrush there are some questions to ask. What was the actual number of dentists surveyed (if it is a low number, it can not …
Don't believe what you see, heard or read. Ask questions. For example, if you hear that 4 out of 5 dentist's approve of some toothbrush there are some questions to ask. What was… http://hstuff.net/blog/skepticism/

Primer

Duke suggested that I watch the movie Primer. It was a low budget movie that came out a few years ago. I read that they spent about $11k making the movie.I was intrigued by his suggestion. I found the movie online somewhere and watched it. That is the …
Duke suggested that I watch the movie Primer. It was a low budget movie that came out a few years ago. I read that they spent about $11k making the movie.I was intrigued by his … http://hstuff.net/blog/primer/

Cargo Cult Science

As I sat in a conference session today there were two talks (back to back) in which there was some repudiations. The first speaker blasted the second speakers methods and results. The second speaker then repudiated the first speaker. There must be some…
As I sat in a conference session today there were two talks (back to back) in which there was some repudiations. The first speaker blasted the second speakers methods and result… http://hstuff.net/blog/cargo-cult-science/

Waste

One thing that really bothers me is waste or wasteful practices. Maybe because I grew up not having much money and we had to fix things up, make them do or simply do with out. I never had the coolest toys as a child or the latest in fashion. I had to work…
One thing that really bothers me is waste or wasteful practices. Maybe because I grew up not having much money and we had to fix things up, make them do or simply do with out. I n… http://hstuff.net/blog/waste1/