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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/

Uhaul vs Penske

A few years ago when we moved from MT to NM we rented a large Uhaul moving truck. When we moved a few months ago from NM we used a large Penske truck. Both were the largest of the respective fleets. The Uhaul truck feels like it has a larger packing v…
A few years ago when we moved from MT to NM we rented a large Uhaul moving truck. When we moved a few months ago from NM we used a large Penske truck. Both were the largest of the… http://hstuff.net/blog/uhaul-vs-penske/

In a hurry

This morning I went to work a little earlier than normal. On my way, I travel a two lane highway with a speed limit of 55 MPH. I am normally not in a hurry and don't mind being behind someone going a littel slow. This morning, I was behind a fellow in a P…
This morning I went to work a little earlier than normal. On my way, I travel a two lane highway with a speed limit of 55 MPH. I am normally not in a hurry and don't mind being be… http://hstuff.net/blog/in-a-hurry/

lost and found

I had a very long day last friday, very long. I started the morning in Memphis, TN. I was going to meet my family at the airport and drive around to see a few friends. My wife dropped me off while I visited. While I was visiting she and the kids went all …
I had a very long day last friday, very long. I started the morning in Memphis, TN. I was going to meet my family at the airport and drive around to see a few friends. My wife dro… http://hstuff.net/blog/lost-and-found/

The Old Testament

After speaking with many people of various backgrounds and religions (or lack thereof), I think many people misunderstand the Old Testament. This may be from being misinformed and/or from the lack of desire to find out for oneself. I have also heard excus…
After speaking with many people of various backgrounds and religions (or lack thereof), I think many people misunderstand the Old Testament. This may be from being misinformed and… http://hstuff.net/blog/the-old-testament/

Soda Springs

I recently had opportunity to do some work in Soda Springs, ID. I had not previously been there and found it a nice small town. The name comes from the fact that there are many springs in the area that are carbonated, like soda water. The Oregon trail pas…
I recently had opportunity to do some work in Soda Springs, ID. I had not previously been there and found it a nice small town. The name comes from the fact that there are many sp… http://hstuff.net/blog/soda-springs/

Devil's Gate

Devil's Gate is a feature along the join Mormon and Oregon trails in Wyoming through which the Sweetwater river flows. It is too narrow for wagons and thus they had to go around. Not too far from Devil's gate was a trading post of sorts. I think it closed…
Devil's Gate is a feature along the join Mormon and Oregon trails in Wyoming through which the Sweetwater river flows. It is too narrow for wagons and thus they had to go around. … http://hstuff.net/blog/devils-gate/

I am a Christian

I am a Christian through and through . He was born of Mary (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, Matthew 1:23). He was baptized of John (Matthew 3:13) and received the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:16-17). He lived a perfect life and took upon himself the price that we ourselves co…
I am a Christian through and through . He was born of Mary (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, Matthew 1:23). He was baptized of John (Matthew 3:13) and received the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3:16-17). … http://hstuff.net/blog/i-am-a-christian/

Washington Monument

In May of 2006, I had occasion to be vear Washington D.C. I had visited there as a kid and toured many of the sites. I love learning about people long ago and their history so for me D.C. is a fascinating place.  This time I spent a day walking all over …
In May of 2006, I had occasion to be vear Washington D.C. I had visited there as a kid and toured many of the sites. I love learning about people long ago and their history so for… http://hstuff.net/blog/washington-monument/

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/

Lampost

Before   Me being in a hurry one day   After replacing the bricks with stones around the lampost and the mailbox
Before   Me being in a hurry one day   After replacing the bricks with stones around the lampost and the mailbox http://hstuff.net/blog/lampost/

Roadside Assistance

Today as I was doing some things around the house I realized I needed a few things to finish the task at hand. Where we live, most things you need are 30 miles away. So, I mentioned this to my wife who said she needed a few things and wanted to make a qui…
Today as I was doing some things around the house I realized I needed a few things to finish the task at hand. Where we live, most things you need are 30 miles away. So, I mention… http://hstuff.net/blog/roadside-assistance/

Is there a silver lining

Some years ago, I lived in Cache valley while attending Utah State Univ. The valley can be cold at times, temperature inversions being common. That is where it is warmer in the mountains than in the valley. One January, I think it was of '03, there was a…
Some years ago, I lived in Cache valley while attending Utah State Univ. The valley can be cold at times, temperature inversions being common. That is where it is warmer in the mo… http://hstuff.net/blog/silver-lining/

Concrete5 vs ModX

I have made a switch to using Concrete5 instead of ModX as the content management behind this website. First, I have no affiliation (nor stock) with either, so my opinion is not pulled one way or the other from pressures unseen to you. I found that the dr…
I have made a switch to using Concrete5 instead of ModX as the content management behind this website. First, I have no affiliation (nor stock) with either, so my opinion is not p… http://hstuff.net/blog/concrete5-vs-modx/

What Matters

I am not a big fan of sports. I like to occassionally watch an NBA game or something. I grew up in Utah so I do have a soft spot for the Jazz. I do like Coach Jerry Sloan. He does not put up with players who have a "holier than thou" attitude. He works…
I am not a big fan of sports. I like to occassionally watch an NBA game or something. I grew up in Utah so I do have a soft spot for the Jazz. I do like Coach Jerry Sloan. He do… http://hstuff.net/blog/what-matters/

Hiking on the Rio Grande

I was again asked today to help Team and Crew 422 in their preparations for Philmont this summer. They hiked down the blue dot trail from the overlook down to the Rio Grande, along the river to the Red Dot trail and back up the cliff side. they had sev…
I was again asked today to help Team and Crew 422 in their preparations for Philmont this summer. They hiked down the blue dot trail from the overlook down to the Rio Grande, al… http://hstuff.net/blog/hiking-on-the-rio-grande/

Karma

Karma, as defined by the "ultimate source of all knowledge", is a way to encourage good behavior in people. It is the belief that if you do something that, eventually, you will get rewarded for that action. Good for good and bad for bad. This is vague…
Karma, as defined by the "ultimate source of all knowledge", is a way to encourage good behavior in people. It is the belief that if you do something that, eventually, you will… http://hstuff.net/blog/karma/

Less Traveled

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am in Houston for the LPSC (Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference). On the flight here, I sat next to a fellow by the name of Duke. I had fully intended to sleep the whole flight but Duke wanted to talk and, as my…
As I mentioned in a previous post, I am in Houston for the LPSC (Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference). On the flight here, I sat next to a fellow by the name of Duke. I had … http://hstuff.net/blog/less-traveled/

Avocado Tree

I had an interesting talk over lunch with a fellow from southern California. We talked about many things and while he was finishing off his guacamole, he mentioned that he is growing his own avocado tree. Last year we started growing our own tree. we s…
I had an interesting talk over lunch with a fellow from southern California. We talked about many things and while he was finishing off his guacamole, he mentioned that he is gr… http://hstuff.net/blog/avocado-tree/

Quichua

I have previously mentioned that I spent some time in Ecuador. I got to spend nearly 5 months near a town called Otavalo. This is a town filled with indigenous crafts. The town and the weekend market have become quite the tourist attraction. They make …
I have previously mentioned that I spent some time in Ecuador. I got to spend nearly 5 months near a town called Otavalo. This is a town filled with indigenous crafts. The town … http://hstuff.net/blog/quichua/

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