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Scouts

I was a part of a scout troop as a young fellow. The Boy Scouts of America program is designed to teach young minds and train them to be good citizens, work hard, set and achieve goals, and in outdoor skills. Outdoor skills include things like "no trace c…
I was a part of a scout troop as a young fellow. The Boy Scouts of America program is designed to teach young minds and train them to be good citizens, work hard, set and achieve … http://hstuff.net/blog/scouts1/

Diaspora

Diaspora, can it overpower facebook?
I recently ran across some information about a program called Diaspora. It touts itself to be to Facebook what Kazaa was to Napster. In other words, instead of all your Facebook p… http://hstuff.net/blog/diaspora/

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/

Democracy vs Republic

What is a democracy? What is a republic? What is the difference? Why did the founding fathers set up one versus the other?
What is a democracy? What is a republic? What is the difference? Why did the founding fathers set up one versus the other? We can take a lesson from history and also from contempo… http://hstuff.net/blog/democracy-vs-republic/

Mis-fireworks

I am impressed with Utah's new fireworks law. It allows people to use a lot of different fun fireworks. We lit off a bunch of high flying as part of our Independence Day celebration. It was great to hear fireworks going off all over town for a better part…
I am impressed with Utah's new fireworks law. It allows people to use a lot of different fun fireworks. We lit off a bunch of high flying as part of our Independence Day celebrati… http://hstuff.net/blog/mis-fireworks/

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/

Ruling Class

I have thought for a long time that this country is divided into three parts, those that rule and want to have power, those who want self governance and those who are apathetic.  This article, passed to me by a good friend, really does justice to my thou…
I have thought for a long time that this country is divided into three parts, those that rule and want to have power, those who want self governance and those who are apathetic.&n… http://hstuff.net/blog/ruling-class/

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/

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/

Red Rock Pass

I recently had the opportunity to visit Rd Rock Pass in South-Eastern Idaho. It is impressive and not too far from I-15. Driving south from Downey, I think is the best view. I cam upon it while heading north and got to the geologic marker. The information…
I recently had the opportunity to visit Rd Rock Pass in South-Eastern Idaho. It is impressive and not too far from I-15. Driving south from Downey, I think is the best view. I cam… http://hstuff.net/blog/red-rock-pass/

Dry Canyon

We ahve been in eastern Utah the last couple days on vacation. We went on a tour of some Native American rock art at a place called Dry Canyon. I was impressed. There were so many pictures carved in the rock faces. Amazing. My kids were not so easily amaz…
We ahve been in eastern Utah the last couple days on vacation. We went on a tour of some Native American rock art at a place called Dry Canyon. I was impressed. There were so many… http://hstuff.net/blog/dry-canyon/

James Humphries

I like reading stories about my ancestors. This one written by my great-great grandfather, James Humphries, I find interesting.   I, James Humphires, was born on the twenty-eighth of March eighteen-thirty two in the town of Bradford on Avon in Wiltshir…
I like reading stories about my ancestors. This one written by my great-great grandfather, James Humphries, I find interesting.   I, James Humphires, was born on the tw… http://hstuff.net/blog/james-humphries/

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/

Power of words

Some words are powerful and some are emtpy. In some great moments written and spoken words like "When in the course of human events...", "I have a dream...", "...the last full measure..." or "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." have great power to sti…
Some words are powerful and some are emtpy. In some great moments written and spoken words like "When in the course of human events...", "I have a dream...", "...the last full m… http://hstuff.net/blog/power-of-words/

Muzzle Loaders

So my oldest two children got to shoot some muzzle loaded rifles tonight. There was a lot of cold wind which meant cold fingers. The two smaller rifles had not been cleaned well and the springs jammed preventing the firing of the cap, thus not discharg…
So my oldest two children got to shoot some muzzle loaded rifles tonight. There was a lot of cold wind which meant cold fingers. The two smaller rifles had not been cleaned well… http://hstuff.net/blog/muzzle-loaders/

Time for a Stand

How apropo this speech from October 27, 1964 is for today: I am going to talk of controversial things. I make no apology for this.It's time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, …
How apropo this speech from October 27, 1964 is for today: I am going to talk of controversial things. I make no apology for this. It's time we asked ourselves if we still … http://hstuff.net/blog/time-for-a-stand/

Keep the West out

The way news and information get presented to us is interesting. No matter who presents the news, they have a point of view they are trying to push or perhaps even an agenda. I like to ponder a bit over what is being sold and how. The former Soviet Un…
The way news and information get presented to us is interesting. No matter who presents the news, they have a point of view they are trying to push or perhaps even an agenda. I … http://hstuff.net/blog/keep-the-west-out/

Freedom

I like the idea of Linux, Open Source everything and the GNU license. I guess that is because, at least in part, it is free. It is not free as in a free gift but rather free as in freedom. In other words, it is something we all need to work on. In orde…
I like the idea of Linux, Open Source everything and the GNU license. I guess that is because, at least in part, it is free. It is not free as in a free gift but rather free as … http://hstuff.net/blog/freedom/

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