Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Pale Blue Dot

Listen to Carl Sagan putting it all in perspective:

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

NPR : The Exoneration of Larry Peterson

NPR : The Exoneration of Larry Peterson

The greatest injustice is the conviction of an innocent man. Listen to this story of Larry Peterson. He did not lead an honorable life but did not commit the murder and rape he was convicted of. DNA advances and analysis of the evidence using the new technology freed this man who spent 17 years of his life in prison for a crime he did not commit. He maintained his innocence during this entire time. His release was largely due to the Innocence Project.

Listen to his story by clicking on the "Listen" link on the NPR page.

St. Cloud Times | AP News

St. Cloud Times | AP News

I was saddened to read of the death of Don Herbert, TV's "Mr. Wizard." Back in the 50's watching his show was one of my favorite things. He was very talented at popularizing science for those of us were were kids at that time. I was surprised to read in this article that he was an Army Air Corps pilot during Warld War II. See also his web site at http://www.mrwizardstudios.com/

A lot more information is also available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Herbert.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Use science, not politics on state's water emergencies

Use science, not politics on state's water emergencies

Nat Reed points out opportunities for the South Florida Water Management District's new board members in this article in the Palm Beach Post. This is certainly an accurate overview of the challenges faced by the new board on many fronts. Mr. Reed addresses the fact that the District needs to restore the partnership between the state and the federal government. This partnership was built over years of negotiation and effort but since the year 2000 has been largely dismantled. I agree with and respect Mr. Reed's view. Hopefully the new board will too.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

St. Cloud Times | AP News

St. Cloud Times | AP News

Indian artificacts, boats, large steam vessels, and fishing boats exposed from Lake Okeechobee's low levels.

"More than 17 sites have been identified in Palm Beach County's part of the lake in the last three months. They are scattered over miles of terrain. The drought has bared a rim around the lake up to a mile and a half wide at some points.

"It looks like it's part of one of the American Indian settlements that were there - people that were intentionally interred at some point," said State Archaeologist Ryan Wheeler."

St. Cloud Times | AP News

Sunday, June 03, 2007

New Roof

From Re roofing Pro...
Our new roof has been completed. We could not be happier with the job that our roofing company did. The finished product is proof of their skill. They took great pride in their work and we can recommend Ametco, Inc. in Lake Worth, Florida without hesitation if you want a very high quality metal roof installation. Their phone number is in one of the photos in the album which you can view by clicking the link under the photo.

We now start on our solar energy projects. The first is to reinstall our solar hot water heater which was removed for the re roofing. After that we plan on installing a 4,400 watt photovoltaic system on our south and west roofs. None of this will be visible from the street but it will give us a fair measure of independence from the grid without relying on conventional generators in the event of a power outage. In addition, unlike a conventional generator that only runs in an outage, the photovoltaic system will be generating electricity every day to offset its cost.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Speed Test

For all my geeky friends who know what this means here are the results of my latest speed test since upgrading my DSL connection.