Archive for October, 2012
Sandy was an epic storm: a tropical cyclone interacting with a strong Northeaster, a kinked jet stream, warm Atlantic waters, and a full moon, all combining into a massive tropical — and later post-tropical — cyclone that veered west from the Atlantic into the East Coast, hitting the northeast US hard with strong wind, heavy [...]
Did an art walk with Amy and her classmates around New York last weekend, mostly in Chelsea. Her class took an early “Art Bus” up from school but we skipped that and took a train up to NJ and stayed with Amy’s family a night earlier, then took an NJ Transit train into the city [...]
50 years to orbit: Dream Chaser’s crazy Cold War backstory — Fascinating Ars Technica article on the esoteric history of Dream Chaser, Sierra Nevada Corp’s upcoming commercial spaceplane. Project Icarus: Laying the Plans for Interstellar Travel — Atlantic Tech article on Project Icarus plans to build a 100-year starship capable of interstellar travel to nearby [...]
I was asked to deliver a stewardship testimony at my church, First Baptist DC, last week. I threw together this statement about why I tithe and pledge at church. Apparently it was good enough to move a few people to give more — and the pastor forgot the order of service and jumped straight to [...]
Amy recently had an art project where she had to draw an object provided by a friend, with the story behind the object. I volunteered the 3D glasses I’d gotten at the NASA Tweetup for Juno. Here’s the drawing and the story.
In the Land of the Juggalos — VICE Mag explores the lurid subculture of Insane Clown Posse fandom. LARP Harder — another VICE Mag subculture profile, this one into the world of fantasy Live-Action Role-Play. This Is a Game: A (very) Brief History of Larp Part 1 — Rhizome article on LARP, but with a [...]
A couple of weekends ago, we visited Luray Caverns, the largest and most popular of Virginia’s many commercial show caves. Luray is about 90 miles west of DC, just off the junction of Routes US340 and US211. The drive there took about an hour and a half.
I love going to the dollar store. There’s always, always, always something amazing.