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Get over it, Pluto!

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Woolly Bully Week: Volle Pulle

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Floating Away

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Apparently the safest place to be in a tsunami is in a Japanese car, judging by how well they float.

Cool Link: San Francisco to Paris via Aurora

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

A passenger on a direct flight from SFO to Paris set up his digital camera in the window with a time-lapse controller and filmed the entire flight, which passes by here in a couple of minutes. The Aurora Borealis is way cool.

Message From Mercury

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011


And here’s the very first image, transmitted today, from the Messenger Mercury orbiter, showing details of the planet previous unseen. This is a test image and the details in the future will be even sharper. Click on the image to see a bigger version.

Midweek Matinee: Sticky Subject

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Rad Grads Redux

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011


My high-school senior yearbook, Radford High School 1971, is stashed somewhere in the house and I haven’t been able to find it for years. I know it’s there somewhere, I just can’t put my finger on it. Astonishingly, I graduated from high school 40 years ago this spring. (And a hearty WTF?!?! to you too.) It seems like just yesterday that I borrowed my pal Kathy’s yearbook and used it to create a “virtual” yearbook, putting my entire senior class and other information online. But no, that was back in the deep, dark ’90s, when I created Web sites by writing HTML in Simpletext and uploaded them via a dial-up connection. It was fun and consuming, like solving a puzzle, although to do it that way today would be simply crazy.
The “yearbook” bounced around various hosts and subhosts, most recently residing on my catch-all pacifichistory.net site. That is, until a few days ago, when I registered radford1971.com and ported the Yearbook over there. Now it has its own dedicated site; http://www.radford1971.com, and the idea is to update and modernize the coding and contents.
Why bother?
The deal is that Radford High School’s student population was, and remains, largely military dependents. Where other kids tend to keep in contact after school, because they grew up in the same community, military kids scatter to the winds and contact is lost. Conversely, as Mary Wertsch pointed out in her seminal sociological study “Military Brats,” military kids tend to look back on their high-school days with the same fond gauziness that most Americans view their home town. High school was the closest most of us came to sense of belonging to a civilian community, outside of the martial legacies of the various military services.
Yes, I’m in the photo above, sitting next to the beauteous and brilliant Mary Cole. Like most of us, she turned out A-OK.

Cool Link: Windows to the Past

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Windows to the past via photography.

A White Christmas Present

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Cool Link: The Best E-Reader Ever

Monday, August 16th, 2010

The only e-reader you can leave on a park bench and no one will take.