Monday, October 30, 2006

New Coke and Mentos Fountain

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Monday, October 16, 2006

The Fisher Space Pen

I always liked this story, since especially as a computer programmer, my solutions are sometimes more complex then simple.

"When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 C.

The Russians used a pencil."

Now, I'm all for a good story, but the real truth is the United States and Soviets both used pencils at the beginning. An inventor Paul C. Fisher developed the Fisher Space Pen on his own and at his own expense without passing it on to NASA. Fisher did sell his pens to NASA at the utterly ordinary price of $2.95 each. From then on both the Soviets and Americas used the pen on their space missions.

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Thursday, October 12, 2006


I ran into this blog this morning and found it entertaining and enjoyable. The blog's name is Wittingshire and describes itself as "A unique blend of science, faith and lyricism (reading it is a bit like having tea with an educated, Christian hobbit)"

Friday, October 06, 2006

True North Idahoans


  1. "Vacation" means going east or west on I-90 for the weekend.
  2. You measure distance in hours.
  3. You know several people who have hit a deer more than once.
  4. You often switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day and back again.
  5. You can drive 65 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard... without flinching.
  6. You see people wearing camouflage at social events (including weddings).
  7. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked.
  8. You carry jumper cables in your car and your wife knows how to use them.
  9. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
  10. Driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow.
  11. You know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction.
  12. Your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce.
  13. Your kids wear snow boots to soccer matches.
  14. Your neighbor throws a party to celebrate his new pole shed.
  15. Your 4th of July picnic was moved indoors due to frost and/or snow.
  16. You have more miles on your snow blower than your car.
  17. You find 0 degrees "a little chilly."
  18. You actually understand these jokes, and you forward them to all your Idaho friends

Praise You In This Storm

“Praise You In This Storm”
by Casting Crowns

I was sure by now
That You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as You mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I'll praise You in this storm
And I will life my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
Every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth