Saturday, September 27, 2014

Exo by Steven Gould

Excellent. Once you can teleport to space it removes all kinds of weight limits and obstacles that currently constrain our space program, then write a book about the consequences.

In some ways similar to the series of John Varley novels that starts with Red Thunder. Young protagonists get unlimited impulsive power and start a space program from there.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hello Kitty fan in Delaware

This HLOKTTY license plate in Delaware even gets a Hello Kitty license frame. This is a true fan going all out.

Friday, September 12, 2014

I found a Finn

Judging by the license plate SUOMI this is a Finn from Finland who speaks Finnish.

Time Life books

These are the original books I grew up reading. They were fascinating to me as a child. I'll admit that when I was young I often just looked at the pictures and read their long explanatory captions.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Another test piece for the control panel

This wiring gobbledygook is a test for the control panel my son and I are building. Lots of cool lighted switches and push buttons that turn off and on other LEDs, fans and buzzers. This on is wired so the column switch and the row switch must be on to light a light.

Now I have to transfer this to a printed circuit board and solder a lot of switches and lights.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tree down in neighbor's yard

The whole top of this tree broke off and fell last night around 3am in the neighbors yard. It is pretty much the whole top so the tree is done. The expression goes sick like a sycamore, I guess that is true.

Guardians of the Galaxy

We saw Guardians of the Galaxy the Monday after it opened. It was very entertaining and didn't have many other Marvel characters from other movies. That worked for me.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Gravity Falls Experiments


Monday, August 04, 2014

Focus not on the Rapture but on loving others.

A Roman Catholic priest gives the right answer when asked, "How does the Rapture figure into your faith?"
...Essentially all of this can be a great distraction from what believers should really be concerned about: bringing hope, mercy and compassion to human history, and participating in the struggle to transform the world and its systems toward fairness and equity for all God's children. Matthew 25 says it all: the Final Judgment will be based on how we have cared for the least among us.
When I ask the kids I teach, "How can we be a good people?", "How can we love God, and show we love God?", often they answer by saying they could pray, some suggest some actions but not many.  I tell them that prayer is good and also here are some actions you can perform, the Corporal Works of Mercy, which are from Matthew 25 and the parable of the Sheep and the Goats:  Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, care for the sick, welcome the stranger.  That's why the rapture, besides not being in scripture, also doesn't matter.  We have some great suggestions for what we can do to make the world a better place, you don't even need to be Christian to think they are good ideas. I am trying to get better at them.

(via The Slacktavist)