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The Truth is Out There…

You know where I’m going with this title, don’t you? Yes, it’s time again for UFO Fest (check out the video)? Who will meet me there at the McMenamin’s Hotel in the backwater town of McMinnvile, OR? UFO citings are fairly common, especially after a few pints of Hammerhead or Ruby ale.

What was the Antikythera Mechanism?

Is it the world’s oldest-geared driven analog computer? That’s the claim of this admittedly unscientific web site called the “Museum of Unnatural Mystery.” I found the site while helping my 6th grade-level son decide on a topic for his weekly science exploration project at school. What struck his interest was Stonehenge, while my fancy was [...]

Wikipedia or Deletopedia

Interesting article in the Guardian about the evolution (or de-evolution) of Wikipedia. A bit long, but offers of view of Wikipedia that I hadn’t seen. For example: ?… one of the most thoughtful observers of Wikipedia’s history, told a Canadian reporter: “The preference now is for excising, deleting, restricting information rather than letting it sit [...]

Time travel likely?

Physists Says Time Travel not only Possible, but Likely. His book would probably sell more copies if his future self came back for a book signing. <grin> Plus, this was covered by FoxNews. Enough said. And his name isn’t really “Dr Who.”

Free HAM class in Portland

This post is directed to Portland, OR, readers. The local Oregon Tualatin Valley Amateur Radio Club (OTVARC) will be offering FREE Amateur (Ham) Radio Class! Come all three Saturdays January 5th, 12th, and 19th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Station 67, 13810 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton (West of Beaverton High [...]

The Future is Back!

Futurama, that is. Yep – one of my favorite shows. We all have our weaknesses. — JB

Why Books Will Survive

But the death of paper has been predicted for decades now. Bill Powers, media critic for the National Journal, believes that paper isn’t just an old habit, but rather an advanced technology that is nearly impossible to improve upon.[Why Books Will Survive]. I certainly hope that books will survive. There is something unique, something ancient, [...]

Portland Bridges are the Best!

Panoramic view of Portland’s bridges made the “Picture of the Day” on Wikipedia, including the Sellwood, Ross Island, Marquam, Hawthorne, Morrision, Burnside, Steel and Fremont bridges. Very cool! Though my favorite Oregon bridge – next to the Astoria and Sellword bridges – is the Saint John’s Bridge. This link goes to an interesting site about [...]

A Family of Black Belts

After 3 years of practice and training, my family and I – from the youngest to the oldest – passed our Tae Kwon Do Black Belt tests on Saturday, Nov 17th. What a grueling experience! But I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!