Category Archives: News

We Moved!

It's been pretty quiet here on the blog, but I've got a good excuse - we moved! It's only a couple of miles from the old house - we wanted to keep the kids in the same schools. But it gives us more space, plus a neighborhood that we can actually walk around - and the kids have friends in this neighborhood too, which is a big plus. Here are a couple teaser pics of the new place.

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10 Years – 1000th Post!

Today we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the blog - and (not exactly coincidentally) our 1000th post! Thanks everyone! Here's to another 10 years!

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Carter’s First Ukulele Song

Carter and I got a pair of ukuleles last weekend, and have been trying to learn how to play them together. She knows three chords now, and has tried to string them together into a little song. She's doing good so far!

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First Week of Kindergarten!

Last week was Sean's first week of public school! We were so nervous, but it's been going great. The night before his first day, he started talking about how scared and nervous he was, and how he didn't want to go. He started saying that he was going to miss the bus on purpose. We were really worried that when the bus pulled up, he was just going to flat-out refuse to get on it. But then, that morning after breakfast, he shocked us by getting super-excited and happy. He was practically dancing at the end of the driveway while we waited for the bus. Once it got here, he got right on and sat right down. That first day when we picked him up, he couldn't stop talking about how much he enjoyed his new school!

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Kepler Discovery

There has been some buzz in astronomical news lately about Kepler, which was a program I worked on at SwRI (my last job). Kepler is a space-based telescope whose mission was to search one area of the sky over a long period for rocky, Earth-like planets. I've been very anxious to hear how its mission was going, and today I say this article - which totally made my day. Here's an excerpt that did it for me:

"...the results so far of the Kepler mission heralded a Corpernican revolution. Just as Corpernicus revolutionized astronomy by publishing data that the solar system rotated around the sun, rather than the earth, so too the data from the Kepler mission would lead to another scientific revolution. Rather than planets like earth being unique or an uncommon occurrence in the galaxy, they in fact are plentiful."

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Still Alive

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Our webhost was migrating to newer servers, and our blog got all screwed up in the migration. It's taken me until just this past weekend to get all of the back-end stuff working again. Don't worry though - the camera is swollen with lots of photographic goodness, and I expect to start putting new posts up again within the next day or so.
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Scenes From Space #45

If any of you have taken a look at the moon in the last week or two, right at sunset, you might have noticed two bright points of light right next to it. Those weren't stars though - that was Venus (the brighter of the two) and Jupiter. How cool is that?
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Thomas Doyle

This guy does some amazing work. He uses modeling materials meant for building model railroad dioramas, and build amazing little worlds under glass. He has an keen ability to "capture a moment" - even knowing these things are just plastic and foam, some of them seem almost alive.

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Scenes from Space #44

I don't know if any of you have been following all of the data coming from Mars these days, but they are finding lots of interesting new things. The MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) used radar to find something pretty interesting - huge glaciers under the surface. It looks like each of these glaciers might cover an area larger than a city, and be almost a kilometer thick. This discovery could have serious effect on the planning of a future mission to Mars, and could even serve as a drinking water reservoir for a future Martian settlement.
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42 Words of Wisdom: #11

"It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes."

- Douglas Adams

In the evenings over the last couple of weeks, I have been doing some research online into how to go about starting a garden. Next year, I would like to start a garden somewhere in our yard with the kids. The goal here is threefold. First, I'll learn something new and have fun doing it. Second, the kids will (hopefully) have fun helping, and (again, hopefully) learn how hard work can pay off in the end. And third (and potentially most importantly), we can save some money on our grocery bills. I'd also love to grow enough to can some of our harvest, so we can enjoy it through the winter. And making some homemade salsa from ingredients that all came from our own garden would be pretty cool, too.

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