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They used to call me “Moonbeam”

They used to call me “Moonbeam”

| May 19, 2007 | 14 Replies

I’ve always been fascinated by the moon. Perhaps it was my father’s work with NASA from the 1960’s through the 1990’s, or maybe just a fascination with shiny things. I was sitting in my back yard watching the fireflies and bats at dusk, when I was inspired to grab my camera and take a snapshot […]

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Brain Gym: Another edu-tainment fad

Brain Gym: Another edu-tainment fad

| May 19, 2007 | 10 Replies

I saw on the local news that the Brain Gym® program is being adopted (purchased) by some local schools. You may want to read what the Bad Science website has to say. Their main complaint is that it claims to be scientific, but has all the hallmarks of pseudoscience in both its structure and its […]

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Pig Food, compliments of the Hostess

Pig Food, compliments of the Hostess

| May 18, 2007 | 5 Replies

I needed to attend a deposition in Washington D.C. today.  I brought one of my daughters (she’s 6) on the trip. She patiently drew pictures and read books during the deposition, which lasted two hours this morning.  Now that I’m done with work, we’re having fun doing tourist things.  First, we visited the National Air and Space […]

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Backyard Evolution

Backyard Evolution

| May 16, 2007 | 8 Replies

The first years of living in a new home are filled with surprises. Our new home in the burbs (I had to go, the family went first!) has a large wooden deck in the backyard. Large wooden decks are fun for outdoor dining, entertaining, repairs, power washing, staining, sealing, AND carpenter bees. The bees are […]

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Bill Nye on global warming: “You can change the world!”

Bill Nye on global warming: “You can change the world!”

| May 16, 2007 | 8 Replies

Mechanical engineer and kids-show host Bill Nye the Science Guy spoke to about 1,500 Columbus-area students this Monday. I attended his talk, and found that the peppy, brilliant man who preached the fun of science during my childhood had come bearing a hopeful message of the earth’s future. Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth has helped […]

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Abstraction Distraction

Abstraction Distraction

| May 16, 2007 | Reply

A significant difference between humans and most other animals is that we have the innate ability to abstract ideas. That is, we can manipulate symbols as though they were things. We do this so well that most people are unaware that the symbols aren’t actually the things they represent. If a map is wrong, we […]

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Silent Beats – award winning short video

Silent Beats – award winning short video

| May 16, 2007 | 2 Replies

I just finished viewing this six-minute video. It makes a good point with meticulous video and a terrific soundtrack. While watching it, I kept thinking, “We just can’t help ourselves.” Without further ado,

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About Ben

About Ben

| May 16, 2007 | 39 Replies

I hereby designate this space to be about Ben. If you’ve never met him, Ben will show up here soon enough, with an armful of links and lots of observations.   I think this should serve as the official place where we can chat with Ben, jab him good-naturedly, learn of the many jobs he’s worked, and […]

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Falwell

Falwell

| May 16, 2007 | 5 Replies

Jerry Falwell is dead.  At 73, he passed away, at his desk, apparently still working, even though doctors have (probably) been telling him to lay off for some time.  He had heart problems. Whatever one’s personal feelings may be, it ill-behooves us to beat up on someone so soon after they have died.  Family and […]

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