Martian Dust Devils

And you thought Kansas was windy … This small image from NASA shows a dust-devil on the surface of mars. A short movie of the Martian dust-devils is also available. Update: Here’s another link to a movie of the Martian dust-devils, plus a link to another photo of the Martian dust devils.

Mike and Sheryl’s Travel Journals

For the past couple of years I’ve used this site to document, via photos and words, our various travels. Sometimes I post articles in near real-time, and other times I post a set of related articles after the trip is over. In either case, once I’ve written all the entries for a given trip, I … Read more

Bread and Butter Pickle Recipe

Motivated by a grocery store display of pickle-making ingredients, I made my first batch of pickles this weekend. I have canned jellies before, and had thought about making pickles in the past, but hadn’t ever done it before. Wasn’t too hard, and in a few weeks we’ll know how they turn out. The samples I … Read more

MovableType 3.2 First Post

Just a quick, short post to ensure that MT 3.2 is working in terms of posting. Everything else I tested seems fine so far. And yes, this is a new look. I’ve been using a set of templates that I started modifying 3 years ago, using an ancient 2.x version of movabletype. Version 3.2 is … Read more

Beloit Mindset List Class of 2009

It’s the beginning of the school year, and that means it’s time for the annual Beloit College Student Mindset List. An annual list compiled for the past 8 years, it presents a set of facts that incoming freshmen have always known or taken for granted. The guide is intended to help raise the awareness of … Read more

All Around This World

I use the services of a company known as Sitemeter, and via their online reporting system I have access to a wide variety of reports concerning the traffic to this web site. Reports include the number of visitors per day, the search words used to find this site, and so on. When I can see … Read more

American Patriot

American Patriot, Kentuckian Bill Moyer, a 73 year old Korean and Vietnam vet, attended a recent media event for Veterans of Foreign Wars. The person giving the speech avoided serving in overseas conflict, and apparently Bill was none too impressed. Somehow, I don’t believe folks such as this guy, and the generation before him who … Read more

Lake Tahoe Photos, July 2005

We spent the weekend of the 4th of July at Lake Tahoe. We were able to catch the fireworks show from a spot right on the beach! The fireworks are very beautiful as they reflect on the water; I recommend seeing fireworks over a body of water whenever possible! Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good … Read more

Yosemite Valley Photos, June 2005

The rains out west were the heaviest in 40 years and no where was this more evident than when viewing the waterfalls in Yosemite Valley. We visited in late June, and the waterfalls, which are normally a bit less impressive this time of year, were flowing at a rate equal or greater than during the … Read more