Category Archives: USA

Know your gunfire

I did something today that I never imagined myself doing: I sat down on the sofa with my wife and teen son and played them a video from the Las Vegas mass shooting. Why? Because my wife and I frequently … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Wednesday

This is probably not where you think it is. It’s Beaver’s Bend State Park, located on the shore of Broken Bow Lake in Oklahoma—a state that is not exactly known for its scenery. Though I hear the Witchita Mountains are … Continue reading

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A most amazing “failure”

Sometimes the mainstream press really does not know what’s going on when it comes to anything techy. Case in point: earlier this month, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule that was destined to dock with the … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

When most people hear the word “Maui,” they don’t think of a scene like this. But all of the Hawaiian islands have a similar geographical division in which the prevailing winds bring tons of rain to the east and north … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

On Thursday, 11 December, the Grand Canyon experienced a “total cloud inversion.” If this sounds like something backwards, that’s because it is. Normally, temperatures are much higher in the canyon than above it (and it is not uncommon to have … Continue reading

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Anti-arachnophobe post

Remember when I posted that video of the gigantoid web produced in Brazil by a colony of cooperatively-hunting spiders? And many of you North Americans said, “OH GOD — well, at least that’s in South America and not here”? Guess … Continue reading

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The sunlit path

Watching my home nation undergo a tidal change in social understanding has been an amazing experience. There are very few times in our lives when we can know, without a doubt, that we are watching history in the making. When … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

It looks like the cover of a fantasy novel, but it’s the real thing: Silex Spring, a 10-meter-diameter hot spring in Yellowstone National Park, with the central band of the Milky Way arching overhead. The spring is artificially illuminated, but … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

“The Wave” rock formation, in Paria Canyon-Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness Area. I’ve seen many photos of this formation, but none quite like this. Fantastic. (Click the image to embiggen.)

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Wallpaper Monday

The Maroon Bells are a pair of fourteeners in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, just southwest of Aspen. Photography fans know them as one of the most famous subjects of Ansel Adams. I was fortunate to see an Ansel Adams exhibit … Continue reading

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