Public Service Announcement!

I meant to post these before all of your New Year festivities.  I fear by forgetting, I’ve done everyone a terrible wrong.  I’m surprised they don’t make these articles mandatory reading in schools now-a-days.  I posted them here, because you need to know!  Click on the thumbnails to read the full version.      Seriously, I didn’t realize things like […]


The last couple of days, I’ve been repairing a hole in our dining room ceiling, sanding, priming, and painting. Meanwhile, I’ve had on Minnesota Public Radio and occasionally CNN. Everything is abuzz with list of “The Top _________ of 2006″ (fill in the blank with “celebrities,” “movies,” “songs,” “albums,” “newsmakers,” and so on). Most of […]


And now, looking ahead, it must be asked: what do you foresee in 2007? This can either be predictions of important events or people, or it could take the form of personal New Years resolutions. It’s always such a reflective time. I’m reminded that the month of January comes from Janus, the Roman god of […]

Music Thursday: Part II (March and Dance)

Last night, Steph and I went to one of her friends’ birthday parties.  She was turning 50 and wanted it to be a memorable occasion — it definitely was.  She had the Marching Cobras come in and perform.  They’re spectacular.  At one point in the evening, the members ran up and grabbed everyone and had […]

Music Thursday: Part I (The Traditional)

Okay, I thought I’d share a complete album with you guys again after so many months.  I just picked this up this week and heard it for the first time all the way through.  Particular songs got a lot of airplay on the radio, so you may have heard some of this.  I’ve really been digging this album […]

Back in Elgin…

…and as safe and sound as one can be in Texas. The highlight of the return trip was the Shattuck Windmill Museum in Shattuck, Oklahoma. We talked to a very nice women holding forth in the gift shop where we purchased a book titled, “Windmills and Windmill Weights,” a jar of plum butter and a […]

‘Twas the Music Thursday Before…

01 The Acorn | “Blankets”02 The Acorn | “Evidence”03 The Acorn | “Spring Thaw” By the way, this is your last chance to put in a good word for any favorite tracks to be included on the Holiday Mix I’m putting together for Friday.  I have the playlist and I’m sitting with it a bit, […]

Title of Book VII

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

500 kV Disconnect Switch Wednesday

Stand back. This is what 500,000 volts looks like when it’s angry.

Good News from Botswana

Perhaps some of you heard this segment on NPR yesterday morning. I’ve been following the story of the bushmen’s fight for land rights in the Kalahari since early this fall when I read The Healing Land by Rupert Isaacson. I met Rupert, who happens to be an Elgin resident, a few months ago when he […]

Double Your Pleasure Music Thursday

Okay, since I missed posting these yesterday, I am going to give you double the music from each artist.  Now on to the pleasure of another Music Thursday… 01 +- | “Leap Year”02 +- | “Steal the Blueprints” 01 Band of Horses | “The End’s Not Near” (The New Year Cover)02 Goldspot | “Float On” […]

Speaking of Doppelgangers….

Someday I’ll write a serious post again but right now I’m basking in the frivolity of free time. One of our students just made me watch this. I pass it on to you. If you don’t like this, blame Toby. He told me how to link to YouTube.

Engineering Wednesday

Thanks for the Rolomite post Toby! In my opinion the blog over-represents nostalgia and doppelgangers to the exclusion of engineering and science. Here is my offering: The Fletcher Capstan Table. [quicktime width="320" height="260"][/quicktime]

Viva la Rolomite!

History is darkened by forgetting discoveries like this: Here’s more:

It’s all in the Editing