Archive for month: December, 2004

Opening Al Capones Safe…

December 31, 2004 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was out geocaching with Jeff and Marla yesterday, and we searched for one of their caches. In the second stage, we were required to do some arithmetic to generate the final coordinates, and trekked off along a path. When we arrived at the location, there was a fallen tree, and Jeff proclaimed “Hey, that’s […]

Sad tale of device woe…

December 30, 2004 | General, My Diary | By: Mark VandeWettering

Tis a sad, sad day. My trusty Garmin GPS III was being carried by my wife down the stairs when she missed a step and tumbled down with a crash. Luckily, my wife is fine (most important) but my trusty GPS III did not fare so well, and now suffers a cracked LCD. It still […]

EPIC 2014

December 28, 2004 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

A Flash Presentation on the Future of Media Thought provoking look at a possible future where collaborative media replaces traditional news media.

Snell’s Law Song

December 28, 2004 | Music, Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

Need a ballad dedicated to Willebrord van Roijen Snell? Look no further than the Snell’s Law Song. Found via the MASSIVE search engine.

Asian Tsunamis Kill at Least 13,340 People

December 26, 2004 | News | By: Mark VandeWettering

Not a happy holiday for some. Bleh. Tsunamis are brutal.

Gutenberg Gem: The Chemical History of the Candle

December 26, 2004 | Gutenberg Gems | By: Mark VandeWettering

Michael Faraday instituted a tradition (which continues to this day) of giving special Christmas lectures especially for young people at the Royal Institution. The most famous of these lectures were published in 1860 as The Chemical History of the Candle, which is a classic in the history of science, and still accessible and useful to […]

Brainwagon Radio: Boxing Day, with some Gift Reviews

December 26, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Brainwagon Radio, Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

On this 44th edition of Brainwagon Radio, your host apologizes for his lack of podcasting over the holiday, but gives brief reviews of some of the toys that were acquired during this 2004 holiday season: Karaoke Revolution 3 for the Playstation 2 Halflife 2 for the PC A Bluetrek headset for my new cell phone […]

New Infrared Camera Gets Amazing Orion Images

December 25, 2004 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Slashdot reports about the new wide field camera at the UK Infrared Telescope. As part of their initial testing, they took some nice looking pictures of the Orion nebula (what I would take pictures of to commission one of my telescopes). Click through here to witness them in all their glory.

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2004 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

No links, just heart felt best wishes for the holiday season! I’ll probably get breakfast going for the family soon, which will probably include toasted English muffins, scrambled eggs and some smoked salmon. Then presents, then get dinner started, then relaxing. Happy Holidays!

Christmas Music, ala PDP-1

December 25, 2004 | Music | By: Mark VandeWettering

In case you weren’t impressed by the 8-bit Christmas music, how ’bout these Christmas Carols generated on a PDP-1. Ah, square waves.

Nice article on the Cassini/Huygens mission

December 25, 2004 | Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

On Christmas Eve the Huygens lander successfully disconnected from the Cassini orbiter and is set for a landing on Titan on January 14th. There is a good article published by the IEEE Spectrum on how Swedish engineer Boris Smeds saved the $300 million dollar mission by detecting an undetected problem in the telemetry system which […]

How not to describe a wine you wish to sell…

December 24, 2004 | General, My Photos | By: Mark VandeWettering

Today I stopped by Cost Plus again, as they had 40% off their Christmas stuff. While wandering the aisles looking for last minute stocking stuffers, I saw the following description above the wine: Very ripe and round — almost like a Jolly Rancher candy. The plums, cherries and red berries jump out of the glass! […]

Christmas Audio

December 24, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting | By: Mark VandeWettering

Need something to test out your new MP3 players? Well, you could surf over to Lisa and Rowan reading Twas the Night Before Christmas. Just too cute for words. Or you could surf over to my own Cinnamon Bear Podcast. The final episode is up, hope at least some of you are enjoying it.

Thanks to all my listeners and readers…

December 24, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

When I woke up this morning (well, after loafing in bed for a while) I did my usual scan of email and weblog posts, and then checked my link rank via pubsub and found to my shock that I have entered the top 100,000 weblogs, apparently because of link backs from Lisa Williams and Brian […]

Christmas at the Oakland Zoo

December 23, 2004 | General, My Photos | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, today marked another nice trip to the Oakland Zoo. As always, I brought my digital camera so I could snap some pictures of the animals, and I managed to catch a nice photo of these two giraffes. It was a good day for photos, I got some more nice photos of the meerkats, and […]