Sunday, November 27, 2005


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Is Earth in a vortex of space-time?
We'll soon know the answer:
A NASA/Stanford physics experiment called
Gravity Probe B (GP-B) recently finished a year
of gathering science data in Earth orbit.
The results, which will take another year to analyze,
should reveal the shape of
space-time around Earth
-----------------------and, possibly, the vortex.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

"Pain is a part of being alive,
and we need to learn that.
Pain does not last forever,
nor is it necessarily unbeatable,
and we need to be taught that."

– Harold Kushner

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

'Without delay, diplomacy or warning'

The Iraqi leader was given a final warning six weeks ago,
Clinton said, when Baghdad promised to cooperate with
U.N. inspectors at the last minute just as U.S. warplanes were headed its way.

"Along with Prime Minister (Tony) Blair of Great Britain, I made it equally
clear that if Saddam failed to cooperate fully we would be prepared to act
without delay, diplomacy or warning,"

Bill Clinton December 16, 1998

As a great fish swims between the banks of a river as it likes,
so does the shining Self move between the states of dreaming and waking.

-Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Monday, November 14, 2005

Believe It or Not
Are you sure you want to keep saying we
were fooled by Ahmad Chalabi and the INC?
By Christopher Hitchens

click here to read

Saturday, November 12, 2005


Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Cassini's view of Saturn’s icy moon Dione is enriched by the tranquil gold and blue hues of Saturn’s rings in the background. The thin, curving shadows of the C ring and part of the B ring adorn the northern latitudes visible here, a reminder of the rings' grandeur.

It is notable that Dione, like most of the other icy Saturnian satellites, looks no different in natural color than in monochrome images. Images taken on Oct. 11, 2005, with blue, green and infrared (centered at 752 nanometers) spectral filters were used to create this color view, which approximates the scene as it would appear to the human eye.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Which is bigger, Greenland or China?

With the traditional Mercator map (circa 1569, and still in use
in many schoolrooms and boardrooms today),
Greenland and China look the same size.
But in reality China is almost 4 times larger!
In response to such discrepancies,
Dr. Arno Peters created a new world map that dramatically
improves the accuracy of how we see the Earth.

Read about the map.

Neil's wish list.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Will rioters burn the French social model?

While Paris Burns

After the Los Angeles riots in 1992 the French were supercilious. It couldn’t happen here, they sniffed. The French social model made such a thing impossible. But on Sunday after ten nights of riots, French President Jacques Chirac convened an “emergency security meeting” to address the crisis.

He could start by ordering the French pompiers to put out the blaze in the social model, a system designed to frustrate opportunity and job growth for the poor and the marginalized.

The American Thinker

Saturday, November 05, 2005

If you seek to know my ways,
read a damn science book.


Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele

The state of the Democratic party

Black Democratic leaders in Maryland say that racially
tinged attacks against Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele in his
bid for the U.S. Senate are fair because he is a conservative Republican.

read the whole article