Lunar Eclipse

June 15th, 2011 § Comments Off on Lunar Eclipse § permalink

I came up to the roof to hang up some wet laundry to dry, and stayed to watch the lunar eclipse.

I watched the bright shiny white moon shrink into a crescent, like a waning moon on fast-forward, until it was a glowing red ball.  The movement them became less noticeable as the moon passed through the penumbra shadow, where the change was a slow darkening of the glowing red orb. » Read the rest of this entry «

Realignment in Baseball?

June 13th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Buster Olney, over at ESPN, broke the story the other day that MLB and the MLBPA have been talking about potential realignments of he divisions and leagues.  Needless to say this sparked the internet with lots of interesting and bizarre ideas. » Read the rest of this entry «

Mechanical Computers solve Mechanical Problems

June 7th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

I’ve long forgotten how I stumbled upon this series of videos on YouTube, but I find them absolutely fascinating.  They appear to be from a 1953 US Navy training film about the fire control computer on a naval ship.   There isn’t a single electrical anything, purely gears and such.  » Read the rest of this entry «

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