Snorkeling in seven-degree weather

"\"TweetShareShareOccasionally the full ridiculousness of modern, rich-country existence slaps you square on the cheek. It should happen more often. This morning, I was washing off fresh raspberries when I told Maya, 8, “You know, this is...

As Windows becomes Linux

"TweetShareShareI’m in the middle of a bit of a website revamp. Moving from an aging, custom-designed HTML base (for which I learned Dreamweaver from a book. Ah, memories…) to a WordPress base. It’s not going particularly well, t...

Deep Impact Goes Dark

"TweetShareShareThe small team still running Deep Impact, in orbit for going on nine years, on Aug. 8 lost touch with the spacecraft. Deep Impact smacked the comet Tempel 1 on Independence Day 2005 and went on to swing by a second comet, Hartley 2...

Kepler, 2009-2013

"\"TweetShareShareThe most important spacecraft since the Hubble Space Telescope has been felled by a couple of reaction wheels that stubbornly held to their predicted useful lives, NASA reports. Something about Kepler, despite its stubborn...

Randy Udall, energy poet

"\"TweetShareShareThey found Randy Udall yesterday — he had been hiking alone on a remote trail up in Wyoming’s Wind River Range, a place he knew well. Poles were still in hand, the Denver Post reports. “Randy left this Earth...

TEDx – Inspiration by numbers

"\"TweetShareShareA year ago today, I had just practiced my TEDxMileHigh talk to an all-but empty Ellie Caulkins Opera House the day before the big show. There was a producer in the front row, typing away on her laptop, and, in the far reaches of...