Monday, April 30, 2007

Shocking news! Trees may not be the answer

I was reading about Albedo in the Global Warming Bible.

The balance between energy absorbed by the earth and energy reflected back into space is fundamental in determining how warm or cool the planet becomes.

It seems that the albedos of forests lie in the range 0.07–0.15, while deserts have an albedo of around 0.3.
Does this mean that Trees actually contribute to Global warming twice as much as dirt?
So how much solar radiation is being absorbed by the Hollywood forest that Al Gore & friends have planted in the past year?
How much would have otherwise been harmlessly reflected back into space by the cold... er I mean Dangerously warming hard ground?

Sunday, April 22, 2007

A380 Update

I didn't realize how much of a gullwing the A380 is.
Here is a pretty cool Video of the takeoff from LAX.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Baseball Season is here

Conner got a good hit the other day.

Saturday, April 14, 2007


For Austin's 11th B'Day we went Racing @ P2R
That's Pole Position Racway

Monday, April 09, 2007

Compound of the Month

Everything you want to know Here.
Plus, it makes Popcorn taste better!

Friday, April 06, 2007

Conspiracy Revealed

I'm not much of a conspiracy guy, but sometimes the evidence is presented in such a convincing way.
Be sure to watch the Video.

I mean, there really is no other conclusion. :-)

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Adventure Thru Inner Space

Before Star Tours there was a Free ride at Disneyland called Adventure Thru Inner Space.
It was a walk thru/ride thru that took you on a voyage as if you were shrinking in size.
It was actually pretty geeky, so it was right up my alley.
At the time most rides at Disneyland required tickets.
This ride sponsored by Monsanto (you know the makers of Agent Orange) was free.

Anyhow I found this very cool comprehensive site that has a ton of information.
I especially liked the overlays of star tours layout with the ATIS Layout.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Brady Bunch house rendered

I grew up watching The Brady Bunch Friday nights on ABC

I like the way this guy put the studio lights and sound stage props in his drawings.
I'd like to find his Blog.
The navigation on Flickr sucks.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Western unionScams

OK, so my brother in law sold us his washer and dryer for $200.00.
They were in good condition and he was moving.
We had a washer and dryer that was working OK, not great.
I decided to list the old set on Craig's list, and in the Recycler.
I keep getting these Emails from Other countries.
Here is an example...

I'm Mr.Thompson Lauren: I'm highly intrested in your (
Used Appliances ) and for the price it's ok by me,beside I will be paying you $50 ahead for you to get the advert deleted from the website cos it matches what I am in need of.sorry if I may ask, is this your personal property because don't want to nvolve myself with stolen goods for sale. What is the condition like?I am currently not in the country, to be I'm in uk, and I will handle shipment of it to my base ,You'll be receiving your payment as soon as possible through my client who's in US. I'll instruct him to issue out poster money order in your name the total amount he his owning me on our last transaction which is closed at (3,500), you'll receive it as soon as possible, Immediately you get this money order i want you to take it to your bank, cash it immediately and deduct your money and also deduct ($50) for your running around, the excess is for my shipper for shipment of the (ITEM) alongside some other {housewares}i placed order for in care of my shipper . They will also use the funds to settle some customs problem and transport their selves down to
your place with immediately effect. And you'll wire the remaining balance to the shipping agent through Western Union Money Transfer for them to come for the pickup in your place 48hours after receiving the payment from you, without giving you any stress. so, I do hope i can have your trust about the excess which is meant for my shipper. Note; that you are not going to give the shipper anything.I am going to responsible for that..So i will want you to send me the following information for the process of the payment.
ZIP CODE........
I await your this info so that I can fax it down to my client that will send u the payment.

Now they want my Paypal account number...

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[Nice try.]

They didn't even bother to spell check it.

I regret putting my email address on the Recycler site.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Balloons I never knew existed

Japanese Fire Balloons
I learned about these today while watching the Military channel.
I guess it didn't work, but the idea doesn't seem that crazy.