Ford Introduces Ethanol Powered Sports Car

In a nod to alternate energy, Ford annouced a new sports sedan with roots in the Mustang design that will run on E85 ethanol fuel. It’s called the Ford Interceptor.…

Revolutionary Flu Vaccine May Be At Hand

From the “us” against “phlegm” department: There’s a DailyMail article about the possibility of a revolutionary flu vaccine that could work against all strains of the Influenza A disease. This…

Updated Google Earth Spies on City Plaza

The image above is from Google Earth, which had its photography for Chico updated just within the last two weeks. The picture is the closest zoom available and shows the…

Corporate Scrooge Contest

Have you ever worked for an employer that was cheap to the point of making you want to find another job? So miserly and humiliating at Christmas that you had…

Scientists Predict Large Solar Cycle Coming

An erupting solar prominence photographed by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). [More] In a post a few days ago I mentioned scientists discovering that global warming appears to be…

The Christmas Star

Sky of Jerusalem at 7BC-11-12 at about 7:30PM local time – Click to View Larger image With all the hullabaloo about politically correct “Happy Holidays” greetings, as done up in…

Global Warming on Mars?

Global Warming is a hot topic here on Earth, but it may be the issue will be settled not here on Earth, but on Mars. A study of the ice…

You'll pry my laptop from my cold, dead, hands…

Anybody who wonders what we are fighting for in the middle east should read the article below in today’s Boston Globe. In case you didn’t know, there are places where…

Bombers away, the end of an era.

It was with sadness and surprise that I learned today that Bombers Baja Grill off East Avenue has closed their doors forever. They served their last Mexican food ordnance today,…

3rd Annual Red, White, & Blue Christmas

Irregardless of our political situation at home, our troops overseas and their families, always deserve the best support we can provide. For the past two years, this event gave comfort…

"This is like Deja Vu all over again" – Yogi Berra

“Cosmos magazine is reporting that even the blind experience deja vu — backing the idea that it is caused by misfires in the brain’s temporal lobe. They quote a British…

Perspective

Fact: Sunspot 930 on the sun right now is three times as wide as the earth. This picture of the sun was taken today from the SOHO satellite and I…

The Doomsday Bomb: Bacteria or Nuclear?

I’ve been thinking a lot about bacteria lately. With a stepdaughter in the hospital with a limb threatening Staph infection, and the latest E.Coli outbreak from scallions in Taco Bell,…

Escherichia coli

The latest food poisoning of E.Coli makes one wonder: Just how safe is our food supply? Are the increased frequency of incidents an indicator of sloppy food handling, processing, and…

Yottawatts

Ok the first thing that went through my mind when I saw the word Yottawatts was that episode of Seinfeld where Elaine uses the phrase…yadda, yadda, yadda… But its actually…

New satellite service captures Mt. Etna in action

This Envisat MERIS image acquired on 25 November 2006 captures smoke spewing from Europe’s largest active volcano, Mt. Etna. The 3 350 metre-high volcano resumed eruptions in early September this…

Solar Cells hit 40%!!!

Solar power has held out a promise of energy independence for a very long time. Unfortunately, its taken a very long time to become a significant part of the energy…

Online Anonymity – your 10 minutes of flame

One of the downsides in dealing with blogs is that sometimes people like to take potshots but won’t give their name, or they use a “handle” like NorcalBlogs infamous “Tasker”.…

Long Night's Moon

According to folklore, tonight’s full moon is the Long Nights Moon. It gets its name from the long nights of December, when the full moon is closest to the Winter…

Open the garage bay door, HAL

There’s a Chicago Tribune article reporting that in Colorado the Air Force is jamming garage doors. In a joint U.S.-Canadian operation, they were testing communications on a frequency that would…

Windows Vista

Those of you who know me know that I’m tech savvy with computers, since my business depends on it. You may have also heard about the upcoming release of the…

Radiation Poisoning

More evidence is connecting the Russian government to the deadly radiation poisoning of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko. The Kremlin denies any involvement, but says none of this would have…

The Online Taxman Cometh

Yes, Virginia, there is a sales tax. With Republicans no longer in control of the House, Forbes says this may be the last Christmas you’ll be able to dodge sales…

Corporate Weaselism

Last week I was informed that the MBNA credit card I’ve had for years was “acquired” by Bank of America. Ok no big deal, mergers go around all the time…