Tornados run amuck, film at 11

Who can forget the cartoon scene shown above where Wile E. Coyote has a little trouble controlling some tornados he seeds in yet another futile attempt to capture the elusive…

Electricity related to peak oil

There’s an article in The Oil Drum that focuses on electricity production; or rather how or what we will need to do to keep pace with people’s demands while balancing…

Almost a Darwin Award Winner

From the "almost a Darwin Award winner" department and from WISN-TV in Milwaukee…TV News Truck Breaks Through Ice: Even though the temperatures have fallen, the ice on many bodies of…

Streamin' – Now anywhere in Chico

You may have heard or seen that I donated the equipment and continue to provide the high bandwidth server to carry the City Council Meetings, School Board, Planning Commission and…

Foul Weather Frenzy

Wine Blog

It’s not often that I get to have a glass of wine at a restaurant in Chico and have WiFi Connectivity at the same time. Having both of these at…

Individuality

You know the old saying that “no two snowflakes are alike“? Well it may be possible for two snowflakes to be alike after all. There’s a fascinating article in LiveScience…

Weather Channel Issues Ultimate Professional Insult

UPDATE: The national website www.junkscience.com has referenced this blog entry. From the waaaayyyy over the top department: The Weather Channel’s climatologist, Dr. Heidi Cullen who hosts the program “The Climate…

Ubuntu – an amazing alternative to Windows

Anyone who knows much about me knows that I’ve been a strong advocate for alternate energy, and that I’ve put my money where my mouth is by putting solar power…

1500 year solar cycle shows climate impacts

I’ve been saying this all along…the sun is the Big Kahuna of climate change on earth. CO2 effects pale in comparison to the effects of the sun. I’ll have more…

We need a Blue Line!

City Councilor Ann Schwab proposed a “Gold Line” to protect the foothills from development as a complement to the Green Line which protects rich agricultural farmland to the west of…

Ultimate Geek Home Theatre

When I first saw this I thought for sure it was fellow blogger Lon Glazners basement, since he finds ways to work Star Trek into many things he writes about.…

Top Ten WORST Domain Names

The titles says it all. These are the least thought out, dumbest, just plain old ridiculous domain names registered to very serious websites and businesses… enjoy! 1. A site called…

Red Dot

I found this to be the perfect way to kill time. Click at your own risk, betcha can’t click just once.

New Record Low Temperature for Chico

This still image above from my Bidwell Ranch weather station at 10:30 this morning. The cold air mass that originated in Siberian Polar regions made its way into Northern California…

Comet McNaught as seen near Chico

My lovely wife Stacey, our two children, and myself braved the cold and gusty winds to get this photo of Comet McNaught over the coastal mountain range tonight. Stacey took…

Comet McNaught visible just after sunset

There’s a photo op tonight just after sunset. Sunset is at 5:03 PM PST. Comet McNaught is the brightest comet in 30 years and is visible to the west, just…

2006 Hottest Year on Record – So what? Part 2

Previously in Part 1 I’ve talked about the fact that 2006 was the hottest year on record according to the National Weather service. But what does that mean? Does a…

2006 Hottest Year on Record – So what? Part 1

Part 1 of 3 parts on this subject that I’ll post over the next few days. The National Atmosphereic and Oceanic Atmospheric Administration released their report on the weather records…

The plastic bucket of doom

I was is COSTCO Saturday and something odd caught my eye. Something I never saw before and was totally unexpected. There on an endcap, was a pallette of 5 gallon…

Researchers apply for patent on a simple 'Cancer Cure'

Let’s all hope this isn’t just another excercise in “Cold Fusion breaktrough”. It may mean that you’ll be able to take an injection or pill(s) to cure cancer in the…

Who Killed the Electric Car? Nobody!

Last week I mentioned that Ford was introducing a new alternate fuel sports car that runs on E85 ethanol. This week, GM announced the new Chevy “Volt” Sunday at the…

Wal-Mart now 25% less "evil"

Ok, this is a ‘tongue in cheek entry’, but it does have value for those who might be reading. While we all see from reading the nutty ‘Tell It to…

Pickup trucks – a major cause of roadside trash?

Ok this is probably going to make some truck owners mad, but its the truth as I see it. The other day I was driving on 99 south and watched…