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…

Setec Astronomy

The title is an anagram that seemed appropriate for this entry. Dan NT’s Bullfight blog always has a Scrabble word, so here’s mine. At midnight on Dec. 31, hundreds of…

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…