Can outing an anonymous blogger be justified?

Ok I’ll bet the first word that went through your mind was “Tasker” right? Even though our own local and vocal anonymous blog commenter can sometimes raise some ire, this…

Got SLAC?

As a kid, science was my big deal. Science fairs were even bigger. In my senior year of high school, I made my grand project, a 10MEV cyclotron. It weighed…

10 Laws of Physics That Don't Apply in Hollywood

In general, Hollywood filmmakers follow the laws of physics because they have no other choice. It’s just when they cheat with special effects that we seem to forget how the…

Dieting? Buy Calorie Credits !

Recently it was revealed that Al Gore has a large “carbon footprint” and that he setup a corporation and as CEO that allows him to assuage guilt over that large…

Huh, imagine that!

National Geographic reports that simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes might have a natural — and not a human-induced — cause. Mars, it…

Note to pilot: run Windows Update prior to takeoff

The new US stealth fighter, the F-22 Raptor, was deployed for the first time to Asia earlier this month. On Feb. 11, twelve Raptors flying from Hawaii to Japan were…

ER Outlook- Sustainability – My missing article

A “computer glitch” when the reporter sent my story to copy editing added an extra “o” to the word “Outlook” in the title, sending my entry into “etherland”. You can…

No more regular light bulbs?

The California legislature may want to revisit the wording of their proposed ban on incandescents (AB 722). California assemblyman LLoyd Levine, a Democrat from Van Nuys in Los Angeles, wants…

Bacteria to prevent earthquake damage?

If you live near the ocean, chances are high that your home is built over sandy soil. For example many places in San Francisco are built on sandy soil or…

Flame On !

Suppose a commenter posts a libelous comment here at NorCalBlogs. It’s been known to happen. Can the blogger, Enterprise Record, and its corporate owners be sued for defamation? A federal…

Critical Mass

You know you’ve reached critical mass in an argument when you start having editorial cartoons drawn about you. In this weeks Chico Beat, the editorial cartoon above appeared. While editor…

Solar Lotto Numbers

What do the numbers 923, 930, 935, 941 and 944 have in common? Answer: They’re different names for the same sunspot, this one shown above. Greg Piepol of Rockville, Maryland,…

Triple Green Flash

Mila Zinkova of San Francisco who took this picture of the setting sun on Dec. 29, 2006 You have probably heard something about green flashes, but may not have seen…

China Star meets KFC

No thats not the title of a new Godzilla movie, but “Deep Fried Rodan” could be. My friends in journalism say news goes in cycles. If that is so, this…

U.N. Urged to Take On Asteroid Threat

From the France surrenders just to be safe department : Some “experts” think we should put the U.N. in charge of our space defense against large meteors or asteroids that…

Bloggers demand working software, strike threatened

Above: Members of United Bloggers Local 107 demonstrate near the Enterprise Record office on Monday Tuesday, Feburary 20th, 2007 Some are finding the working conditions making it impossible to keep…

Only in the South

From the Buford ain’t taking the rap department: A Georgia couple, apparently tired of people speeding past their house, installed a camera and radar gun on their property. After it…

My Energy Star featured home leaks like a sieve

Last May I moved into a new Energy Star featured home in a new subdivision in northeast Chico. I appreciated the rating, and my utility bills were lower than the…

Vista Redux

Previously I’ve blogged about the new Microsoft Operating system, Vista. As much as I didn’t want to, I finally had to break down and purchase Vista to be able to…

Pilot 1 Hijacker 0

Spanish security forces surround a hijacked Air Mauritania Boeing 737 passenger plane after it landed at Gando airport in Las Palmas on the island of Gran Canaria in Spain’s Canary…

The Original Star Trek – Now CGI Overhauled

This past weekend I stumbled across an old original (or so I thought) Star Trek episode called “The Doomsday Machine” where a big ugly “horn-o-plenty” looking space robot goes around…

Irrigation most likely to blame for Central California warming

A few folks have mentioned to me over the years that they thought we haven’t been getting as many frosts and freezes as in the past, that mosquitos were worse…

Teraflops

The “Big Ben” Cray XT3 at University of Pittsburg Computer Center runs at 10 Teraflops Ok if you aren’t computer savvy. you might think “tri-tera-flops…a dinosaur?” or maybe “Tera Flops”…

Space Junk Box Score

Due to the interest in my space junk entry below, I thought I’d provide an up to date list of all the objects in low earth orbit and who the…