Category Archives: Random and Misc.

A Little Fun for Cat People and Brass Players

This kitty decides to chill in his human’s Euphonium and becomes the mute for his brass instrument. Kazuhiro’s cat is quite fascinated by the shape of the instrument and goes in there to see if it’d fit. Turns out it’s a purrfect fit!”If … Continue reading

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Tuba Beard

I have played the tuba since 5th grade (1991), and I have had a beard since last December. These two parts of my life did not get along well at first. Playing the tuba with facial hair presents a problem because … Continue reading

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Accomplishments of the Weekend: Food Processor Lid and Entertainment PC

The lid to this food processor was jammed shut, and neither of us could twist it open. I suggested using WD-40, but we didn’t want to put that on a container that would hold food. So, I tried cooking oil … Continue reading

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Stars on the Flag: 61

For an explanation of this post and the origin of these designs, see the Introduction. The recent vote of Washington, DC to petition to become a state has inspired me to start publishing these again. We would a need flag … Continue reading

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Help Me Turn a UFO into an IFO, Part 2

The UFO we saw from the badlands may have been identified. At the suggestion of my colleagues in Atmospheric Science, I contacted the Rapid City National Weather Service office to ask if what we saw could have been a weather … Continue reading

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Help Me Turn a UFO into an IFO

At a dark sky star party, something appeared in the northern sky around 7pm on Oct. 1 that looked like a bright star very near the position of Polaris. It was far too bright to be Polaris or any other … Continue reading

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What I can carry on my bike

Yesterday, on my bike, I brought back from the Black Hills Farmers Market A large musk melon 6 peaches 4 ears of corn 2 small heads of cabbage 6 small cucumbers A bunch of tomatoes 16 oz. bottle of kombucha 13 … Continue reading

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Stars on the Flag: 57

For an explanation of this post and the origin of these designs, see the Introduction. We would have needed a flag of 57 stars if the Six Californias initiative had been successful and Puerto Rico became a state and The District of … Continue reading

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When international physicists get hungry for power…

…electrical power, that is. #ICHEP2016

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Stars on the Flag: 56

For an explanation of this post and the origin of these designs, see the Introduction. We would have needed a flag of 56 stars if the Six Californias initiative had been successful and Puerto Rico became a state

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