The 2017 Solar Eclipse

I have discussed my adventure trip to Kentucky to see this year’s eclipse. Here are two videos of the event I found interesting…
First, a video from on of my favorite Youtube channels, Veritasium.

Secondly, a video from another favorite channel, Smarter Every Day. Note, they worked the math out to do this
by themselves.

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Yikes, These hair-raising moments are the first video footage from renowned rock climber Alex Honnold’s ascent of the 3,000-foot wall of El Capitan—without a rope. On June 3rd, Honnold became the first person ever to free solo climb this famous rock face at Yosemite National Park, California.

The Famous HBO Intro

In the early 1980’s HBO made an intro piece to be played before the beginning of a film. This was before computer animation. The result was pretty amazing and gave the network a sense of quality. This is how it was done.

Babylon 5 is Free to Stream!

My favorite science fiction TV show is now free to view on the internet. www.go90.com is a website that streams older TV shows and they have the entire run of Babylon 5 online now. This does not seem to include the half dozen TV movies, but that’s okay. The show holds up remarkably well for a 20 year-old show and is worth watching for the amazing performances by Peter Jurasik as Londo and Andreas Katsulas as G’Kar, not to mention the great writting of J. Michael Straczynski.

Babylon 5 on www.go90.com

Big Bertha Breaks Through

The world’s largest tunneling machine, Big Bertha, finally finished its two-mile journey under the city of Seattle. The project is to make a tunnel for a local freeway. That’s one big tunneling machine!

Getting Rid of a Big Rock

I mention this every year when we speak of mass movements in Dynamic Earth. Every year or two a photo online shows up of a giant boulder sitting on a west coast road. There is only one sure way of removing a rock this big, dynamite.

Bill Nye’s Open Letter to President Trump

As chairman of The Planetary Society, Mr. Nye has sent this open message to the President.

So the numbers are in, and NASA seems to have escaped the worst of the cuts. However, The Asteroid Redirect Mission is canceled, and predictably and sadly, Earth Science funding was cut about 13%. Several earth observation missions were also cut. The new budget also eliminates NASA’s office of education who has helped teachers all over the world, and gave NRHS two $5,000 grants some years ago. All of this, to me, seems short sighted. As the earth goes through climate change we will be missing valuable information that could save lives and money.