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Rubber Band War and the Apple Box Fort

March 29, 2015

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My wife and I own an Adult Family Home where a team of caregivers provides for several elderly residents who are too fragile to safely care for themselves. Sometimes around the breakfast table they take turns entertaining us with stories of their childhood. It is fascinating. It is so indescribably rewarding. Well one day I […]

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Perseus and Andromeda

March 22, 2015

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Cassiopeia the Queen She was the very beautiful queen of ancient Ethiopia. By all accounts men were mesmerized by her perfectly chiseled features, like she had really nice thighs and stuff. But this was before selfies so she spent most of her time sitting in a “W” shaped chair gazing at her face in a […]

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Telescopes 101

February 15, 2015

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Have you ever discovered a telescope eyepiece in the pocket of your pajamas? Have you ever measured your roof for a dome? Do you know how to pronounce Cassiopeia? If so, you may have wondered, “is there hope for someone like me?” The answer is no. But you can help others learn the basics of […]

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Stonehenge

February 8, 2015

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photo by Brad Snowder

“There is something in Stonehenge almost reassuring; and if you are disposed to feel that life is rather a superficial matter, and that we soon get to the bottom of things, the immemorial gray pillars may serve to remind you of the enormous background of time.” ~ Henry James 1875 CE I love Stonehenge. When […]

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Planets

January 25, 2015

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The old school definition of the planets was “Any of these seven celestial bodies, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, that shineth and wandereth about the starry heavens” or something like that. The specific language has been updated a few times over the years. In February of 2006 the International Astronomical Union (the […]

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The Bible According to Brad

August 19, 2014

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GENESIS 01:01   Adam & Eve   In the Big Inning 04:01   Cain & Abel   Don’t bring God fruits 06:07   Noah’s Ark   We’re gonna need a bigger boat 11:10   Abram & Sarai   She works hard for the money 18:01   Sodom & Gomorrah   If I knew that you […]

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Intelligent Life

May 18, 2014

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The significance of the “Copernican Revolution” is that as soon as you embrace the Sun as a star, you are immediately faced with the possibility that when you look out into space, someone or something is looking back. Before Copernicus most people thought the Earth was pretty much the whole Universe so the idea of […]

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Astronomers at Large

July 14, 2013

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Did I ever tell you about the time I prevented a bombing? Okay forget I said anything, but here’s what happened. On July 11, 1991 in La Paz, Mexico there was a total eclipse of the Sun. The Keystone Astronomers were there. Keystone Astronomers at Large is a quirky cable access TV show that I […]

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Deep Sky Zodiac

May 19, 2013

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The beaten path that the Sun appears to trod on its yearly trek among the stars is the oldest known method of mapping our way around the sky. So the Sun was the center of celestial attention even before people promoted it to admin of the solar system. That makes a lot of sense to […]

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A Hero Story

April 21, 2013

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Monster Out of Time by Frank Frazetta

There is a hero. Everyone loves him because he is charitable and people’s lives tend to flourish under his watchful eye. But there is a nemesis, a huge and hideous reptile, the largest ever seen, who rises slowly from beneath the Earth bringing death and darkness and fear in his wake. The hero goes down […]

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NASA Social JPL – Mars Curiosity Landing

August 31, 2012

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The Ultimate Tweet-up When NASA tweeted about the JPL social I didn’t even really understand what it meant. I clicked on the link and it became apparent that a rare opportunity was being presented for a handful of people to spend a few days touring JPL and to be on site at the facility during […]

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The Bible According to Brad

August 23, 2012

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Table of Contents

GENESIS 01:01   Adam & Eve   In the Big Inning 04:01   Cain & Abel   Don’t bring God fruits 06:07   Noah’s Ark   We’re gonna need a bigger boat 11:10   Abram & Sarai   She works hard for the money 18:01   Sodom & Gomorrah   If I knew that you […]

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