Monday, December 27, 2010


No explosions around here for 3 whole weeks! 
Peace in our time?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, Jean!

Happy Birthday, Jean!
Hope I'll run into you in 2011!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lunar Eclipse 2010

Last night I was out in the field (also in a field) Astronomizin'!  Last full lunar eclipse in North America until I'm 60, I believe. 

I miss the observatory and I miss the Space Sciences Lab. 

But I am working on something that I hope will turn out to be pretty cool.

In case you missed it...
From Eclipse

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Public Service Announcement...

Angie has worked for Mike Bern for a few years now.  Recently, Mike's wife Patti was diagnosed with leukemia.  She's been flown down from Crescent City to UCSF for care.

Mike's company is putting on a spaghetti dinner to help raise money to help out with expenses.  One of the things I loved about living in a small rural town has always been the sense of volunteerism and how everyone helps each other.

So, if you've found my blog entertaining from time to time, why not chip in and buy a ticket to the spaghetti dinner?  I'd like to show that, every once in a while, the great big world, can still be a small town.

It's only $8 and, if you give, I will personally send you a virtual plate of spaghetti suitable for display in your browser...(with cheese, too!).

Angie bought a ticket, and I bought a ticket.  Even the Dude bought a ticket and you know how hard he works for his money!

So don't let a Dude without pockets outdo you.

I have lots of good friends and family who follow this blog.

To all my friends in Hawaii and Hermosa, paddle into the beach for a minute and drop $8 for a good cause.

To my friends and family in Vegas, before you roll those dice, take a chip off the stack and toss it Mike and Patti's way.

To my friends in Northern California, before you light up that...well, just give some.

To my friends who read the blog in Scandanavia, Kaste i ├ątte dollar, og viser alle hvor kul du er sosialister!

Below is a note I received from Mike's company:



DATE: 12/7/10


As many of you have heard; Mike Bern’s wife Patti is in the hospital battling Leukemia. There is going to be a Spaghetti Feed and Silent Auction to help raise money for them.
Full Spectrum Services, Inc.; along with Sun Seekers and many other Community Members are going to be involved. Here at FSSI, we will be collecting items to be auctioned off at the silent auction. This memo is to let everyone know that we will be collecting items starting December 8, 2010 through December 31, 2010.
If you have new or barely used items you want to donate, please bring the items to the Full Spectrum Services, Inc. office (425 L Street Suite E) before the office closing time on December 31, 2010.
The Spaghetti Feed / Silent Auction will take place on January 8, 2010. Tickets go on sale effective December 10, 2010. The cost for dinner is $8.00 per person or $25.00 for a family (up to 5 individuals – two adults and up to three children). The tickets have all the pertinent information listed on them such as the time and location of the event. Tickets can be purchased at Full Spectrum Services, Inc. or Sun Seekers.
You may also notice that there are jars in various business locations for donations. Feel free to add anything denomination of funds you wish to these jars. Every penny counts! Money donations can also be made at Coast Central Credit Union in Crescent City, under Mike and Patti Bern’s name.
If any questions; please contact Jackie Ross or Jamie Hayden.

Thursday, December 09, 2010


It's on the downlow, but the Bomb Squad is merging with another firm providing the Engineering staff with lots of new explosive ordinance to detonate in their faces!

I, for one, can hardly wait!
As a veteran of a few corporate mergers, I hope for the best and plan for less than the best...

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Werner is Off...

Bob, Werner and I had a terrific meeting with the people from McObject tonight.  We're looking for the right database technology to embed in ComputeSpace and Steve Graves over at McObject gave us a very nice presentation followed by a Q&A.

Now, Werner will be off for minor surgery starting tomorrow.  No chatting for 2-3 weeks.

Take care, Werner!

From 2010-11-16