Archive for November, 2006

So this is what it feels like to be #2, huh?

My 8-year old son’s soccer team, the Silver Dragon’s, played for the championship today (under-10 division of Modesto Youth Soccer Association (MYSA)) and lost the game on a shootout – 3-1. The game was tied after regulation 0-0, but then the dreaded shootout. Our best goalkeeper couldn’t stop their players. Too bad.

Well, it was a good year and my son had a great time playing and learned how to play soccer and was the goalkeeper during regulation and stopped one shot on goal. He loved playing forward the most though, and hated being defense.


Hubble Space Telescope being repaired. Yipee!

The HST (Hubble Space Telescope) has done more for astronomy than any other optical device. Astronomers have learned so much about space, deep space, and the universe’s evolution.

Hubble Space Telescope


Among the Hubble’s many scientific accomplishments, the telescope has enabled direct observation of the universe as it was 12 billion years ago, discovered black holes at the center of many galaxies, provided measurements that helped establish the size and age of the universe and offered evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating.

The telescope also has popularized astronomy by producing countless wondrous images.

A few of the repairs are going to be replacing the six gyroscopes, and an imaging spectrograph that has stopped working.

Worst Burglar Ever (with sound)

Wow, this is bad. And notice at the end how he just sits there and waits for the cops. Priceless.

I thought Murtha was supposed to win…

Guess not. Hoyer is new #2 in the House. Pelosi’s strong-arm tactics to pick “I wasn’t indicted” Murtha didn’t work. And it wasn’t even close: 149-86.

Didn’t Murtha just go on TV and say he had the votes to win? Oops.

From Yahoo:

Democrats picked Rep. Steny Hoyer (news, bio, voting record) to be House majority leader on Thursday, spurning Rep. Nancy Pelosi (news, bio, voting record)’s handpicked choice moments after unanimously backing her election as speaker when Congress convenes in January.

10 Dirtiest Jobs in Science…

Man, I am glad I am a high school science teacher. They couldn’t pay me enough to do these jobs. I know that they need to be done (and I am glad that people do them), but not by me.


Sometimes a job calls for a little dirty work, but when your job is in science, the dirty part can become increasingly literal.

Since 2003, Popular Science magazine has released an annual report detailing the “Worst Jobs in Science.” Among the psychologically demanding and dangerous elements of some of these jobs, these scientists must also be willing to get to the nitty gritty, even if it means going where no man or woman has gone before (or would want to).

Look at the list of jobs. Tell me that any of these are in the least appealing to you. (Although, the volcanologist sounds cool. And look at job number six. Gross! ewwww!)

Manure Inspector

Orangutan-Pee Collector

Hot-zone Superintendent

Extremophile Excavator

Dysentery Stool Sample Analyzer

Semen Washer

What they do: Take semen samples under microscopic observation to study their sperm count, then spin, separate, add preservatives and freeze the samples for in vitro fertilization.


Carcass Cleaner

Fistula Feeder

Corpse-Flower Grower

Holy Cow….8.1 Earthquake!

A magnitude 8.1 earthquake has struck near the Japan Islands in the Pacific Ocean. A tsunami warning has been issued for the islands and people are being told to head to higher ground. They [the Japanese meteorological society] expect waves of 6 1/2 feet high.

8.1 magnitude earthquakes are very rare and very deadly. A 9.1 magnitude quake in Indonesia in 2004 is what caused that massive tsunami that killed so many people. The waves for that one were 30+ feet high.

According to the story in Yahoo:

Japan is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries because it sits atop four tectonic plates.

Man, that has got to suck. Here in California we are on two plates and they don’t move much. And our plates are very different than the Japanese plates.

Have the Red Sox become the Evil Empire?!

The Red Sox may have the young pitching stud, Daisuke Matsuzaka, they have needed for two years, but at what cost. (Actually, the cost will be $75 million for 3 years.)

By being so aggressive for him, they have shifted the power status in the AL East, if not the whole AL. True, one pitcher does not make a staff, but one good pitcher does help a whole lot.

People have said for the last few years that the Yankees were trying to buy the World Series by paying outrageous salaries for their players. Well, the Red Sox are now going to do that for this pitcher. One difference though: the Yankees bought older, veterans, burnt-up players; the Red Sox are getting a 26 year old pitcher that has quite a few years on him (assuming he stays healthy).

We will see. I hope that this is the start of a beautiful friendship with Japan and the World Series rings.

And I hope to go back to Boston and sit on the Green Monster like I did in ’05.


Update: The Red Sox just won the right to negotiate with Matsuzaka. For $51.1 million. The Red Sox now have 30 days to complete a deal or the player goes back to Japan to play. He is represented by Scott “Evil Incarnate” Boras, so he will get as much, if not more, as possible.

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