Saturday, November 27, 2010
Dad had his traditional nap. This year he had company.
Then we had our family Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving. I ate much more than was good for me but so did everyone else, hence is was justified. Everybody laughed at me when I said that the table reminded me of the ocean. Well, not really the ocean as much as a captain's cabin on an old pirate ship. The food was good. As was everything else. We played scrabble, which Stephen's girlfriend Jaimie beat everyone. I kept score instead of actually playing. We then played dominion, its a lot of fun and there is no way to describe it, so I wont. Give thanks in all things.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The ring that appears around the moon arises from light passing through six-sided ice crystals high in the atmosphere. These ice crystals refract, or bend, light in the same manner that a camera lens bends light. The ring has a diameter of 22 degrees, and sometimes, if you are lucky, it is also possible to detect a second ring, 44 degrees in diameter. Thin high cirrus clouds lofting at 20,000 feet or more contain tiny ice crystals that originate from the freezing of super cooled water droplets. These crystals behave like jewels refracting and reflecting in different directions.
The shape of the ice crystals results in a focusing of the light into a ring. Since the ice crystals typically have the same shape, namely a hexagonal shape, the moon ring is almost always the same size. Also, they are sometimes called solar halos. Or if you want to be creative (like my brother and our friend Pete) you can call it a moonbow, a rainbow around the moon. They are pretty common and can be seen whenever cirro-stratus clouds are present at the convenient position and the skies are clear.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Last week at work an imported shipment came in, it was damaged on one of its corners. The cardboard and tape were ripped open and the content of the box was partly missing. Wrapped in the tissue paper (where the crystal snow flakes should have been) was something that looked like a piece of machinery. Slightly bullet shaped, no bigger than a shoe. Our warehouse manager was afraid to touch it, because it looked like a bomb to him. No one knew what it was so they called the building manager. Before he got there the guy that worked next door came over and picked it up, shaking it, trying to find out what it was. The building manager had never seen anything like it and it freaked him out, so he called the police. The police really did not like what they saw and they left the building as fast as they could taking everybody with them. The police called the bomb squad. Low and behold it was a BOMB! Then the FBI became involved, they showed up at my bosses house and questioned her for over an hour ( they really do wear suits and flip they badge when they arrive). It turned out that the bomb was not active and would not have blow up. The FBI are no longer concerned, so we are not worried. But it was still a bomb and I wasn't there to see it all happen. :(