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Unlocking Science March 18, 2009

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A Vote for Science November 2, 2008

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Scientists and Engineers for America Action Fund and ScienceBlogs (SEED Magazine) have teamed up to bring you the AVoteForScience YouTube challenge. Are you a scientist? Tell the world who you are voting for this year. McCain? Obama? None of the above? Upload your YouTube video explaining who you are, who you are voting for and why you are voting for them.

Here’s my submission:

The change we seed! October 25, 2008

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Okay, I didn’t come up with the title, but I do love pun-kins!  Check out the Yes We Carve site for downloadable stencils we can believe in ;-)

Follow Yes We Carve on Twitter as well.

Story Songs September 3, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Music, Personal, Pop Culture.
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Time for another cross blog post. This time the idea comes from Gedeon who wanted us to come up with songs that tell a story that stand head and shoulders above the rest.

The rules for the group blog post are easy. Choose up to 5 of your favorite songs that weave a story and simply tell us why they made your list. You can be as detailed or generic as you would like, but be sure to keep your picks secret until the group post. Then, on Wednesday, September 3rd, publish your blog post along with with links to the other bloggers who are participating. We’ll get a peek inside your musical tastes and just might discover some new songs to fall in love with in the process.

My song picks involve a pilgrimage to a tourist trap, a retelling of Noah’s Ark, a duel with Lucifer, a pair of shoes, and a poker lesson. Can you guess what they are?

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“The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota” by “Weird Al” Yankovic. This tells the story of one family’s journey to a lesser-known tourist attraction located in Minnesota. If you had two weeks of vacation, where’d you rather go ta? It would be the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota, of course. From the ’53 DeSoto to the diet chocolate soda, “Weird Al” tests the limits of what rhymes with Minnesota. My favorite line comes when he first sees the twineball and he says, “I was just so overwhelmed by its sheer immensity that I had to pop myself a beer.”

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“Rock Steady” by Sting. Imagine a classified ad in the newspaper written by Noah that said, “Volunteers wanted for a very special trip to commune with Mother Nature on a very special trip.” Would you get on board with a crazy old guy with a beard and a boat load of animals for almost a month and a half? Sting weaves his magic in an updated version of Noah’s Ark that’s not so much in your face religiously.

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“The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by the Charlie Daniels Band. Johnny totally kicks the Devil’s butt in a fiddle playing contest. How did that happen? It must have been the Devil’s hubris because I think he would have beaten Johnny in a stand-up fight, but Lucifer was way behind with his soul stealing. So, it sounds like he just got sloppy. Also, is it son of a gun or son of a bitch?

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“The Christmas Shoes” by NewSong. The first time I heard this song, I think I cried my eyes out like I did this morning when I listened to it again. “Sir, I wanna buy these shoes for my Momma please.” Okay, but I’m in line ahead of you. “Daddy says there’s not much time.” Not much time for what? “You see, she’s been sick for quite a while.” That doesn’t sound good. “Want her to look beautiful if Momma meets Jesus tonight.” Oh no…time to open the flood gates.

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“The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers. I remember singing this song back in elementary school chorus along with the theme from The Duke of Hazzard. Here’s what it sounds like now:

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Here are the other “Story Song” bloggers:

Gedeon Maheux (@gedeon)
gedblog.com

David Schultz (@dvsjr)
The (mis)adventures of a macintosh administrator

Mike Schramm (@mikeschramm)
MikeSchramm.com

Dave Caolo (@panache)
Hardcore Geek

Von Glitschka (@vonster)
Glitschka Studios

Andy Rudkin (@mizaru)
mizaru.me.uk

Christina Warren (@film_girl)
ChristinaWarren.com

Austin Heller (@austinheller)
AustinHeller.com

Mason Sklar (@zargap)
masonsklar.com

Allen Emory
A. Emory

Alain Edouard (@alainedouard)
alainedouard.co.cc

Mark Goody (@marramgrass)
marramgrass

Jamie Parkins
The Sound of Silence

Large Hadron Rap September 2, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Future, Music, Science, Technology.
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The first attempt to circulate a beam through the entire Large Hadron Collider is scheduled for next week on September 10, 2008.  While you’re waiting with bated breath, you can enjoy the Large Hadron Rap, which I discovered via the latest Science Friday.

“The LHC is super duper fly.  You know what I’m saying?  Check it.”

I Lost My Girl To A Guy Named Jesus August 14, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Pop Culture, Television.
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I had a random neural firing the other day that led me to recall a short-lived sketch comedy show from the mid-90s.  Exit 57 aired on Comedy Central with only 12 episodes, and it starred both Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris.  I can clearly remember a number of the sketches, and here’s one of my favorites thanks to YouTube:

Happy Anniversary! August 1, 2008

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August 1, 1998 – Anna & David

That toy is named what?!? July 30, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Berea, Personal, Pop Culture, Toys.
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So, I was in the toy section at Marc’s last night with Lily, and I saw an interesting “action figure” on the bottom of the shelf.  I picked it up to discover it was called Uranus “Yuri”® from the Fisher-Price® Planet Heroes™ line of toys.  Okay, I’m not an adolescent anymore, but here’s the description from the back of the package:

With the powerful, sinister Black Hole (a.k.a. “Professor Darkness”™) intent on destroying the solar system, a day seldom passes without the discovery of some new danger or disaster about to strike at the inhabitants of the peaceful planets. Keeping the Planet Heroes fighting fleet ready for action at all times, Uranus “Yuri” uses his amazing magnetic tail to stash tools during repairs. With his cool suction cup feet, he can fix a solar panel outside a spaceship while streaking across the galaxy on an urgent mission. He can also lob a suction cup from his launcher to shut down enemy weapons in battle. Good guys outnumbered? Don’t worry, we’ve got Uranus “Yuri”!

I could make so many bad innuendos right now, however I won’t.  Discovering Uranus “Yuri” did get me thinking about other questionably named toys that I’ve seen in the past.  Here are a few that I remember:

Pudface from RoboCop: The Series, a live-action television series in 1994.  I hope it referred to putty and not something else.

Moby Lick from Street Sharks, an animated TV show with crime-fighting half-man/half-sharks similar to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I think I still have Mr. Lick, who has a long, prehensile tongue that you could move in circles with a handle on his back.

Fur Berries from Spin Master Ltd., a Toronto based toy company.  From a magical tree in a magical forest comes the adorable Fur Berries.

Impossible to see, the future is July 16, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Berea, Cleveland, Family, Future, Parenting, Personal, Star Wars.
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Anna and I went to a “Q & A” meeting last night regarding the Berea City School District’s plan to renovate and/or replace five of seven elementary schools and to close the remaining two elementary schools.  Enrollment in the district has declined about 7% over the past 10 years, and it is expected to fall another 8% in the next 10 years.  In addition, operational costs for these seven 40+ year old schools continue to rise due to their less energy efficient structures as well as increasing energy prices.

Closing two of the elementary schools (one of which Rosie attends) is a very emotional issue.  They are at the heart of two communties where our children are growing and learning everyday.  No one wants their school to be closed.  We don’t want to lose our teachers, principals, custodians, and our connectedness with them.  In an ideal world, there would not be these difficult situations.

The real world (and all that goes with it) is where most of us live, and it requires us to make tough choices and decisions.  Anna and I have seen this with our congregation’s recent vote to accept Baldwin-Wallace’s proposal to buy First Church.  Although the sale is contingent on approval from the City of Berea, it does look as though the sale will proceed.  There is much uncertainty on what will happen next because there are a number of options that our church has been investigating.

As Yoda once said, “Always in motion the future is.”  That’s one of the problems with the future.  We haven’t figured out how to predict it yet.  And that ambiguity can be scary because many times our thoughts gravitate to the worst possible outcomes.  In actuality, those very rarely come to pass, and often we are surprised with what does happen as well as how we respond to it.

Algae Olympics July 2, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Environment, Pollution, Sports.
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With about five weeks until it plays host to the Olympic sailing regatta, the coastal city of Qingdao, China, is experiencing a huge algal bloom that covers a third of the course.  Local officials have mobilized 20,000 people and 1,000 boats to help with the clean-up and haul away the algae.  They believe the sailing area should be clear by July 15, and the government plans to install a fenced perimeter in the Yellow Sea more than 30 miles long in attempt to block the algae from floating into the area.

Water quality has been a concern for the sailing events, given that many coastal Chinese cities dump untreated sewage into the sea.  At the same time, rivers and tributaries emptying into coastal waters are often contaminated with high levels of nitrates from agricultural and industrial runoff.  These nitrates contribute to the red tides of algae that often bloom along sections of China’s coastline.

However, Qingdao officials say there isn’t a “substantial link” between the pollution & poor water quality and the current algal bloom.  They instead blame it on increased rainfall and warmer waters in the Yellow Sea.

Either way, algal blooms can result in dead zones (where many fish and aquatic insects cannot survive) like the one in the Gulf of Mexico.  With the world watching the upcoming Olympics, I hope that this event will bring more needed attention to what’s happening to the oceans and seas as a result of our actions.

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