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Poor Pluto! February 2, 2008

Posted by davegoblog in Books, Science.
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Their teacher made a very shocking announcement while the students were working on their solar system dioramas:

Class, scientists have just decided that Pluto can no longer be a planet. Now, there are only 8 planets, so please remove him from your project.”

PoorPluto And so begins the story by third-grade students of Tokay Colony Elementary School in Lodi, California. They like the rest of us were astonished to learn that International Astronomical Union decided that Pluto would no longer be classified as a planet in August 2006. So, they used materials that they found around their school at recess to build a rocket ship, which was big enough to hold 16 students, 1 teacher, and 3 hamsters. Those brave students were determined to find Pluto and bring him back with them so he wouldn’t feel lonely without his lost planetary family. Disregarding the gravitational issues involved, this wonderful story written and illustrated by the third-graders helps us all deal with the loss of a planet and begin to accept our new eight planet solar system. Pluto, we still love you no matter what the IAU calls you.

One story, 140 authors December 17, 2007

Posted by davegoblog in Blogging, Books, Future, Pop Culture, Technology.
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Imagine writing a story with 139 other people where everyone can only use up to 140 characters each.  The entries are submitted via Twitter and compiled into an evolving tale.  That’s the idea behind Twittories, which was started last Tuesday with Twittory 1: The Darkness Inside.  It flows pretty well for having plot twists every few sentences, and I’m still unsure what to make of the story itself as well as the method for creating it.  The conception technique makes me think of the “process” used to produce the mystery film footage in William Gibson’s novel, Pattern Recognition (2003).

I’ve signed up for Twittory 2, which has no title yet and still needs about 40 more people to begin.

Crazy Eights November 12, 2007

Posted by davegoblog in Blogging, Books, Movies, NaBloPoMo, Parenting, Pop Culture, Sports, Star Wars.
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EightsBy starting to blog this year and participating in NaBloPoMo, I’ve met a lot of interesting people and have learned some new terms to add to my lexicon. Thanks to the witty Sandy at Momisodes, I’m doing my first meme. Enjoy!

8 things I’m passionate about:

  • My daughters (Rosie & Lily) / Being a good father
  • My wife (Anna) / Being a good husband
  • Science especially chemistry – so much so that I got my B.S. and M.S. in it.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers – I was born and raised (for three months) in the Steel City of the Three Rivers.
  • Creating peace – I imperfectly try to hammer swords into plowshares as in Micah 4:3 and transform arrows into flowers like Siddhartha did while under the Bodhi tree.
  • Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars!
  • Argyle socks – I love ‘em!
  • Reducing, reusing, and recycling – Remember the law of conservation of mass/matter that says matter cannot be created/destroyed, but it may be rearranged.

8 things I want to do before I die:

  • Go into space.
  • Visit Stonehenge (before spellcheck it was Stonehedge).
  • Decide how to use my body for science after I die (stay tuned for future blog post).
  • May be have another kid. And, by “have” I mean Anna carrying the baby for nine months and delivering the child. Seriously, I’m okay with the two girls, but who knows what the future holds.
  • Live another 64 years. Just realized the “numbers” involved…36 + 64 = 100 or using perfect squares 62 + 82 = 102. Spooky!
  • See humans land on Mars and return to safely.
  • Visit this statue.
  • Finish this list.

8 things I say often:

  • “Ro-SIE!” – It’s the Dad voice.
  • “Good job, Rosie!”
  • “Not for Lily / not for babies.”
  • “Hello, Bumbo!” – how I greet Lily.
  • “I love you.”
  • A G-rated expletive such as my current favorites of “Dagnabbit!” and “Mother Superior!”
  • “Have you seen my slippers?”
  • “It’s possible, pig.” – Potential response to any question asked in our house. A reference to The Princess Bride for those who don’t know.

8 books I’ve read recently:

8 songs I could listen to over and over:

  • The Star Wars Main Theme by John Williams – I get chills down my spine every time I hear it and sometimes when I just think about it.
  • Anything by “Weird Al” Yankovic – Yep, it’s out there now.
  • A Mighty Wind soundtrack
  • Ana Ng” by They Might Be Giants – The ringtone on my cell phone for when Anna calls.
  • “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix – The ringtone for when everyone else calls.
  • Anything by Baron von Stinglehoffer, the Stingasaurus, or the Stinganator.
  • In Da Club” by Assassin – This was a free song download from iTunes, otherwise I would have never heard it.
  • “Spybreak” by Propellerheads – Music played in the lobby scene when Neo and Trinity go to rescue Morpheus in The Matrix.

8 things that attract me to my best friends:

  • Sense of humor & laughing at / with me
  • Activism
  • Love of monkeys
  • Playing games (board, card, video, RPG, etc.)
  • Support
  • Keepin’ it real / honesty
  • Some other seventh thing
  • Begrudgingly agreeing to participate in this Crazy Eights meme

8 people I think should do Crazy Eights:

Now, you know more about me than I do. It was a lot of fun and knocked off one post for NaBloPoMo.