Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Potpourri LXXXVIII

First up: my buddy Darlene the Science Cheerleader managed to get her "Science Makeover" series mentioned on a story and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She got so much traffic from the story that it crashed Doc recommended she get a different web hosting service, and I reckon that's where she's heading. Anyway, gooooo Dar!

If you can't afford a jet pack, why not try a water-jet pack?

Sad story from Chicagoland. This 45-year-old guy died saving his two children from rip currents in Lake Michigan. Turns out he's a third- or fourth-cousin of mine. The kids are fine, but they now have to go forward without their dad. A shame. And they've got another little one on the way, if I read the news right. Jeez.

The Examiner in the UK has an analysis of NASA's rocket choices.

From Lin: Russian soccer fans are being encouraged to drink whiskey to ward off the swine flu. That's one alternative, I suppose. I thought the Russkis preferred vodka, though.

Speaking of Russia, a pair of Russian attack subs has been patrolling off the U.S. East Coast. Someone call Alec Baldwin...

One of my fellow space advocates, Veronica, has her own website now. Check it out!

Bill Clinton has gone to North Korea, and now two American journalists have been released. It's a miracle! Wonder what that cost.

The number of Americans taking antidepressants doubled between 1996 and 2005. I'm guessing 9/11 had a lot to do with that, but still...are people that messed up, or is the world? I prefer optimism and church. They're a lot more work, but worth it.

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