Did you feel the pre-Halloween quake?

October 30, 2007 at 11:20 pm | Posted in environment | Leave a comment


I felt it in Fairfax. How about you? Add your experience to the comments below.

First the fires and then the quake. Are you ready to get prepared?



Non-iPod rumors

October 30, 2007 at 12:38 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Apple is thoughtfully giving us a break from the iRumor mill. It will be at least a week or two before we become totally disatisfied with the current models and feel that “I want I want I want” burn for something new.

To hold you over:

GoogleMobile details to be released soon

80GB Zune gets FCC approval – do you care? 

Scholastic Art Competition

October 29, 2007 at 10:51 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Last year, Drake’s own Kevin MacLeod won a silver medal in this national competition.

The competition is open to many forms of visual and written works.  Take a look.

The competition’s main page.

Past winners in the Computer Art category. 

Topic: 1870-1910

October 26, 2007 at 1:12 pm | Posted in history | Leave a comment

2007_immig1900.jpgThe forty years between 1870 and 1910 take the U.S. from rebirth as a nation made whole again by war and into a period of rapid industrial and urban growth, innovation and invention coupled with the social change caused by a massive wave of immigration.

View these websites to assist you in selecting three research topics related to U.S. history between 1870 and 1910.

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/timeline/timelineO.cfm Use the slider bar at the bottom to scroll between 1870 and 1910. The different map icons are related to specific event, person, place or thing.


http://www.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/timefram.htmlChoose three topics that you would like to learn more about and, in a complete sentence, tell me why. Do this for each topic.

Why? Because you will write a two to three page double spaced essay about one of these topics before the end of the semester. So you should choose a topic that is of interest to you.

Send your three topics and descriptions to rod@rodmilstead.com and type “topic: 1870-1910” in the subject line. Include your name in the email. That’s it.

Due before the start of class on Monday, October 29th.

Marin County fire history

October 25, 2007 at 12:12 am | Posted in history, marin | Leave a comment

From the County of Marin Fire Department History

The largest fire was in September 1923, which burned 40,000 acres from Lucas Valley to Bolinas. This same fire burned 35 homes in Woodacre Later that same year, the Tavern complex on the Summit of Mount Tamalpais burned to the ground. The second largest fire occurred in 1936 and burned 4,000 acres. The third largest in October 1917 on the ridge west of Inverness burned 2,000 acres. The fourth largest and the most disastrous from a monetary standpoint was the July 1929 Mill Valley fire. It burned 1,000 acres and destroyed 110 homes in Mill Valley. Damage was more than one million dollars.

Picture of the July 1929 Mill Valley fire.

Air Force One trip to San Diego will cost $57,000/hour

October 24, 2007 at 9:17 pm | Posted in flight, travel, unwise | Leave a comment

The president will visit the Southern California fire zone on Thursday. Presidential visits to disaster zones often serve as a White House marketing events as opposed to actually helping those in need. Considering the black eye that the government suffered after its inept Katrina response you know that recovering from this disaster will receive a great deal of attention.

So, what does it cost to bring Bush to San Diego? Well, he will fly. Air Force one costs $57,000 an hour to fly. Call it a six hour trip. That’s a $684,000 round trip. By comparison, the same trip on Southwest will cost $718 if you buy your ticket today and fly tomorrow.

Of course, this figure doesn’t reflect the total cost of the trip. In March of 200o, Clinton toured three countries that required the support of 76 aircraft. The price: $50 million.

My suggestion to all presidents – stay in DC and offer your support by phone and let your actions do the talking.

Southern California fires – maps and info

October 22, 2007 at 11:07 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

San Diego fires- Google map of fire locations and evacuation centers.

LA fires – Google map

KPBS provided good reports about the San Diego fires.   Their map is pretty good, too.  And their twitter feed provides a good picture as to how fast things are changing.

Lynne Cheney says that her husband is related to Obama

October 16, 2007 at 10:26 pm | Posted in news, politics, tech | Leave a comment

Quoting CNN:
‘In an interview on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon, Mrs. Cheney said that in the course of researching her husband’s genealogy for her new book, “Blue Skies, No Fences,” she discovered that the two public figures share an ancestor eight generations ago.

“Think about this,” Mrs. Cheney said. “This is such an amazing American story that one ancestor, a man that came to Maryland, could be responsible down the family line for lives that have taken such different and varied paths as Dick’s and Barack Obama’s.”‘ Full article here.

From the Post: “At least that was the stunning announcement made yesterday by Lynne Cheney, who said that the very white vice president from Wyoming is in fact the eighth cousin of Obama, the Senate’s only African American member. She said she discovered the link, traced back to a French Huguenot who figured prominently in Maryland history, while researching her latest book.”  Full article here.

This video has been watched nearly 20 million times

October 16, 2007 at 10:11 pm | Posted in video | Leave a comment
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Rider’s life saved by airbag jacket

October 16, 2007 at 10:09 pm | Posted in engineering | Leave a comment
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