Sunday, February 20, 2005


Officially loud

Science fairs are cool. Yesterday at the Whitestone Training School science fair we clocked me laughing at 101 decibels. Learning really is fun. The rest of it was neat, too. Cow muscles, colors, and the chemistry of honey among other things.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005


Ice Ice Baby

The winter's getting later so the overflow water is on the move. Out at CPCRW the ice level has risen probably at least 5 feet since the start of winter. It's rising about a foot a week right now. Soon it will be over the bridge. Check it out:

2/15 ice level

Otherwise, a nice visit to the watershed. Even did some extra work:
Changing a wind vane


Stupid Fun

Does anything embody the spirit of I'm an Alaskan and I can do whatever I want to more than this? It's good to be the king.

Saturday, February 12, 2005


Training Wheels For Fishing...

My jury's still out but I bet the charter guys would dig it.
Funktastic fishing line

Thursday, February 10, 2005


Brilliant Marketing... but will it translate into sales?

... Cruising through Freddy's last night ... and came across this appropriately titled bathroom mat:

A bathroom mat

Wednesday, February 02, 2005


Freeze yourself in one easy step.

Go outside.

Actually, check out ther serious amount of window frost I've going on right now. Is that something or what!
Frosty Window

In other continuing cold news my bike hasn't broken yet even though it was -46 this morning, a new personal biking record of dubious note.
the thermometer

So, maybe some of you are wondering what's it's like to be out in that serious cold. The truth of the matter is that in the abstract -46 is absurdly cold and you're absolutely right, if I go outside in just a t-shirt and pants my hands are nearly numb in about 5 minutes. But, the beauty of it is that you don't have to go out in a t-shirt and pants. That's what coats and stuff are for. So, today for the ride to work I had a light pair of long undies on downstairs plus heavy fleece pants and regular pants over the top, bunny boots and one pair o' socks on the tootsies and 2 medium fleece long undewear tops plus a fleece jacket upstairs. My super mittens on my hands and a fleece balaclava, fleece hat, and fleece mouth cover on the head (plus bike helmet). In all that stuff I was pretty good to go. Throw on that carhart suit and I'd be ready to be out all day. So, cold? Definitely and I think 30 below and colder you're pretty much in survival mode but it's also bearable if you wear enough clothes.
PS, it's been to cold to do my monthly snow surveys or weekly precipitation stuff out at CPCRW so there are some limits but that's mainly because I doubt the snow machine will start.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005


How to get even colder

If you want to feel cold check out this video about hypothermia but definitely grab a cup of cocoa first. I actually saw this guy on Letterman last fall. It's a real kick in the pants. In other cold news, it was -42 this morning and I was able to ride my bike at that temperature. Remember, a couple years ago when I was riding and it was that cold the cogs in my free wheel would stop popping back out so I could spin my pedals without going any where. Well, it's mostly up hill from my house to campus (which helps since I'm doing more pedaling and less coasting) so that's part of the reason I made it this morning (it was iffier once I got on campus). The ride home will be interesting, it's mostly coasting but there's a little pedaling right at the end. I guess I'll know more tonight.

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