Dewey Defeats Truman

June 28, 2012

Seriously? One of the biggest Supreme Court decisions in many moons and two major news networks totally blow it? Lame.

Image created by Gary He.

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Decision Day

June 27, 2012

A sensible conservative’s view on the Supreme Court Obamacare decision.


Fun With Zero Gravity

June 26, 2012

On the International Space Station, an astronaut posted the image below. They injected an air bubble inside a big drop of water. Obviously the air bubble will only stay inside when’ there’s no gravity. This leads to fun with light waves.

For more on the science (of why the image in the bigger drop is inverted, but the inner image is not), check out Phil Plait. He gets appropriately geeked out over it.


Seven Minutes of Terror

June 26, 2012

NASA has produced a pretty cool video explaining the crazy challenges of landing a vehicle on Mars. From the top of the atmosphere to landing takes only seven minutes and requires a crazy combination of techniques.

I like the slogan at the end, “Dare Mighty Things”.


Land of Opportunity?

June 25, 2012

A somewhat depressing article from the Financial Times. Luckily the author has no relevant credentials (what? Nobel Prize in Economics? And he’s not Krugman? crap…)


Gotta Love Dumbo

June 25, 2012

It’s a quirky neighborhood, but it is definitely photogenic. This just happened outside my office window. Random wedding party taking pictures.

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This sort of thing happens all the time here…


A Spectacular Day

June 23, 2012

We took the ferry to Governors Island today and spent the afternoon there. It was a gorgeous day. We rented a big quad bicycle, rode around, played. It was such a great day, but it’s a bit hard to explain why it was such fun.

If you don’t know Governors Island, it’s the largest of the three small islands below Manhattan. Ellis Island and Liberty Island (i.e. Statue of Liberty) are the other two. Governors Island was once a Coast Guard installation but no longer and the city finally figured out they should do something with it, so there are free ferries from Manhattan and Brooklyn and they’ve been improving the parks and the food.

The views are pretty great (Statue of Liberty):

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They have a small fake beach with good food and drinks:

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That’s the new One World Trade growing in the background on the left. But really this picture best sums up the day:

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Flying kites on a beautiful day with my girls. Danielle actually said, “my cheeks hurt from smiling so much”.

It really doesn’t get any better.