USPS Honors Harvey Milk with a stamp

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Available May 22, Harvey Milk Day in California.

California’s Drought Spurs Watering Restrictions

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Visalia’s City Council recently invoked severe water use restrictions for landscaping and car washing.

Here’s the info on the rules, now in effect in Visalia, brazenly appropriated from the City’s own website:

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Throwback Thursday: July, 1958

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It’s July, 1958. El Paso, Texas.  “Big Jimmie”, as he will come to be called by his family now that he has a “Little Jimmie”, turned 20 this month, and is an airman in the United States Air Force.  When I selected the picture for this week’s “Throwback Thursday”, I noticed something I hadn’t seen before.  I’ve always seen him in pictures of me, and that gets truer the older I get.  Until today, however, I had never noticed my Mother in me.  I see her in this one, however.  Something in my face reminds me of her, and I wonder why I never noticed it before.  I also see many of my other relatives.  Or rather I see the common familial features we all tend to have as infants.  We might all look very different as we grow up, but you can certainly tell we’re all related in our baby pictures.

Oddly, it reminds me of how I first became aware of Keanu Reeves.

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Lunar Geek – “Blood” Moon Eclipse

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A Lunar eclipse occurred last night, with the Moon slipping into the Earth’s shadow.  The refraction of light through the Earth’s atmosphere created the reddish hue, not quite darkening our sister planet. (The Earth and Moon are more accurately a binary planet system, rather than a primary and satellite system.)

The term “Blood Moon” seems to be the result of the media glomming onto a doomsday prophet, ‘end of the world’, God is coming book seller.  It doesn’t seem to have any historical relevance, but since it’s caught the fancy of reporters around the world, we’re stuck with it.  Some have gone so far as to claim it’s a sign from God, warning President Obama (about something… pick a wingnut cause and use that, for all the sense they make).

Several more of these eclipses will happen in the next few years, just as they’ve happened ever since the Moon reached it’s current orbital distance from the Earth.  (the Moon used to be much closer to Earth, but tidal friction and orbital dynamics have been moving it further away ever since it formed.  Using devices left on there by the Apollo missions, we can measure that movement precisely.)

Space Cadet Jimmiejoe contributed to this blog.

Being a medical alert dog isn’t easy…having a medical alert dog isn’t easy.

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Jim Reeves:

It’s a shame local business people don’t understand the law, and basic human decency. TEDG, it might be reasonable to reconsider the June 17 dinner location.

Originally posted on Darwin the Diabetic Alert Dog:

I really didn’t want to post this, but I feel compelled.  It’s not always roses and cheerios being a diabetic alert dog.  I got the family kicked out of a restaurant about two months ago.  Not because I did anything wrong.  But because there are uneducated people out there who don’t understand the laws that protect partnerships like me and the girl.  They don’t understand how I help manage the girl’s BGs.  They don’t understand that I keep her safe.  They don’t understand how I give the mom and the dad peace of mind.  They don’t understand.  And they don’t care.  And that leads to a lot of really bad situations.  Especially since the girl is so young.  Especially since the mom and the dad want to make sure the girl has no shame associated with having type one diabetes.  Because they know that shame=lack of management=health problems.

Sigh…..after this happened…

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Mars Space Geek – Curiosity seen from orbit

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Curiosity, on Mars, from orbit.  Photo taken by HiRISE.  Just wow.

To give you a sense of scale, here’s the Curiosity’s twin on Earth:

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Science!

(and, as an aside… if NASA can take pictures like this from orbit, and release them, can you imagine what spy satellites are capable of these days? It boggles the mind.  Next time you’re outside, look up, smile, and wave.  It’ll give the CIA and NSA guys something to wonder about!)

Doin’ the hardware thang

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Searching Home Depot for a light fixture to replace one that failed.  I only had to walk the aisles twice before I found what I was looking for.  The staff is usually helpful, but I seldom ask where things are located, and the guys I did see working the floor were… shall we say…  not the type to make me break old habits and ask for help.  I hear so much about those stores, but I never see anything!  I must be going at the wrong hours.  ;-)

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