July 17, 2012
european lottery, Ghana, internet scams, Nigerian prince, scams
Oh my… Rolland from Ghana wants to be my friend.
I’m pretty sure this is about the same thing as the Nigerian prince who needs me to help him move a few million dollars (or something). Or like the emails I get telling me I’ve won 150,000 Euros in the lottery there (that I never bought a ticket for).
If that’s really “Rolland”, he sure sent the right picture to get my attention! Too bad (for him) that I don’t fall for such come-ons. But if he wasn’t on the other side of the planet….
July 13, 2012
commentary, Gay, Personal
Adam Bouska, gay marriage, lgbt rights, NOH8 Campaign
Friday the 13th. Not scary at all. A bit nervous, perhaps, meeting a photographer of Adam Bouska’s caliber, and having him take my picture, but that went well, and the ominous date faded to a faint memory as the event kicked off (not that I’m superstitious or anything). Adam is a friendly guy, obviously talented (look at the NOH8 pics!), and he and his team have the shoots humming along like a well-oiled machine. Even got a hug at the end of my shoot! He and his partner are both genuinely nice, friendly guys, and made all of us feel at ease, even as they kept the line moving. With almost 800 people who Facebooked a RSVP to attend, there’s a lot of pictures to take!
If you’d like to have your picture taken, be sure and check out the NOH8 Campaign‘s site, and see if they’re coming to a city near you soon! If so, get in line like the rest of us, and join in the campaign.
Larger images of the above pictures after the jump.
July 12, 2012
commentary, Gay, News
Adam Bouska, NOH8, NOH8 Campaign, The Big Red Church
Famed photographer Adam Bouska will take his NOH8 Campaign open photo shoot to Fresno, California, Friday July 13th. Held from 5pm to 8pm at The Big Red Church, donations to the NOH8 Campaign are $40 per single, and $25 per person for group shots.
For complete information, visit the NOH8 Campaign website.
I’ll be there, look for the tall skinny almost bald guy!
July 9, 2012
Ken Block, San Francisco, stunt driving
Have you ever driven the streets of San Francisco? Have you ever wished you could clear them of traffic and pedestrians, and just hammer-down and fly?
Well, Ken Block did just that.
(insert usual warnings about professional driver on a closed course… don’t you dare try anything like this yourself!) (unless you get all the clearances, insurance, backers, etc first!)
And he’s doing it in a Focus!
Ok, a car that might have started life off as a Focus, but I wonder how much of the original is left? Or is it really just a hot-rod with the fiberglass body of a Focus? Whatever, it looks like fun.
July 4, 2012
42, CERN, Higgs Boson, Large Hadron Collider, LGH, quantum physics, the God Particle
A rendering from the LHC that might represent a decaying Higgs boson. (Image: CERN)
WARNING: This is so far above both our heads, that we’ll probably get cramps in our necks trying to see it.
Scientists at The Large Hadron Collider, in Geneva, Switzerland, are announcing the discovery of what appears to be the Higgs Boson. They’re claiming “Sigma 5″ confidence, which means they’re 99.9999% sure they’ve discovered evidence of a particle that behaves exactly as predicted for the Higgs Boson. Apparently they didn’t find the particle itself, but have detected the expected decay energy of a Higgs Boson.
I’m not even going to try to explain any of it, I’d probably just get it wrong, anyway. Go first to this site, Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy, then to this site, The Mother Nature Network, for much better explanations than I could ever come up with.
You’ve heard of this particle before. Sure you have. This is “The God Particle“. See, I knew you’d heard of it. I don’t know if this is 42 or not, or the grand unifier, but it is a huge leap forward for particle and quantum physics.
It’s also an important indicator of something else.