I Gave Verizon the Boot Just in Time… And Loving Me Some Google Fi.

Google’s Project Fi vs. Verizon. I’m going to start out with the fact that I have been unhappy with Verizon for more than two years. I have put up with their crappy overall attitude toward customers for too long. As a customer of about ten years, I was never happy with their customer service but … Continue reading I Gave Verizon the Boot Just in Time… And Loving Me Some Google Fi.

Idaho Falls Police Think DNA Works for Facial Identification

UPDATE: May 3rd, 2017 — New information to this case at bottom of article. Idaho Falls police need to stop watching sci-fi crime movies and pseudo-scientific crime scene investigation TV shows. I was watching ‘48 Hours: The DNA of a Killer‘ a couple of nights ago (aired April 15th but I DVR’d it). I was shocked at the amount of … Continue reading Idaho Falls Police Think DNA Works for Facial Identification

Goodbye Unity… The Linux community will miss you.

Starting with Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu will shift away from Unity as the default desktop and back to GNOME. Unity is a very popular desktop environment and many people will miss it. Thanks to the Canonical team, for all their work on this for all these years. There are great alternatives but as I have been using … Continue reading Goodbye Unity… The Linux community will miss you.

Massive Solar System Built to Scale in the Desert

This was too cool for me not to post. Our Solar System is so much larger than most people comprehend. This group decided to build a scale model in a seven mile section of the desert. Click above to watch a very well done video. Related Link: If the Moon Were Only One Pixel. Space is really, really, really, big. (I probably … Continue reading Massive Solar System Built to Scale in the Desert

Google Maps Ms. Pac-man takes me back in time (while wasting some).

I loved Google Maps April Fools Easter Egg. In case you haven’t seen it, go to Google Maps and you should see a Pac-man maze at the bottom where all the photo contributions usually are (on a mobile device, it is a Mr. Pac-man icon on the side). Click it and waste a little time today on … Continue reading Google Maps Ms. Pac-man takes me back in time (while wasting some).

I Don’t Want to Live in a World without Primes!

I used to work in a restaurant with my best friend. They had prime rib night once a week. My friend used to call it rib that was divisible by one or itself. Ba-dum-baaaaa! Until the past couple of years, I was never very interested by prime numbers; Never enough to bother trying to learn why … Continue reading I Don’t Want to Live in a World without Primes!

‘Four Virus!’ mobile device hijack… nice try scumbags!

I got a browser hijacker this morning on my phone. It claimed that my system is “heavily damaged by Four virus!” It pretends to be scary and dangerous, beeping my phone and pulse vibrating it continuously. It’s not really a scary virus. It is a scam message intended to scare you into clicking OK which … Continue reading ‘Four Virus!’ mobile device hijack… nice try scumbags!

Hey, Rand Paul. A Polygraph Test is Not a Lie Detector Test.

Senator Rand Paul wants the federal government to administer ‘lie detector tests’ in order to determine who leaked former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s communications transcripts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. (See end of post for video). Well Sen. Paul… A polygraph test is not a lie detector test. There is no such thing as a machine … Continue reading Hey, Rand Paul. A Polygraph Test is Not a Lie Detector Test.

What is this mini-cricket/grasshopper thing?

I took this picture of a bug in my front yard. It seems very cricket-like, tiny and aqua-marine colored. I have never seen a cricket with this coloration or size. Maybe the nymph phase. It has more slender length to width ratio than a cricket. There are a few of them and it seems they only … Continue reading What is this mini-cricket/grasshopper thing?

Sometimes Astronomers Come up with Perfect Names.

Astronomers have some oddly named astronomical objects. Scientists, in general have come up with many names that don’t exactly roll off the tongue very well. But sometimes they get it right… The Soap Bubble Nebula: This symmetric nebula, found in the constellation Cygnus, does look just like a soap bubble floating in a cloud of stars. … Continue reading Sometimes Astronomers Come up with Perfect Names.