Plan B

The original intent of this site was to be a place where I can post writings on various public issues of personal concern. A column, of sorts – focused on education, politics, science, technology, and whatever else tickles my fancy. Obviously, I’m still working out a few kinks in the system.

What I hope will come out of all this is a weekly updated column with thought-provoking articles and a better layout. I hope you (and by you I’m pretty sure I’m talking to three people) will enjoy the site, so please don’t hesitate to provide some feedback or comment on the articles.




Buttered toast always lands butter-side down. Cats always land on thier feet. These principles lie at the very heart of our understanding of reality. This leads us to today's


If you strap a piece of buttered toast to the back of a cat and drop it, the Universe, for a moment, shatters.


Physics is Phun!

Okay, how fast do you suppose one has to ride a racing bike to blow one of its skinny 120psi tires?


That's right, It was parked. In a closet. With no rider.

I'm a big guy, and I'm used to blowing tires. I was thinking of making a bead curtain out of all my old innertubes, but they're sort of grimy. But this was just shocking! I rode it 10 miles, hauled it upstairs, parked it in the closet, changed clothes, and was on my computer when I heard a pop and a hiss that scared the hell out of me. I thought some important bit in my AC unit had blown, and I would soon succumb to a slow freon death




Hubble Ultra Deep Field

This is one of the most spectacular pictures ever taken - the Hubble Ultra Deep Field. In short, this picture is the farthest into space man has ever peered. What is so amazing about the picture is this: Only five points of light in this photograph are in our own galaxy. Everything else is another galaxy millions upon millions of light years away. The picture was taken over the course of 400 hubble orbits of the Earth, adding to a total exposure time of over 1 million seconds. If this doesn't give you a sense of scale, nothing will.