Sunday, December 23, 2007

Cookie time

These might look like cookies that Ashleigh and Denise are making but actually its cheesecake cut-outs dipped in chocolate. Can you guess which one of these 3 pictures someone was a tad stressed?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

When the City and the Town Meet

This is what happens when the City Lakers and the Townies get together on a winter night in December! More buffoonery and plenty of laughing at the Basket Factory, where at one time, they made baskets...go figure!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

bench test

Built a new work bench in the basement so I thought I would post a pic of it. Sure beats working on stuff in the cold garage. If you need any stuff worked on stop over!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Rockin Saturday

Got a dose of the Headers Saturday night at Attitudes, even Mike & Faith came. Claudia, Denise and Steve danced almost every song!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Traffic alert Delta flight 914

Denise and Maria flew home from Atlanta on a Delta MD-88, flight 914 Monday night after a long first leg from LAX. This is what the air traffic controller sees as they head north for Buffalo in a very busy airspace. Thanks to the ATCmonitor web sight ( I was able to spot the flight shortly after take off as you can see by the orange arrow. Now if i can just figure out how to communicate with the pilot, second thought probably not a good idea.

There is Boating in December!

Spencer and Annette discovered that people actually do go boating in the month of December! However, if you were thinking about taking a "dip" may find some strange looking creatures swimming next to you! (I am not sure you would find one of these in Lake O.)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Secret Santa

While I was away, a gift bag mysteriously appeared on our front porch. Dan does not know who left this for us or when. It was obvious when I opened it that they new me well. The tag reads "Enjoy the holiday season". Thats it. Nothing else. So whoever you are please let me know so I can thank you- and by the way- it will look awesome on my tree!

Sunday, December 02, 2007


This super cool photo shows transonic airflow around the Blue Angels F-18 with superb clarity. Unlike many similar photos - popular as computer wallpaper - that reveal only condensation in the expansions following the shock waves, here we see the shocks themselves by way of background distortion. This works best when the background has strong light-dark boundaries, as in the case of the white boats against the dark water. The shock wave pattern is complicated over the wings and tail, but note the single shock which terminates a local supersonic-flow region generated by the canopy. Also the white water following the shock wave system is caused (I think) by the fact that moving shock waves drag an airflow behind them that is strong enough in this case to whip the water into froth. Finally, the shocks above and below the aircraft tail have a distinctly “glassy” appearance. To me this is the most fascinating thing about this photo. On those rare occasions when you can see them, shock waves in air look just like streaks in glass. Both are invisible unless revealed by background distortion. If you click on the photo all of this might be easier to see as it makes it bigger on your screen.