June, 2012

  1. Timelapse of Boulder’s Flagstaff Fire

    Colorado has some pretty intense wildfires “of epic proportions1” going on right now. It seems fortunate in that only one person has died thus far (from what I’ve been able to determine) and about 600 homes have been destroyed, but almost 150,000 acres of land have been burned in five separate fires that are still…

  2. Vaporizing Lake Washington

    Sometimes I wonder about interesting things, such as how much energy would it take to boil all the water of Lake Washington: The volume of Lake Washington is 2.89 km31 The average lake temperature is 9.71°C2 It takes 4.19 Joules to raise the temperature of 1g of water by 1°C: 3 The density of water…

  3. Pixar Story Rules →

    In an effort to improve my story telling, I’m leaving this link here as a reference for my future self. I’m a big fan of #19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating. I’ve always hated stories that fall back on deus ex machina1. I…

  4. Stolen Plates

    Got a friendly knock on my door this morning from the police. Someone stole the plates off my car in the middle of the night. Who does that? Apparently car thieves who needed clean plates for the white Subaru they stole last week. At least they only took my plates, a trip to the License…