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Entries from July 2011

Attitudes at the Amazing Meeting

July 22nd, 2011 · 8 Comments

I didn’t do or read of any surveys, but based on the discussions and questions, I brought back the following impressions from the Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas. The focus on the meeting was “Science, Skepticism and Critical Thinking”. Many different topics were discussed, but the beliefs of the participants probably roughly went this way, […]

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Tags: Opinion

The Amazing Meeting

July 15th, 2011 · 9 Comments

I’m in Las Vegas this weekend at The Amazing Meeting. The Amazing Meeting is sponsored by The Amazing Randi. Randi has been a magician for over 50 years, and like Houdini before him has devoted the later years of his life to debunking psychics, faith healers and other scams. There are over 1600 people at […]

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Tags: Family Updates · Opinion

Going Solar

July 13th, 2011 · 7 Comments

About once a year I check the price of adding solar photo-voltaics on my roof, and every year decide that it’s still too expensive, and the payback is too far out. This year things finally look good enough, with payback estimated to be about 10 years. Tax credits and utility company rebates cut the cost […]

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Tags: Computers, Tech & Science · Family Updates


July 6th, 2011 · 12 Comments

We had a huge, gigantic dust storm (or “Haboob” in Arabic) hit the Phoenix area last night. TV stations reported that it was 7000 feet high, and 50 miles wide. It came into the city like a huge wall, almost a tsunami of dust. One minute the sun was shining, and the next it was […]

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Tags: Family Updates