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Dark Arts

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Our family friend is in medical school. He let it slip that there’s a med school course—two courses, in fact—in Non-Treatment 101 and 102. It’s is a well kept secret, like Dark Arts classes at Hogwarts. As you will guess, these classes are inhumanities electives. Very popular. Non-Treatment 101 teaches doctors how to keep a […]

No Solicitors

No Solicitors

dramatic re-enactment A knock on the door. John answers. John: Hi, what’s up? Solicitor: Hello sir, can you help us out? We’re selling, um… The solicitor stops speaking. There is a brief pause. John: We’re having a physical therapy session. Solicitor: Right! Okay! Bye! Note to schools, summer programs, etc.: please don’t make your kids […]

Now I Am Five

Now I Am Five

I have been living with my humans for a year now. They made today my birthday. I didn’t tell them different because I don’t know. So now I am five. I get two meals and two walks every day, and I get a treat each time the humans have their meal. I think the treat […]

Use Me

Use Me

Camelot & Vine has hit the big time! I’m dealing with some of the same issues that the big New York publishers deal with! 23 cents may seem cheap. But wait. Here’s Diana Gabaldon’s huge hit, Outlander: I doubt she minds. Her book has been made into a big cable TV hit, with gorgeous stars […]

A Charter Invitation

A Charter Invitation

I would take them up on this. Really, I would. It’s about $115 less than what we were paying Charter when we canceled—on January 21st, 2009. But we canceled for obvious reasons. Read the Full Story at Pasadena Daily Photo

Mt. Wilson Observatory: A Great Adventure

Mt. Wilson Observatory: A Great Adventure

The grand finale of the Mt. Wilson Observatory tour is the 100-inch telescope. Here, Edwin Hubble worked to discover his theory of the expansion of the universe. Yep. Major important stuff. Notice anything different about how the roof of this facility opens, as opposed to the roof at the 60-inch I posted about the other […]

Mount Wilson: The 60-Inch Telescope

Mount Wilson: The 60-Inch Telescope

When I said Craig Woods has the keys to Mount Wilson, I meant he has all the keys. He took us inside the housing for the 60-inch telescope. I love that he can flip a switch and the motorized roof opens like the mouth of a big, mechanical monster. Anyone walking by can hear it […]

Mount Wilson: Solar Telescope

Mount Wilson: Solar Telescope

The Solar Telescope at Mount Wilson is still used for studying sunspots.  Great strides have been made in this science here. The telescope is…tall. And look what a beautiful day it was! I didn’t alter this photo one bit. Craig Woods, our guide, has been up in the elevator. We were forbidden to go. I’m […]

Mount Wilson: Science in Transition

Mount Wilson: Science in Transition

The Mount Wilson Observatory was founded in 1904 by George Ellery Hale, who encouraged the likes of Edwin Hubble and who also had a great deal to do with the way Pasadena looks today. Think the city center plaza and City Hall. Think Caltech. Thank you, Mr. Hale. More than 100 years later important astronomical research continues […]

Birthday Adventure 4

Birthday Adventure 4

This is an engine. I think we can all agree on that. But do you know where this engine is? This is a rheostat. It’s in the room next to the engine. Do you know where that room is? If it’s not obvious what these are, you’re too young to read. But where are they? […]

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