Tropical Depression 6 UPDATE

It still doesn’t amount to much yet, but Tropical Depression 6, with winds of 35 mph, could become Tropical Storm Florence later today. Let’s see what happens.

It’s still a long way from anywhere, and let’s hope it stays that way.

Image from The Weather Channel

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!

How did Labor Day begin? According to the US Department of Labor, there is still some doubt as to who proposed the holiday.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

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What A Find!

Some manuscripts have been found and are dated to be the earliest ones of composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Dated to be written in 1700, when Bach was only 15, demonstrate his musical ability and genius at an early age. They contain arrangments of other composers’ works and are arranged for the organ. They are very musically demanding.

Image by Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

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Here We Go Again

I don’t want to run this in the ground, but let’s follow this one and see what it does over the next several days. This can be kind of interesting, although I hope it doesn’t amount to too much.

Image from The Weather Channel

You can follow the storm’s path on The Weather Channel home page.

Crash on the Moon

The European Space Agency successfully launched a spacecraft to the moon and over a three year mission tested such technologies as a low-thrust ion engine. Cool. Star Trek rules again. It orbited the moon for months taking readings and high resolution pictures of the moon’s surface. It was luanched in September 2003, and scientists deliberately crashed it today.

Photo credits AP/ESA/Yahoo

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The Wiki Bandwagon

I’ve decided to step onto the Wiki bandwagon. I have a teacher friend who has a classroom full of wireless laptops she received last year with a Title IID grant. She also got a set of CPS units this year, and her students are going wild with them! A CPS unit is a set of little remote control “clickers” that students can use to answer questions. The software package can keep up with the correct/incorrect answers a student gives. I want to introduce this teacher to the world of a Wiki, possibly beginning by just giving them a place to host essay paragraphs, definitions, maybe some pictures, etc. I’ve done a little reading about it today, and I think I’m going to give it a try. I think I’ll start by doing the Lifehacker “introduction” to wikis. I’ve got one set up on my home computers now that is not on the Web. I think this can be a good way to get started. To read the Lifehacker page on personal computer wikis, click here. It took me a few minutes to figure out the “server” side software as the command line commands didn’t exactly work as notated on the site. However, once I got going things were pretty simple!

Heading North

Ernesto is headed north after making landfall in North Carolina last night. It’s still got some gusty winds and is delivering rainfall on the order of 3-6 inches. It will be bringing winds to the Virginia area and interacting with some weather in southern Canada and heading into New England.

Bye-bye, Ernesto.

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