Monthly Archives: January 2007

Should we be concerned about Global Warming?

I found a good global warming portal:

 http://www.climateark.org/

Here are some Christian Sites on global warming:

http://www.tonycampolo.org/media.php

To see what Christians are saying about the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” – check out:

http://restoringeden.org/

http://www.creationcare.org/

Also Tony Campola has an excellent podcast on global warming (1/17/2007) – available to download and listen to (for free) on Itunes

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How to calculate the Date of Easter

It is actually quite easily done:

see http://aa.usno.navy.mil/faq/docs/easter.php

Computing the Date of Easter

The rule is that Easter is the first Sunday after the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after March 21. The lunar cycles used by the ecclesiastical system are simple to program. The following algorithm will compute the date of Easter in the Gregorian Calendar system.

The algorithm uses the year, y, to give the month, m, and day, d, of Easter. The symbol * means multiply.

Please note the following: This is an integer calculation. All variables are integers and all remainders from division are dropped. For example, 7 divided by 3 is equal to 2 in integer arithmetic.

    c = y / 100
    n = y - 19 * ( y / 19 )
    k = ( c - 17 ) / 25
    i = c - c / 4 - ( c - k ) / 3 + 19 * n + 15
    i = i - 30 * ( i / 30 )
    i = i - ( i / 28 ) * ( 1 - ( i / 28 ) * ( 29 / ( i + 1 ) )
        * ( ( 21 - n ) / 11 ) )
    j = y + y / 4 + i + 2 - c + c / 4
    j = j - 7 * ( j / 7 )
    l = i - j
    m = 3 + ( l + 40 ) / 44
    d = l + 28 - 31 * ( m / 4 )

For example, using the year 2010,
y=2010,
c=2010/100=20,
n=2010 – 19 x (2010/19) = 2010 – 19 x (105) = 15, [see note above regarding integer calculations]
etc. resulting in Easter on April 4, 2010.

The algorithm is due to J.-M. Oudin (1940) and is reprinted in the Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac, ed. P. K. Seidelmann (1992). See Chapter 12, “Calendars”, by L. E. Doggett.

The following are dates of Easter from 1980 to 2024:

1980  April 6        1995  April 16         2010  April 4

1981  April 19       1996  April 7          2011  April 24

1982  April 11       1997  March 30         2012  April 8

1983  April 3        1998  April 12         2013  March 31

1984  April 22       1999  April 4          2014  April 20

1985  April 7        2000  April 23         2015  April 5

1986  March 30       2001  April 15         2016  March 27

1987  April 19       2002  March 31         2017  April 16

1988  April 3        2003  April 20         2018  April 1

1989  March 26       2004  April 11         2019  April 21

1990  April 15       2005  March 27         2020  April 12

1991  March 31       2006  April 16         2021  April 4

1992  April 19       2007  April 8          2022  April 17

1993  April 11       2008  March 23         2023  April 9

1994  April 3        2009  April 12         2024  March 31

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Make art and relieve Stress

http://www.jacksonpollock.org/

and start pressing buttons and moving the mouse around!

Jackson Pollock  dealt with his disabilities by making abstract art.

 Pollock was an individual impatient with anything other than the most direct route to a goal. This is typical of someone severely injured early on by life. Pollock was born strangled by the cord, an event that left him with mild learning and motor disabilities, and most probably, a precocious vulnerability to alcohol. Such persons tend always to be seeking, at least unconsciously, the reasons for their affliction. The outward manifestation of this is what I call an aggressive essentialism. It is the psychological equivalent of political radicalization: that is, when a person is so afflicted by injustice that life is meaningless until equity is restored. Restoring equity, for Pollock then, was to get to the bottom of things at the cost of all intervening superficialities. In Pollock’s art, this is symbolized by the laying bare of the historical process by which each work was created. Its stages are clearly visible, most often literally “down to the weave” of the canvas — thus the title of the lecture, and the book I am writing.

http://www.artchive.com/artchive/P/pollock.html

…but is throwing paint around really a way to  feel better?

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Free stuff for our rocketship

A good source for heavy free things is Craig’s list – an excellent classified ad site.

You will want to get to your local site so choose your state from the state list.

Now under the For Sale listings – select free.

Now type in your city in the search for box – and you will find a listing of free stuff in your own kneck of the woods! Diving boards, TVs, pianos, sofas, firewood, mattresses, and furniture all popped up in my search! All useful stuff for comfortable living in a space ship!

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The Night Side of the Moon movies

What is this  airplane on the moon doing there?

Here’s the answer.

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Hello world!

We are going to the moon! My sister, who lives in Guelph Canada, gave me a book Destination Moon by Rod Pyle which is a beautiful book with first hand accounts of the Apollo Mission. This blog is dedicated to spectacular missions – the mission to the moon, the mission to alpha centauri, and the mission to wonder about spectacular missions. My mission.

The MoonThe Moon Moon

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