Category: Pause and Refresh

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Today’s Special!

Nikola Tesla was born 157 years ago today in Serbia. His many inventions include the rotating magnetic field which led to the use of 3-phase alternating currents in the production and distribution of electrical energy through motors and generators. He also designed a high-voltage coreless transformer (Tesla Coil) which he planned to use for the…


followed-blog-500-1xThis blog has just tallied over 500 followers and I want to express my thanks to all of you for your support and insightful comments. You have provided technical advice, encouraged me with your comments and served as fine examples of what can be accomplished in the Blogosphere —Allan

The Bay Lights Project

On Tuesday, March 5th, 2013 at 8:30 p.m. PST the largest light sculpture in the world will be illuminated for the first time. 25,000 LED lights are attached to the vertical suspender cables of the San Francisco—Oakland Bay Bridge. At 1.8 miles wide and 500 feet tall the computer-controlled light show will be eight times the size of the Eiffel Tower’s 100th Anniversary light show.

You can click here to watch the festivities online starting at 7:30 p.m. PST. It will run everyday from dusk to 2 a.m. for the next two years. Watch the video below for a preview of the show.

The Reality Blog Award

Bill, over at The On Deck Circle, nominated me for the Reality Blog Award and I am honored to accept it. Last year Bill and I both wrote posts about the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders and posted them a day apart. I do not remember how we found each other’s post, but we started an online dialog that has been…

The Tag Blogathon

I received a tag from Brad @ for a Tag Blogathon. This is a new experience for me, but I am willing to give it a shot, so here are the rules: Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves. They must also answer the 11 questions the ‘tagger’ has set for them. They must create 11…

Distance and the Loneliness of the Dark Side of the Moon

Between the recent passing of Neil Armstrong and this weekend’s Blue Moon, the Apollo 11 mission has been in the forefront of my thoughts. While considering the enormous distance from the Earth to the Moon, I thought about the loneliness Michael Collins experienced while orbiting the Moon, alone, while his fellow astronauts were together on the surface.…

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