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FTV: Bell or Edison?

     Speaking strictly from our point of view in the year 2021, given all of the amazing devices we have (literally) at our fingertips, which of the two men mentioned in the title above deserves the highest accolades for influencing our world?  Alexander Graham Bell or Thomas Alva Edison?  Perhaps I can help you make a […]

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AstroCal – December 2021

       We will begin this month’s tour of astronomical happenings with the planets visible in the south-southwest and southwestern sky at dusk.  The brightest is Venus (magnitude – 4.7 on Dec 1 and -4.4 Dec 31) and located closest to the horizon to the lower right of Jupiter (mag. -4.7) and Saturn (mag. +1.5).  All […]

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From the Vaults: No TV!

       In one of the earlier segments of The Simpsons Tree House of Horrors, they do an extremely funny lampooning of The Shining (the Jack Nicholson version, only here called The Shinning).  After Marge discovers Homer’s writing consists of nothing more sinister than, “Feeling fine,”  she expresses cautious optimism about the situation.  A sudden flash […]

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AstroCal – November 2021

       We begin our look at November with Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn.  Venus continues to dominate the SW sky at dusk.  With the period of twilight lengthening throughout the fall, Venus will appear 3 degrees higher by the end of the month with a setting time that will average about 2.6 hours after sunset.  Viewed […]

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FTV: Wilderness Hiking

       The crew at the West Coast Bureau sent me a copy of one of William L. Sullivan’s numerous books about hiking the great Oregonian out-of-doors.  To best describe Sullivan’s passion for the topic of hiking in the wilderness, let me offer the following summary from the back cover of his 1988 opus Listening for […]

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