Keith Combs' Blahg

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  • Blog Post: Spring has arrived in Texas

  • Blog Post: What do you get with 25 years of Texas heat?

    A big fat bill.  Yep, after 25 years of apparently pretty good service, the old air conditioner gave out.  Now for those of you that don’t live in Texas, let me give you a clue.  Air conditioning in the summer is a top priority.  Pretty much everything else takes a back seat until...
  • Blog Post: Now this is a hailstorm!

    I heard about this storm dropping 2-4’ of hail, but dismissed it until I started checking the Tornado forecast for the weekend.  I stumbled across this photo taken Wednesday by the National Weather Service in Amarillo, Texas.  Yikes!!!  I hope I never see that kind of hail.
  • Blog Post: Earth Day is April 22

    In honor of the upcoming Earth Day on April 22, here's a video that illustrates the beauty of our home, and why you should care. Pay no attention to the Great White having a snack.
  • Blog Post: Spaceworld - taking the NASA tour via Photosynth

    You are probably getting ready to see all sorts of blogs posts on this because frankly, Photosynth is very very cool. Photosynth uses hundreds of standard digital camera images to construct a three-dimensional view of an environment or "synth". These synths can be explored much like a video game, allowing...
  • Blog Post: So it wasn't cell phone use - Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD)

    If you weren't aware, there's a fascinating but really bad problem occurring in the US. Roughly 25% of the honey bees in America died. This creates a serious problem for agriculture and the after effects will hit us very soon (at the supermarket). For more background, see http://www.msnbc.msn.com...
  • Blog Post: The Oldest Trees on Earth

    Wired has a really cool article with pictures of the oldest and biggest trees on our planet.  See http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/03/old-tree-gallery/all/ for the full gallery and a short write-up on each.  General Sherman is pictured below.  If you are ever in California, give...
  • Blog Post: Plains Milky Way by Randy Halverson

    Be sure to click Plains Milky Way or the picture above for Randy Halverson’s amazing video work.  You won’t be sorry.  When you start playing the video at his site, be sure to go full screen with the HD video.  Very kewl.
  • Blog Post: Just when I thought winter was history...

    If you don't like the weather in Texas, wait a few hours.  Just when I thought spring was here for good, Old Man Winter decides to blow one last time before we retire him until next November.  I've seen it snow here in Dallas as late as 3/15 so the fact it's snowing outside right now is still...
  • Blog Post: IBM Centennial Film: They Were There - People who changed the way the world works

    THINK
  • Blog Post: I Dodged Tornados Tonight

    I'm in the beautiful US state of Tennessee. I started this week on Monday in Knoxville which is the far eastern portion of the state. After I completed my Angelbeat event there, I headed to Nashville. I must admit I enjoyed the drive. This state has a lot of terrain I would love to explore. I need to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Goes to Space

    This is pretty interesting.  Friday a Windows Phone 7 device took a 90mph ride on a balloon to an altitude of 18,235 meters (over 60,000 feet).  I don’t know if that’s technically space but it’s a lot higher than you can throw an iPhone 4.  It landed 47 miles downrange.  This was...
  • Blog Post: 100 degrees at my house today - splash

    My weather station hit 100 today. That marks the beginning of Summer in my book. Glad my pool is in ship shape and ready for swimming. I should have just grabbed the screenshot of weather.com yesterday. The entire US looked like it was sun burnt with red 80's, 90's and 100 degree temps all across...
  • Blog Post: Here Comes the Hammer

  • Blog Post: A Hailstorm the size of Texas

    The picture says it all, but you would not believe the front the blew through Texas this evening.  It rained hail across the state like most people, even in Texas, have never seen before. When was the last time you saw a front stretch from the Red River to the Rio Grande?
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope – screencast now available

    Early this morning I downloaded the new WorldWide Telescope application from Microsoft Research. After exploring the galaxies, I decided this would be a cool screencast to demo the application for those of you that might not otherwise download, install and begin exploring. Your children are going to...
  • Blog Post: You know you want it - LEGO® Shuttle Expedition

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004ZWKWQQ
  • Blog Post: Before you buy, know your WEI

    Burn that little saying in your brain. Have you ever purchased something you never were completely satisfied with? I made my first major mistake on a Chevy truck. Not because it was a Chevy, but because I cut corners and instead of getting the V8 I wanted, I opted for the V6 to save a few bucks. The...
  • Blog Post: Any birders out there?

    My Cedar Waxwings arrived a couple of days ago. I'll have to see if they hang around and finish off my Yaupon Holly berry's. They usually come by my house around this time each year as they migrate back north. By the way, the picture at right is probably the best picture I've ever seen of a Waxwing....
  • Blog Post: Diamond Planet Discovered - Space Race On

    I can see it now.  Suddenly NASA gets new funding to send probes to the recently discovered diamond planet called “55 Cancri e”.  Here’s an excerpt from the story in Yale News: “New research led by Yale University scientists suggests that a rocky planet twice Earth's size orbiting a nearby...
  • Blog Post: See? Bill has a great sense of humor!

    "President Bok, former President Rudenstine, incoming President Faust, members of the Harvard Corporation and the Board of Overseers, members of the faculty, parents, and especially, the graduates: I’ve been waiting more than 30 years to say this: “Dad, I always told you I’d come...
  • Blog Post: I want to go 4000 miles per hour

  • Blog Post: Katrina Retrospective: 5 Years After the Storm

    On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast. Five years later, NASA revisits the storm with a short video that shows Katrina as captured by satellites. Before and during the hurricane's landfall, NASA provided data gathered from a series of Earth observing satellites to help...
  • Blog Post: 20 Years of Inventing the Future

    In the 20 years since it was founded, Microsoft Research has grown from a small group of researchers to approximately 1,000 computer scientists at research labs on four continents. During this growth, the mission of Microsoft Research has remained persistent: to advance the state of the art of computer...
  • Blog Post: On this date in 1903...

    The Wright brothers ushered in manned flight. A few years later I was born.