Juvenile Savannah Sparrow, Valdez, Alaska

Random Shots


WC has only limited bandwidth. Long posts are not an option. But here are some quick photos taken recently on a road trip. And maybe one more. Both the birds seemed to be begging for food from their parents, which suggests their parents might have recently left them to survive on their own. WC wishes…

Tammie Wilson, photo credit uknown

Tammie Wilson Tries Again


The Garbage Queen of Fairbanks is determined to attempt again to inflict her vision of local government on the citizens of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Tammie Wilson is running for Borough Mayor. Again. Let’s be clear about Tammie Wilson’s vision: Government is bad. Individual rights are absolutely preeminent, even if it means burning your…

A visual example of a 24 satellite GPS constellation in motion with the earth rotating. Notice how the number of satellites in view from a given point on the earth's surface, in this example at 45°N, changes with time. Via WikiCommons

Happy 20th Anniversary, GPS!


Today is the 20th anniversary of the Global Positioning System going live. We take it for granted today, but it remains one of the technological wonders of the modern world. The GPS system is a network of about 32 satellites that continuously broadcast the time and their location with extreme accuracy. The atomic clocks on…