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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It's Tuesday. Space Center News. Great Motivational Video. Just How Much Water is on Earth. The Imaginarium.

Hello Troops,
We had a two great missions today at the Space Center thanks to the superior students and teachers from Rocky Mt. Elementary School.  We still battle the computer glitch menace who likes to strike at the worse possible times - like during battle scenes.  At least I can blame the "intruders" or "ship damage" for the problems and not the buggy computer programs themselves. 

I was told I had 27 school days until my retirement.  Twenty seven days compared to 30 years; it seems so short.  I won't tell a lie,  I am looking forward to moving on to new adventures.  It is time to close one door and open another.  Here's to the future at Farpoint. I'm hoping you're coming along for the ride.  It will be amazing.
Caitlynn Stone, a Farpoint Cadet and all around great student, co-authored an an article recently published in the Huffington Post.  Yes folks, it doesn't get better than that.  Let's have a big Troubadour shout out for Caitlynn!!

Saving the Environment with Food Tubes
By Caitlynn Stone and Maria Pia Apestegui, High School Students at Laurel Springs School

As the world becomes globalized, we begin to share more than just media and information -- we also begin to share food. Long gone are the days where meals were determined by what was grown locally. In modern days, we can eat anything that we want, whenever we want. The versatility is certainly an advantage to everyone; however, it comes with a price, one that many people don't think about when buying imported or non-local foods. Many people don't realize it, but the transportation of food negatively affects the environment.  Read the rest of the article.

Just How Much Water is there on Earth?

Spheres representing all of Earth's water, Earth's liquid fresh water, and water in lakes and rivers

The drawings below show various blue spheres representing relative amounts of Earth's water in comparison to the size of the Earth. Are you surprised that these water spheres look so small? They are only small in relation to the size of the Earth. These images attempt to show three dimensions, so each sphere represents "volume." Overall, it shows that in comparison to the volume of the globe the amount of water on the planet is very small - and the oceans are only a "thin film" of water on the surface.  Read More to find out about the other small blue dots.

Was the Red Crucifix Seen in the Night Sky of 774 A.D. a Supernova?

All the way back in 774 AD, a mysterious red “crucifix” was discovered looming over the sky in Great Britain. Of course, this was over 1,000 years before the first camera or video recorder was invented, so the only evidence of its existence lies in old English manuscripts that charted the history of the Anglo-Saxons, a tribe that invaded (and eventually settled in) Britain in the early 5th century. Before now, its creation has been a long standing mystery for laypersons and scientists alike. Now, there is plethora of evidence that suggest that the eerie apparition was spawned from a undocumented supernova blast that littered the Earth’s atmosphere with inexplicable traces of carbon-14 — over 20 times the standard amount found on Earth at any given moment.  Read More

A Revealing Look at What Really Motivates You.

It's Time for the Imaginarium.

Are you ready to see how the common everyday person, is making the ordinary - extraordinary?

Take an ordinary mountain walkway and make it extraordinary.

When you need a lift, just tilt your microwave oven sideways.  It words every time.

Hiding a cell phone tower.

 A delicious snack.  White chocolate with pretzels and a yellow M&M.

So, what is it then?

Engineering: A
Outstanding "lift bridge" concept

Paper Art

The King Visits McDonalds

Now this is what I call a real man's shampoo!

 A  Fifth Grade boys idea of a dream house!

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