Friday, August 8, 2008


We host many wasps in our pond in the back yard. They seem to enjoy going for the
occasional dip. Now I don't really mind if they come for a quick swim and a drink, but things got serious when they start stinging my kids and building condos in the toy chest.

The local hardware store carries some wasp killing chemicals. Enter ULTRA-KILL:

Interesting how Ultra-Kill is the brand, not the product name. What else do these guys make?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I Love Rockets

I have been keeping an eye on the new NASA moon program. There is a lot going on there which isn't getting much publicity. They are working on new hardware the likes of which we havn't really seen since the 60's. Check out this test firing of the emergency escape motor for the Orion capsule:

It is very short, but packs a lot of power!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Fun in the Sun

It's been a while since I have posted. My wife and I were actually able to go out and have some fun over the weekend, so I thought I would share some cools stuff in Denver:

The Denver Botanic Gardens were pretty good. I wasn't expecting much, and was favorably impressed. Lots of native and Colorado tolerant plants. Many were labeled (but I was recently informed that they labels are often incorrect) There are a number of water features, and a fair Japanese style garden (especially considering the Denver climate). Admission was a bit steep ($10.50) but parking was free and convenient. There are numerous small paths around the gardens. Some of them are unpaved giving a more intimate feel. It is mostly stroller accessible. I didn't catch the membership fees, but if I lived closer it would probably be the way to go. I am sure the scenery changes throughout the seasons. There are fees for professional photographers (which are a bit steep if you ask me)
One down side was that they host many weddings there. The had signs up to close many of the attractions for ongoing ceremonies. We were fortunate to be there between most of the weddings and got full access.
One pleasant surprise was the abundance and variety of bees we saw. I imagine they were just about the happiest bees around with all the flowers available.

More later.