Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Video: Life on Earth – David Attenborough

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

See how evolution created all life on Earth.  Note how development of our technology is identically equal to this process.

Life on Earth – 01 The Infinite Variety 

Life on Earth – 02:  Building Bodies



Mars Direct Mission Plan

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Saharan Dust Cloud Traveling West Across Atlantic

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Capuchin Monkey Experiment

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

This video is mislabeled as an experiment in unequal pay.  It is just natural social response behavior in small groups.

Bed Bug Billy – Gotta Scratch That Itch – My Strategy Against Bed Bugs

Thursday, June 20th, 2013


The solution that finally gave relief is diagrammed below. This trap works on the principle that bed bugs can not climb on slippery surfaces such as the plastic sheeting utilized. After implementing it the bedbugs that I found in the morning looked more emaciated by the week. At first they regularly showed up every morning.  Within 3 weeks they were not showing up in the morning any more on any sort of regular basis.  After about 1 month they stopped showing up in the morning except for one at the 2 month mark.   This solution is a good one because replacing the mattress would have resulted in it being infested by the hold outs in the carpet. 

PLEASE NOTE:  Your sheets and blankets must stay on the top flat surface of the bed. Avoid draping over the edge of the bed or you will give your little friends a way to latch on and climb up to feast on you.

Bed-Bug-Trap-that-works:  It utilizes the principle that bed bugs can not walk on slippery surfaces

This video shows how vulnerable they are to slippery surfaces.  Once on his back he can not right himself.

Links – In use

Discontinued Strategies

Heating Strategies

Mattress Heating Strategy #1:  Plastic sealing up 10x10x10 cube around mattress and box spring. 2 1500 watt heaters on.  Only made it up to 94 degrees on a 70 degree day.  Need better heaters!.  Plastic Sheeting from Home Depot used.

Mattress Heat treat strategy parts required

  • SSR (solid state relay)
  • metal pipe 3 feet long minimum
  • slippery box spring stands to get the bed up off the floor
  • Heat gun

Other Strategies 




We are occupying BedBugLandia.  Thus the correct attitude is continuing vigilance. I woke up bite free after initial application of above noted measures. I found 2 bedbug Billys at the base of the bed.  Vacuumed around the base of the bed and did an inter mattress inspection.  It's going to be a long occupation.


Video: Canyonlands – Amazing photography of the southwest with music and no yak yak

Friday, November 27th, 2009

CanyonLands Video

Video: Australia – New Holland – The Land that Time forgot.

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Beautiful scenery of the continent of Australia.

Video: Magic Weed – History Of Marijuana

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The moving rocks of Racetrack Playa a seasonally dry lake located in the Panamint Mountains Death Valley NationalPark

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008


The moving rocks, also known as sliding rocks or sailing stones, are a geological phenomenon found in Racetrack Playa, a seasonally dry lake (a playa) located in the Panamint Mountains in Death Valley NationalPark, California. The rocks move across the surface of the playa, leaving long tracks behind them as they go, without human or animal intervention. They have never been seen or filmed in motion.

Racetrack rocks only move once every two or three years and most tracks last for just three or four years. Rocks with rough bottoms leave straight striated tracks while those with smooth bottoms wander.
Most of the moving stones originate from an 850 foot (260 m) high hillside made of dark dolomite on the south end of the playa, but some are intrusive igneous rock from adjacent slopes. Tracks are often tens to hundreds of feet (low to high tens of meters) long, a few to 12 inches (8 to 30 cm) wide, and typically less than an inch (2.5 cm) deep.
Over the years there were many speculations and possible explanations made on how the stones move, ranging from supernatural to very complex. Most hypotheses favoured by interested geologists posit that strong winds when the mud is wet are at least in part responsible. But some stones weigh as much as a human, which some researchers feel is too heavy for the area’s wind to move. They maintain that ice sheets around the stones either help to catch the wind or move in ice flows.
But both theories don’t explain how two rocks right next to each other could go in two opposite directions or one could stay put while the one three times the size, doesn’t. So far every attempt of explanation has been insufficient and purely assumptive. The mystery of moving rocks is yet to be revealed.



Yellow Caterpillar on Creosote Bushes – White lined Sphinx moth – Hiles lineata

Monday, August 18th, 2008

On my run today I noticed alot of yellow with black stripe caterpillars on the creosote bushes along the jeep trail at south mountain park.   

I found this photo on the web.  It is a bit more green but is the caterpillar I saw.  Common Caterpillars of SE Arizona   ( amazing photos of Arizona Caterpillars )




 This is what he turns into later in life.  

I have always liked moths.  They aren't as showy was a butterfly but they get the job done.


White-lined Sphinx moth, Hiles lineata