On Thursday July 20, 2006 the following photos were taken by some of my coworkers in and around the Kennedy Space Center in East-Central Florida. This impressive waterspout was only a mile or so from the building where I work. I only got to see the waterspout with my own eyes because when the tornado alarm went off I was in a meeting in a temporary trailer and we all had to move from the trailer to a permanent structure. We all got to see the waterspout as soon as we exited the trailer.
For those Northerners reading this: Waterspouts are tornados over water. They usually break up pretty fast when they hit land. They’re fairly whimpy tornados over water. The water helps feed them, and they can’t maintain themselves over land.
If you’re kinda geeky like me, and don’t mind looking through a virtual microscope for the good of science, you need to check out StardustAtHome! It’s pretty cool!
What’s in it for me?
“The discoverer of an interstellar dust particle will appear as a co-author on scientific papers by the Stardust@home collaboration announcing the discovery of the particle. The discoverer will also have the privilege of naming the particle!”
I’ve looked through my fair share of microscopes in my old failure analysis job, and this is actually quite fun for me. I would suggest that anyone who has 10 or 15 minutes to spare every day during their lunch break ought to review stardust samples too. You might just discover something “out of this world”!
If you’ve never seen household appliances or heavy lawn equipment catapulted hundreds of feet through the air for entertainment purposes, you need to check out http://www.acmecatapult.com/
Aside from the fact that the ACME Catapult was designed and built by my stepdad and his buddies, and also aside from the fact that I created this particular website for them, I think you’ll like it anyways.
Here are links to two pretty decent videos of the ACME Catapult on (Google Video) YouTube:
(Sample screen capture of Leucht genealogy site)
I’ve launched a new Leucht genealogy website. Check it out here:http://www.leucht.com/genealogy/
If you are family and just want to look at the data, log in using the standard family username and password that you’ve used elsewhere on leucht.com. If you don’t know (or forgot) the standard family username and password, just email or call me and I’ll let you know what it is.
For those who want to be able to actually edit or submit new data, you will have to register as a new user. I know the user interface can feel a bit overwhelming, but I didn’t write the software so it can’t be helped. To request a new user account, just click “Login”, then click “Request new user account”. Then type in your name and some other minor information and submit the form. I’ll approve you as a user ASAP!
Dateline: September 16th, 2004
Karsten James Leucht is born via scheduled C-Section at 7:47am!!! He weighs 8 lbs 1 oz and is 20 inches long. Mom and Dad and Elijah and Karsten are all doing wonderfully! Go to the Baby Pages for more info and photos!!!