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Me Raising Children September 29, 2012

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Well, I hope it isn’t this bad.

 

Keep Science Alive! September 24, 2012


I am not one to get on my soap box and converse about different peoples point of views on the topic of science vs. religion and who is right and who is wrong but this morning when I woke up and opened the newspaper, the digital version, and saw Bill Nye in the Knoxville News Sentinel being attacked, I just knew I needed to write this. I am impartial on the topic of religion mainly because I do not follow any religion, thus you can’t say I am predisposed based on a type of religion. I simply trust in facts, and what can be scientifically proven I believe to be true. Now, I am not going to speak about theories or religions I just want people to know why it is important to teach our children about science.

As I was reading thru all the comments people were leaving on the newspaper article and all I could think about was the movie Idiocracy. If you haven’t seen it you should.

I cringe every time I hear people dismiss evolution. I would like to ask them to please explain to me the theory behind evolution. I think maybe less than 5% of them could explain to me what Darwin’s theory truly means and the rest of the 95% would say we came from monkeys. This is heartbreaking! The media has made us against each other on this topic and many do not even know what they are talking about. Please educate yourself on both sides of a topic before you take a stance on it.

I have always excelled in the subject of biology; I even won the state science fair in Kindergarten with my science project on the evolution of a butterfly. In college, the same was true. I even disproved my professors on many topics and changed the way they taught some subjects. I made straight 100% in all my science classes without fall. I was also raised in church. I went everyday and even won a pin for not missing any services for a year straight. I have read the Christian bible cover to cover. I studied this topic for over 13 years. Why am I stating this? I want people to know that I am educated on both sides of this subject.

As you can see I really like Biology

I have been studying Astronomy a lot this year and I have learned so much about the universe we live in. I am amazed at what I have learned in such a short amount of time and we are learning more and more about it every day. When I was in school Pluto was still a planet, poor Pluto you will be missed, but science changes as we gather more evidence. Anyways, I start out with a quote from newspaper article “The Earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old,” Nye said in an interview with The Associated Press. “It’s not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs. The Earth is proven to be about 4.54 billion years old. How do we know this? Well, if you study isotope dating (and not carbon isotope dating, which is good for tens of thousands of years only, not millions or billions of years as required for this particular problem) on solar system materials including meteorites and earth-origin materials yield an initial date of approximately 4.5 billion years for a large amount of items.

Why do I care if people misjudge the age of the planet you may ask. Well, I do not want us to stop learning and growing as people. I question everything people tell me. I do not believe in something because my parents told me or my teacher said it was true. I look at both sides of the subject and analyze the presented evidence and thus draw my own conclusion. Bill Nye states, “If we raise a generation of students who don’t believe in the process of science, who think everything that we’ve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate,” We need children to trust science and learn and grow from it for the greater good. We need cures for cancer and AIDS and many other illnesses that you can only get from knowing science.

 

In closing, parents please teach your children how to think and not what to think. Teach them to question everything and learn and think for themselves. Let them make up their own mind on what they want to believe and not what we want them to know.

 

 

Project 365: Week 48 September 23, 2012


 

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Week started off with a lot of rain!

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Battle wounds from trying to give a cat a pill.

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Date Night Sushi

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Mr. Mal had to get his teeth cleaned. This is him about an hour after waking up.

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Saw these guys at Wal-Mart, nope too freaking early!

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Went on the Tennessee Riverboat for their Deluxe Dinner Cruise

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Starting to feel like Fall!

 

 

 

 

 

Project 365: Week 47 September 16, 2012



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Taking pictures of the Tanning bed. Selling it on Craiglist because I never use it.

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Mr. Z treated me to dinner and dessert in the mountains last Sunday.

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Cleaned up my dining room, finally.

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Endless Shrimp at Red Lobster. I think he had about 65 of them, me none.

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 UT vs. Fl football game.

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Getting the fall decorations out.

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I purchased these paintings at an art auction about 3 years ago and never hung them, finally did!

 

UT vs. FL Gameday


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Last Saturday, was a “big orange” day in Knoxville. The University of Tennessee, my alumni, played the University of Florida. This is our biggest game of the year and it happens on the third Saturday of September. I haven’t been to a UT vs. FL game before and this is mainly because everyone wants to go, tickets are very expensive. The ticket scalpers were selling tickets for over $200/ticket, nuts. This year my father-in-law, who has season passes, was going to be out of town for business thus = free tickets for us! I was super excited because we finally had a chance pull a win. UT has been in a “building” period for some time now and haven’t won many games. Also, FL doesn’t have a very good team like they have had in the past, so we had a chance.

I’m not going to get into stats about the game just we played hard the first half. If we would have keep that up we maybe would have pulled out a win for Tennessee, but we lost 37-20. We still had a great time and the weather was perfect. It was nice just to do something together for a change.

Tip: If you’re going to the football game ride the KAT shuttle. Park in the Old City at Barley’s for free (under James White Parkway) and jump on the shuttle for $6 per person. Drops you off near the stadium then picks you up after the game all for $6. You can’t beat that price and you don’t have to deal with traffic.

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Amazing Astronomy! September 11, 2012


As some of you may know, this year I have been very fascinated with Astronomy. I purchased my first telescope off Craigslist in the spring of this year and recently purchased another kick butt telescope last week. I am now the proud mommy of the Meade LX90 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. This thing does everything! I will not bore you to tears you with the spec but just know it is remarkable! High-quality telescopes are not inexpensive and this one came at a high price. I had to sell my tanning bed, which I never used as you can see from my pictures.

Back to the reason I started this blog. I wanted to share what I have learned about the universe over the past few months. What I learned blew my mind. There is so much to learn and I feel like I just started and never will stop. Here are a few basic Astronomy facts:

  • Only one side of the Moon faces the Earth. The moons period of rotation is exactly the same as its period of orbit.
  • All the dents you see on the Moon are caused by asteroids and meteors colliding with it. The Moon doesn’t have an atmosphere to burn them up like the earth does.
  • All the stars in the sky could be suns. The only difference between a sun and star is a sun has planets rotating around them. Only 55% of Americans know the Sun is a star, sad.
  • Some of the stars in the sky are so far away that the light from them takes million of years to reach us.
  • All the planets pass Mars are gas giants. We couldn’t even land on them if we wanted to.
  • Saturn isn’t the only planet in our galaxy that has rings, Neptune does too.
  • We can see our own galaxy! Most people don’t know this mainly because they have never seen it due to light pollution, but we can see outer lining of the Milky Way on a clear dark night. It looks like a cloud in the night sky; however, if you use a good camera and let it collect a lot of light, it will show many different colors of the gases. 
  • Just because it is night time doesn’t mean the moon is out. Many people think the Moon only comes out at night and the Sun in the day. Well, they can both be out at the same time. Tonight the Moon will raise at 2:39 am and will set at 4:52 pm, so look in the sky today, you should see the moon with the sun.
  • We are so small in comparison to the universe! Look at the picture below that I borrowed from weirdwarp.com. Every picture has the Earth in it. At first we look big but then we end up looking like a spec of dust. 
  • There is a star, called Betelgeuse, that is 450,000,000 miles in diameter, and the Sun is just a dot compared to it. Now that’s really big.
  • Jupiter has 63 moons and Saturn has 60. The planet with the 3rd most moons is Uranus with only 27 moons, but that’s still a lot compared to Earth with only 1.
  • Even though Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun, temperatures can reach -280 degrees F. Since Mercury has almost no atmosphere, there is nothing to trap heat near the surface. Thus, the dark side of Mercury (the side facing away from the Sun) is very cold.
  • All the Planets are the same age, 4.5 billion years old.
  • The star Lucy is a huge diamond of 10 billion trillion trillion carats. That would make one large ring!

I guess that is enough facts for now. I could keep going and going but I don’t want to bore you to death. I just think the Universe is such an interesting place. If you find it as interesting as I. please let me know. I would love to chat and exchange knowledge.

 

Project 365: Week 46 September 9, 2012


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Enjoying Boomsday on Sunday

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Hubby playing games on the iPad with my snuggle bug.

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Happy Birthday!!!!!

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Playing with my camera settings 😉

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My new tattoo. The Tree of Life – Darwin

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I never win anything, but this time I did!

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Double date night