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Field Artillery Training: Observation 3

The manuals (Field Service Pocket Book and Field Artillery Training) provide the following tips to help spot troops:


God's Gift

Dear Fellow Bloggers and Readers,

Wish you all a very Janamashtami! I saw this lovely scene outside a temple today. Flowers are, I think, God’s greatest gift to mankind. 8 more words


Short story and title photo by Wanda Sonnemann

He is standing in a field of ashes and smoke. The only living things are the carrion birds. 181 more words


You Asked: Can My Couch Give Me Cancer?

Ask a public health scientist about couches and cancer, and you’re sure to hear about a State of California law enacted back in 1975. That law, called technical bulletin 117, or “TB117”, required furniture manufacturers to treat their products with flame retardant chemicals, mainly to protect against fires started by neglected cigarettes. 862 more words



  • Photo: Steve McCurry with Camels in Dust Storm, Jaisaimer, India, 2010
  • Background on Caleb/Wednesday/Hump Day Posts and Geico’s original commercial: Let’s Hit it Again

Dust and Sun

It was nearly noon before I got around to loading the van, so I went ahead and hosed myself down with sunscreen before doing anything else. 357 more words

Life In California

Just how dangerous is it to travel at 20% the speed of light?

(Source: arstechnica.com)

Breakthrough Starshot is one of the more exciting scientific ideas that has popped up in the past decade, with its promise to deliver hardware to the nearest star in time for many people currently alive to see it. 814 more words