Archive for February, 2007

Minnesota Winter Waterfowl

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

This morning I went up to Monticello to photograph Trumpeter Swans. I not only got a whole bunch of swan pictures, but also some pics of Canada geese and mallards. Photos can be see here.

Airline Business Quip

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

There was a column in today’s Wall Street Journal about JetBlue is now just another airline in a lousy business.  The writer enumerated the factors that tend to make this a tough business: High fixed costs Marginal cost of selling one more seat is low Barriers to entry in the US market are very low […]

Mammals v. Reptiles

Tuesday, February 20th, 2007

There was an article in the science section of today’s NY Times that explained some of the implications of mammals maintaining a constant body temperature. The author indicated that a mammal must consume at least 10 times as much food as a reptile of similar size, since a mammal expends at least 75% of its […]

Face Recognition

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

There was an article in the science section of today’s NY Times on the human propensity to see faces everywhere, not only on people, but also in a grilled cheese sandwich or a cinnamon bun.  Scientists are beginning to understand that there are a handful of regions of the brain highly attuned to faces. Some […]

Feith Makes an Interesting Point

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

In response to a report from the Defense Department this week, former high-ranking DoD official Douglas Feith was quoted as saying: “It is a healthy thing that we did. The government should be doing more of it, and it is misguided that … policy people should not be allowed to raise questions about intelligence.” You […]

The Day the Music Died

Monday, February 5th, 2007

There was an article in this morning’s Star Tribune focusing on the fact that it was at this time of year (February 3, 1959) that a plane crash killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. (Big Bopper) Richardson along with pilot Roger Peterson. The plane was flying from Clear Lake, Iowa to Morehead, Minnesota and […]

Cross Country Skiing

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

When I got up this morning it was 17 below, but the wind wasn’t too bad, so I went over to Minneapolis to photograph the City of Lakes Loppet. I had scouted out a spot on Cedar Lake earlier in the week, where all 3 races would come by. Photos from today can be seen […]