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3D printing at the Library

The Tehachapi Library has two new 3D printers. These were donated by the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council, along with several spools of the plastic filament that these 3D printers use....

 

Journey to Griffith Park

Last fall we tried to go to Griffith Park to see the observatory. Emphasis on the "tried" part. The GPS took us there, though some of the roads were narrow. Well they felt narrow at least. And when...

 

MarsFest 2018

I'm planning to visit Mars the weekend of Feb. 23 to 25. Well, at least a reasonable facsimile. You see MarsFest 2018 is going to be taking place in Death Valley that weekend. I guess that Death...

 

Eclipse 2017

Once again the path of the moon is going to match up well with the position of the sun in the sky. So we're going to get a solar eclipse. This one will be total for a large strip of the US; but given...

 

Chapbook prize

Back in 2015 I prepared a chapbook, drifter, which is still available on Amazon (or from me). What is a chapbook some of you might still be asking? Well it is typically a small book, about the size of...

 

Science marches

On April 22, Earth Day, there are going to be people marching for science around the country and beyond. People are going to be coming together to show their support for science, and believe it or...

 

Brave new world

There has been a lot in the media about the planetary system found recently around the star TRAPPIST-1. That’s the small dwarf star with seven terrestrial planets that were announced in February. Te...

 

Who to be?

I am dealing with a change in my life. My home office is moving. I’m going to be changing from a small room to a larger room. Now normally that wouldn’t sound like anything that requires...

 

Ohm's Allegory

In science, a “law” is a lesser concept than a “theory”. Theories include an explanation of why something works the way it does. For example: the theory of relativity, evolutionary theory,...

 

Regression to the mean

Seems like a wet year. Maybe it is, I haven’t been able to find a really good site for monthly totals for the past few years. But part of why it seems so wet is that the last few years have been so...

 

By the numbers

It’s another new year. So I guess it’s time to tally up my score for last year. I think I did pretty well. As a writer I need to track where I submit things to and what the outcome is. I keep a da...

 

Sharing a cold

As I write, I’m fighting with some small bug. Just a cold, but one that gives me some sympathy for those of you that suffer from allergies. Sneezes and sniffles. And I have no idea where I was...

 

Retrograde

Every night about nine o’clock, Moonpi (our dog) and I step outside. For him it’s an opportunity to do some sniffing around and do some other doggy business. For me it is an opportunity to look...

 

HOW STUFF WORKS: Stuff you missed in history class

I’ve been getting exposed to history that I was never taught in school. I’m learning quite a bit from a podcast (which is an internet audio “lecture” or “discussion”) called “Stuff You...

 

It's Too Hot

So far 2016 is the warmest year on record, following 2015 which was previously the warmest year on record. Out there in Death Valley, they’re flirting with surpassing the world’s record...

 
 By Mark Fisher    Community    July 9, 2016

Good Ideas

I get a lot of ideas some good, some bad. Of course the first place to go after you get an idea is to the Internet, and usually a quick search will show that I’m not the first person to have that...

 
 By Mark Fisher    Community    May 14, 2016

Time to Celebrate

It’s May and Summer is around the corner. The end of April was very busy for me so I hadn’t really thought of anything that I could write about. But I discovered the National Day Calendar...

 

Cal-Earth

Not too long ago we were watching PBS (it happens) and saw a short segment on a group here in California building structures out of EARTH (don't call it "dirt"). They had gracefully curved buildings...

 

Immersion

I recently saw a program on PBS about an opera that was performed in 2013 at the Los Angeles Union Station. It wasn’t that long ago that we’d gone down to Union Station using the Metro Link and...

 

The jury is out

When you read this I will be coming up on my period of jury duty. It has actually been a couple of years since I’ve been called, but for a while I was getting called every year. Usually I would go a...

 

Urban coyote

Now, “urban coyote” is not some re-imagined movie starring John Travolta. Urban coyotes are in fact “a thing”. I have been looking at some articles on animals (and other things) for a project...

 
 By Mark Fisher    Community    July 4, 2015

Leap second

On June 30th we had a leap second added to the year. A leap second? That’s right, a second. We’re all familiar with the leap day we add to the year every 4 years (next year will be one). That day...

 
 By Mark Fisher    Community    June 20, 2015

Fortune cookie

A couple weeks ago I was having Chinese food down in Bakersfield and opened up my fortune cookie. It said that I was to receive a “great honor”. It’s not that I put any store in what a cookie...

 
 By Mark Fisher    Community    June 6, 2015

Animals on wheels

Just the other day I was flipping channels since I couldn’t find anything on and stumbled across the PBS show Nature, reshowing the episode “My Bionic Pet”. This concerned the lives of several...

 
 By Mark Fisher    Community    May 23, 2015

National donut day

It is said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I’m sure we can all think of organizations and groups, and even individuals that have done terrible things with the best of...

 

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