Curling in the Park

curling and compliance

The Olympics are over, but your dream of being a curling champion may not be. I took part in a curling mini-league many years ago. The closest analogy is a combination of bowling and shuffleboard, but much, much harder. The stones are heavy, the ice is slippery, and the playing surface is very long.

Modern curling has precisely measured indoor ice sheets, timing clocks, Teflon-soled shoes, and high-tech brooms. But like hockey, it started as a pond sport in its early days.

Above is a photograph of outdoor curling in Central Park in New York City. I love this picture, so I thought I would share it. More 1890s curling photos.

Watch the Blizzard Form


Living in the Northeast, I’ve been inundated with pictures from the blizzard. It may not have met the technical definition of a blizzard, but it was still one of the ten biggest winter storms to hit Boston in decades.

The central pressure of the storm fell to 971 millibars at 7 a.m. on February 9, a level usually recorded in category one hurricanes. Hurricane-force gusts were recorded in 12 locations, including 83 miles per hour at Cuttyhunk Island in Massachusetts and 82 mph in Westport, Connecticut.

The movie below shows the development of the storm over as captured by the GOES-13 (or GOES-East) geostationary weather satellite.  The time-lapse animation is made up of images taken every 15 minutes from 12:01 p.m. EST on February 7 to 11:15 a.m. on February 10. You can watch the weather front near the Great Lakes merge with a weather front moving up from the southeastern United States, colliding into one massive storm with the counter-clockwise rotation characteristic of a nor’easter.

LEGO and Space

Lego and NASA have officially embarked on a three-year partnership to help inspire kids to be more creative and to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math.

For the first project, part of the STS-134 mission in February, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) will build objects live on a video feed, while schoolkids build similar objects, so the students can see the differences in how objects behave on Earth and in space. Space shuttle Endeavour will carry nine specialized kits to the station in February during the STS-134 mission. Working with them inside a see-through glove box so the small pieces don’t get lost in the station, Astronaut Cady Coleman will assemble LEGO blocks into models and working machines.

Two small LEGO shuttles are packed inside Discovery for the STS-133 launch to promote the new partnership.

See also: Lego and NASA build a Partnership for Education on GeekDad.

The 100 Greatest Movie Insults of All Time

Here is a List of Movies Cited in the Above Video:

  1. Roxanne
  2. Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert
  3. Gleaming the Cube
  4. The Princess Bride
  5. A Fish Called Wanda
  6. Star Wars
  7. The Wizard of Oz
  8. Casino
  9. Three Amigos
  10. A Clockwork Orange
  11. Dolemite
  12. Glengarry Glen Ross
  13. Bad Santa
  14. The Witches of Eastwick
  15. The Big Lebowski
  16. In Bruges
  17. Full Metal Jacket
  18. There Will Be Blood
  19. Toy Story
  20. Casablanca
  21. Encino Man
  22. The Women
  23. Predator
  24. Army of Darkness
  25. They Live
  26. Uncle Buck
  27. Big Trouble in Little China
  28. New Jack City
  29. Billy Madison
  30. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  31. The Departed
  32. Carlito’s Way
  33. In the Loop
  34. Glengarry Glen Ross
  35. Stand By Me
  36. Grosse Pointe Blank
  37. Duck Soup
  38. Caddyshack
  39. Planes Trains & Automobiles
  40. South Park
  41. Napoleon Dynamite
  42. Mean Girls
  43. The Breakfast Club
  44. As Good as It Gets
  45. The 6th Day
  46. Step Brothers
  47. O Brother Where Art Thou?
  48. Full Metal Jacket
  49. City Slickers
  50. Road House
  51. True Grit
  52. Short Circuit
  53. Raging Bull
  54. The Usual Suspects
  55. Snatch
  56. Caddyshack
  57. The Last Boy Scout
  58. Ghostbusters
  59. The Sandlot
  60. As Good as It Gets
  61. 48 Hrs
  62. In Bruges
  63. Silver Streak
  64. Glengarry Glen Ross
  65. A Fish Called Wanda
  66. Goodfellas
  67. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  68. The Mist
  69. Trading Places
  70. The Warriors
  71. Point Break
  72. Gangs of New York
  73. Reservoir Dogs
  74. The Breakfast Club
  75. The Cowboys
  76. Full Metal Jacket
  77. Dodgeball
  78. Donnie Darko
  79. Scarface
  80. The Good the Bad and the Ugly
  81. Anchorman
  82. Tropic Thunder
  83. Sexy Beast
  84. In the Loop
  85. Get Shorty
  86. Blazing Saddles
  87. The Way of the Gun
  88. Blade: Trinity
  89. Clerks
  90. The Boondock Saints
  91. The Exorcist
  92. What About Bob?
  93. Weird Science
  94. Con Air
  95. True Romance
  96. In the Loop
  97. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  98. Lake Placid
  99. The Front
  100. Gone with the Wind

Great Video of the Iceland Volcano

Ever since the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland wrecked my European vacation (see Doug versus The Volcano), I have been a bit obsessed with the volcano’s activity.

I ran across this beautiful time-lapsed video of the continuing eruptions:

Iceland, Eyjafjallajökull – May 1st and 2nd, 2010

from Sean Stiegemeier on Vimeo:

“So I saw all of these mediocre pictures of that volcano in Iceland nobody can pronounce the name of, so I figured I should go and do better. But the flights to get over took forever as expected (somewhat). 4 days after leaving I finally made it, but the weather was terrible for another 4. Just before leaving it got pretty good for about a day and a half and this is what I managed to get.

Wish I had more time. I missed all the cool Lightning and the Lava of the first eruption. But I figure this will just be a trial run for another day.”

© Sean Stiegemeier

Blowing up Texas Stadium

Sure the view of the Texas Stadium implosion was cool from the outside. An 11-year-old named Casey Rogers, the winner of a local essay-writing contest, pushed the button that triggered the implosion, and set off 1.5 tons of explosives that brought down the stadium.

But imagine what it looked like from inside the stadium.

Even better than imagination, the Cowboys filmed the implosion from the 50 yard line: Farewell to Texas Stadium.

I don’t think the camera made it out in one piece. It looks like one of the girders came crashing down on it, ending the video before the entire stadium came down.

At least you can see the entire thing from the outside: