Monday, July 24, 2006

Snakes on a Plane

Much has been made about the upcoming Samuel L. Jackson movie "Snakes on a Plane". It has become an internet sensation. The title basically tells you the whole plot. No further explanation is required. With just those four words, and the fact that Samuel L. Jackson is in it, you can probably figure out the whole story. It's been spoofed and made fun of all over the place, and it has been said that the producers have even added the line "Get these motha****** snakes off my motha****** plane!" into the film after internet users imagined Jackson saying that line.

Very funny, right?

WRONG! It can happen to someone. . . anyone. . . YOU! Observe the case of one Monty Coles, a 62 year old private pilot who found a snake in the cockpit of his single engine Piper Cherokee. As he puts it, in what I think is a better line than the one imagined for Sam Jackson, " I had one hand full of snake and the other hand full of plane!",2933,197976,00.html

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Real work. . .

Reg and I headed out to Julian this past weekend to help the Parker family with the garage they are building. The plot of land used to be the site of Linda's parents' house, which burned down in the Cedar fire of 2003. Now the family is building a new house on the land. They're saving money by building it themselves in their spare time.

It felt good to do some real, physical work. So much of what I do involves reading and computer work.

Monday, July 17, 2006


The internet leads to the invention of a new word. . . sort of.


Thursday, July 13, 2006

Ahh. . . summer.

The summer kicked off with the Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM) conference in Snowmass, Colorado. I presented a poster on my research, and Regan came along to get some vacation time in, since she's off for the summer. That's one of the huge benefits to being a teacher: summers off.

After the conference we drove through Utah and stopped at Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks. Beautiful places.

Also, Regan came with me to one of my volunteer shifts diving at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific last tuesday, and snapped some photos of me in the water.

Pictures of vacation and diving are at my flickr site:

Here's to a fun and productive summer!