Author: Gil Jones

Fredricksburg and Lady Bird Johnson Park

A funny thing happened on the way to Lost Maples State Natural Area. Jennifer discovered a downside to her promotion in her IT job at PEC[1. Pedernales Electric Co-Op] — the occasional need to be in constant contact. At Lost Maples that was not going to happen so here we are, and we like it. Not the wilderness but quite pleasant. Last night took us to one of my favorite F’burg places: The Brewery. And there I had something you just can’t get everywhere, a Scotch Egg. That was topped off by a shared slice of German Chocolate Cheesecake and here are the remnants of same. Jennifer looked at me once the goodies were gone, and with the straightest of faces said “I really want to lick the plate.” Sometimes I’m not really certain if she is kidding. I really think she was serious — and I would have fought her for it! Hey, it’s a mini-vacation and the rules are different, right? Just as soon as we pulled into our assigned spot — near the WiFi so Jennifer could “phone home” — I heard the throaty roar of a not-necessarily-modern aircraft. Looking up, I saw a WWII vintage AT-6 trainer lifting off of the North-South runway right in front of the coach. In the photo at left (click to enlarge) you see the FBO[1. Fixed Base Operation — the...

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Earth Day: Let’s do some Science

We have a debate going on climate change science. Let’s keep the debate going, but do it correctly. [Today’s] March for Science will draw many thousands in support of evidence-based policy making and against the politicization of science. A concrete step toward those worthy goals would be to convene a “Red Team/Blue Team” process for climate science, one of the most important and contentious issues of our age. Koonin, S. (2017, April 20). A ‘Red Team’ Exercise Would Strengthen Climate Science – WSJ. Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-red-team-exercise-would-strengthen-climate-science-1492728579 If you really care about Earth Day, the Earth, climate change, global warming, or in particular, mankind’s contribution to climate change you will read this article. It is well-written and very strongly makes an important case: let’s use the scientific method and test it thoroughly before we declare a concensus. Before anyone declares “victory” over the topic. Let’s do the climate change science. Red Team exercises are well-known and known to be effective in sorting out the facts, theories and opinions before coming to a conclusion. It is more effective than simple peer-review and with the climate change controversy, it would be especially effective since many of the studies appear to suffer from confirmation bias. Climate change science needs to be just that: science. We now see a wide-spread touting of a 97% concensus that man contributes to climate change — and the usual...

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Balloon Festival in Albuquerque

I went to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival many years ago and, finally, Jen and I will go this year. We will be staying at the site on the RV lots — glorified parking lots — which are within walking distance of the launch field. If you stay in town it is a 1.5-2 hour traffic jam in an out. We thought about it too late (will correct that for next year) to get a spot with power so we will dry camp for three days. I found a super blog piece about RVing to the festival. It answered all...

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