Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Humor: Green Flash at Sunset Explained

The "Green Flash" is an atmospheric phenomenon which occasionally occurs at sunset in Key West -  when the last bit of sun disappears below the horizon and a brief green glow is observable.  This is usually explained by the refraction of light at that angle appearing green and is only visible during specific atmospheric conditions.

Or, you could believe something else causes it.

XKCD, the online comic dedicated to uber-techie humor, posted their own humorous explanation.

(Be sure to hover over the image to see XKCD's embedded joke text)


The exact cause of the phenomenon is unknown, but it's thought to be linked to atmospheric refraction and you getting a really cool car.
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Thursday, July 08, 2010

US & Cuba Ready to Make-Up?

The dance between Cuba and the US continues further.

With a little Cuban cooperation the Obama administration just might reconsider the embargo.

All that is required is a gesture by the Cuban government that gives a not to democracy and freedom of expression.

That news may have just occurred.  According to reports, Cuba is preparing to free 52 of their 150 political prisoners.

The pending release is the result of talks between Cuba's Catholic church and international pressure - especially from Spain, who sent a foreign minister to meet with Raul Castro and the Church.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has already weighed in, saying: "We welcome this. We think that's a positive sign. It's something that is overdue but nevertheless very welcome."

The pieces are falling into place for a respectable change in US policy.

With the recent news that a House panel has voted to ease Cuba travel restrictions, one has to wonder how long it is before ferry service from Key West to Cuba.
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