Saturday, May 21, 2016

Donations: Mario Marathon 2016 and Child's Play Charity

Gets his soapbox out...

I'm a gamer. I love board games and video games, and try to turn life into a meta game whenever I can. Games are fun, and they can make other activities fun.

One of the worst activities I can think of for little kids is being in a situation that is completely out of control and beyond understanding. Being sick and in the hospital for something that you can't begin to understand, or being in a strange place with a parent because it's not safe at home for some reason both fit in this description. This is where Child's Play comes in.

FTFWP: Child's Play seeks to improve the lives of children in hospitals and domestic violence shelters through the generosity and kindness of the video game industry and the power of play.

To sum up: Child's Play is a means for us to get games, toys, activity books, art supplies, and anything you can imagine a kid would want to play with to a group of kids would could definitely use it, the sick and the endangered.

Since 2008 Mario Marathon has hosted a video game play marathon almost yearly in order to bring awareness to Child's Play and drive donations for the charity. After a couple year hiatus, they are back!

Brian, John, and the rest of the MM crew will be hosting on the 2016 Mario Marathon. You guys can watch them play, and donate money to add more levels! Every time you donate, they give away gifts, t-shirts, and various other prizes. The gameplay starts on June 24th and doesn't stop until they've completed all of the levels!

So if you have the time, love games, love gaming, and want to help some kids out, hop over to on June 24th and make a donation!

Thanks Folks!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Transit of Mercury

If you’re reading this between the times of 11:12 and 18:42 UTC (7:12 a.m. to 2:42 p.m. Eastern US time) on Monday, May 9, 2016, then the transit of Mercury is occurring right now.

Check out Phil's (The Bad Astronomer) article on the transit. A transit is when a planet passes between the earth and the sun, and with the proper gear, it can be see. NEVER LOOK INTO THE SUN WITHOUT PROTECTION.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Today is the 30 year anniversary of the Challenger tragedy. I remember being in early childhood classes and all of us sitting down and watching the launch, mostly because all of the teachers were excited to see another teacher go into space. Things did not turn out as planned.

This is the one event in my life that I sometimes use to differentiate myself from the people younger than me. Those who are a year or more younger (I'm 35) have no recollection of witnessing or what they were doing during this event. It is a tragedy that was watched by many, similar to the assassination of John F Kennedy or the falling of the World Trade Center.

I think this is a good moment for all of us to look back on out lives and think back on the history we've seen during our lives. No links in this article for now, as I'm still on the road, but everything in here is pretty easy to look up on Google. I'll run some edits this weekend of this post and add a bunch of links to various articles that are interesting.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

IMAC and Uranus

I'm at this year's International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) , and giving a couple papers on microphone calibrators and low noise microphones tomorrow. It's actually a lot of fun, mostly due to the fact that this community is very tight knit. I've been working in noise and vibration for well over a decade now, and it's great to come to a conference like this and see my professors, fellow grad students, coworkers, and other friends.

IO9 posted today that today is also the 30 year anniversary of the only pass (by Voyager 2) of the planet Uranus. Uranus is the first planet to be discovered. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were all known to the ancients, but Uranus was thought to be a star until 1781 when it was discovered by William Herschel. There are a bunch of fun facts about it, not the the least of which are its tilt with respect to its orbit (97.77°) and the naming convention of its various satellites (characters from William Shakespeare).

My busy months are pretty much over now. I'll be writing here more (I hope).