Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

What's a Blue Moon?

I was under the impression that "Blue Moon" refers to the second full moon in a single calendar month.  Actually, the original usage followed a different convention based on the seasons.  Usually, a season has three full moons, but when there are four, the third one is known as a Blue Moon.  It's probably too late to revive the original meaning. The history of the Blue Moon is explained in the following article.

At last we have the "Maine rule" for Blue Moons: Seasonal Moon names are assigned near the spring equinox in accordance with the ecclesiastical rules for determining the dates of Easter and Lent. The beginnings of summer, fall, and winter are determined by the dynamical mean Sun. When a season contains four full Moons, the third is called a Blue Moon.

Why is the third full Moon identified as the extra one in a season with four? Because only then will the names of the other full Moons, such as the Moon Before Yule and the Moon After Yule, fall at the proper times relative to the solstices and equinoxes.

As Hiscock explained in the March issue, widespread adoption of the second-full-Moon-in-a-month definition followed its use on the popular radio program StarDate on January 31, 1980.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mass Schedules

December 24th: Christmas Eve Mass at 10:00 p.m. at St. Mary's; Midnight Mass at St. William's.
December 25th: Christmas Day Mass at 9:00 a.m. at St. Mary's; 11:00 a.m. at St. William's.
January 1st: Holy Day of Obligation - Mary, Mother of God, Mass at 9:00 a.m. at St. Mary's.
Filipino Mass is the fourth Sunday of every month at 5:00 p.m. at St. Mary's.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Faith, the two-legged dog

Here's an inspiring story about a disabled dog that learned to walk on two legs. She's called Faith. The AP story talks about her visits to injured soldiers.


For more info, visit Faith's web site:


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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Daring Fireball: PastryKit

It ends up there is a company, however, that has developed an amazing iPhone web app framework which:

• Completely hides the address bar, even when running not from a saved-to-the-home app icon, but within a page in MobileSafari itself.
• Allows for fixed-position toolbars that never budge from the top when you scroll.
• And: sets its own scrolling friction coefficient, allowing you to fling long lists.

The company behind this web framework is Apple. And the framework is apparently named PastryKit.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Me and Tiger, the final word

As I wrote before, I got to see Tiger at the Masters in April.  Here's our picture again:

That seems like a long time ago.  Now that Tiger's personal live has gone out of bounds, I'm not sure I'll see him next year.  I had hoped that we might have a little get together with Stanford folks next April in Augusta.  It's very disappointing I'm sure for everyone, but in light of recent events, I don't see how we can have him as our guest of honor.  In any case, our place is not equipped to handle the paparazzi and tabloid press so I think it's best that we go our separate ways.  I'm just sad at this point.  I hope he straightens out his life.  I will not be making any more statements to the press about my relationship with Tiger.

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