Sunday, January 17, 2010

Skywarn Weather Spotter Information - Time to Renew!

Rain Clouds
Rain Clouds
by Mully410


I am an official Skywarn weather spotter. You can read about that here. My officialness expires every two years so this year I'll have to renew. The 2010 class schedule is out now. Go here to find a free class near you, if you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cigar Shaped UFO not

Don't forget...Minneapolis Skeptics Meet-Up on January 14:

We all had a great time at Be'Wiched Deli for our December meet-up. Thank you for attending and thank you Melissa for a tasty homemade treats. Common Roots is booked already for January so we'll try Be'Wiched again. Their service was great and the food was fantastic...they make their own pastrami. The only issue was that they close at 8pm but it didn't seem to bother many people. We can always walk across the street to Bunkers for more.

Some of you know I enjoy taking photographs. To those that don't know that consider this a shameless plug. On December 10, I saw this article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. It is supposedly a Bigfoot in northern Minnesota. There is even some skeptical commentary by local biologists (although they could have given them more space.) The spiral lights of Norway is another item that hit the new near the time I wrote this invite. There are countless credulous news stories including dubious eyewitness accounts and the standard fuzzy photos or video. At this January's meet-up, let's talk about our favorite interesting "sightings" of the strange. You don't have to bring an essay or anything but it might be interesting to think about a couple things: What could it be? Where would you go for verification? How could have the reporting been improved?

Please post links to news stories or photos in the comments for this meet-up so we can all share our thoughts when we meet.

In the mean time, check out my ghost girl, UFO, ghost battle and my short video.

Go here for the full details and to RSVP.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

I visit Como Zoo

I went to Como Zoo & Conservatory today to exercise my new camera. Here are the best shots out of 340.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Here are the details for the next Saint Paul Critical Thinking Club meeting:
Location: Kelly Inn, Rice Street and I-94

Date: January 10, 2010

Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Presenter: Jeff Anderson

Topic: Drowning in the Unholy See: justice must prevail even when confronting revered institutions and tradition

Breakfast Buffet $10.00 Coffee only $3.00. We need to plan for the room setup and meal, so if you are going to attend, please RSVP to criticalthinkingclub@gmail.com.

Speaker: Jeff Anderson is a nationally acclaimed St. Paul based attorney with 25 years experience obtaning justice for victims of clergy sex abuse.

Jeff Anderson was 2003 Lawyer of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer, Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyers, recognized by William Mitchell College of Law as among the 100 Who Made a Difference. In 2008 he received the prestigious Steven Sharp Public Service Award by the American Association of Justice and was a finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year by Public Justice Foundation for his advocacy in representing hundreds of survivors of clergy sexual abuse in Southern California.

Jeff Anderson will speak about bringing justice to victims of clergy sex abuse through the crucible of the courtroom and the media to trigger what has been described by some as a “second reformation.” These observations will include how a a Mexican Cardinal attempted to silence him and how Roman Catholic clergy from the Vatican to Bishops abandon any semblance of critical thinking, not to mention moral standards in order to obscure this ages old condoning and protection of pedophile priests.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Mully410 Critical Blog - 2009 - Year in Review

Two Cardinals
Two Cardinals

Mully410 Critical Blog has been more popular than I had hoped last year. Since installing Google Analytics back on January 30, 2009, I've collected a number of interesting stats. Here is a rundown of the most interesting statistics for 2009:

Mully410 Critical Blog had 16,344 page views by 7804 unique visitors in 2009. I have 10 feed subscribers, 80 followers on Networked Blogs and 51 Facebook Fans. Mully410 also has 72 Twitter followers and most of them are not porno spammers.

The top 5 most viewed posts:
1. I See Hummingbirds - Ruby Throated Hummingbirds

2. Jesus' Brain - What is this?

3. Ban this Dangerous Killer Drug?

4. How to find Comet Lulin:

5. See Shuttle Endeavor and International Space Station Tonight
Of the 9607 site visits from 98 countries, the most came from people in the USA (6773). Next was Canada (770), UK (543), Australia (211) and India (105). Whoever visited 18 times from Lithuania had the highest average time on my blog at 21 minutes and 43 seconds.

The cities where the most views originated are: Minneapolis, MN; Circle Pines, MN; London, UK; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA. (I'm amazed by the level of detail Google provides for free.) Someone in Cheltenham, UK had the highest average time on my blog (one visit, four pages for 25 minutes).

The most traffic came from Reddit.com. Thanks for voting my posts up there! The second most visitors came from Google searches. The most searched term was: Jeremiah 10:1-4 which leads to this post about Lord apparently hating Christmas trees. If you search Google for Mully410, you will get 12,100 listings!

I'm satisfied with the traffic on my blog, although this traffic report doesn't compare to the more than 80,000 views on my Flickr site. I don't allow any advertising and therefore don't make any money from my efforts. I plan to keep it that way because making money this way may turn a fun hobby into a job and I already have a job.

Thank you for viewing, clicking, reading, following and commenting!

New Years Eve Blue Moon

Blue Moon 12-31-09 (3)
Blue Moon 12-31-09 (3)

I confess. I adjusted the color temp on this shot to make the Moon appear blue. NASA has in interesting article about the history of "Blue Moon." I encourage you to read the story but here are some snippets for the lazy:

Don't expect the Moon to actually turn blue, though. "The 'Blue Moon' is a creature of folklore," he explains. "It's the second full Moon in a calendar month."

Most months have only one full Moon. The 29.5-day cadence of the lunar cycle matches up almost perfectly with the 28- to 31-day length of calendar months. Indeed, the word "month" comes from "Moon." Occasionally, however, the one-to-one correspondence breaks down when two full Moons squeeze into a single month. Dec. 2009 is such a month. The first full Moon appeared on Dec. 2nd; the second, a "Blue Moon," will come on Dec. 31st.

The modern astronomical Blue Moon occurs in some month every 2.5 years, on average. A Blue Moon falling precisely on Dec. 31st, however, is much more unusual. The last time it happened was in 1990, and the next time won't be until 2028.
I hope you enjoyed learning things from my blog in 2009. Make 2010 a great year!

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