Wednesday, November 7, 2007


I was helping my son with his science homework this evening.

Using the internet, he was supposed to look up an active volcano and write down the information he found. The only provision is that the volcano must be outside the United States.

We found one

That's got to be worth an "A." Got to be.


  1. Hats off to you, my fellow geekmeister. I too immediately thought of Io when you said active volcano. :)

    Hopefully the teacher is cool enough not to be stupid about the non-obvious (to most!) interpretation. "A" from me!

  2. Well, my first thought was Olympus Mons, but alas it hasn't been active in some time - geologically speaking of course.

    But yeah, Io. The video is was taken from the Hubble two weeks ago. The plume was over 300km high. Damn, now that's a freakin' volcano!

    I've met the science teacher, he seems cool enough - but this will be the really test (insert nefarious laugh, who's testing who? Ah ha ahahahah!)

    (we also have Tiede, on Tenerife in the Canaries as a backup, just in case it turns out that the teacher is NOT cool after all) I like Tiede, since I've been there.

  3. As a science geek, and as someone who as worked with the folks at the AVO, I give you EXTRA CREDIT for going above and beyond.

    Have you lived here long enough to have to clean up after an ash fall? I know you were here, and gone, and now back for good...

    If Ridoubt or Susitna or whoever spews a bunch of ash, throw a nylon over the air intake on your car, it'll catch a lot of the ash. Ack, babbling. Again. Interesting day for me, though not bad. I might actually update my blog or LJ, just because I need to vent. urgh.

  4. Very cool - I saw this on the Discovery Channel's "The Universe" series a number of months ago.

    But I think the pictures were taken by New Horizons in March 2007, not by the Hubble...

  5. Urk, I believe you are correct. Apparently I was looking at the wrong caption. Duh.

  6. Science is COOL. Here's hoping your son gets a passion for it early.

    My son wants to be a high school history teacher, and has recently announced his intention to minor in physical science. Apparently history teachers are a dime a dozen, but science teachers are much sought after. When I was his age, I didn't think past lunch. Who knew I'd raise such a forward-thinking kid?

  7. Tania, we were here for the ash fall from redoudt (maybe it was Spur, cannot remember, too early not enough coffee, headache) in what was it 97? 98? something like that, wasn't anything too major.

    I'm familiar with the nylon filter trick. Also, flexible cloth masks, don't want to breath that stuff.

  8. When I was his age, I didn't think past lunch. Who knew I'd raise such a forward-thinking kid?

    Same here. My kid is in advanced math, I sucked at math. Hated it. It wasn't until years later when I went back to college and got my degree in computer science that I really started to understand math and actually, you know, like it. I think he gets it from his mother, along with his musical ability - of which I have none, period, as I've mentioned elsewhere.

  9. I'm with you. My son's a junior in high school, and taking college algebra. Since math is not my friend, he passed my skill level years ago.

    But my dad had a masters in mathematics. I guess it skipped a generation. Lucky me.


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