Memorial Day: My Father

My father, Frederick Michael Weimer.
He served as a seaman second class aboard the USS Block Island, the only American aircraft carrier sunk by the Germans during World War II.
Six sailors perished in the torpedo attack on the Block Island by a U-boat patrolling the Atlantic Ocean near the Canary Islands on May 29, 1944. But the remaining 951 Navy personnel, including my father, were evacuated safely to other vessels. He was discharged in 1946.
My father died in 2005.
Rest in Peace, Dad.

The Star that is eating a planet

http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2010/15/
Hubble has a new page on Wasp-12,a yellow dwarf star 600 light years away. Pretty ordinary, except for its innermost planet, Wasp-12b. Wasp-12b is so close, it has a “year” that is only 26 hours long. It’s also a pretty big planet, too, 1.4 Jupiters in size.
Wasp-12b is also doomed, having an orbit so close to its sun. In a few million years, the tidal forces already distorting its shape will finish their work, and break up Wasp-12b into fragments to be absorbed by the star.

Picture of the Day: View from the UBS Forum


View from the UBS Forum
Originally uploaded by Jvstin

Today’s picture for you,from the MPR Open House, is their great view up Cedar St. from the patio on the 5th floor.

In the background is the History center (far left) and the State Capitol (center). On the right hand side you can see the wall of Central Presbyterian Church. That spire, though, is actually on the *next* building over, St Louis Church.

One of these days, I need to do an architectural tour of St Paul…

MPR Open House

Minnesota has great Public Radio. It’s the people.
This is Bob Collins, blogger on the MPR site. He often will “liveblog” some of the more interesting discussions the other hosts have. He also blogs other stuff. I comment there often:
Bob Collins, Monochrome
This is Kerri Miller, who hosts Midmorning. She’s a strong book fanatic, too. Every time she talks books, I send in a question that touches on SF. I send in questions on other subjects, too:
Kerri Miller Monochrome
This is Cathy Wurzer, who hosts the MPR side of the NPR show “Morning Edition”. She wrote a book on Highway 61. I forgot to bring my copy for her to sign!
Cathy Wurzer Monochrome
Meet Chris Farrell, who can explain economics and the economy for the average person. A sane and sensible voice especially during bad economic times:
Chris Farrell Monochrome
John Moe is the newish host of “Future Tense”, a segment which handles all things technological for Morning Edition.
John Moe
Lastly, Gary Eichten, who hosts the Midday program. He can and has interviewed all comers, ranging from the Governor, to the local weather expert. No serious candidate for statewide office turns down an interview with Gary. He is really a Minnesota Treasure.
Minnesota Treasure Gary Eichten
A few more photos here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157624121783788/