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Building a New Website

Building a New Website

You may have noticed that over the past couple of weeks, there have been brief times when The Happy Scientist site was down. It is time to do a major software upgrade, and instead of doing more patching and pasting, I have decided to rebuild the entire site from scratch.
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Springtime and Squirrel Fame

Springtime and Squirrel Fame

After an incredibly mild winter, we are now having a very warm spring. It is not unusual for nighttime temperatures to go down to -18°F, but the temperature never went below 0°F all winter. Now, at a time when we usually still have patches of snow, we are having days in the high 70's. Of course, it is still March, which means we could still get a blast of subzero temperatures, along with lots of snow. Our area can have frosts up into the start of June.
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Trip to Town

Trip to Town

Because of our rural location, a trip to town for groceries is also a delightful opportunity for photography. Today was not exception.
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USTA and the trip home

Trip to Provo, Utah

What a wonder-filled week I have had! After an incredible day with the science folks at Brigham Young University, I had another marvelous day on Friday at the Utah Science Teachers Association Conference. I was honored to present the Keynote speech on the importance of fact checking, and then enjoyed a series of delightful sessions by other presenters. There are just not enough adjectives to describe this trip.
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Trip to Provo, Utah

Trip to Provo, Utah

This week I am on the road. I am presenting the Keynote speech on Friday for the Utah Science Teachers Association conference, and some friends at Brigham Young University asked me to come up a couple of days early, so I would have time to talk with some of their students and faculty.
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Grab Some Post-Holiday Science

Grab Some Post-Holiday Science

Now is the perfect time to grab some inexpensive science supplies.
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New Lens

My New Lens

I am trying to spend more time walking, to get my strength back from my illness. As an encouragement, Nancy suggested that I get a new lens for my camera.
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Halloween Science

Pumpkin Guts
The Haunted Pumpkin
Reading a Skeleton
Fun with Dry Ice, and more!

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I would make it easy for you to find some of my favorite, Halloween-related science experiments and videos.
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Health, Squirrels, and Websites

Greetings from Johnson Canyon. I am feeling much better, and appreciate all of your kind words. I am still a bit tired, but the nausea and extreme fatigue have passed. It is wonderful to be able to eat and move around again.

I posted a fun video on Facebook this week, and it has become very popular, so I thought I would post it here too. You could find some science in it if you think about friction, animal behavior, etc., but most people enjoy it because of Nancy's funny narrative.
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The Tired, Happy Scientist

Greetings from Johnson Canyon. You may remember that in my last blog post, I mentioned having some sort of flu bug that was giving me low grade fevers, and making me feel very tired and nauseous. Since it first popped up 6 weeks ago, it went away, came back, went away again, came back again, and the the fatigue and nausea settled in to stay for a while. In spite of my HUGE phobia of needles, I went to the Dr. for blood work, and found that my symptoms are being caused by a bout of Epstein Barr virus.
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Update and New Site Design

Greetings from Johnson Canyon. In spite of a couple of weeks fighting some sort of flu-type bug, I have made good progress on rebuilding the website, and am ready for subscribers to give it a try. I am trying to correct some of the compatibility problems and add some new features at the same time.
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Update from Johnson Canyon - 23 June 2014

Greetings from Johnson Canyon. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of good and bad, happy and sad. Summer is truly here, now that the thermometer has passed 100°F (37.8°C). Nancy's garden is blooming, attracting a variety of butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.
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Spring Birds of Johnson Canyon

Over the past couple of weeks, a huge number of new birds have been showing up in our yard. These are the migratory birds that spend the summer here, and avoid our cold winter nights by heading south when things here get chilly. Nancy has been watching her garden journal, and most of the birds have shown up on the same day that they appeared last year.
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Creating a Sprout Guide

As the weather warms up, Nancy and I have been working on our gardens. It is still too soon to plant much, as the nights are still dropping below freezing, but quite a few sprouts are appearing. Some of them are native plants, while others are from last years flowers. The challenge is figuring out which is which. To help with that, I am using my camera to make a sprout guide, a digital collection of sprout photos.

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Spring in Johnson Canyon

After a very mild winter, spring seems to have settled in to stay. Nancy's garden is starting to produce flowers, in spite of nights that still go down below freezing. The chipmunks and rock squirrels have emerged, and immediately discovered my spinach garden which had survived the entire winter. Minutes after showing up, the spinach which had survived temps down to -18°F (-27.7°C) was nibbled down to bare dirt.

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