Location, Location, Location

It has long been known that the three most important factors determining real estate value are: location, location, location. I notice that this aphorism is true not only for residential and commercial properties, but also somewhat unexpectedly for sites having great symbolic and/or spiritual significance. My research reveals a previously unknown system of non-monetary valuation […]

Learning from CERN

CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the largest, most complex and most expensive machine ever built on this planet. Over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries collaborated on its design and construction. The purpose of the machine is essentially to study the interrelation between the physics of the very small (quantum mechanics) and […]

Spaceport America

In 2012, Spaceport America was completed in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico. The closest town has the unusual name Truth or Consequences, some 33 km away as the crow flies. In all the vastness of the desert, Spaceport America was constructed right on the button at 33┬░0’0″N. Today I felt inspired to measure the […]

Eiffel tower

Mars, Saturn, and Spica

The tower erected in 1889 by freemason Gustave Eiffel (who also designed the inner structure of the Statue of Liberty) remains to this day the tallest structure in Paris. The Eiffel tower served as the entrance to the World’s Fair, opening out onto the Champ de Mars. The Mars Field is named after the Campus […]

Desert Storms

I said I was going to stop blogging for a while but I’ll tell you that is not so easy for me. I am reading Rick Riordan’s fascinating book The Red Pyramid to my son and just had an epiphany. Set is the antagonist in the novel who aims to burn the desert clean and […]