Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Top 20 Skill - Total Commitment

Motor Cross rider Travis Pastrana shows he's definitely a "Top 20", pulling off the first ever double back flip in competition. The announcer says it all when he exclaims, "Total commitment!" Thanks to Carl for the idea for this post - amazing!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Royal Pooch

Here's a site that can help you pick the perfect British Labrador puppy. Click here to view it.

Image from wildwindbritlabs.com

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dog Days

A student asked for a post on dogs, so I decided to do one about my favorite type of dog, the Australian Shepherd.

I have an eight-year-old "Aussie" named Luka. She's the best dog I've ever owned, and I've owned a few. She came to us from a breeder in Buffalo, MN. When we went to pick her out, the breeders introduced us to Luka's parents. The dogs proceeded to put on quite an impressive display of herding, moving a bunch of horses from the stables out to the driveway, around some trees and back into the barn.

While we've never trained Luka specifically, she shows signs of this herding instinct with our three kids, walking behind and around them as if to keep them all in one place!

Luka's two biggest loves in life are playing "catch" and chasing squirrels. When she was a puppy we would take her outside and roll frisbees to her. Before long she was leaping and catching like an NFL wide receiver! Each morning, still, the first thing she does when we let her outside is to 'secure the perimeter' of the yard by sending any squirrels scurrying to the nearest tree.

Aussies are known for their loyalty, intelligence and trainability. I would highly recommend one to anyone looking for a great family pet!

Learn more about Australian Shepherds here!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What Are You Going to Be...

...for Halloween? Click on the comments below and let us know! Unless you have a Google account of your own, just click on "Anonymous" as your identity. If you sign your post, please remember - first names only.

Friday, October 3, 2008

World record - the fastest car

The SSC Ultimate Aero - 256 MPH! (from Brain Stuff)

More info on Shelby Supercars

Thanks to Matt for inspiring this post!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Largest Volcanic Eruption in the Solar System

photo source: www.berkeley.edu

Jupiter's moon Io is the most volcanically active object in the solar system because of tidal interaction with Jupiter. It is covered with volcanoes that erupt sulfur, sulfur dioxide and silicate rock, and as a result, Io is constantly being resurfaced. Its lavas are the hottest known anywhere in the solar system, with temperatures exceeding 1,800 K (1,500 °C). In February 2001, the largest recorded volcanic eruptions in the solar system occurred on Io.
entry borrowed from Wikipedia

Thanks to Nate for suggesting this post!