Arizona SciTech Festival Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

5 February 2012

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the first annual Arizona SciTech Festival took place on 4 February 02012 in the planetarium at the Arizona Science Center located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

Pondering what to do on Pi Day 2010

21 February 2010

It’s Sunday, 21 February 2010, and 14 March 2010 (i.e. Pi Day) is three weeks away. I’ve been pondering what to do this Pi Day and there are so many things I can do.

Pi Day 2010 falls on a Sunday at the front-end of a week long spring break.

I thought about flying to Los Angeles, California, to eat pie at the House of Pies Bakery and Restaurant, but I opted to save this for a future Pi Day.

I considered flying to San Jose, California, to visit the Computer History Museum, but I decided that I didn’t want to do any flying.

I contemplated a two-day road trip to Deming, New Mexico, to visit the Rockhound State Park and Pancho Villa State Parks. In addition, this road trip would enable to get pictures of some road signs located along westbound I-10 between Willcox and Tucson. But… I decided to make this a summer activity.

I pondered a three-day road trip spending two nights in Needles, California. Day one, which will be on Pi Day, would include getting a piece of pie in Parker, Arizona, and eating it in Rice (CA). Day two will be a full day road trip into the Mojave National Preserve. I will visit to the Kelso Depot for the first time and a hike of the Kelso Dunes in order to get a better video clip of the roaring sand dunes.


It’s raining a lot here in Tempe and now I’m thinking I might spend Pi Day 2010 seeking wildflowers.

Take US Hwy-60 east to Florance Jct. (flowers). Continue US Hwy-60E to Gonzales Pass (flowers). Continue US Hwy-60E to Superior where I’ll stop and play for a while. Continue US Hwy-60E to Miami stopping at the tunnel to take pictures (boulders). I’ll play in Miami for a while before continuing US Hwy-60E to its junction with AZ Hwy-88. [75 miles] Head north on AZ Hwy-88 stopping at Roosevelt Lake/Bridge/Dam. Continue north on AZ Hwy-188 (Az Hwy-88 goes west as the Apache Trail). At AZ Hwy-87, go north to Payson. [155 miles total] While in Payson, I’ll have a piece of pie at the 260 Cafe and a second piece of pie at the Beeline Cafe. Return to Tempe via southbound AZ Hwy-87, where numerous flower explosions will potentially be encountered. [235 miles total]

Voter apathy in Tempe, Arizona?

5 November 2009

Tempe, Arizona, voters voted YES for the $77 million Tempe Elementary Schools bond. This came as no surprise, but I was surprised that less than 8000 Tempeans voted. I admit I was going to blow off voting, but I didn’t.

5359 Tempeans voted YES for the schools bond, but it would have taken only 2496 YES votes for passage. I have no data to support this claim, but I suspect a large percentage of the 5359 YES votes were from education workers (teachers, administrators, etc.).

7854 Tempeans voted on 3 November 02009. Tempe’s population (02006 est.): 169,712. Approximately 20% of Tempeans are under 18, which implies about 135,769 Tempeans are of voting age. I don’t know how many Tempeans are eligible voters; however, whatever the number is, it does appear as if voter apathy is alive and well in Tempe, Arizona.

I voted NAY on Tempe schools bond

3 November 2009

I voted “NAY” for “Tempe Elementary Schools Bond” because bonds are an instrument of debt and we need to stop spending money we don’t have.

The state of Arizona is broke and many of the cities in Arizona aren’t in any better shape. Given the depth of today’s economic uncertainty (e.g. I’m not certain I’ll have a job next year), I believe local taxes are going up. I also believe that the federal government will be increasing “taxes.” Just yesterday I heard Valerie Jarrett say: “The President doesn’t want to raise taxes.” Hmm… Why didn’t Valerie (a senior assistant to Obama) say “won’t” instead of “doesn’t want?”

Passage of the $77,000,000 Tempe Elementary Schools Bond will result in a tax increase and the estimated Average Annual Tax Rate will be $0.2174. This tax would increase our cost of living by $35 per month.