Sunday, December 22, 2013


Remember, Reflect, Rebuild!

July 2008

15 December 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Try to Remember

Deep in December it's nice to remember ...


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Star Power

Getting ready to Sparkle.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Quincy Quince

Ripe quince in Quincy.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Jack O'post 2013

DIY: lamp post, orange light, electrical tape, scissors.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Autumn Gold

This is gold country!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Order of Operations


Just like in algebra: First we Pave, next we Excavate, then ...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

British Invasion

2 x TR6 = TR12 ??

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Time to Change

It is time to again to watch the daily progression of the famous
"Judge Thieler Sugar Maple" from Summer into Fall.

Below are links to the photos from previous years for those who want to
plan a leaf-peeper visit for the days of peak color, or those who want to
search for evidence of global climate change in year-to-year data.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Dancing with the Stars (Astronomically)

Three Plumas County communities – Greenville, Portola, and Quincy – are participating in a groundbreaking astronomy research project supported by the National Science Foundation.  The RECON project is studying objects that orbit the sun out beyond the planet Neptune. To study these distant faint objects, citizen-scientists in each community use project-supplied equipment to record them when they move in front of stars – this is called an occultation – when they literally “dance with the stars”.  RECON stands for Research and Education Cooperative Occultation Network.  In addition to the research, education is a key objective of the project.  Science teachers at Quincy High School, Portola High School, Plumas Charter School in Greenville, and Feather River College are all part of RECON.
Dr. John Keller
Dr. John Keller, a planetary scientist and astronomy educator in the Physics Department at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, is one of the two principal investigators leading the RECON project.  On Thursday evening, September 12th  Dr. Keller will give a free public lecture at Feather River College about the RECON project along with representatives from the Plumas County teams.  The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in room 103 on the lower level of the new FRC Learning Resource Center.  Following the lecture attendees are invited to a “star party” at the FRC observatory.  Interested people will also be given the opportunity to sign up for an ongoing Community Education class that will meet every other week from September 26th through December 5th taught by Charles Arrowsmith, the astronomy instructor at FRC, and Michelle Callahan of Portola High School.  
Those who take the RECON community education course will learn more about the science behind the project, how to use the equipment, and how to analyze the results.  They will be able and encouraged to participate in the ongoing observation campaigns as a part of their community team.  The community education class is being offered free of charge to qualifying high school students and for only $20 to the general public.
You can read more about the RECON project at and you can email for information about the class.  Quincy RECON is also on Google+.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Summer Leaves

It is still August!  Yes, the college started classes two weeks ago and the public schools start next week,
but it is not Autumn! Summer should not be leaving yet, and leaves should not be assuming Fall colors!
Do the trees know something that we don't about what lies ahead?

Saturday, August 10, 2013

livin' the dream

There are reasons why I call this place "Q-topia."
Here are some of them:

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Music, Music, Music, Music

In Quincy the 4th of July celebration goes for four days (and nights).
If you're not here, you're you're missing the music and a lot more.

Check it out at

You can hear some of the music some of the time online at

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Food & Fun

At the Quincy Certified Farmers' Market 4:30 - 7:30pm every Thursday from
June 20 through September 19, 2013 at Church and Main St.

Check the website for the summer entertainment schedule and more.
Be a sponsor for as little as $5 and get this bumper sticker.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Shake'n Quake

Here is the USGS map of the earthquake and aftershocks (48 above magnitude 2.5 and counting) over the past 12 hours.  In spite of the original magnitude and the many aftershocks, no injuries are reported and damage is relatively minor and that was mostly limited to the areas from Greenville to Chester and around lake Almanor.
Screen Shot May 24, 2013 9:24am PDT

Saturday, April 20, 2013


No, not HTML, or XML, or the international standard SGML!
A different SGMLStreet and Ground Markup Language  :-)
The markup appearing on the streets and on the ground around Quincy.
You know - like spray-can gang tags, but these are done by workers in trucks with spray-cans of particular colors to show the underground utility locations.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pole Tree

Look closely.  This "tree" is a telephone pole.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


... is an action verb.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Emily's Window

According to the note on the door, she is closed because she is still sick.  
I am recovering from a cold myself (I can't remember the last time I had one), 
but her window in the sunlight made me feel better.  

They are only paper flowers growing beside a paper dress, 
but as with the Paper Moon, you can believe that Spring is near.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Snow Drops

To mark the end of a beautiful holiday weekend,
the forecast for tomorrow says that these snowdrops
and their neighbors and the roads
will be covered with snow.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Vote for Quincy

Vote for Quincy, CA as America's coolest small town!
Vote once a day, every day, for the next dozen days.

Here are scenes from today's first annual Quincy Groundhog Fever Festival.

Everything is hi-tech.
The groundhog was carved to order - with a chainsaw.

  For a few dollars, everyone gets to be a judge
  of the chili cook-off (above).

  Captain Cupcake (left and below)
  didn't win the sweet eatin' contest.
  He only ate cupcakes, not the donuts.
  Maybe next year (or the next repeat of this day :-)

Notice the prone snow-monster.

Vote once a day, every day, for the next dozen days.

Monday, January 7, 2013


Or are these the eggs of a Snow-bird?  Maybe Joe will know.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Holiday Fun

Happy New Year!