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can't seem to fit nicely into the other sections of my web site. Do you ever wonder where that paper money in your pocket has been, or where it will go next?  This is the place to find out. allows you to enter your bills serial numbers and find out where they have been and see where they end up (assuming someone else has previously entered the serial number).  It can be a lot of fun.  Try it! 

www.Planetary.orgThe Planetary Society's mission is to encourage the exploration of our solar system and the search for extraterrestrial life through education, research, and public participation.  Founded in 1980 by Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray, and Louis Friedman, the Society is a nonprofit organization funded by its members.  Their current projects include Mars Exploration – the Mars Microphone, Rover Technology, A 2001 Mars Odyssey: The Student NanoExperiment Challenge, Planetfest, Red Rover Goes to Mars, The Search for Extraterrestrial Life, Near-Earth Objects Research and Missions.   If you are interested in space exploration, this is a very important organization to support. setiathome.berkeley.eduIf you don't want to join but are still interested in helping in a small way, take a look at the SETI@Home project.  It is a fascinating project where you download a computer program that analyzes scientific data while acting as a screen-saver on your personal computer.  The data collected are from the Arecibo radio telescope looking for signals from intelligent life outside our solar system.  You could take part in answering one of humanities most awesome questions:  Are we alone?  To learn more about the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence vist the Harvard SETI Home Page or the SETI Institute Enya - I once heard the music of this beautiful Celtic woman described as hauntingly sublime -- I could not, myself, do a better job describing it.  Some people are deeply moved by her music, others can't tell one song from another.  You either like it or you don't -- I like it.  It deeply moves me. 

The Lord of the RingsThe Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein -- my all time favorite story.  Any brief description that I write will not do justice to this epic saga.  I first read it my sophomore year in high school and each subsequent time I read it . . . it still stirs something inside me.  The story is beautifully detailed -- rich in texture,  physical landscape, history, inhabitants, language and customs.  A notable achievement considering it is about a world and people who never existed.  Before Tolkein wrote the Lord of the Rings trilogy, he created a very detailed history of Middle Earth, the land where the story takes place.  Four years after his death, this history was put into a book titled the Silmarillion.  When I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the stories are so endearing that I'm tempted to forget that it is just fiction.  Great news:  The Lord of the Rings trilogy is being made into a movie.  Check out the following sites to learn more.  Lord of the Rings.netThe One  I hope they do justice to the story . . . .  We will see. 

The first of a series of three movie is here.  I loved it!  Read a detailed critics review of The Lord of the Rings (click here). 

  The Hubble Space Telescope sees the raw beauty of the universe from above Earth's atmosphere and sends back a portrait of the universe in exquisite detail.  Forgive the pun, but the beauty of celestial objects is truly unearthly.  Take a look at the incredible pictures this telescope has captured for us.  If you are really interested in space photos, take look at the Photography Links section of my web site. 

Other Hubble Links: 


The Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS).  You could discover one of the most coveted finds in all of Mathematics - a new Mersenne prime number.  Join in on this fun, yet serious research project. All you need is a personal computer, patience, and a lot of luck.  In addition to the joy of making a mathematical discovery, you might win some cash ($100,000 award to the first person or group to discover a ten million digit prime number!).  The project is similar to SETI@Home in that you download software that crunches numbers while your computer is not being used.  An integer greater than one is called a prime number if its only divisors are one and itself.  The first prime numbers are 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, etc.  For example, the number 10 is not prime because it is divisible by 2 and 5. A Mersenne prime is a prime of the form 2P-1.  The first Mersenne primes are 3, 7, 31, 127, etc.  There are only 39 known Mersenne primes. 

GeoCaching is a fun, hi-tech version of treasure hunting.  To learn more about it, go to my World of Maps & GPS page


The Periodic Table of Videos - tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century - but this modern version has a short video about each one.  

my College Notes - notes from various classes that I have taken.
Scott Toste's Sierra Nevada -  My Tribute to the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range
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