The (Great) Uncle Nick (Small) WWII Photo Archive On Flickr

I inherited a number of in-the-trenches World War II black-and-white photos from my Great-Uncle Nicholas Constas (a.k.a. Nikko The Clown) and decided, largely because they’re damned interesting, to finally scan + upload them to a flickr set. If others have the same or anyone is interested in providing details, feel free to flickr comment or drop me a line. Link below:

Finally! A Good Use For The Nano Gallery (Kudos To

An unlabeled version of the fused-diamondoid-carbon-nanotube-van-der-waals-crimp-junction found a home in the NanoSonic Nanotechnology Coloring Book, page 8 (I show it below (with mine shown a little more nano-sized)). I think that’s pretty hip.

Kudos to Tom Moore for pointing it out.

CCSD(T) and MP4 Z-Matrix Coordinate Oddity In Gaussian: When In Doubt, Change Your Format

This post was instigated by Syracuse University Professor of Chemistry and well-known non-blogger Tim Korter concerning efforts to, I believe, generate proper Møller–Plesset Perturbation Theory Of The 4th Order (MP4, and also testing coupled cluster CCSD(T) calculations) intermolecular potentials for improving terms for Grimme dispersion-corrected density functional theory (DFT) calculations with the Gaussian09 package (a program for which many people grumble about various issues but which is, by nearly all metrics, a fantastic set of quantum chemical programs). The examples below, using water only, are just for ease-of-testing, which produce the following results based on the form of the input of the molecular coordinates. For those wondering why, z-matrices are the preferred format for performing SCAN or other automated trajectory calculations (an absolutely useless format, in my opinion, now that we have computers that can handle more than five atoms).

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Some Light Science Reading. The Constellations: Ursa Minor

As first appeared in the January/February/March 2012 edition (yeah, I know) of the Syracuse Astronomical Society newsletter The Astronomical Chronicle (PDF) and, I am proud to say, soon to be included in an edition of the Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society (MVAS) newsletter, Telescopic Topics.

Image generated with Starry Night Pro 6.

[Author’s Note: A tradition owing to Dr. Stu Forster during his many years as President and Editor, the Syracuse Astronomical Society ( features (at least) one Constellation in each edition of its near-monthly newsletter, the Astronomical Chronicle.]

The Constellation discussion for this year is going to take a bit of a turn.

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The Excelsior Cornet Band At Canastota Public Library, 4 October 2009

“I know only two tunes.  One is Old Hundredth, the other one isn’t.” – Abraham Lincoln

Nearly six score days ago, the Excelsior Cornet Band performed in Canastota, NY as part of the Art & Music series at the Canastota Public Library.  As reported in the Fall 2009 edition of  “Check It Out!” (the library’s newsletter, of which a copy of the Fall 2009 PDF is saved locally at 2010january_excelsior_checkitout.pdf)…

On October 4, a concert is planned with “The Excelsior Cornet Band”.  “The Excelsior Cornet Band” is New York State’s only authentic Civil War brass band.  Founded in 2001, the band consists of a group of upstate New York musicians who are dedicated to the performance of original Civil War music on actual antique brass band instruments of the 1860’s period.  They will be performing their Abraham Lincoln Program on Sun., Oct 4 at 2 pm on the second floor of the Library.

Is this thing on? – Jeff Stockham

The Excelsior Cornet Band. Tintype photo by John A. Coffer.

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An Old Post And A New Corresponding Site: The Bozzio Independence Method And Much More At

This post existed in the long, long ago version of this website (roughly June, 2001). With javascript-in-wordpress now figured out to my satisfaction (starting page HERE), I’ve reposted this drum exercise for official linking at, a website started by Roy SeGuine that included several excellent exchanges between Roy and myself and, I’m pleased to report, does a far more thorough job than this little page below does at explaining the procedure (and dig that Classic Gold Sparkle Gretsch kit on the readme page).

This is the method presented by Terry Bozzio in many of his clinics. Once you can play all 15 measures above against ANY rhythm possible from repeated combinations of the above measures (so-called “ostinatos“), then you’ve played every sixteenth note-based subdivision possible. There are, of course, actually 16 measures, the first being the one with nothing played (the easiest to master for most rhythms). The importance of this null case will be important in later sections. Note that the above is for sixteenth notes in 1/4. The game is played differently for 1/4 with triplets, quintuplets, etc. The mechanism is the same, however. If you feel inclined, the other possible combinations are easy to write down using the Pascal Triangle to keep track.

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A7281/S2714: Healthy, Safe And Energy Efficient Outdoor Lighting Act

The Earth at night. From

Friend, fellow Syracuse Astronomical Society (SAS) member, vocal proponent of light pollution control and diminution, and favorite astronomy lecturer Prof. John McMahon forwarded the following email (from a post on the website) on 24 June 2007:


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Grove Havener At Coleman’s Irish Pub, 6 March 2009

Top o’ the afternoon to ya, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.  A fortuitous occurrence above the western skies (relative to my apartment) of Syracuse in the direction of Tipperary Hill (where, for those interested in local trivia, the traffic light has the green on top thanks to the indefatigable efforts of Irish youths in the 1920’s) brings to mind three questions about the most recent (and my first sub’ing) Grove Havener (who’s name, for those interested in local trivia, is taken from an Earth Science teacher at Jamesville-DeWitt) gig at Coleman’s Irish Pub on 6 March 2009:

(1) Will it go ’round in circles?

(2) Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?

(3) Did we play that Billy Preston cover?

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Metamodern – The Trajectory Of Technology

Eric Drexler is categorically the most knowledgeable and well-rounded scientist I have ever met. Period.

– From an interview with Sander Olsen for, November 2005.

Friend, mentor, and co-author K. Eric Drexler has begun a new blog and I am thrilled to have at the click of a mouse the thoughts of a founding father of my field who remains a strong voice for its progress by seeing beyond the boundaries that define scientific disciplines.

If all scientists had his mastery of insight and interdisciplinary mindset, I dare say we might be done by now.

And I subscribed to the feed, too.

Memorial Weekend 2008 Tune-age, Funktion Key 3 And The Excelsior Cornet Band

A post 150 years in the making (plus a few weeks to get everything else done), with that same 150 year gap in styles and instrumentation bridged in just under 2 days.

May 24, 2008 – Memorial Day Music (and Head Spinning) Festival

Quite possibly a first for the usually sedate town of Manlius NY, guitarist William Nicholson hosted a day-long Memorial Day Music (and Head Spinning) Festival in his own living room and back yard. 30 to 40 in attendance, mostly performers, which was just about the right size to work out the bugs for a 2nd Annual event next year. A few notable notes…

Know Nothing – I’d seen this duo once already at the Metropolis Underground as the opener for The Future Has A Silver Lining, the first band I ever walked out on (in the words of THE Tony Williams, “there’s a big difference between volume and intensity.” This headliner’s guitar player hadn’t quite figured that out as of that gig. Which is bad for experimental jazz, because they tend to sit rather close to their pick-ups and on that smallest string, if you get my meaning). Nice experimental jazz/rock duo. Can’t argue with a band with lead drums.

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