Brian Combs

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Pistorius Raises Questions

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Without question, the feel-good story of the London 2012 Olympics, at least so far, is the competition by Oscar Pistorius, a paraplegic who made it to the semi-final of the 400 meter dash on a pair of carbon-fiber prosthetics.

Pistorius had to petition the Olympic committee to be allowed to compete, and there are some who believe that the prosthetic legs gave him an unfair advantage.

That, of course, is inane. At least today.

At some point in the future, …

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August 7th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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Convergence: Venus, the Moon and Jupiter, February 25, 2012

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I walked into the backyard this evening and was surprised by a fairly nice astro-convergence happening tonight. A waxing moon formed a triangle with Venus to the lower left, and Jupiter to the upper left.

I took a few quick pictures off my back porch. Didn’t have time to do anything to fancy.

Here’s my favorite. Scroll down to see the whole thing.

Tech Notes: Taken on my Nikon D700 with a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 at about 70mm to get …

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February 25th, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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Marine Video Disgusting, but not Surprising

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By now, you’ve probably seen the video of four U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of several Taliban members. But in case you haven’t, here’s a link to the video on YouTube. Note: This is not safe for work.

As of this afternoon, all four Marines have been identified, and a three-star general has been tasked with determining what disciplinary action should be taken. Without question, the action should be harsh and taken expeditiously.

However, we Americans must realize …

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January 13th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

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Truly a Mythical National Championship

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Most people think the BCS got this season’s two best teams into the National Championship Game. Of course, the computers solidly disagreed with this sentiment, and it doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny of comparative non-conference schedules.

But more than anything, we’ve already seen the game. The pundits told me it was the Game of the Century, so it couldn’t happen again, could it?

Alabama had their shot. On their own field. And they couldn’t get it done.

There’s no …

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January 9th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Someone Explain Tim Tebow to Me

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Tim Tebow is a conundrum, that’s for sure. He had seven or eight plays yesterday that were amazing. Against perhaps the best defense in the league.

Then, for the rest of the game, he looked approximately the way I would have out there.

But the seven or eight plays were enough to get the Denver Broncos the victory. I can’t explain it.

DJ Gallo over at ESPN looks at Eight Theories of Tim Tebow.…

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January 9th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

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Unethical Behavior by Toys R Us

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So, Toys R Us has this neat functionality where a child can set up a wish list. My nephew set one up a few months ago, and it was very useful when deciding what to get him for Christmas.

I simply got on the Toys R Us website, put in his name and location, and up popped a list of everything he wanted. I picked out a couple of items and ordered them.

Very convenient.

Except that this morning (four …

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December 14th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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Astrophotography: Moon-Venus Convergence, November 27, 2011

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I just got a new Nikon D700. One of the reasons I wanted it was for astrophotography. It is very strong at both long exposure images and at using high ISO.

Last night and tonight there was a convergence of the Moon and Venus. It was actually better last night (Saturday), but I wasn’t able to shoot.

So, I took the opportunity tonight to try out the D700 on astrophotography. It certainly performed well, but I can’t wait to try …

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November 27th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

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Nobel Prize in Physics for 2041 Announced

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Press Release
Stockholm, Sweden

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2041 to:

Aubrey Elizabeth Combs, PhD
University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, October 2, 2041 – On Wednesday, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that Dr. Aubrey Elizabeth Combs has been named the Nobel Laureate for Physics in 2041. She received the award for her Theory of Everything, which unified the disciplines of general relativity and quantum …

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November 19th, 2011 at 7:32 pm

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Review: Shibuya in the MGM Grand Las Vegas

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There are certain restaurants I visit just about every time I come to Vegas: the oyster bar within Harrahs, BLT Burgers (for the milkshakes) and The Egg and I.

Sorry Carnevino, I’m over you.

My latest addition to this list is Shibuya inside the MGM Grand. It’s by far the best sushi I’ve had east of California.

On my most recent trip to Vegas, I was actually staying at the MGM Grand, so it made perfect sense to visit Shibuya …

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November 14th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

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Fozzy Whittaker Done for the Season

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For his entire Longhorn career, Fozzy Whittaker fought the injury bug. Nagging injuries caused him to miss games his first three seasons.

An intense off-season after last year’s 5-7 horror show paid off in a big way this season. Fozzy was bigger and faster, and turned into a force both returning kicks and running the Wild Fozzy for the Longhorns.

On Saturday, a sub-par surface at Faurot Field took him out for the season. As soon as I saw the …

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November 14th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

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