Friday, December 31, 2010

SB 1070 Debate at the Arizona Inn

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 4:16 PM

On Wedesday, Jan. 5 at 7 a.m., Bruce Ash will be hosting a debate about SB 1070's effectiveness at curbing illegal immigration.

Arguing for 1070 is Sen. Frank Antenori, and arguing against the bill will be Rep. Steve Farley.

The debate is part of the Off the Record Debate series. The cost is $40 per debate or $110 for the remainder of the season.

The Arizona Inn is located at 2200 E. Elm St. Breakfast will be provided from 7 to 7:30 a.m., and the debate will run from 7:30 to 8 a.m.

For reservations, e-mail David Foster at

A Real Snow Photo

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Well, it's cold outside, but I'm still waiting to get buried under all that snow that's supposed to be headed our way. In the meantime, here's a snowy pic I took up in Flagstaff last week as a family of deer trotted across the Hard Ranch's corral.

Happy New Year, everyone!

One Last Mars Shot of 2010

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 1:29 PM

I sure do love the photos of Mars taken by the UA's HiRISE camera. Here's a final shot of a crater in light-toned layered bedrock south of Oyama Crater.

You can find more HiRISE photos here. And if you really dig them, you can order a 2011 HiRISE calender here.

HiRISE team member Livio L. Tornabene tells us about how the above image was created:

Who wants color? My preferred HiRISE color product uses all three color bands (i.e, wavelengths) that HiRISE can image — IRB, which refers to Infrared-Red-Blue/Green. Ever heard of R-G-B (Red-Blue-Green)? These three primary colors essentially combine to make all the perceived colors that we know of.

By substituting a wavelength that is normally invisible to the human eye for one that is, like infrared for red, we are able to create a "false"-color image. The infrared is useful because its sensitive to iron-bearing minerals and their oxidation state (degree of "rusting"). Ferrous iron, the more oxidized variety, is what makes Mars so reddish. Basically, most of the materials on Mars are pretty oxidized/rusted, and therefore altered from the more original ferric iron state (the less oxidized iron common to volcanic minerals such as olivine and pyroxene). So in general, the bluer the materials in our IRB images the less

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10 Worst Predictions for 2011: WWIII, Ono-McCartney Album

Posted By on Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Grab your children and your cameras, as World War III is on the way for 2011.

At least that’s one of the predictions that kept popping up while researching the 10 worst things in store for the new year.

Psychic Linda Monroe, who claimed to have predicted a plane flying into a “Major City and lots of falling debree” on Sept. 11 and the equally accurate “death of a famous British male actor in 2001,” even says the next world war will involve weapons that shoot out “microwave type beams.”

Eek. We’ve all seen what happens to Peeps in the microwave. Imagine what happens to people.

But that’s OK, as Catholic Planet says at least the Big Apple will be spared from being microwaved as New York City is instead going to be hit by a nuclear bomb.

To make matters even scarier, the nuclear bomb attack is likely to be controlled by computer hackers, who already mussed up some Iranian top-secret stuff.

Yes, hackers and their malicious computer viruses will hit the 2011 scene with a vengeance, says, going for bigger and more widespread mayhem. Reducing our personal little machines to expensive paperweights, like one did to my laptop last month, was just child’s play.

Computers are not the only thing that will be felled by viruses, as a sickness and death promises to infect living things as well.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

I’ve Been Taunting Nature All Day, and Still No Snow?

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 8:26 PM

What gives? The National Weather Service basically assured me that I’d be frolicking in a winter wonderland by now? Where are my winter flurries? Hello? Is anyone even listening?

Furthermore, I have been taunting nature all day, to no effect. I drank cold Coca Cola on a street corner just after sunrise. I walked around in a T-shirt while the rest of city bundled up against the low temperatures. I even went and bought two pints of gelato and ate it with my hands on what was supposed to be a severely cold day. And yet the sun came out, with no sign of snow on the horizon.

This is a major disappointment. If anyone needs me, I’ll be taking an ice bath until I either pass out or see some snowflakes.

Allegro: Il Gelato Naturale

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 4:03 PM


Meet Ivan Lucchina, general manager of Allegro: Il Gelato Naturale at 446 N. Campbell Ave., Suite 120. He moved here all the way from Italy to make gelato and sorbet for you. He has cool rotating display cases and two degrees from Carpigiani Gelato University.

The fruit flavors are made with 50 percent fruit and actually taste like what they say they are. Flavors like carrot and fennel stand out against more traditional flavors like tiramisu and chocolate. There are 24 flavors in all, and Lucchina uses natural ingredients to make it all right there.

The interior design consists of cute little orange stools, glass tables and LED lights all over the place. It sparkles with an operating room’s cleanliness, and those rotating gelato cases give it a space-age feel. It’s smart, clean and hip and a very welcome addition to the offerings in the UA area.

Prices range from $3.50 to $5, and a pint to go is $10. There’s coffee, hot chocolate and other stuff. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 10:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday.

Call 207-1991 for more information.

(On a side note: I couldn't wait until I got home to try the tiramisu stuff, so I started spooning it into my mouth with my fingers on the drive home. I had to stop myself when I realized I was licking my hands like a crazy person at the stoplight at First Avenue and Grant Road. A woman in a blue coat looked at me from the crosswalk with a disgusted look on her face. Undeterred, I dug into the other pint of mango. Warning: This stuff is really freaking good. That is all.)

Sushi Cortaro Is Open

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 1:30 PM

A new sushi restaurant called Sushi Cortaro opened this week at 8225 N. Courtney Page Way, in Marana. It’s in the same weird strip-mall thingy that houses the sole Tucson-area location of the national chain eatery Native New Yorker.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and noon to 9:30 p.m., Sunday. Call 572-8668 for more information.

TPD Gets Another Grant to Ticket Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Posted By on Thu, Dec 30, 2010 at 1:04 PM

From Tucson Velo:

The Tucson Police department was awarded another grant for targeted enforcement of bicycle and pedestrian laws.

According to an email from Sergeant Jerry Skeenes, who ran the targeted enforcement that wrapped up in October, they will begin deploying officers in early January.

Skeenes said this enforcement campaign will be less intense because it will stretch over a longer period of time.

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