Sit. Rep. #164: Skill Sets and Tool Belts

1- The BSA Handbook and the BSA Fieldbook are full of personal tools and skills.  Your fellow Scouts and Scout Leaders are full of skills, techniques, information, instruction, and ideas that you can learn to fill up your tool belt of skills and knowledge. The reason that I use the tool belt for the analogy … Read more

Sit. Rep. #160: Coast Guard Ready, Fire on the Go

1- I just learned that “Semper Paratus” is the slogan for the US Coast Guard.  To them, Semper Paratus means “Always Ready.”  I chose it because I translated the Latin phrase into “Always Prepared.”  Either way, my personal salute is to each member of all of the branches of our military service. “I believe luck … Read more

Sit. Rep. #89: Fuzz, Mercator, & Cultures

Map Projections: 1- Think of projecting a picture on a wall.  It does not matter what the original shape of the object was when the picture was taken.  The picture on the wall is 2 dimensions.  The projection is 2 dimensions.  Our Earth is roughly a sphere.  Any map in 2 dimensions distorts that 3 … Read more

Sit. Rep. #81: Many layers, No cake

1-  We know that the lowest layer of Earth’s atmosphere is called the Troposphere.  And the next layer up is called the Stratosphere.  Atop the stratosphere is Mesosphere.  The next layer up is called the Thermosphere.  And the last layer of Earth’s atmosphere is the Exosphere.  These layers are based on temperature.  Also, as you … Read more