Showing posts from September, 2010


Mornings of late have featured isolated builds of cumulus and cumulonimbus, everything from congestus to castellanus and capilatus incus. All photos are from the Palikir campus of the College of Micronesia-FSM on Pohnpei.

Aye, there be a temperature up there, me matey!

Early morning post-dawn sun lit up this top directly overhead early in the morning. Spectacular. Always remember to look up once in a while. Just a hint of a pileus at the very crown of the cloud.

A tower building west of campus while low level fractus scud slides into the top of the frame.

About the house and town

FaceBook brings generations to the computer who might not have previously considered using computers outside of the work environment.

Food tastes better when worn or when found on the floor.

The Police Academy out for evening physical training. Kampare!

The new RipStik rider in the house. The family that Rips together, Stiks together.

Ethnobotany class visits Island Food Community of Pohnpei

The SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany class at the College of Micronesia-FSM visited the Island Food Community of Pohnpei to learn about the importance of local food, or as is said now around Pohnpei, "Go local!"

Emihner Johnson presented background statistics on the health crisis facing Pohnpei. In 1949 a health survey found zero cases of diabetes among the population on Pohnpei. Now one in three adults have diabetes, rates of cancers which may be in part linked to dietary choices are on the rise, along with heart disease.

A change in diet and a shift to a more sedentary lifestyle are known to be proximate causes of the health crisis. Indeed, the Pacific Island Health Officers Associationdeclared a state of health emergency on May 25th 2010.

Ms. Johnson drove home the aphorism, "Plant, grow, harvest, cook, and eat!" The class also learned that growing and eating local has important positive impacts for Pohnpei, captured by the abbreviation CHEEF:

Culture: local food nurtures…

Latitude and longitude: meters per minute

Laboratory 072 began with resetting the GPS units. Brian, Sussy, and Joshua reset the tripodometers on their GPS units.

Yvonne Sue heads down the new sidewalk with the surveyor's wheel, Adam and Tellez in tow.

Joshua follows remains on his line of longitude, tracking due north through the parking lot.

Sussy approaches N 6° 54.593' while walking north on the E 158° 09.564 line of longitude. Data gathered in the two sections is in a Google docs spreadsheet.

Modified the lab and rubric to include an error analysis on the circumference of the earth which I calculated in class. Three years ago this was left as an exercise for the students. The students were unable to complete the task. A year and half ago I dropped the circumference calculation. Slightly better preparation on Monday and Wednesday have encouraged me to reinclude the error analysis task, but using the calculated circumpolar distance determined by me in class.

Gymnosperm, angiosperm, economic botany presentations

The SC/SS 115 Ethnobotany class students gave presentations on gymnosperms, angiosperms, and plants with economic value. Rophino and SepeBrianna made a particularly good poster on monocots versus dicots.

Amilain and Elizabeth did a superb job of demonstrating the periderm, phloem, and xylem layers using Hibiscus tiliaceus. Elizabeth even found a very thin, translucent layer between the phloem and xylem that may indeed have been the cambium.

Deisleen presented on black pepper, a locally grown plant with both economic value for Pohnpei and an unfortunate history on Pohnpei.

Kasinta did a fine job presenting cinnamon.

Asher family Nihco picnic

Under the inspiration of Jack Asher, the Asher family held a family gathering picnic. Odd for a Saturday, Nihco was all but empty.

Jack Asher Reverend Nena Kilafwasru and Jusda Elesha Kilafwasru - daughter of Sepe Intuvius Asher Myself with a granddaughter of Mada Asher Kim Two more Asher progeny Shrue Kilafwasru Lee Ling,

Car wash in support of the cure

In support of the Susan G. Komen foundation, a local crew held a sponsored car wash here on Pohnpei. This was the first such event that I can recall occuring on Pohnpei.

My 16 year old market marauder is held together by Kitti mud, washing it is not necessarily recommended. Even the wash crew were surprised at the amount of mud caked under the chassis.

Lloyd washes the tires. There are no hub caps on my car.

Not much need to blur out the license plate around here. Angelina rinses the car down.
Free snacks and drink were provided at the car wash.

Tamaroaloang o Dien

Marking statistics papers at a desk on Friday afternoon sitting in an air conditioned office is something that an instructor could be doing anywhere. Buried in the midst of seventy-nine papers, with sixty-four physical science papers yet to go, there is nothing particularly special or different from the hundreds of other community college professors out there marking papers on a Friday.
Outside my window, however, a tropical sun blazes in a blue sky, and the leaves on the trees are not changing colors with the seasons. Still, I could be in southern Florida but for the yonder hills of Palikir.
There is, however, also outside my office window the following scene which cannot be found stateside.
The ramshackle collection of tin roof perched atop tree fern posts might not look like an evening hot spot, but make no mistake, in upper Kitti Tamaroaloang was the place to be. With Tamaroaloang the only operational market between One Eye in Paies and Na-Na in Enipein, Tamaroaloang was way oversubs…

RipStik Evening

Still riding using the full swinging arm technique, some kind of conversion of arm-swing rotational energy to foot-swizzling RipStik motion.

His skill at managing balance while sitting and moving at relatively high rates of velocity improves year-on-year. Here he is rounding the corner at the bottom of the parking lot having started at the top. Despite the flash freeze frame, he is moving at a high rate of speed, as can be seen on the face of his partner.

Perfunctory 2010 social media self-portrait destined to be profile image.

Special sunset treat for the family that Stiks together.

A video of two person sit riding.

Heat conductivity of materials

Laboratory six intentionally uses the most trivial and basic materials in terms of equipment, only the thermometers would be problematic in a local elementary or secondary school.

Senioleen and Ceasar adjust their heat conductivity apparatus. The upper cup prevents convective heat loss.

In the first half of the laboratory the students work in pairs to measure the temperature rise in a cup of room temperature water connected to a cup with boiling water. Below a piece of basalt can be seen in a small amount of cool water. The covered cup contains hot water. The other cup rig has a marble between the cups, with holes in the cups exposing the marble to the hot water.

In the second half of the laboratory the student pairs team up to form groups of four students who then design a chart design to use to report their results. Every term the cool water cups start at slightly different temperatures, making a straight-forward column chart of the maximum temperatures an inaccurate reflection of o…