Blue Cat and Recovering From Disaster

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According to some, the world ends (or at least experiences a major disaster) today. Blue Cat doesn’t think that’s going to happen, but he did experience a minor disaster and saw how improvising and being creative can help you when things don’t go the way you’ve planned.

Blue Cat’s creator is going to a party today and promised to bake a cake. She used a new recipe, but didn’t remember to adjust the recipe for high altitude baking. (Blue Cat lives in Colorado Springs at an altitude of over 6000 feet above sea level.) You may not know it, but you need to add more flour and liquid to recipes when you’re baking at altitudes higher than 3500 feet, or else your cake may not rise the way you’d like it to.

The cake ended up severely depressed (which, for a cake – a usually festive piece of food – is catastrophic). Instead of a fluffy center, there was a giant dip. And layering the cake didn’t help…

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The cake was depressed, but Blue Cat’s creator wasn’t…

Blue Cat’s creator didn’t panic – instead, she used the result to make an even cooler cake than she had planned. The depression became a crater, and she used materials from around the kitchen (including some cookie crumbs from another baking mishap) to create a semi-realistic meteor impact site (complete with high-temperature glass shards and a barely-surviving house). She took what could have been a baking nightmare and turned it into the perfect cake for a party on the last day of the Mayan calendar.

So the next time your plan doesn’t go as you had hoped, Blue Cat suggests you don’t give up. He says to use the situation to your advantage and see how it presents an opportunity to be successful in a different way.

Blue Cat also hopes there are some leftovers…

© William P Doyle, Jr  2012  All Rights Reserved

Blue Cat Prepares for an Astronomical Event

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Something big is coming, and Blue Cat is getting prepared. No, it’s not the end of the Mayan Calendar, nor is it the last triple date  of the century (12/12/12). It’s something a lot more scientific, and a lot more fun, too

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Blue Cat gets his team and equipment ready…

Blue Cat is getting ready for the Geminid Meteor Shower this Thursday (December 13th). Here in Colorado, the shower will be at its height that night, and there won’t be any moonlight to get in the way of observing. With a dark sky you should be able to see a meteor every minute. All you need to do is start watching the Eastern sky at around 10pm – the meteors will appear to come from the Gemini constellation, which moves to overhead as the night progresses. You can get all the details from Sky and Telescope Magazine here.

This is one of those astronomy events that doesn’t require expensive equipment or a lot of knowledge. (The hat in the picture is purely for show and to keep aliens from reading his mind.) Blue Cat plans on laying down on a lawn chair (covered in blankets, of course) with his feet pointing toward Gemini and his head elevated enough so he can see down to the horizon. Once his eyes adjust to the darkness, he should be able to see the meteors as they streak in. Just get your yard as dark as possible so you can see the best.

So join Blue Cat and his astronaut buddy for an exciting night under the stars, then let him know what you saw by emailing him here. And bundle up – it’ll be cold out there!

© William P. Doyle, Jr.  2012  All rights reserved.