Exploring the World from the American West
The Native Trees of Colorado A guide to all native trees of Colorado, with details for easy identification.
Information about the Mountain Pine Beetle and the Pine Beetle epidemic, a compilation.
Books about Colorado trees and Colorado's Natural History
The Detached Observer Blog, and The Tattered Flag
Photographer Wier a 19th Century Photographer in the 21st Century
GNSS QA Plotting programs Anubisplot and teqcplot.py
Some results of 20 years of avocational studies:
Science and Technology
Aircraft Design #1: The B1-RD - Demoiselle. Modifying the excellent Robertson B1-RD to resemble the Demoiselle by Alberto Santos-Dumont. March 15, 2016.
Aircraft Design #2: the Damselfly. Also inspired by the Demoiselle of Alberto Santos-Dumont, with updated design principles and materials, and for pilots who weigh more than Santos-Dumont's 50 kg (110 pounds). June 14, 2016. Aircraft designs Copyright © 2016 Stuart K. Wier. Not for use in aircraft construction.
Construction of Egyptian Old Kingdom Pyramids. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 1996, vol. 6, issue 1, pp. 150-163.
In the 1990s archaeologists and engineers finally gained a basic understanding of how the ancient Egyptian pyramids were built. This is one key report.
See also my further calculations in Pyramid Calculations: Manpower Estimates for Khufu's Pyramid (1998).
Reader's Guide to Ancient Egypt (to 1995)
Designing a Sundial for Clock Time. How you can design a sundial for any location, which gives clock time correct to a minute or two.
Biscuits, Crackers, and Hard Tack in Early America; The Journal of the Early Americas, January 2011. With several good recipes for biscuits and crackers, including period-correct recipes.
A Simple Brick Bake Oven for wood-fired baking. A dry-stack oven you can build in an afternoon which lasts for years.
Iron-gall ink and Quill Pens: Sources for Colonial & British Writing, up to about 1820: Pens, Ink, and Penmanship. Compiling many very good but obscure sources.
Reader's Guide to Early Western Explorers (incomplete)
Meriwether Lewis's Lead Powder Canisters; The Journal of the Early Americas, August 2012.
Traditional Sail Boats
The Boats of Swallows and Amazons: traditional sailing dinghies.
Weather and Forecasts
Boulder, Colorado, and U.S. weather and forecasts by the National Weather Service and other agencies.
Forecast updates for Front Range weather Watchers: Matt Kelsch Weather
July 21, 2015
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