Helioza Science Fiction Art & Opinion

Helioza – Science Fiction, Art & Opinion

Helioza is a collection of thoughts, musings, lessons and images from a lifetime spent observing and wondering about this vast world in which we all live.  Varied, and even eccentric, it veers between humor, technology, health and whatever seems interesting to me at the time.

Ray N. Franklin

This is where to find my books and stories. I’ve recently added science fiction or SF to my non-fiction writing. I’ll be logging each new publication as it launches. Stay tuned for much more to come.

Partial eclipse in Fort Collins, Colorado: Nature’s Pinhole Camera.

New Science Fiction story posted on Helioza, Trending, A Man Story. What does it mean when every post-puberty male on the planet wakes up with man boobs? Charlie wonders, asks the hard questions, and finds the answers for you.

Just released, Galaxy Field Guide For Kids Age 4-8 is a new version of the older guide. This one is for children aged 4 years to 8 years. Beautiful images of classic galaxies grace the pages. Simple, easy to understand text keeps younger kids engaged as they learn about the stars outside our Milky Way.

School Lunch Nutrition Downgrade

The USDA published a damaging rule change proposal for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. The changes deal with a handful of complaining food service operators by lowering the nutritional standards. Apparently, the fact that most operators have no trouble exceeding the standards is no motivation for the USDA to help the under-performers come up to speed. Instead, the USDA solution is to downgrade the nutritional quality of school lunches and breakfasts. I guess the squeaky operator gets a pass. You can comment on this sad state of affairs until March 23, 2020. Read more…

Climate Change Shut Down DC

Climate change activism is heating up faster than Earth is. Activists shut down DC during the morning commute for about an hour until the police managed to arrest them and clear the streets. Here’s how you can help without going to DC and being arrested yourself.

Epic Pure Water Filter Pitcher Performance Results

The test results are in and Epic Water Filters outperform Brita on every measure. I tested the Epic Pure Water Filter Pitcher for two months in the summer of 2018. I no longer use my Brita filter pitcher because the “new and improved” filters are disasters, clogging in as little as a few days. Click here to see the full Epic Water Filters story…


The RoHSwell.com site was born in 2004 as news of the new environmental regulations in Europe was spreading across the US.  This is a high-tech section focused on regulatory compliance with RoHS, WEEE and REACH.  It applies specifically to the electrical and electronics industries.

RoHS stands for “Restriction of Hazardous Substances” and WEEE for “Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.”  REACH is short for “Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals.”  All three are directives from the European Commission (EC) to the member nations.  A directive is a set of instructions to member countries requiring implementation of local laws.

The RoHSwell site was one of the first to explain these confusing and very significant changes to the landscape of environmental law applied to high-tech industries.  The RoHS-WEEE directives were fully implemented in 2006, but changes continue to trickle out.  REACH was implemented several years later and there have been changes to RoHS as well.

As this all became old news, it made more sense to merge RoHSwell with the Helioza site.  RoHSwell is now part archive and part reference.  I still find new material to add to this collection from time to time.  If you work in this arena, have a look.  There are still quite a few gems to be found for compliance engineers.

Brita Advanced Filter Slow

Why do the new Brita® Advanced filters clog so quickly? They are rated for 40 gallons and two months, but mine clogged in just one week after only 10 gallons. Click the link above to find out what I am doing to investigate this puzzle.

“Brita” is a registered trademark of Brita LP.