Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Dam, That's a Lot of Water

That's 19,000 cubic feet per second of water from 4 of 24 floodgates at the base of Mansfield Dam, plus another 6,600 CFS from the turbines. For comparison, 100,000 CFS go over Niagara Falls during the day, and 50,000 CFS at night.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Irish Bar, Part II

A middle-aged woman stops into a pub in Ireland for a beer. She tells the barkeeper she'd like a pint of draft.

"Certainly ma'am," says the barkeeper. "Anheuser-Busch?"

"Oh, it's just fine, thank you. And how's your pecker?"

Irish Bar

Said the Scotsman: "I still prefer the pubs back home. In Glasgow there is a little bar called McTavish's. The landlord there goes out of his way for the locals so much that when you buy 4 drinks he will buy the 5th drink for you."

"Well", said the Englishman, "at my local, the Red Lion, the barman there will buy you your 3rd drink after you buy the first 2."

"Ahhhhh, that is nothing", said the Irishman. "Back home in Dublin we have Ryan's Bar. Now the moment you set foot in the place they will buy you a drink, then another, all the drinks you like. Then when you have had all you want, they will take you upstairs and see that you get laid, and it is all on the house."

The Englishman and Scotsman immediately scorned the Irishman's claims. But he swore that every word was true.

"Well tell me," said the Englishman: "Did this actually happen to you?"

"Not myself, personally, no," said the Irishman. "But it did happen to my sister."

Friday, June 22, 2007

As Bad As It Gets

I guess I could take up radio astronomy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


My neighbor's oldest kid.


7:05 a.m., 79°, 95% humidity. Welcome to summer.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Leader of the Free World

Nice socks. They go well with the skirt.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

M51, The Whirlpool Galaxy Returns

I added another hour's worth of exposures (12 x 300 sec) and worked over the noise some for a nice improvement. This is the first time I've combined shots from 2 nights, but it was easy enough in Nebulosity to align using rotate, scale and stack.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

M13, The Great Globular Cluster in Hercules

Info from Wikipedia:
With an apparent magnitude of 5.8, (M13) is barely visible with the naked eye on a very clear night. Its real diameter is about 145 light-years, and is composed of several hundred thousand stars, the brightest of which is the variable star V11 with an apparent magnitude of 11.95. M13 is 25,100 light-years away from Earth.

Nice to catch a few photons after the long cloudy spell.

10" LX200 @ f/6.3, 20 x 60 sec, EOS 350 D @ 1600 ISO

The Big Guy Is Back

This is going to be a crappy year for Jupiter. It just barely clears the roof, so I'm shooting through a whole bunch of turbulent air.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Carbon Fiber

Finally got around to this little project, and it's cool! The ST-80 looks like a completely different scope. Still need to get a couple of bubbles out, and the photo looks rougher than the actual wrap, but I think it was worth the $12 roll of vinyl from the local auto parts store.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Train Wreck

LONDON (AFP) - The "iconic" logo for the 2012 London Olympics was unveiled here on Monday, but critics immediately condemned it as "hideous" and a waste of money.

Or as my friend Sone put it, "It's a good logo … FORMETOPOOPON!"

I mean, I know I'm not an award-winning logo designer, but come on; you're starting with a logo with 5 rings--including a red one--and your city's best known logo includes a red ring, and the year, 2012, has a character with a circle and you give me a train wreck? WTF?

Follow-Up: BBC News website readers have been sending in their alternative 2012 logos.