Saturday, January 15, 2005

And another closeup. Posted by Hello

As I was setting up for the next shot, I caught a blur moving in front of the sun and took a quick shot before I had the camera lens centered over the telescope eyepiece. That results in the ugly coma effect seen here. More importantly, check out the airplane with jet contrails. Pure dumb luck. Posted by Hello

Back to wider angle and a brighter white balance setting. I need to remember to dim it on the wide angles and brighten on the closeups. But then, I'm still practicing. Posted by Hello

Closer view Posted by Hello

The sun and sunspots are always a nice, easy daytime target. Posted by Hello

Monday, January 10, 2005

Yeah, fuzzy, but it was a first try, awkward position, and cold. My technique can only improve, right? Read below for further explanation, if you don't recognize the planet Saturn, in a blurry photo taken by yours truly. Did I mention that it was a little cloudy? Posted by Hello
A New Addiction that has nothing to do with Meth

So I have a new project with NCAA 2005. Win all the rivalry trophies. Auburn's rivalries don't have trophies, since they pretty much just have old-fashioned hate behind them (ie, Alabama, Georgia, LSU), not any golden boots or paul bunyan's axe or anything. So I'm starting with the SEC rivalries that have actual trophies and branching out from there. I played as LSU and creamed both Tulane for the Tiger Rag and Arkansas for the golden boot. Amusing. LSU's offense is extremely balanced in that game. Can't run the option for shit, but everything else clicks well. I am amazed every time I play against Alabama at how good they are in the game, and not because of how they were on the field this year. They're a passing team in the game. It's still confusing, since during 2005, they would run for 300 yards a game and be lucky to complete 5 passes. Enough on that for the moment, since the game already takes enough of my attention...

Over Christmas I refound an old hobby from my youth: astronomy. The problem with Kentucky in winter is the nearly eternal cloud cover, so I may not get much actually seen until spring, though last night we had a really good view of Saturn. Also, with the advent of digital cameras which has happened since I was young, one can now hold a camera up to a telescope eyepiece and just take a picture of whatever the telescope is looking at. Got some cool pictures of Saturn last night. They're too blurry to put up right now, but when I perfect the technique of holding by stupid hands still in the cold, I plan on putting some pictures up, if I can make some good ones. Just when our neighbors had decided we were complete oddballs, I take a telescope onto our deck and aim it right over their living room during primetime TV.

Need to work on that hurricane recipe....Mardi Gras party either Feb 5 or 6...maybe...

Sunday, January 09, 2005


I forgot I had a blog. Mostly. Really not much has been going on. Traveled to see both sets of parents before and after Christmas, since we were both working on Christmas day. Now we're both on rotations that involve a medium amount of work and time, when looked at in relation to other rotations. In the last week I've worked less than 60 hours. Woo-hoo.

Part of my Christmas was an X-box which included NCAA Football 2005. I am now able to dissect all sorts of scenarios, while enjoying football year round. But like any simulation, or whatever you'd call it, which is put out towards the beginning of a season, small inaccuracies abound. Not that I'm criticizing; quite the opposite. It's interesting to see things, like what Alabama could have been like with a 1st string QB. Damn good, is what. Or that without Al Borges, how mediocre once again, Auburn's offense would have been. The game's default is for Auburn to run the offense of Noel Mazzone from 2003, which was unimaginative and doomed to fail. The key is to select for Auburn the Indiana playbook (which of the options in the game best reflects the 2004 playbook) and substitute #23 in for #44 at FB. Much more like the actual offense this year. OK, so maybe 1-2 people reading this will know what I'm talking about.

Less than a month to Mardi Gras!! We are determined to have some sort of Mardi Gras party this year. How to make a hurricane....

It has been freakishly warm here. It's Jan 9 and I've seen snow twice. Not what I expected, but according to the crack team at NBC 18, this is not the usual Jan weather here. I'm sure freezing temps are on their way again.