Sunday, September 29, 2013

Andromeda Galaxy

Here is our nearest Galaxy, and the only thing we can see (from the northern hemisphere) with our naked eyes, that lies outside of the Milky Way.
The splotches are neighboring Galaxies of Andromeda.
Exposure: 16 to 17 minutes, stacked

a song for Jill and Hilary

Not referencing all the lyrics just the first line really.  Don't read too much into the end:{)
Posted by Jill

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

For Finn

how high can you get??

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

i'm  appalled at this article, and it is becoming embarrassin how much
in the face we are to anyone else,
gee, crimeinise, why don't we just clone and give up!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Light pollution and birds

"Artificial lighting and noise alter biorhythms of birds"

"Noise from traffic and artificial night lighting cause birds in the
city centre to become active up to five hours earlier in the morning
than birds in more natural areas. These were the findings from an
investigation conducted on 400 blackbirds in Leipzig by the
interdisciplinary research group 'Loss of the Night'. Scientists from
the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) reported in the
open-access journal PLOS ONE that these findings showed how ambient
noise and light pollution caused by humans have significant effects on
the behavioural patterns of city blackbirds, affecting their natural


cutest thing ever

a snippet of this is actually aired in a commercial for my health insurance company right now.

Friday, September 20, 2013

iFix It

news flash, i heard about the site this am. on the news.
and i've scrutinied it and it has everything anyone needs to basically start
a new career, aka, repair electronics. utube videos, simple to find complete repair
directions for i products and androids and lap tops.
tool kits are of course sold by them with what they claim are all
you would ever need to get into a gadget and that's that.
i found the exploration of all the sites interesting, and maybe this should
be one of the big Christmas gifts to the fam.  ifixit repair kit for 64.95$.
it really looks and seems complete and what every, i mean every family needs!!!!
if any of you spent just a little more time on an electronic you would know what i know.

so, there, dont' challenge me on this, bc i have insider info.
and i might be old, but i'm not over watching all the info on my
electronic devices. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mark Twain and Haley's Comet

Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835, two weeks after the closest approach to Earth of Halley's Comet. He died on April 21, 1910, the day following the comet's subsequent return.

In 1909, Twain is quoted as saying: "I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together."


Evening fire on an early fall day


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

How America is Different

Really interesting thread about foreigners' impressions of America and Americans.

Read it here

Suffice to say, the most common answers are:

  1. Portion Size
  2. The size of the United States. People cannot conceptualize how humongous it is.
  3. Lack of public transportation
  4. Strange pricing (fast food is cheap. Fruits and vegetables are expensive)
  5. Bulk foods and how they promote waste
  6. Stores are huge and everywhere
  7. Hot water always and everywhere
  8. Commonness and informality of using someone first name and, in particular, abbreviated versions of the first name (Joe for Joseph).
  9. Obesity
  10. Our healthcare system
  11. Importance of a good credit score
  12. To-go boxes at restaurants are apparently unique to us
  13. Ease of attaining a driver's license
  14. Drinking age

Some choice quotes:

" I realized I thought that the sound of crickets and frogs in the evening was a cinematic convention meant to convey that night had fallen. The first time I heard this sound (especially on the east coast) it blew my mind."


I once had a foreign friend stand in shock at the presence of a big yellow school bus. She thought that they were a way for movies and television to express "school" rather than an actual method of transportation.


I do remember a Nigerian friend expounding on this by asking me, "If I woke you up in the middle of the night and asked you to come with me, what would you say?"
"I'd ask what was going on..."
"You see," he said. "My friends from my village would come with me, and on the way would ask, 'Ade, where are we going?' "

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Apple Picking

 Apple eating
 This is a good worker
 The best dog in the family
 The Pears.  Great harvest this year
 Tons of apples
 Emily came out when we got the machines out.

 I think this one had a rotten spot.  Gotta watch what you eat!
 Mmm...pretty good.
 Oh, yeah.  That is a rotten spot Opal.

 Where is child labor police when you need them

 Ahh, better late than never
 Seth getting ready to throw Caspian in the tree like a canon ball to dislodge the really high ones.

 This tree keeps grabbing my hair.

 Malon has been checking out the cows. many people does it take to get an apple out of the tree.
 Echo climbing for the hard to reach ones
 Daddy that was mine!
 The hard workers in the family!
 Essie using the apple grabber to get the perfect apple.
Yep, still talking

Fouster driving the harvest in.


When i saw this on Route 40 i pulled over as soon as i could do photo it. Unfortunately my camera wasnt set to RAW so my result is limited. However, besides that, by the time i had my camera out and the correct setting and autofocus on and all that and the sunroof open, the sundog was apparently gone. You couldnt see it at all in my phots. Then i decreased the xposure, pulled way up on the saturation, changed the levels just so - and presto! there it was.

If you look carefully you'll notice an arc extending up and to the left of the sundog. I did not notice this in the sky and dont know if it's part of the sundog phenomenon inherently or just coinciding. I assume it forms a halo around the sun.

This is amazing

Friday, September 6, 2013

celebrate social work!

153rd birthday of jane addams, founder of social work

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Science Fun

 An awesome real microscope with 100 prepared slides from Granny

 Hard at work making last minute preparations
 Dr Foust!  Thank you Nama and Nampa
 Real walky talkies.  Thank you Nana
 Foust own camping cook set from the Totems
 How to draw a Dragon from his dad
 What do you want for a birthday Foust? Some friends over to do science experiments. 
Here we have the amazing floating egg.  Can anyone guess how these young scientist pulled off this amazing feat?
 Ahh, the joys of mixing Polyvinyl Acetate and Sodium Borate to make our very own silly putty.  
 The elasticity test.  How much air can our silly putty hold
Fouster is pretty excited by the elasticity of Keith's Silly Putty!