Thursday, December 10, 2009

Songs of my youth - Reflections of my Life

There's no way of knowing what piece of popular music will latch onto your mind and never let go. Here's one from nearly 40 years ago. Reflections of my Life, by Marmalade.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Astronomy Day 2009

For my non-Facebook friends, here's some video I shot at the Astronomy Day shindig this past Saturday.

It was a marvelous time, as usual. The weather was perfect, and I and dozens of other volunteers helped the public get their astronomy on with views of Jupiter, the Moon, and celestial wonders near and far.

I also took a bunch of pics, which you can find here:


Wednesday, October 07, 2009

New toy

Linda and I got iPhones this past weekend, and I've been having a lot of fun playing with it. I'm impressed with its camera. It's not going to replace my Canon DSLR, but for casual photos, it's surprisingly good.


Monday, August 31, 2009

An actual moment of quasi-coolness

It's been so long since the weather has been anything but hot and humid that is was like a barely remembered dream to walk outside this morning and feel a breath of cool.

It's not Autumn yet, not by a long shot, but the most brutally steamy days are behind us, and I'm looking forward to the first real cool front that whisks in and sweeps away the crud.

If I had the means, Linda and I would have a summer home somewhere in the mountains. As it is, I'll have to be content with making the annual trek to visit Linda's folks in Illinois on Thursday. The weather in Sterling has been 50's in the morning, and 70's in the afternoon. I'm going to love it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Thursday, August 06, 2009

A nearby fairyland

I've driven by this Indian temple any number of times, and I was fascinated by its ethereal beauty. It's like something out of a fantasy. It's hard to believe something like this is just a few miles from our house.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

The Fast and the Furriest

I'm gonna have to get wood floors, just for this:

Monday, June 29, 2009

Filler Post Because I've Been Remiss

I've been neglecting my blog in favor of Facebook , but here's a picture of myself taken at Kevin and Erin's annual party.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Deep in the elbow of Texas

Geographically, I'm not deep in the heart of Texas -- it's more like the elbow. But the stars are big and bright here, too. We've had three good nights so far, even if it did get close to freezing in the early morning hours. Tonight (Wednesday) looks to be somewhat cloudy, but tomorrow looks better.

Anyway, here I am, posing with my Celestron:

Monday, March 30, 2009

Another TSP coming soon

Yep, the Texas Star Party is coming up next month, and I'm getting excited about it. This year, it's April 20-27, and I'll be heading to West Texas with my gear.

This year, I'm going to be just taking the Celestron. With its larger diameter, I'll be able to take advantage of the dark skies and chase some of the fainter objects.

I'm also going to do a little imaging. With my Canon DSLR, I'll set it up to take one 30 second exposure after another, and a couple of thousand frames later, I should have a very cool movie showing the stars and Milky Way rotating across the sky.

April is considerably cooler in West Texas than June is -- I'll be taking some warmer clothes, and might invest in some more long johns.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

My big brain will rule!

I got myself an iMac, and I've been having a little fun with the Photo Booth app.

Here's undistorted me:

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Cute Will Kill You

Doe and Cat, with a guest appearance by a bunny.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Actor

Few musical groups have lasted as long as the Moody Blues. Even with the various personnel changes, Justin Hayward's beautiful melodies and evocative lyrics still call to me.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Space Puppets

One of my favorite Saturday morning kidvid shows was Fireball XL-5, a black & white space opera done with puppets. It was created by Gerry Anderson, who was also responsible for Supercar and Thunderbirds.

It was cheaply made and the special effects were crude, but there was a lot of love for the genre in these shows. You can't really recreate anything like these shows -- they were of and for their time.

Here's a clip of the opening and closing credits. I still think the tune is pretty jazzy.

25 Random Facts About Me

1. I’ve had my picture taken with Sky King, John Glenn, and Joe Haldeman. Just not at the same time.

2. I once thought that Heaven was populated with skeletons, since dead people become skeletons.

3. Mobius strips still fascinate me.

4. I have recurring dreams about tornadoes.

5. I had a crush on a girl named Jasmine when I was seven years old and she was eleven.

6. It was in England, and we lived next door to a graveyard.

7. I currently have four telescopes.

8. And one microscope.

9. I won the 5th grade spelling bee at my school, made it into the top 12 in the city and lost on the first word in the final round in the city: precipice. How I spelled it: precipus.

10. I’ve taken two sabbaticals in my adult life, but I doubt I’ll take another one until retirement.

11. The first one lasted six months and the second one lasted ten.

12. When I decided to go back to work at the end of my second sabbatical, I colored my hair to hide the gray. I got hired over the phone and never had an in-person interview. So I quit touching up the hair, and a few months later everyone thought the job must be murder because I went gray so fast.

13. I used to reread old books all the time, but now I rarely do..

14. Forty years ago, I showed the public objects through a telescope. I still do that, but back then I was paid $1.25 per hour to do so. Now I do it for free.

15. I’m not religious, but I still think Sundays should be quieter than other days.

16. Pictures of me taken from the right seem better looking than pictures taken from the left.

17. Exercise has always bored me.

18. For some reason, I think that a glass of milk and two slices of bread make the perfect nighttime snack.

19. If Canada Dry ever made Wink again, I’d buy it by the case.

20. I will never forget the Great Whip ‘N Chill fight. Nor will my brother Rick or my sister Linda.

21. The first book I checked out of a school library was called Zip-Zip and His Flying Saucer.

22. I had three years of speech therapy starting in 5th grade. I made my dad laugh for five minutes when he asked if I thought it helped me and I replied, “Yeth.”

23. When I broke my leg at age 9, I was disappointed that the ambulance that took me to the hospital didn’t sound its siren.

24. I love trivia.

25. I detest butterscotch and licorice.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

The Young Mr. Clayworth

Who would ever have that thought that this innocent-looking child would grow up to become the awesome flower of humanity that is me? My brother Rick found this, scanned it, and e-mailed it to me.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

It's not a model

Tilt-shift photography is a method of taking a picture of a life-size subject, and then altering so that the picture looks like it was shot on a miniature model. Photoshop has the option to do this, but a new website allows you apply tilt-shift techniques to digital images you already have. Here are a couple of examples.

Pretty cool, eh?

Sunday, January 04, 2009

The Sky in motion

Let's start the New Year with something beautiful - The Sky In Motion. Four minutes of pure loveliness.

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