Sometimes I’m slow to catch on. Sometimes I’m just plain stubborn. In the case of podcasts I’m guilty of both. Last week I broke down and subscribed to a couple of reef based podcasts – TalkingReef and Reefcast. iTunes makes subscribing trivial and I have to say I’m sorry I held out as long as I did. Podcats ROCK and my commute just got a little less sucky.
Picked up a Tridacna derasa clam from the local fish store, North Side Aquatics. I’ll have to keep an eye on it as they can grow upwards of 20 inches!
I carved this little guy for a contest at work. I got the inspiration from Jack-o-Lantern.com. Not being satisfied with just carving a pumpkin I set out to be different. I decided to carve a small 3.5 inch pumpkin and light it with a small USB rechargeable light. With a little help from a mellon baller and a pumpkin carving tool it was quick work.
No, I didn’t win anything but I had fun! See more Pumpkin Pi pictures on Flickr.
Okay, I realize that Charles didn’t have the advantage of quality telescope optics such as those we have available to us today. I can even accept the difficulty of differentiating a globular cluster from a comet in his day. But Charles come on! Turn the focus knob or have a little less wine with your cheese already!!!
Seriously, Messier 29 through most any telescope available today is easily seen as a fairly course open cluster. It lies in a dense region of the milky way near Gamma Cygni. Grab your binoculars or low power eyepiece for this one.
It’s no secret that given the choice I’d rather whip out my PowerBook than log onto my Windows machine. Not looking to start a rant here just stating my preference. I knew when I whipped out the PowerBook for my presentation at the Ark-La-Tex Star Party I would take a few lumps from my fellow geeks – and I did. Now imagine how delighted I was when three of the six speakers (yes including me) did so on a PowerBook. Many of my fellow astro geeks were stratching theirs heads on this one – it’s no secret.