The lunar eclipse of the morning of 28 August has come and gone. This was a nice one to say the least. All photos are here:
I came upon it at 5:10a, apparently my clock is a bit off, for the eclipse was suppose to start at 4:55a EST. It seemed that it was about 30 minutes off, but it still was a good show.
I got several photos of it, 40 in all. Sadly, I didn't have a really decent camera to do this with (something for next year when I raise the $1,000 or so :\ but I managed to at least get the shape. The file names are as follows:
Example 30-06 04 48 08-28-2007.jpg
The first 2 digits: file number to keep the pictures in sequence
the 3 sets after the first digits: hour, minute, and second when it was taken in 12h format 06:0448 = 6:04am)
Last three sets: month, day, and year
The large pictures are done with either full optical zoom, or else with the digital zoom. I did a few though the binoculars as well. But focusing though it, is nearly impossible, so sorry for the poor quality. But maybe next year I'll have the tools to make high-quality photos.
Anyway, when the final part of the moon had disappeared into the umbra, the amount of dimming was astonishing. While I could use the 'Sports' setting on the camera to take the normal eclipse, as soon as the moon disappeared, I had to take it though the 'night' setting, and even that was having problems as you can see starting with the file named: 30-06 04 48 08 28 2007.jpg.
I'm thinking that part of the reason, is the wildfires that is going on in Greece. During times like this, the moon disappears. Sometimes however, it's a blood red.
At the end, even though binoculars, I had problems seeing the northern rim of the moon, and after the last picture, the moon was completely blacked out. Soon afterwards, it drifted down under the trees, and I couldn't see anything more.
The beauty of it, was during the period between half-way though the umbra (13-05 39 26 08 28 2007.jpg) to the time when it just slipped fully into the umbra, in the 'red period.' (30-06 04 48 08 28 2007.jpg
) the east and west rims was in a faint glow, giving it a pair of horns :).
A most enjoyable eclipse today.
The drive yesterday was rather interesting. I went though the same area I went before during the major storm of 16 August. There was evidence of major damage. One barn I spotted had pieces of roof peeled up. There was metal sheeting on the side of the road in another place. But the trees showed the worse damage. One was a huge pine, split in half. Branches ripped off. That's just around Ky #59. No idea what other damaged was in other parts.
Mt. Carmel seemed to be the worse hit with numerious trees damaged, or destoryed.
On other news; something that I started a few months ago, is starting to really come into being. I started harvesting seeds from flowers I find, and now have a small but growing collection. Not only seeds from my own stock of vines, and unusuals, but Ky native, wildflowers as well.
Just reicently found one lovely plant, which I found yesterday to be 'Touch-me-nots' Impatiens capensis
At this appraisal I did, there was clusters of bright orange flowers, and when I first tried to get seeds, the pod exploded in my hand. I thought at first it was a grasshopper that I accidently got ahold of. But every pod I found did the same. Finally with a bit of looking, I found out what they was, and had to train my hand to not automatically open when the pod exploded :).
Yesterday, I found another collection of flowers, and the owner told me to take a plant. With her shovel, and wet newspaper I brought home a nice specimen, and now it's in it's own pot full of miricle grow. I think it'll live, but will keep harvesting seeds whereever I find them.
Also got an e-mail from Snowtiger; a poster on the local BBS. She's invivted me to come to meet her, and her horses sometime. I'm flattered really. She's mentioned that she's been wanting to see me for sometime, and have similar interests. We both have an unequal love of horses though, and she's been asking about names for a new geld she's got. I suggested a few names, but she hasn't picked one yet. But I would love to meet her, and him. Just got to find the time it seems.
Aye, but that's the rub hm? Finding the time. I'm hoping with my new license I'll be able to make my own time. The apprasial license test is so aggravating, I'm wanting to take it and get it over with so I don't have to worry about it anymore. But I do like the idea of more money :)
Finally the computer repairs will be started as soon as possible. Just waiting for the car to be repaired so I can take what I've saved and give it. By then, I'll have some more money to put on medical, and the computer. Ug, money is such a royal pain in the rump.
I think I finally got all my time-sharing schedule set right. Except for Dr. Who, I don't think it's taping still. But I've got 2 more VCRs, I'll have to set them so I won't miss it. Speaking of which, I've got Eureka to watch now. Lil Bush was a hoot as always, as well as Mythbusters. Now just got to wait till Battlestar Galactica, and Heroes returns and I'll be in TV heaven.
Gaa...here I go again. Got to get out. I'm going to try to keep this journal update much more if I can. Life hasn't been as easy as I thought when I first started it.
I hate to post to my journal again, with spit and venom, but are we really THIS DAMMED STUPID???
I just read, yet another post about China products being tained by chemicals that can kill. When the dog/cat food contamination was going about, I was bitching up a storm on this, for I didn't know if I fed Schyner any tainted dog food, then had to switch to an expensive type that didn't have the gluton in it, which she's still on.
Then comes the toothpaste recall, now that didn't affct me, as I always used crest.
Now I read that 4 types of seafood is banned because of chemicals they put in it. Hey China? If you want to poison your own people, go ahead. But we don't want it.
Now I read this from CNN:
China protests U.S. ban on Chinese seafood
BEIJING, China (AP) -- China has lodged a protest with the United States over its "indiscriminate" ban on Chinese seafood, state media said Saturday.
"China cannot accept the indiscriminate and automatic detention of four kinds of Chinese seafood by the United States and the ban on those products entering the United States," the head of China's quality inspection administration, Li Changjiang, was quoted as saying.
Li made his comments late Friday during a telephone conversation with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Like - DUH - what the hell are we suppose to do? Just bring it in, and let it poision everyone here? I got news for you, the food industry is doing that by sticking enough carbs, salt, and fat in to our food supply so everyone dies of cancer, heart diease, or diabeties - or just plain fat.
"China cannot accept the indiscriminate and automatic detention of four kinds of Chinese seafood by the United States and the ban on those products entering the United States,
#1, China can't do squat, period. If we don't want it, it's going to rot on the ship before it's brought in.
#2 You need our stupidity, but we don't need you.
So get off your high-horse and go fuck yourself and .... well lets say I won't finish that, because the horse shouldn't suffer.
You know why this really is biting my ass? Because of the stupidy of the american people, and the incredible GREED of the corporations. They take all our jobs and sends them overseas to India, and China. I have nothing against the chinease and Indian peoples, but there is no reason to take jobs overseas, when you can take some jobs at least and put them in rural areas that need jobs badly. Like Lewis Co., could do the phone tech service they give to India. Thatt's american jobs, so we can afford to buy inferior made, and unsafe china made products.
The stupidy of americans is the other bitch. We in this country have the power to stop this once and for all. Just don't buy Chinese made products! Its' marked clearly, but yet go to a dollar store, 99.99999999999% of that junk is china made. Go to Wal-mart, 80% is china made, Just think, everything you buy from China is stuff that's made by chinese workers, not american workers. American workers who can't afford to feed their family, or buy them nice things at Chinatmas - er - Christmas.
Now because of american's stupidy we're slowly getting poisioned, our pets getting poisioned too. And if the goverment does the right thing (boy isn't THAT a rare thing.), spoiled little China throws a little hissy fit.
WELL CRY ME A FRIGGING RIVER!
I swear, 50 years ago, we wouldn't do a dammed thing with a 'red country' now we're falling over ourselves to give our jobs, and money away to every bad country. I guess after China, and India, we'll feed Cuba, or Venezuela - wait, we're already there. What other evil nation? Oh yes, Iran, and Syria. Oh yes, got to give our jobs, and money to them so they can launch a nuclear strike here.
That rant is brought to you by the stupidy of the majority of the american people, George W. (brown noser of corporations) Bush, and the God fearing, emperors of the U.S. the corportations. It's also dedicated to the one person who sees this, and is opening his mouth about it; Lou Dobbs of CNN. Thank YOU Mr. Dobbs!
So go ahead, keep buying more china junk. It'll come eventually to bite you in the rump.
Sun, Apr. 15th, 2007, 04:47 pm
You know...this is one reason why I hate going to those places I go on the internet. The mucks I've spoken about.
I'm posting here, and trying to be careful of what I write, because I know the person in question reads my other journal, but I'd like a place where I can let off steam.
I've been on that muck for 13 years. In the intervening times there, I've had the unpleasent job of being a crying shoulder of every 'clingon' on the net. I seemed to be a magnet. Once certain things happened, that dissipeared.
There is a person from Ireland, who's barely an adut, still with his folks, and is depressed to the point of sucicide. He's already alleged to have cut his wrists. Of course, I can't be sure. But you know what? This is one reason I started over. To get away from people like this!
I go to the mucks, to have a good time, to decompress after a long day, to meet with friends I am close too.
Dispite my best efforts, I get one more clingon latched to me.
Now adults that don't live with their parents, I have no problems with. I deal with them, I help if I can. I'm glad to be with them, dispite their problems, they can cry on my shoulder if they like. Those are fine, no trouble at all. Richard, Sarah, Meg, Justin, Dawna, Heather, I know you'll see this, that means you all. So don't take this personally.
But dammit, this one person I speak of, is living at home with his parents, who are controllers (alleged), and apprently doesn't do squat to help him.
WHAT THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSE TO DO???
I don't DARE get any closer to him, than I am already. I can see this, escolating into a major law-enforcement fight with Scotland Yard, and our police, because a pair of nut-case parents going baliastic. But I am concerned about this possible sucicide attempt, and his continuing depression. Parents = DANGER!
I've given all the advice I've come up with, and stressed the need to get physical help, close by. But I have no idea if he's doing anything, or blowing smoke up my ass.
Personally I'm thinking it's time to get away from the muck, or go onto a hiatus again. Come back with a fresh character, known only to a select few (of course those who read this, and know what I'm speaking of will know them too.)
I spoke to Dawna awile back about this thing, the danger of the parents and such. But I honestly don't know what to do really. Second Life really isn't the mecca for me. It's mostly a business venture anymore. I've made a few friends, but nothing like the muck, so I can't really dissipear there.
How does others deal with the histerical parents, child/adult living with parents?
I know...at times I wish I was one who had no emotional attachments to anyone, or at least as hard as some I've met there to keep those dammed clingons away, but I'm not that. I want to help everyone, but as one said to me once; "you can't help everyone"
I've been very busy on the local BBS, about the pet food recall, and finally wipped out a huge portal to help everyone with it. For now, it's at this web page address: http://www.maysvillekybbs.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7106
Once I fix my domain name on my web site, it'll be listed on it. (I'll post info here) In the meantime spread the word about the portal, and this note and I'll keep it updated.
Keep your pets safe!
Thu, Jan. 25th, 2007, 12:39 pm
A friend of mine, asked to post a link to generate traffic, and so I agreed :). His mom is a top-notch artist, and he's doing a web site selling her works as well as others. So Please check out:http://www.lmrgallery.com/
and help out? :) If you can, post this to your own LJ, or other places as well. I'll soon have an affiliate program on my web site with this company too. I've known Xerxes for at least 10 years and he's top notch, and totally honest. So you won't have anything to worry about.
Sat, Jan. 6th, 2007, 10:50 pm
used book = $8.95
Visa debit card = Free
Internet's best used book store (abebooks.com) = free
Robert Heilein's last book "Variable Star
" - priceless
For sci-fi readers, this is a GEM. For everyone else, I pity you :)
Oh, BTW got done with Stephen Baxters, and Authur C. Clarke's last book; Sunstorm
. Not the best they wrote, but like all by them...worth it!
Be gone for a few days.
1. Do you have any pets? If so, how many, and what are their names?
One dog, a dalmation named 'Schyner' (pronouced shiner) a little over 2. She's a runt, but a sweet little bundle of energy
2. What was your very first pet? Do you remember its name?
Gods...hard to, but I *think* a cat named 'Tabby' If I remember, he was a mutt, and I do know he had his back-leg partly amputated by a piece of farm machinery he got around :\ But he lived an extra eight years afterwards just hopping around. Amazing. Pity I can't remember much about him.
3. Is there an animal you would never have as a pet?
Difficult to say, but probably one of the less friendly animals like an alligator, Wolveren, Tazmanian Devils :)
4. What common pet have you always wanted but never had? Why not?
Mouse/rat, Ginni pig, Hamster, etc. Mother would have a complete hissyfit when I was younger if I bought something like that, and also couldn't afford all the habitat stuff either. Now with Schyner, and life I barely have the time, or desire.
5. What wild animal (extinct or not) would you own if you didn't have to worry about its adjustment or the cost of captivity?
Like Sky, there's tons of animals. But I think if I could do it without guilt, and have a private island, a herd of white-tail deer :) At least they wouldn't be 'pets' in the purest sense, but I'd still be taking care of them.