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This evening’s Moon

June 04, 2017 @ 00:06 By: gordon Category: Astronomy, Photography

Jupiter

May 27, 2017 @ 23:44 By: gordon Category: Astronomy, Photography

I shot this with my Tamron SP 500mm lens earlier this evening. With a bit of noise reduction in Lightroom, you can make out 4 of the moons.

-SHGSSNRA ???

May 08, 2017 @ 16:02 By: gordon Category: Weather

It has been a while since I grumbled about the weather, so here goes:

TAF CYOW 081738Z 0818/0918 31012G22KT P6SM OVC030 TEMPO 0818/0902 3SM -SHGSSNRA OVC020
BECMG 0821/0823 30008KT
FM090200 31008KT P6SM BKN030 OVC050
FM090600 31006KT P6SM SCT030 BKN050
RMK NXT FCST BY 082100Z=

-SHGSSNRA ??? Seriously? I had to go to the magic decoder to find out what that was:

LIGHT SNOW PELLET SHOWER
LIGHT SNOW SHOWER
LIGHT RAIN SHOWER

Geez… that’s piling a lot of crap into one element in a TAF. And we need exactly none of it.

Volunteering to help with flooding efforts

May 08, 2017 @ 11:09 By: gordon Category: Current affairs

The City of Ottawa has set up a registry for people who want to volunteer to help out during the floods. You can go to the page here.

A few photos from the WGS-9 launch this evening

March 18, 2017 @ 20:57 By: gordon Category: Astronomy, Photography

I arrived in Jupiter, Florida earlier today. This evening, there was a launch of a military communications satellite, known as WGS-9, from the Kennedy Space Center. My parents and I headed out onto the balcony in front of the place they’re renting to see if we could see it.

Happily, we could…

For those wondering about the technical details of the photos: Canon 70D, Tamron SP 500mm, 1/160s, f/8, ISO 12800.

Springing forward

March 10, 2017 @ 19:00 By: gordon Category: Astronomy, Current affairs, General

Early Sunday morning, at 2AM, we move our clocks forward an hour in a futile attempt to save energy. As I’ve mentioned in previous years’ versions of this post, daylight save time hasn’t been shown to actually save energy.

Instead of saving energy, there will be an increase in accidents because people are discombobulated by the change in their sleep pattern. As an added “bonus”, there’s a 10% increase the likelihood that you’ll experience a heart attack during the days immediately following the time change. Is it worth it? Not in my opinion. Read the rest of this entry →

Return of the writer’s block

February 14, 2017 @ 12:37 By: gordon Category: Meta

About six years ago, I wrote about having writer’s block. Well, I think it’s back.

There are many things I could, in theory, write about — photography, the weather (no end of things there), drivers in Ottawa (grr!), to name a few — but when I try to start writing the block rears its ugly head and words die a lonely death. Maybe this entry will break the block, or at least chip away at its corners.

I think part of this is probably because of a need for sunshine and warmth, something Ottawa has been severely lacking of late.

Basically, I need a vacation.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen for at least 5 weeks. Still, that’s better than nothing, I guess.