Saturday, February 5, 2011
I wonder what the DPW driver's problem was?
Friday, February 4, 2011
1) Did you like high school?
2) What was your favorite class?
3) Describe yourself in high school.
4) Did you go to the prom?
Enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, February 3, 2011
I was on the east side of Tucson taking sunset pictures. From this point, the Sun is setting just to the south of Kitt Peak. I got a pic tonight of a modest green flash at sunset.
Click to embiggen. You can see the Mayall 4 meter dome at the far right and the sideways 7 that is the McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope toward the left of the peak in the full size version. The Sun is setting to the south of Kitt Peak which means that it will soon be setting directly behind Kitt Peak as it journeys northwards as summer approaches. One of my goals is to get a pic of a green flash behind some of the telescopes.Two things about this pic. First, I am shooting with a Canon 70-300mm zoom lens now so I get a slight boost in magnification. Second, my camera is in the shop so I took this with a borrowed Canon T1i which has a higher pixel count than my usual camera. I can tell a difference when I crop the image.
Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.
I want one of those. In the summer, I could use roller skates or blades. A few years ago, I could have built one in mom's garage. Now I don't have access to facilities or parts. To hell with Segways, I think this is the wave of the future.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
I counted till they danced so
Their slippers leaped the town,
And then I took a pencil
To note the rebels down.
And then they grew so jolly
I did resign the prig,
And ten of my once stately toes
Are marshalled for a jig!
Emily Dickinson (1830 -1886) was an American poet who led a reclusive life. Her poetry was almost unknowm until after her death.
They have upped the warning level to Civil Danger Warning. This means that if you are stupid enough to go out, then have a problem, do not expect anyone to come to your rescue. Rescue vehicles can not get to you. This would include those who play superman and overexert themselves removing snow.
The Milwaukee news reports that many police vehicles are stranded. Channel 4 is reporting many cars are abandoned in the middle of ordinarily busy streets. Milwaukee didn't get the totals that Racine and Kenosha have gotten. It is still snowing moderately. Some areas of Racine have reported up to 24 inches of snow. I-94 remains closed in some parts.
This picture is my neighbors house, seen from back window. I can not open my front door. There is a huge drift running about 5+ feet along the back of my house and all down my driveway.
I'm writing to give you a very serious reminder. CHECK YOUR EXTERIOR FURNACE EXHAUST PIPE. Last night before going to bed, I bundled up, braved that wind and looked at mine. It was totally covered and I needed to dig it out.. A blocked pipe can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
The temperature is 17 degrees with a wind chill currently at zero. It is supposed to drop significantly in the next couple of days. Remind me why I live here...................I'm shaking my head. I seriously don't know how I am going to dig this out. I'm almost certain I can't do it alone.
Such weather concerns are far from the minds of our illustrious Green Bay Packers as they prepare to meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV this Sunday. As I have stated elsewhere, I predict a Packers win. No matter what happens, though, our Packers have played an extraordinary season and I congratulate them on that. They have overcome great odds to get to where they are: NFC Champs. Hail, o mighty Packers! Defeat the Steelers on Sunday! Crush their skulls and grind the dust into the field! Oh my.
Speaking of the Super Bowl, are you having a party or going to one? No, I’m not looking to crash your party; I’m just cuprous about what my Irregulars are doing on such a festive and historic occasion. I plan to watch the game on TV with Junior and some of his friends. (If they get a little too rambunctious, I just slip a pinch of Zoltar® brand Relaxium into their sodas. Zzzz….) I’m grilling brats and hot dogs on the porch, if Junior clears the snow off. We’ll also have some potato salad, some veggies, some snacks, etc., etc. Maybe a little wine for me. (Hic – oh dear.) What are you having? Where are you going? Who is going to win?
I want to comment on a local story that the Journal Times published online last Friday:
Finally, my friends, I present a very pertinent video for your perusal, “Snow Shoveling Tips by Dr. Vogelmann:”
Chiropractors make a good buck, don’t they? I wonder if he’s single.
Thank you for reading my blog today. I hope that wherever you are, you are safe and warm. We’re having a blizzard, but who isn’t these days? I love you dear, dear readers.
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Listen to the dear doctor and take it easy out there today, please. If you don’t have to go out, don’t. Today would be a good day to practice navel gazing or self-hypnosis. Or maybe navel hypnosis. Réaumur!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Are you ready?
Are you afraid?
Or are you eagerly awaiting it?
Then we're supposed to drop into the deep freeze again.
Personally, I hope they've overestimated the snowfall amounts. But I'm resigned to whatever happens because it is winter in Wisconsin, so there's not a lot you can do but make sure you have enough food and whatever else you need for a couple of days. And try to think spring.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
These are pictures from the St. Paul, MN Winter Carnival. The snow sculptures are amazing!! We didn't get there to see them in person, but this is a good place to see all of them without freezing your tootsies off!
Check out #2! Is that SER??
This link has some pictures of the ice sculptures.
When will they learn to build a trebuchet?