Photos of the blood moon eclipse of April 15th 2014, taken at 3:00 am using a Canon G5:


No tripod, unfortunately. But well worth the interrupt in sleep. The window in the cloud cover was perfect! Magnificent!

UPDATE – great writeup from EarthSky on why Mars was so close to the moon, and a nice illustration from Classical Astronomy page on Facebook that matches the picture – the blue star to the lower right is Spica and Mars is the bright red spot on the upper right.



Frozen wins an Oscar

by Otaku-kun on March 3, 2014

If you have daughters, then the song “Let it Go” is probably stuck in your head. It certainly gets hummed, sung softly, and even sung aloud at full volume at random times in our household. I am not surprised at all that Frozen won an Oscar last night at the Oscars; it seems no one can let it go. And it definitely is catchy:

IMHO, the line about “cold doesn’t bother me anyway” also has a strange meme synergy with Game of Thrones and the polar vortex winter we are having. Strangely compelling.


I’ve pre-ordered the movie from Amazon, it will make a great birthday present for the girls. It’s actually cheaper there than anywhere else I’ve seen for the 2-disc (Blu/DVD) combo set.



Two essential books for the wantrepreneur

March 2, 2014

I’ve been advised that these are the two books that everyone needs to read: The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist So, if that’s your thing, grab these two.

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Stranger than fiction

Americas – DUCK YEAH!

February 18, 2014

No further comment.

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upgraded to ASUS RT-AC56U router – speed tests

January 30, 2014

As per my router troubles earlier, I have finally upgraded to the Asus RT-AC56U. I’ve been using an old Linksys WRT54GL as an access point for legacy 802.11g connections, so here is the baseline for comparison, using a desktop machine located two feet away, using built-in wifi antennas: Linksys WRT54GL, 802.11g, 2.4 Ghz here’s the […]

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cardio before breakfast?

January 15, 2014

In the summer months I am on my bike almost every day, but in winter it’s the elliptical in the basement for my cardio. I don’t do a lot, just 30min, while watching something or other on netflix or hulu (just finished my Buffy rewatch, in fact). I recently have resolved to try and do […]

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Anime, Movies and Television

the Simpsons do Miyazaki

January 10, 2014

beautiful. Enchanting. This is the Simpsons at its best: when they use their own rich depth of characters and settings to satirize/honor something else. In this case, the works of Miyazaki. The Kwik E Mart was my favorite bit.

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Stranger than fiction

Reason is a limited process and can never explain everything objectively

January 2, 2014

Reason is a limited process because it arises from consciousness, which observes the universe via filters. The mind has physiological filters (ex, wavelengths of light you can perceive, frequencies of sound you are limited to), chemical filters (the specific biochemistry of your brain, your mood and emotion, etc), and mental filters (pre-existing ideas and biases, […]

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Shari’a Santa

December 24, 2013

The beard is not quite white enough, the belly not quite fat enough, and the List is on a blackberry (which means it’s being checked twice.. a minute). But we knew Santa Claus was Muslim all along… (Yup, that’s me, caught on camera at the mall A close friend spotted it and sent me the […]

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complete Game of Thrones ebook set for $9.99 #asoiaf

December 4, 2013

The complete 5-volume set of A Song of Ice and Fire is on sale right now for $9.99 at Amazon, so grab it quick if you don’t already have it. The complete series, A Song of Ice and Fire, is probably the authentic heir to Tolkien’s crown of Reference Epic Fantasy. Being American rather than […]

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