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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Stupid and Uninformed

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam and Ivan talk about:

  • State of the Union
  • Ukraine
  • Awards / Apple Earnings / Social Tech Norms / 30 Years of Mac
  • NSA App Leakage / Rand Paul Week / 2016

Recorded on 29 Jan 2014

Length this week – 1:11:03

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Edit 22:39 to correct title from “Uniformed” to “Uninformed”. Oops.

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Curmudgeon’s Corner: Except When You Do

In the latest Curmudgeon’s Corner Sam, Ivan and Alex talk about:

  • Facebook Ads / Weather / Locks / Low End Android / Unreliable Software
  • Things we aren’t talking about / Media Realignment
  • anti-Snowden Campaign
  • Obama NSA Reforms / Trains

Recorded on 22 Jan 2014

Length this week – 1:36:13

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Jupiter Again


Probably about as good a Jupiter as I will be able to get with just the camera.*  But hey, you can see the stripes!!!

Produced by taking 30 individual pictures (1/125, f/6.5, ISO 80) and then aligning and “stacking” them to get more detail than any of the individual photos showed.  (I used Lynkeos.)  Then I adjusted the color a bit.

The 30 pictures were taken from 06:46:00 UTC to 06:46:27 UTC tonight

This is fun.  I of course will have to try Saturn sometime soon….  once it is relatively high in the sky at an hour I tend to be awake, which looks like it won’t be until March or April.

Also on the list to try…  seeing if I can use Brandy’s telescope in conjunction with the camera to do anything interesting.  Not sure it will work with this particular camera and that particular telescope, but worth a shot…

Oh, and maybe some pictures of things that aren’t in the sky.  :-)

* Some internet searches of course reveal that people have done significantly better than the above using the same camera, but hey, it was my first night trying this technique!