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First Saturn

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 07.51.21997

Follow up to Jupiter from January. I stacked 7 pictures out of 25 I took from 6:24 to 6:31 UTC today. (I rejected the rest before stacking for being too blurry.) 1/60 shutter, f/6.5, ISO 1600.

I think I might be able to do a little better with some effort. This was just my first attempt. Maybe I’ll try again the next time there is a clear night and Saturn is out.

Of course, probably can’t do THAT much better with just the equipment I have. This is just from a camera, no telescope involved.

But hey, RINGS!

To @imbou, @byufan, and all the other beep haters…


Achievement unlocked, battery changed.

@abulsme tweets from 2014-06-02 (UTC)

  • Poll Added: PPP in OR from 2014-05-22 to 2014-05-27 – Clinton 52% to Cruz 37% 00:11:25
  • Poll Added: PPP in OR from 2014-05-22 to 2014-05-27 – Clinton 51% to Huckabee 39% 00:11:33
  • Reading – Hillary Clinton and the trouble with inevitability (Joan Vennochi) 01:34:45
  • Reading – WWDC 2014 Prelude (John Gruber) 04:34:56
  • Reading – Dear GOP: The US has negotiated with Terrorists and Amnestied Them all through History (Juan Cole) 09:29:36
  • Signed up -> Reading – An Important Message for Our Core Readers (@joshtpm) 09:41:36
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  • Reading – King Juan Carlos of Spain to Abdicate Throne (Minder/Cowell) 09:53:53
  • Reading – The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work (Alexis C. Madrigal) 10:06:13
  • Reading – Pirate Bay co-founder Peter "brokep" Sunde arrested in Sweden (Cory Doctorow) 10:17:45
  • Reading – June 2 is the most important day of Obama's second term (@mattyglesias) 10:24:08
  • Finished up a document for work around 2 AM. But my email quota was full, so I couldn’t send it. 90 minutes cleaning out mail so far. :-/ 10:27:44
  • Reading – The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Coming to DVD/BD (PCJ) 10:29:44
  • Finally got my docs out just a few minutes ago. Time for bed. Just about 3 hours until I have to be up. Bleh. :-/ 10:53:54
  • Up late doing work for work, plus limited sleep, plus dial in numbers available for all meetings today = Work from home, skip commute. 15:14:02
  • Also, WWDC live stream! Except I will be on work phone calls for a significant chunk of it, so won’t enable to watch the whole thing live. 15:18:26
  • Reading – We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night – (Nathan Bethea) 16:16:46
  • Reading – What you need to know about the 'right to be forgotten' on Google (@m4tt) 16:33:24
  • Been on conference calls for the last hour of the WWDC live stream, but had it on mute in the background. Looks like many cool things… 18:06:11
  • Family Sharing will SO get used by my family… shared purchases will be killer! No more multiple purchases! Hmmm… same credit card tho. 18:14:44
  • A big theme here is full integration between all Apple devices. Very cool if it all works smoothly. 18:19:38
  • Hey Siri! 18:22:26
  • Nest wasn’t on that home automation slide. Wonder why? :-) 18:36:52
  • Not a real programmer, although obviously I play around a bit with simple stuff. Swift makes me want to try it out. 18:54:29
  • It seems like what they announced for both OS X and iOS is a lot more extensive than people expected. Good stuff. 18:56:58
  • RT @marcoarment: They didn’t need new hardware today, and they knew it. 18:57:43
  • Nice. I’ll have to go back and watch the first hour that I missed sometime. But probably not right now. Back to work… 18:59:12
  • Looks like this happened. RT @minardanna: UNANIMOUS PASSAGE OF THE $15 WAGE LAW IN SEATTLE. 22:43:39
  • Reading – Everything You Need to Know From WWDC 2014 (Mashable) 23:16:46
  • Reading – Narrative Clip Review (@BYUfan) 23:23:07
  • Watching – Net Neutrality (Jon Oliver) 23:37:27