Observing with Street Lights

Observing with Street Lights
Dark sky sites not always necessary to see the Milky Way (This image was taken ouside of a B&B in Julian, CA)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Observing clouded out for the week and Astronomer Assistant chews computer power cord and just for fun, a video of Wintergatan Marble driven music machine

Greetings from Palmia Observatory,

This week has been clouded out and rained out.  The Blackstar Canyon star party was cancelled and we couldn't get any astronomical observing done this week, so I elected to tackle one of the most difficult tasks that I've postponed for years.  That difficult task is to change email providers.  Have you stopped and considered how many services that you use that are web based and are tied to your email address?  I have over 90 sites so far and am still
counting and they all have to be updated to the new email address before the original address gets shut down.  Wow, it is really a lot of work to transfer all of these sites over.

Anyway, please update your email contact list to include my new address:


I signed up for this address almost two years ago when I first started studying quantum field theory with Math Whiz Dave, with the intention then of changing email providers, but I kept procrastinating.

Ok, ok, enough complaining about that, especially since we have another thing to complain about.  It finally happened that Astronomer Assistant Ruby succeeded in demolishing another part of the observatory electrical infrastructure.  Resident Astronomer Peggy and I were just enjoying a lite dinner and left Ruby out of view for just a few minutes, but the damage was already done.  Ok, ok, I might have a little too much wine, but I still had my eyes open.  When we found where she was, we found Ruby was really enjoying chewing up the power cord used to charge my Surface Pro tablet.  See attached photo.  At least she chewed through the low voltage end.  Now I hope Amazon ships me the replacement before the Surface Pro runs out of juice.

Astronomer Assistant chew through power cord

 That is up enough of a non astronomical observing week for now so let me leave you with one fun, interesting YouTube video.  This video was provided by another Physicist and Musicologist, David, who I met at a Caltech symposium recently.  He doubles as a physicist and a musician.  Anyway, enjoy this fantastic Wintergatan marble driven music playing machine.  It uses over 2000 marbles and looks really neat!  It has a definite steam punk look.  Enjoy!


If you are interested in things astronomical or in astrophysics and cosmology
Check out this blog at www.palmiaobservatory.com

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