Shuttle Launch

I have the NASA TV internet feed up, just about 23 minutes until launch. Here's to hoping the shuttle gets off to a successful flight.

New Webserver

Retired the Myth TV box tonight, and it is the new webserver. Its processor is a couple generations newer than the old one, so things should be a lot snappier.

What a Weekend

This is gonna be a long one...sorry. Paul Tarr's wedding was this weekend in Columbia, IL so Ana and I decided to take the opportunity and spend the weekend in St. Louis. Before heading down there on Friday after work, we made a stop at the Annual Chatham Sweet Corn Festival to listen to the … Continue reading What a Weekend


When I want to print some of my astronomy photos, I usually take them to Meijer's Photo Lab on a memory card and use their photo kiosks to submit them for printing. On Saturday I went online and discovered they now have a Windows client application that allows photos to be submitted from home. I … Continue reading Photos


On Saturday night, Ana and I went camping with Jay and Katherine. The weather was perfect - the temperature probably dipped in the low 60s, give or take, with very low humidity. I dragged the telescope along with us and Jay and I were out under the stars until close to 4am while the girls … Continue reading Camping

Classical Music

If you enjoy classical music and haven't listened to any Yo-Yo Ma, you are definitely missing out. Over the course of the past 3 weeks I've purchased 4 of his CDs and have enjoyed each and every one of them.


Ana and I are tossing the idea around of hiring someone to build us a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall bookcase in our living room. I really don't have the slightest idea on how much a project like that will cost, but it would be a welcome addition to our house. I hate having 4-5 bookcases throughout the … Continue reading Bookcases

Long Weekend

It has been a long week at work and I've been looking forward to the 3 day weekend. Ana and I don't really have anything planned, maybe just a project or two around the house. Earlier in the week I was disappointed to learn that Deep Impact's collision with comet Tempel 1 will not be … Continue reading Long Weekend