The best camera is the one you have with you: all my years of seeing sun dogs without a camera changed yesterday. As I circled up the ramp from K-10 E to K-7 N en-route to the Jack Johnson concert what do I see before me?
For once I had a camera on me, albeit a little 3-megapixel iPhone. A bit of PS work to clean it up and ta-da, my first sun dog picture (click picture to embiggen).
Having a seriously geek moment tonight I was perusing the ‘official’ time zone data file found at ftp://elsie.nci.nih.gov/pub/ There are two files there, a tzcode* archive and a tzdata* archive see (http://www.twinsun.com/tz/tz-link.htm for info). My wandering there came about from a recent biongbiong.net post.
What I found interesting was the comment in the northamerica file located in the tzdata archive, qouting:
# I don’t really care how time is reckoned so long as there is some
# agreement about it, but I object to being told that I am saving
# daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind.
# I even object to the implication that I am wasting something
# valuable if I stay in bed after the sun has risen. As an admirer
# of moonlight I resent the bossy insistence of those who want to
# reduce my time for enjoying it. At the back of the Daylight Saving
# scheme I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager
# to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make
# them healthy, wealthy and wise in spite of themselves.
# — Robertson Davies, The diary of Samuel Marchbanks,
# Clarke, Irwin (1947), XIX, Sunday
Emphasis added by me, I could not have said it better myself. So as everyone gets shocked again by the sudden loss of an hour of daylight, I ask “What do we gain by doing this daylight savings time crap?”.
I upgraded my website files to WordPress 2.7 and likely did not follow the instructions closely (‘We don’t need no stinkin directions!’) so my moon applet over there on the right is broken. I’ll fix it someday.
The new look and feel in the posting and administration section is really nice. Good job WordPress!
New moon week starting June 3rd and just as the past months have been the forecast for clear dark skies was terrible. So if its going to be cloudy why not listen to music and party at the Wakarusa Music Festival? Even that four day event had trouble with the weather when a strong storm blew through Thursday night. But Friday was an excellent day and I spent twelve hours enjoying the atmosphere, beer, music and the people.
Picture above from the Sun Down stage field overlooking the beer tent (Fat Tire!). Click for a larger view. I’m thinkin I was one of the few that noticed the three day old moon hanging beautifully in the sky. Naturally it clouded up shortly after this picture.
Sidewalk art, rock chalk.
Photograph from the ‘Celebration in South Park’ event in Lawrence, KS last Saturday. I never saw Kenny, Cartman or Stan there. But it was pretty neat anyway.
Several website updates over the past week.
First I completely updated the Field of View calculator. Now displays in degrees-minutes-seconds by default. Cleaned up the code and enhanced the chart generator.
Second, I added code to detect Internet Explorer on the front page and suggest you switch. Ideas and code fragments from the website Kill Bills Browser and Explorer Destroyer.