Monday, August 27, 2012

Into the unknown...

Into the unknown
As a bonus, here's a little something I worked up in Adobe After Effects.
Not bad for starting with a sill image, eh?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hollywood Hussle


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Astronaut Curiosity

My younger son was all about space and planets yesterday, and of course the Curiosity rover on Mars.  I told him that we could fly there and visit the rover.  Here's a postcard from our trip.


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chain and shadow

Chain and shadow

Monday, August 13, 2012

Light at the end

This is actually the light at the end of the tunnel.  This underground tunnel connected to sections of the Lalibela church complex.  After walking in complete darkness with about a hundred other people for 10 minutes, this light was quite welcome.  Not that I mind getting to know people, but the crying baby in front of me and the uneven floor conspiring to trip me at every step made this a walk that couldn't have ended soon enough.

Light at the end

Friday, August 10, 2012

iPhone Friday

My whip.

My whip

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Well hello

Hello, and good morning.

Hello there

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Parting the sea (of people)

Having some fun with an image from Lalibela.

Parting the sea

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The perfect moment

Sometimes you just want to remember a single moment forever.

Perfect moment

Monday, August 6, 2012


Today I'm hijacking my own blog to bring you science news.  Last night/this morning the Mars rover Curiosity landed on Mars.  This is certainly not the first time that we've successfully landed a rover on Mars, but this is by far the largest and most complex one that we've ever sent.  The size of it also dictated a risky and never-before-tried landing sequence.  You can see an animation of the landing sequence below.

Incredible, right?  I watched the live NASA feed of the Entry, Descent and Landing last night via their iPad app.  Live of course meant watching the control room at JPL as the scientist and engineers received telemetry from the rover.  When the mission controller calmly announced touchdown on Mars, the room erupted.  My heart almost burst with excitement and pride.  Pride not just as an American whose NASA organization sent this rover, but pride as a human being that there are those among us who can dream this big and then have the knowledge and skill to make it happen.  I wasn't alive when men landed on the moon, so I don't know what that felt like, but having experienced this unmanned mission live I can only imagine that excitement.  And then, only 15 minutes after landing, Curiosity sent a picture of it's shadow on the surface of Mars.  Incredible.


When thinking about the meaningfulness of this kind of endeavor, I was reminded of a talk given by Carl Sagan about the importance of the lunar landings.  Here's a recording of that.

Thanks for humoring me with my deviation for normal programming, but I felt this was important enough to shine a light on.  Have a great week!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The narrow way

The narrow way