After a long IT and Telecommunications career in the USA and Australia, I've decided I need a break. Professionally I'm focused on direct contact customer service - people helping people.
Hobby wise I'm focused on model railway layout building and modelling. I blog, write and publish as often as I am able.
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In light of my previous post, putting Jupiter in a whole new light thanks to NASA’s Juno spacecraft, I thought I’d bring a little enjoyment to your day with a baker’s ability to put cakes in a brand new light with planet cakes. Yes – you got it straight from Horse’s… well let’s just say perhaps not the front end…
NASA… I love them. For exploring, and for sharing what they discover on their journeys.
Even more importantly i love the fact that since it is in the public domain citizen filmmakers and scientists can make use of those images in unique and in this case wondrous ways.
Juno takes a handful of still photographs each time it passes Jupiter, each of which are made available to the public thanks to the NASA image, video and audio site. Sean Doran stitched together the images from Juno’s last transit (the images were coloured by Gerald Eichstädt) to create an approximation of what it looks like to fly around the giant planet.
The thought of one day being able to see Mars out the window each morning fills me with hope for the human race – the only race on our planet. To ensure the survival of our species in the long run we need to get ‘off the rock’ on which we were born. As the only species on the planet that has achieved spaceflight so far, we should be focusing on this goal. Until we look at our long term survival as an opportunity to grow, and venture out there, we’ll have to rely on the creatives who are already out there.
I read a photography post recently on finding inspiration where you live. My photographs around home tend to focus on the human jungle around us. There are the beautiful eucalypt tree shapes and their long leaves, street lights, electricity (telephone) poles, TV aerials and the other manifestations of modern life such as the wires and insulators that deliver our internet and electricity locally. With the weather being what it is this summer (unpredictable) I’ve been able to get quite a few late cloudy sunsets. Last night was no different.
Here are three photos that I wanted to share. There are more notes on each photo.
The earliest of the three shots, the sun just below the visible horizon, the end of a long hot day. About 21:00 hours looking south west.
This time a focus on the criss-crossing nature of the wires that drive so much of human life today. Suffused with nature in the background. Again taken at 21:00 hours, near last light.
Taken at 21:00 hours near the end of twilight. Practicing depth of field through the human jungle toward the west and south.
While out and about today shooting video and images for the Ballarat Tramway Museum’s Horse Tram day, Mad Max came visiting the Lake Wendouree precinct.
I’m stoked that I managed to get these two shots. I’d just finished packing up my gear when I saw this coming down the road. Great catch. The car was immaculately presented and sounded just as fantastic.
I’ve added a new section for Electronics & I.T. projects. Currently there are two pages underneath that main heading:
As of today there are no Arduino projects, they are coming soon. In the meantime I’ve begun to add pages for the first Raspberry Pi project that I’m working on – A Windows Active Directory Domain Controller using Linux and SAMBA.
There are additional pages for tools and tips also and these are available from the GO main menu item. Let me know if you try any of these projects. I’ll keep them updated and add new pages as I finish the steps throughout the project.
It’s been a long haul for many ANZAC Vietnam veterans. Returning from serving their country in a foreign land, after fighting and dying for reasons not their own. On their return many found themselves anathema to the people they had fought for and served. Little support on the home front and less from the government who’d sent them overseas saw sickness and depression take its toll on otherwise healthy soldiers. It was not until 1987, some 15 years after the last of our troops returned from Vietnam that they were given a parade and the recognition of having fought for Australia at the government’s behest. They struggled to gain the respect of returned service organisations as well.
As we rapidly approach the 50th remembrance of the Battle of Long Tan (August 18), possibly Vietnam ANZAC’s greatest moment in that conflict I was very proud of our daughter and others in her school leadership team for representing their school at this important event. To all Vietnam Veterans, and veterans in general; thank you for your service, it is not forgotten nor taken for granted.
Lest we forget.
Leadership Team in the cold Ballarat weather before the ceremony
The South-East Asian War Memorial in Ballarat
Australian, New Zealand and US flags with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial flag
Ballarat veterans, and distiguished guests marching down Sturt St to the Memorial
Every 26 months, Mars is in “opposition” with the Sun. This means that the Sun is on one side of the earth with Mars on the other. Which means that scientists have a direct connection (not quite line of site but close) with NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) allowing for larger data transfers to occur. This month the MRO orbiter sent over 1000 new images. One such is shown below:
The MRO has sent data back from our planetary neighbour since 2005. Launched to look for signs of water on Mars the MRO has been sending back amazing high-resolution photographs from the surface that will help the process of mapping the planet.