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Pushing back the darkness by kindling the minds of my fellow man with science outreach.

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The only thing of value left at Sears is the real estate the stores occupy.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: REUNION

We are working on getting the money together to start bringing some of these guys into town to talk about space, education, life etc. Mike Mullane is one of the guys at the top of that list.

A GWAR concert is a place where we as fans are all in on the joke, and I love it. Been to several myself.

I think that is the one documentary I saw as well.

I understand the Juggalos. They are the rejects that have nowhere else to go. All they want to do is listen to their shitty music, do drugs and fuck. Going to GWAR concerts, you run into them. They go to the show, do their thing and leave. I'll still laugh at them, but I have no problems with them and we can each shake hands after exiting the concert.

Phish fans? Phish fans can go die in a fire. Les Claypool, the guy behind Primus, had a band called Oysterhead that was not bad. The singer was the guy from Phish and the drummer from the Police. Primus fans were there to have fun, mosh a bit and chill. Phish fans were there to get fucked up and tell anyone that would listen to them about how smug they were for being Phish fans. I stopped going to big outdoor concerts due to these fuckwits.

And if you have bad allergic reactions to weed like I do? Hooooo boy, let me tell you, the week after the Oysterhead show I was almost ambulatory. And it was not even good weed, either. Some of the people I went to the show with are, shall we say conousours of the dope, and they were just getting angrier as the concert went on.

My life is too full of shit to do for me to have to deal with hippie jam-band morons. I'd rather go to a metal show in a small venue, jump up and down like an idiot for an hour and have a good time.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

Yea that is popping up again. And no, just, no. I just sat in on a teleconference about this damnable malarky. All from a misunderstanding of a post from 2005

Mars is the fourth brightest object in the sky, but nowhere near as big or bright as the moon.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

Mars will be directly opposite the sun on July 27. This is going to be the closest Mars has been to the earth since 2003 hence it is brighter than normal.

Which makes the dust storm a pain in the ass for anyone wanting to take pictures of Mars; all we are getting right now is a featureless orange ball.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

Venus is the very bright star in the evening where the sun just set. Mercury in in the twilight between Venus and the sun. Jupiter is the very bright star almost due south at sunset. Looking to the left, there is a red star that twinkles, that is Antares. About the same distance in the same direction is a bright whitish star that does not twinkle, that is Saturn.

Then, there is Mars. Mars is currently brighter than everything in the sky other than the sun, moon and Venus. Mars rises about midnight, and at sunrise in the AM, Mars will be a very, very bright red beacon of light low in the west that does not twinkle.

It's a great time to be a planetary guy.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

I rewarded myself with a shiny bauble: an atmospheric dispersion corrector for my planetary imaging adventure. I'm hoping to do better as the summer moves along. Mars is coming out of a major dust storm, and I hope to have better images this month.

I can do better. Assuming all goes well I am going to get a better telescope and sell the current gear.

francopoli  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

There are 10-15 very active people on Hubski, and it looks like we are all dealing with life offline right now. When I started with Hubski, I think there were only 3-4 posts a day.

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