Thursday, October 17, 2019

Dog Island Wrecks Burying Over Again


A year after being uncovered by Hurricane Michael, the wreck on Dog Island are a little worse for the exposure and are being covered over by normal surf and weather.  Read about it in the Apalach Times, and enjoy the spectacular pictures.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Evidence of Microbe Life on Mars?


The PI on the Labeled Release Experiments on the two '70s Viking Mars probes discusses what they found in an article over at Scientific American.  Read and make up your own minds.  I will not comment here further, it's just not my field of expertise.  Still, interesting article, and worth your 15 minutes.

Related at Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_lander_biological_experiments
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_on_Mars

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Biking to Henderson Point


It's just across the bridge from Bay St. Louis, on the Harrison County side.  It was a nice ride Sunday-before-last, to a quiet, somewhat desolate point on the eastern edge of the Bay of St. Louis.  Here, have some pics; you can click to embiggen as needed:

     
      
    

From the top left: a view from the Bay Bridge of Henderson Point; four views of the beach; and the yard of one of the lovely Henderson Point homes.  Wait, where's the home?  Trashed in Katrina, lot is still bare.  Because, you see, while a big swath of the Gulf Coast was affected, Henderson Point was one of the very hardest hit.  Check this wind field plot at Wikipedia.  Pretty much the center of the wind intensity bullseye (not to be mistaken for the calm eye, 20 miles to the west) is on Henderson Point.

Well, it was a nice early fall Sunday morning bike ride, and there wasn't much traffic.  Crossing the Bay Bridge on bike is always a treat, with the separated pedestrian & bike lane.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Coffeeneuring Stop #1: Apalachicola Chocloate Company


Starting at the other end of the coast this year, with a trip to Apalachicola.  No storm clean-up this year, that is a relief.  Anyway, sort of a clone of last year's stop-off.  Here are the particulars:
  1. where: Apalachicola Chocolate Company, Apalach FL
  2. date: 10/11/19
  3. what: large black coffee; nothing fancy this time, but the chocolates (green box) were tasty
  4. ride details: '89 GT Karakoram, my around-Apalach bike
  5. 2.1 miles round-trip; it's a small town
A warm October day, after a long drive over from Bay St. Louis.  Needed a coffee to revive, so I wheedled The Big Sister into coming along.  That's her stylin' Schwinn in the background.  Just a basic coffeeneuring ride; it's good to be at it again.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah Wilderness


This place just looks beautiful, and might make for a good road trip out west one of these days:

And I'm not just saying that because it looks like a backdrop to a Roadrunner cartoon.  Even though it really does!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A Slightly Horrifying Comedic Sci-Fi Short


Pfft, it's Halloween Month, so why not.



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Sprite Lightning in HD


From today's post over at NASA-APOD


The very existence of this form of lighting was only confirmed about 30 years ago, and the phenomenon is so fleeting that previously only blurry red blobs have been photographed.  Seeing this level of detail is amazing.  General info on sprites is available (as with everything else it seems) at Wikipedia.