Monday, December 17, 2018

Not Looking Real Promising...


Solar flux predictions for the next few years, and hence prospects for HF propagation, are looking poor:



Here, go read all about it at KB6NU's blog.


Ah well, there's always digital modes when the bands aren't good enough for voice.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Last 40 Miles


This past year and a half, I've been tuning in to a weekly podcast, The First 40 Miles.  This coming Tuesday, they're wrapping it up after 4 years.  It's been a good trip, but you can tell that the hosts are straining under the load of restoring an old house, herding teenagers, maintaining gainful employment, and oh yes, finding time to go backpacking.  I wish them well and many more miles on the trails in 2019 and beyond.

If you missed this podcast and it sounds interesting to you, here is their archive page.  Good information in every episode.  As always, no guarantees how long these episodes will be around once they wrap things up, so get hopping if you want to download.

Deer season will be ending in a month here in Coastal MS, and with that begins the real backpacking season.  Can't wait to get going with that again.  I want to, one more time, thank Heather and Josh at The First 40 Miles for all the good advice, gear recommendations, and reports from their adventures.  Happy Trails!

This looks so much nicer than a pic of the view from the Tuxachanie Trail.  No such sweeping vistas in south MS, but the "vegetation tunnels" we have here have a charm of their own.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A brief and breezy history of the Theremin


Over at Messy Nessy.

That band in the last video really ought to do the soundtrack for the next Tim Burton movie.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Trust and More Trust


In a hurry this morning, I'm just here to re-direct you to an interesting short essay and its follow-up: Trust and About Trust.

That is all.  Back to your Monday morning activities.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

20 Years of the ISS


The first U.S. module was launched to click together with the first Russian module, which had already been in orbit for about two weeks.  Article over at This Day in Aviation.



Tuesday, November 27, 2018

An InSight-ful Article


In case you blinked, the BBC has a well-written article to quickly get you up to speed on NASA's InSight Mars lander.

InSight is primarily a geology mission: seismometers, subsurface heat flow probe,  wobble-o-meter, weather station.  But don't worry, astrobiology fans.  The next round of landers in 2020 will look for those signatures.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Saturday in New Orleans


Bayou Bicycles – the CX bike needs a lot of work

[coffee interlude]

The Orleans Collection at NOMA – cultural tune-up

Blue Oak BBQ – no explanation needed.

[coffee interlude]

Drive home.