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Back to the ordinary Virtual Office... I had a cunning plan for yesterday's virtual office, which was to take the day off Job 1 and dedicate it instead to Writing Virtual Office! This was slightly scuppered by going to bed at 2am the night before, so that I started even later, and then having many other niggling tasks that niggled at me to get done instead... Also I made the mistake of deciding to start with a Round Robin chapter, and got all tangled up in plot-disentangling to the point that I needed to wait, which threw me a bit... But I did writing-plotting, which counts, and I did actually write just over 200 words of another fic before I got caught up in wondering what the point of the story was (cos even PWPs have to have a kind of a point), and then getting tangled up in a Job 2.2 deadline (it's never really over, Job 2, it just pauses now and then...), so... not quite as planned, but there were bits of writing. And Job 1 is quiet, so there's gonna be next Wednesday too. *g* Anyway - today!
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There will be much working, in time to finish for my hair-fix at 5.00. Even though I'm starting late. Hmmn...

Oh, in other news - just before I went to bed at... um... 2am... last night I nipped out for more Perseids and there were - half a dozen bright ones in just ten minutes or so, all golden-flared and with trails, including a double one! I've never seen one like that before, how fab! This is all those science fiction worlds being true... *g* We're scheduled to be really really cloudy for a day or so, sadly... Speaking of which, Accuweather tells me it's going to rain in exactly five minutes (11.35am) and stop at 12.05pm. I'm watching... *g*

How're you?

ETA - There is no rain! Honestly, it calls itself a minute-by-minute forecast... although I will grant you that we seem to be on the very tippy-edge of the rain patch according to their radar... next attempt at 12.36 apparently. I hope so - my wee pots need watering!

Today's Stuff )

Perseid!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 11:08 pm
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I ran out because there was a really low plane passing by a little while ago - really low - and, you know, I like interesting things, and as I looked up, a shooting star flashed across the corner of my eye and I remembered that it was Perseids night. It wasn't very dark yet, but there were a scattering of stars, and I thought oooh - and then was distracted by a big flash of light to the south-east. I turned to see that, but all I could see was a trail of smoke higher in the sky. Turned around again to look for Perseids, and there was another flash behind me. Wandered out past the outbuildings towards clearer skies, wondering if someone had fireworks out, but - nothing more. Turned and wandered back towards the house, and saw the brightest shooting star I've ever seen - and orange, actually orange-golden. That was heading south too, come to think of it! I watched for a bit longer, because it's the most beautiful, balmy-breezed night, but not only did I not see any more shooting stars, but I realised that cloud was drifting in - from the east. Gargh! I have a feeling tonight would have been really really something... maybe the cloud'll blow over... *sighs*

Has anyone else seen Perseids tonight? (Or mysterious flashes of light or streaks of smoke, or...? *g*)

ETA - and there was an even lower plane, and I went to see how low (reeeeally low...) and the cloud had blown past and the stars were out, and I lay back on my car's bonnet and gazed up... I saw half a dozen more really bright ones, and flashes of more ordinary ones. The bright ones are really golden tonight, though!

Oh, and I was buzzed by a bat. *vbg*

(And now I'm trying to think of lads-under-the-stars fic... *g* I've written some, but there must be others... *g*)

And now that I'm warmed up a bit and have pulled on me leggings and cardi and big socks, I'm just going to nip outside again for a bit...

ETA II - also, you can see the dust trails that slash after them, for just a second longer than the light, they're there... *sighs happily*
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...cos look how pretty it was outside at twenty to ten tonight... *g*
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Not only that, but I went to archery - and shot rubbish, but it was at new distances - 30m and then 50m - instead of 20! Every second time I go there's a different condition to shoot under though, I don't have time to... to settle into it - ack. On the bright side, chappy didn't shout at me this time, and was in fact quite friendly. Also I came home and actually finished that piece of work, so now I'm a day ahead, which is where I wanted to be so that I can have Thursday "off" (not really off, just off on unpaid work - induction for NT volunteering... though they will teach me how to claim my travel expenses, and I think I might at this one cos it's a proper half-hour's drive away, not ten minutes up the road like Wimpole was).

Okay, and now I'm rabbiting on when the other thing I meant to post was this - today's NASA apod. I love this...
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Credit to Damia Bouic You can click through to the big version, but if you can't be bothered - on the left is the sunset from Earth, and on the right is the sunset from Mars! And the Martian sunset is blue, not red/orange like ours! Just imagine if you could see it though, even once... *sighs for a future that isn't here yet*
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Morning - happy eclipse, everyone who was under it! This was going to be an entirely different post, about how it was cloudy, and my camera was broken, and I'd not sorted out glasses or even an old Pringles container... and then just as I was about to put out my porridge, there was a shout from the yard "Come and see this!" and I thought oooh - have they got viewers? And ack, cos no they didn't, but the sun was under cloud and they'd caught a glimpse under it and were looking... Don't look! I said, but it was too late by then, one girl said she'd been watching for three minutes... and then it turned out that when the cloud moved, you actually could get a half-visible shot on a phone cam (which is all I have left to me, right now - why didn't I think to fix my camera with the telescopic lens and remote control before the eclipse?), and then... well... I didn't look, but I couldn't resist aiming my own screen...
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Too many eclipse pictures... )
I must admit that my eyes are bit sore, but I think that's because I woke up with a stonking headache again... *headdesk* I must also admit that I forgot I left my porridge on the stove, and... burnt porridge... *headdesk headdesk* But a far more fun eclipse experience than I'd been expecting! *vbg*

So - it's 10.30am, I've not started work, but I did have a Calor gas delivery and then a total solar eclipse going on before breakfast, so... *g* Right - the rest of today... Too much proofreading, but on the bright side it seemed reasonable when I started it yesterday, and in theory it's actually an interesting project this time - an assessment of LGBT+ rights in Europe!

Oh! And - and-and-and! I am officially an archer, because I went and joined the improver's group last night, and that means joining the archery club, and that means joining the Grand National Archery Society! And I got to shoot bare-bow (no sights, which is so much better for me...) and we got six arrow at a time rather than three, and... and... *vbg*
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Happy Friday! And the sun's coming out in blue-skyed glory even! Now, if only my headache would go away...

The Work Plan... )

I can haz comet!

Friday, January 16th, 2015 10:05 pm
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Yeay! Okay, this is NASA's apod picture from the 2nd of December, and I definitely didn't see the spiral galaxy, and actually I didn't even see the comet looking like that either, but... I saw the fuzzy grey blob that is the comet through binoculars! Whoo-hoo! And thank you very much to [livejournal.com profile] snailbones who saw it yesterday and described it as a fuzzy grey blob so that when I finally saw it I recognised it straight away. *vbg* I spent ages not looking in the right place, but I persevered with the various quite-vague-really charts I could find on t'interweb, and I found it! As soon as I did there was no mistaking it for a star either, which is what I thought I'd probably do.

So yeay - for the first time in my life, because I've missed all the other ones, including the apparently spectacular Hale-Bopp (*sniffs*) - I've seen a comet, zooming its way across the universe! *vbg*
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Today's NASA apod (definitely worth looking at full-screen).

And here's Erik Wernquist who put it together...

It makes me want to re-read The Cook and the Warehouseman, and Echo, and all the other Pros science fiction stories, and get started on the Science Fiction reading challenge (which I'm not doing until January, despite the fact that I haven't managed to read a single Christmas book in December yet (I've been finishing up other things - and starting a local bookgroup book...) Ack! Too much to read, too little time... but gorgeous vids to watch in the meantime...

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Thursday, July 24th, 2014 12:49 pm
byslantedlight: (Magic-Comet (magicfly-icons))
I love the NASA APoD picture for today
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How gorgeous and clever is that!

And also, because I'm taking a break and they made me smile...
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If only they'd tried motivating me like that years ago... *g* (Pinched from Pinterest)
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Well, this may be a mistake, based on recent experience, but... hello. *g* It's Sunday. It's wet outside (but not cold), and... *gulps nervously*... *whispers*... I've finished Job Two for the session. Yes, again. (To be fair I accepted a contract for the next bit of Job Two, which will go on until around November, but that generally comes in teeny-tiny bits and pieces, so that should be okay...). And this is my first weekend without any work of any kind since... May? Definitely May - before I'd even quit Dayjob, before I'd even been on holiday. A work-free weekend! Nothing even lurking! Wheeeee!

And I can walk again. And drive. And do all the exercises on my physio sheet, finally... I'm even de-stapled, and - lushness of all lushness - allowed to take showers again. Two weeks of doing that thing where you hover one leg outside the bathtub, wishing you were brave enough to just cover it with plastic and hope for the best, and also that you're not about to slip and break your neck on top of everything else, was far too long... I'm still hobbly, but it's getting better at last. I can walk up and downstairs! Yeay!

I am in the mood for Wonderful Things, so here are some... *g*
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(from Today's Observer)

People doing really good things in the world - sensationalist headline or none... I so need to hear about more things like this.

A snippet from Fair's Point, the next Astreiant book by Melissa Scott! Still too far away (next spring) but it's coming! Good books are a Wonderful Thing. *g*

There's something scary about this report, following the detention of David Miranda, but the scariness is what people will do with it - the thing itself pretty amazing:
The principle of laser spying is comparatively simple. The conversation inside a room moves the air; the air moves the windows. A laser beam aimed at the window will shift slightly in wavelength as the window moves. By tracking that shift, the movement of the window can be inferred – yielding the original conversation.
Now, if our lads hadn't retired by now, I guess they would have known all about it... and hopefully not be on the scary side...

Currently one of my favourite vids. It's like looking at a patch in the night sky, then putting your glasses on and looking at a patch in the night sky, then looking through binoculars at the same patch, then a telescope... there are just more and more stars and wonderful things to see every time. And then... the Hubble Deep Field...


Okay, not quite finally for now. Finally for now, my camera's telephoto lens is a Wonderful Thing too. It's not good, because it was taken out of my window, hand-held, without much thought, but how amazing is it that the picture I ended up with shows craters on the moon, actually as craters on the moon (over by the edge - the "lunar terminator)?
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Imagine if I bought a tripod... *g* I've decided that one of the next goals of my life is going to be taking those amazing pictures of the Milky Way at night...

And catch up with emails. And probably go and have another shower... and drive somewhere. And walk up and downstairs a few times. Just cos I can. *g*
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And another wonderful space-y thing, via apod - the asteroid that went shooting past us on the same day that a meteor didn't...



It might not look like much as a video, but if you think about it... *g*

Thursday Wonders...

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 09:09 am
byslantedlight: (Black sun)
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From today's apod at Nasa - Have you seen a panorama from another world lately? ...this one sweeps across the magnificent desolation of the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility. Taken by Neil Armstrong looking out his window of the Eagle Lunar Module, the frame at the far left is the first picture taken by a person on another world.

The first picture taken by a person on another world... when you think about it, how amazing is that? And why aren't we trying to send more people to take more photos! *sighs for gorgeous science-fiction futures* Instead we've developed Facebook and Twitter, and turned our gazes navel-wards...

I'm reading Phil Rickman's Wine of Angels right now (and hate putting it down), but I must look out some good science fiction again when I've finished... Does anyone have any s-f recs? *g*

Thursday Wonders...

Thursday, August 30th, 2012 09:09 am
byslantedlight: (Black sun)
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From today's apod at Nasa - Have you seen a panorama from another world lately? ...this one sweeps across the magnificent desolation of the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon's Sea of Tranquility. Taken by Neil Armstrong looking out his window of the Eagle Lunar Module, the frame at the far left is the first picture taken by a person on another world.

The first picture taken by a person on another world... when you think about it, how amazing is that? And why aren't we trying to send more people to take more photos! *sighs for gorgeous science-fiction futures* Instead we've developed Facebook and Twitter, and turned our gazes navel-wards...

I'm reading Phil Rickman's Wine of Angels right now (and hate putting it down), but I must look out some good science fiction again when I've finished... Does anyone have any s-f recs? *g*
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From Nasa's Astronomy Picture of the Day today - Christian Mülhauser's vid of the aurora... When I was a kid in Australia I desperately wanted to see one, or at least to see a picture of one that was better than the black and white blur in the Encyclopaedia. Now we have this...

This was filmed in Norway, but it makes me miss Alaska!
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From Nasa's Astronomy Picture of the Day today - Christian Mülhauser's vid of the aurora... When I was a kid in Australia I desperately wanted to see one, or at least to see a picture of one that was better than the black and white blur in the Encyclopaedia. Now we have this...

This was filmed in Norway, but it makes me miss Alaska!

Cuppa?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 03:48 pm
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I am not here - I'm doing my work I'm doing my work I'm doing my work....

All the same... I've got the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day set as a homepage in one browser, and when I saw the top part of this picture my first thought was Wow - how did they get a cup of tea to the surface of Mars?

See - apparently I really shouldn't be here...

Although my next thought was Oh... *sighs*... Suitable Gravity! *g*

*runs off to do 3/4 big jobs for today...*

Cuppa?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 03:48 pm
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I am not here - I'm doing my work I'm doing my work I'm doing my work....

All the same... I've got the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day set as a homepage in one browser, and when I saw the top part of this picture my first thought was Wow - how did they get a cup of tea to the surface of Mars?

See - apparently I really shouldn't be here...

Although my next thought was Oh... *sighs*... Suitable Gravity! *g*

*runs off to do 3/4 big jobs for today...*
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Good morning! I was ever so lazy today, and woke up whilst the skies were just lightening - sunrise proper wasn't until 7.55am.

If the government and all those pressure groups that sulked at the defeat of the daylight savings bill last week had their way - it would still be dark now for another hour.

I cannot tell you how much I hate that idea... I don't ever sleep in until nearly 9 o'clock at the weekend any more, no matter how late I go to bed, and I bet that millions of non-teenager/non-twenty-somethings around the country are the same. Will they really force us all to wake up in the dark at the weekend as well as during the week in the winter? It would be so much more depressing... Surely the morning is when we all need the light, to get us up and going and in a cheerful mood - never mind to drive to work more safely during the week, if we're a bit sleepy to start with? If anything they should put the clocks back a bit further in winter! It really scares me that the media seems to be supporting this so hard - and I can't imagine where the lobby groups have got their information this time. How will the roads be safer if even the extended rush hour is being made in the dark? I seriously don't understand...

And I'm in a good mood for having woken up to daylight today! *g*

*wanders off to finnd coffee...*
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Good morning! I was ever so lazy today, and woke up whilst the skies were just lightening - sunrise proper wasn't until 7.55am.

If the government and all those pressure groups that sulked at the defeat of the daylight savings bill last week had their way - it would still be dark now for another hour.

I cannot tell you how much I hate that idea... I don't ever sleep in until nearly 9 o'clock at the weekend any more, no matter how late I go to bed, and I bet that millions of non-teenager/non-twenty-somethings around the country are the same. Will they really force us all to wake up in the dark at the weekend as well as during the week in the winter? It would be so much more depressing... Surely the morning is when we all need the light, to get us up and going and in a cheerful mood - never mind to drive to work more safely during the week, if we're a bit sleepy to start with? If anything they should put the clocks back a bit further in winter! It really scares me that the media seems to be supporting this so hard - and I can't imagine where the lobby groups have got their information this time. How will the roads be safer if even the extended rush hour is being made in the dark? I seriously don't understand...

And I'm in a good mood for having woken up to daylight today! *g*

*wanders off to finnd coffee...*

Friday...

Friday, January 13th, 2012 07:39 pm
byslantedlight: (WineEternal (Iconomicon))
...at long, at very long last... It's been a bit of a week, it really has. On the bright side, I have a new icon that I've been waiting since last weekend to use - annoyingly I think my lovely real-life bottle might end up staying sealed tonight, so I shall just have to luxuriate in the icon instead...

On the bright side, the night sky's been rather fab this last week - these photos are a bit rubbish, but they might remind you, if you saw it... *g*


Full moon!

Then one night, I stood marvelling at the incredible brightness of the Evening Star (did you see it this week?!), and then went around to the other side of the house and there was the moon rising - all golden and huge...


Really, the stars are never so bright that I can capture them looking like this on my wee camera without a zoom or anything!

I thought I'd be all relaxed-out after last weekend's laziness, but right now I don't want to move from this room... I'm sleeeeepy... and behind on all things lj and Pros-ish, including working out how make Kompozer work, because I almost had it the other day, but... not quite. And then I was grumpy-sleepy-face-achey for the rest of the week... So this weekend is going to be catching up, I reckon! *g* Catching up whilst still in pyjamas and barely moving from this room... But first perhaps, a quick collapse in front of t'box... *g*

Friday...

Friday, January 13th, 2012 07:39 pm
byslantedlight: (WineEternal (Iconomicon))
...at long, at very long last... It's been a bit of a week, it really has. On the bright side, I have a new icon that I've been waiting since last weekend to use - annoyingly I think my lovely real-life bottle might end up staying sealed tonight, so I shall just have to luxuriate in the icon instead...

On the bright side, the night sky's been rather fab this last week - these photos are a bit rubbish, but they might remind you, if you saw it... *g*


Full moon!

Then one night, I stood marvelling at the incredible brightness of the Evening Star (did you see it this week?!), and then went around to the other side of the house and there was the moon rising - all golden and huge...


Really, the stars are never so bright that I can capture them looking like this on my wee camera without a zoom or anything!

I thought I'd be all relaxed-out after last weekend's laziness, but right now I don't want to move from this room... I'm sleeeeepy... and behind on all things lj and Pros-ish, including working out how make Kompozer work, because I almost had it the other day, but... not quite. And then I was grumpy-sleepy-face-achey for the rest of the week... So this weekend is going to be catching up, I reckon! *g* Catching up whilst still in pyjamas and barely moving from this room... But first perhaps, a quick collapse in front of t'box... *g*

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