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Two Delta Aquarid meteors from early morning July 27

So I picked up a Canon Elph 300 HS at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago and I've been playing with it a bit, it's a tiny thing smaller than a deck of cards but it has a wide angle 24mm equivalent f2.7 lens that's sharper than I would have thought for such a dinky little camera.

One of my obsessions is the night sky and it came to me that the 300 HS with its rather fast wide angle lens and high-ish sensitivity might be good for capturing meteor trails. I've downloaded and installed CHDK firmware (Canon Hacker Development Kit) on the camera and set it up to shoot 30 second exposures at ISO 1600 (max is 3200 on this Elph) continuously onto a 16gb SD card and then pointed it at the night sky now for several nights when it looked like there might be some clear sky. Last night the effort paid off with the clearest night yet and among the half dozen satellites and three planes in the 500 or so frames between 1 AM and 6 AM I also got two decent meteor trails, the first at 2:58 AM and the second at 5:03 AM. Both shots are cropped fairly severely, if I put up the full frames you'd barely be able to see the meteor trail by the time it shrunk down to DU size.

Gary Clark Jr: Nextdoor Neighbor Blues & If Trouble Was Money

Bird on a wire (updated with new image)

This Hawk was out calling to its mate this morning, I could hear the other hawk responding but couldn't see it. I've seen them around from time to time and hear them quite often, this the first time I've had the camera to hand in quite a while though.

Vivitar 300/5.6 @ f8 Sony NEX C3 1/1600 @ISO 1600

ETA: Since so many liked the Hawk pics I found one more salvageable image on my card and worked on it last night, I'm putting it first.

Thanks for all the positive comments and recs, I appreciate it.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: "Marriage was defined by God, no man can redefine it"

Schroedingers cat: Greek kitteh has an answer for the Troika


Putting the Greek debt in perspective

Greece has a total debt of about $350 billion.


To put that number in perspective it is about 23% of the estimated program cost of the F35 that cannot fly in rain, gets outfought by an F16 and costs approximately $1.5 trillion over the life of the plane, almost certainly a conservative estimate given the history of military contracting in the US.


Scalia's Tears: Now you really can drink them

Congratulations to all those who have today gained the right and the freedom to marry!

A cautionary tale: One of my neighbors has been having addiction issues

A couple I know down the road are having problems, the wife is addicted to pain meds she started on and still uses for back pain. But that's not the cautionary tale part.

A couple of months ago I was close to getting home and about to pull into "the home stretch" so to speak when my neighbor runs the stop sign coming out of our neighborhood right in front of me, if I had been thirty feet further on her car would have t-boned me and I probably wouldn't be posting this right now. I knew she had been having addiction issues at the time and assumed she was high so after she backed up to the stop sign I drove around her and waved a bit and kept on my way home, I don't think she even recognized me. The next day after reflecting on what to do I told her husband about the incident, not trying to cause problems but because I would want someone to tell me if I were in that situation and I thought the wife needed to not be on the road if she is driving high.

Fast forward to a couple of days ago, I was talking to the husband who told me his wife has been back in the hospital, this time for seizures. What got my attention about his tale is that her family was in the hospital room blaming him for leaving her at home to go to work when she was having a seizure. The doctor was also present for this and told the wife's family very strongly that the husband was not at fault, her seizures and their aftermath even to a trained professional were difficult to distinguish from being spaced out on pain meds and to a casual observer they were basically identical.

With this latest information I have come to wish that when I saw the wife run the stop sign I had stopped next to her and asked her if she was OK, I now think she probably had a seizure or was in the aftermath of one rather than being high.

My cautionary point is this; even people who get high on drugs sometimes have other problems that can easily be confused with the effect of a drug, be careful what you assume about people and the reasons they might be exhibiting unusual behavior.

If Sanders cannot win the Presidency and Clinton can then Clinton voters won't vote Sanders

That is the real problem that Hillary supporters implicitly state when they talk about how much more "electable" Clinton is versus Sanders, Hillary voters aren't voting for the Democrat, they are voting for Hillary and if Hillary ain't there then they won't be voting.

So which is it, will Hillary voters vote for the Democratic nominee or is Sanders unelectable if he wins the nomination?

FWIW, I suspect the same thing will or would be true of a lot of Sanders voters, they wouldn't care to vote for Hillary so don't bother making that argument, I agree with you. However it seems clear from Hillary's supporters that they feel there are more Hillary voters who won't vote for Sanders than vice versa.
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