I'm kind of envious of the people being blizzarded right now. I've always liked snowstorms. (And yes, I always had to go out in it afterward and wait for extremely late buses -- so it's not that I don't understand the inconvenience.) I'm not complaining about another 70-and-sunny day, but the 11-15 inches of snow they're getting in Milwaukee sounds... fun. It's the weekend; I think everybody should stay home and read livejournal and play scrabble with me and watch the snow.
January 22nd, 2005
There are a lot of linky things I've been meaning to write about, and they're going to get away if I don't write them now. So here we go:
- January 24th is the most depressing day of the year.
- I want to buy all the prints on this website. I mean, look at this frog. And Comet Hale-Bopp. And all these nebulae. And this thermogram of an elephant, complete with steaming fresh elephant poo.
- Speaking of comets, I saw Comet Machholz last week. "Oh, it's by Algol," I thought when I looked at the chart. I'm glad I brought my copy of H. A. Rey's The Stars with me (by the way: yes, that's the same H. A. Rey who wrote the Curious George books, and it's also absolutely the best introductory guide to the constellations), because I could not precisely remember how to get to Algol, especially with Pegasus setting and a limited sky view from the apartment courtyard. But my 10x50 binoculars and I made it eventually, and I verified that it is indeed a fuzzy little blob. Well, not much else to expect in the middle of the city. Also, Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp ruined me for faint comets. I didn't think it was worth setting up the Astroscan for (and I really didn't want to spend the time to let it adapt to the outdoor temperature). Although I could've looked at the Pleiades and the Orion Nebula too.
- I found the best stuffed animal seller in the world. I got there by searching for a plush vole. They also have such creatures as the scarab beetle, hermit crab, leafy sea dragon, naked mole rat, wombat, and other favorites. The descriptions are funny, too. I, of course, want to buy all of them.