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Contemplating: NASA Image and Video Library

Wow! NASA has upgraded its image and video library search engine, and it's really fun! This image is titled "Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter’s Atmosphere":

Vivid Auroras in Jupiter’s Atmosphere

What an amazing neighborhood we live in! Here's a view of Saturn:

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Reading: Adrian Tchaikovsky, Children of Time

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

"After this day, who knows what we may accomplish together?"

This is an intriguing novel. Tchaikovsky takes us deep into the development over millennia of a truly alien and even terrifying species, yet somehow managed to provoke within me a strong feeling of empathy for that species.

He also tells a ripping good yarn about the travels and travails of a generation ship containing the last vestiges of humanity as they search the galaxy for a new home.

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Living in the Rockies

One of my favorite moments in life is the morning after a big snowfall when the first rays of sunshine come up over the ridge to the east of us and light up the freshly fallen snow on our ponderosas.

Snow on the boughs of ponderosas brighly lit by the morning sun

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Woodworking: Windtraveler shoji lamp

My current project is in the shape of the Catalan deltoidal hexecontahedron, which is made up of 60 deltoid-shaped faces.

Thinking about my next lamp: a deltoidal hexecontahedron

I really love the deltoid shape. I like the way you can put three of these deltoids together to form a triangle, or five of them together to form a pentagon, or 60 to form a deltoidal hexecontahedron.

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CQ: Diving into D-Star

When I first dove into D-Star, I knew nearly nothing about digital voice and quickly found myself sinking in a big bowl of bewilderingly murky information soup. SOS!

So if it's that bewildering, why even bother? I'll jump a bit ahead here and share one tidbit: at one point early in my exploration of D-STAR, I linked to a reflector and heard a guy in San Diego, California chatting with a chap in Yorkshire, England. That was the moment I became hooked!

Diagram of DV HTs connecting via personal access points to reflectors
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