A discernible shape?

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This is the much enlarged image of Mars

In my previous post I said that Mars actually appeared as a tiny sphere.  Here is a much enlarged portion of that image — it’s not much to look at, but I’m tickled that it doesn’t appear to just be a diffraction pattern from a point source of light…

Moon and Mars

In the original, if you zoom in so that pixels are individual squares, Mars actually is a discernible sphere.

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Lower left, needing no introduction, is the Moon. Upper right, in the far far distance, is Mars

Farewell dear comet

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Retreating into the far reaches

Olympus EM I Mark III, 150mm lens, f/2.8, 20s, ISO1600.  Slight greenish tint, as has been noted by others.

Yesterday was the first time it was visible, after three days of bright clear days followed by early evening overcast.

There are many thousands of photos of this comet, most of them better than this.  It’s a personal momento.

NEOWISE

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Comet NEOWISE

Olympus EM 1-3; 40mm F2.8 for 2 seconds.  ISO 3200.  I was sitting down, with the camera on my lap.  If weather permits I will try again tonight with a bigger lens and a tripod…

The final frontier?

Orion

If we establish a permanent human presence off the shoulder of Orion we will necessarily take an ecosystem with us.  It won’t be humanity colonizing space, it will be Earth’s biosphere colonizing space. Life, in general, has an intrinsic property of opportunistic expansion, and we are life.

Teacups from China

Assembled
Disassembled

I ordered these “Lazy Tea Cups” from the Guilin Tea Research Institute, in China. The shipping time was an anxious 2 months.

They are rather fragile, but not to worry — the packaging was absolutely insane. Each of the round white cannon balls contains another cup, and they could be used on a soccer field. The box in the background was completely filled with dense packing material; the box was completely covered in packing tape. Felt like you could drop it from an airplane.

They are a joy to use.  The tiny saucer is actually functional — it insulates your hand from the heat, making it quite comfortable to carry the whole assembly in one hand…

Guilin Tea Reasearch Institute

G+ -> blogger -> wordpress

Recap: I’ve used the ‘Google+ Exporter’ tool to export my stuff to blogger backup file format, and imported the result into blogger. The result is at https://c32767.blogspot.com/ . It looks pretty nice, overall. But google’s brand has been forever tainted…

It turns out that hosted wordpress, at wordpress.com, has a function that will import a blogger backup file, so I thought I would give that a try. I created a free blog at wordpress.com.

There was a problem importing the ‘Google+ Exporter’ file directly (something about there being no author associated with the data). So I generated a backup file for 32767, and tried importing that into wordpress instead. It worked, mostly: https://mosqueeto.wordpress.com/ . The free hosting option at wordpress.com is not the best, I must say, but it is free. I’ve installed wordpress multiple times in the past, so that is an option.

Both wordpress and blogger would require significant tweaking and editing to achieve a pleasing result, and I might be better off sticking with something in the fediverse, and just manually inserting the stuff I really want to save.

Exporting G+ to blogger

I used the “to blogger format” mode of Google+ Exporter, created a blog, and imported the download. You can check out the results at https://c32767.blogspot.com/

Some comments: I have just over the 800 max limit, so I bought the $20 license. The export for < 1000 posts took a few minutes; the import to blogger took longer, I think — I walked away to get some coffee. The result requires tweaking, which is in progress, so if you scroll down through the blog you will see progressively rougher results. Some of the posts are not worth keeping — I estimate about a 30% deletion rate. The handling of photographs is not nearly as good as in G+. Note that this is the 1.5 version of G+ exporter, so the photo links may disappear w/ G+. I will try recreating the blog with the 1.6 version. Photo downloads should considerably lengthen the duration of the download and upload.

I want to repeat what Edward Morbius has been saying: the time to do this is now. There are learning curves all over the place, and hidden pitfalls and roadblocks abound.

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