Friday, August 31, 2007

My Scary Prison Tat

Ever since I posted this story about Mickey Jones, the former drummer for Kenny Rogers, I've had a few people ask me about my tattoo that made everyone laugh.

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Here's the reaction from the judges at the tattoo contest.

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Here's the Scary Prison Tat.

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Yeah, it's Jerry the Mouse from the old Tom and Jerry cartoons.
Probably not the kind of ink you want on your body, in the Joint.
That tattoo is over 40 years old.
Keep that in mind when you go for that intricate design of a Crocodile on your lower back.
I'm talking to you, Sobek.

Friday, August 24, 2007

What Time Is It?

I needed to know the exact time so I could watch for the International Space Station.

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Fun Fun Fun with the Geezers

We went to the Western Idaho Fair yesterday.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Space Station Cuts Handle of Big Dipper

UPDATE: Thanks to my buddy, Geoff, for making this animated GIF.

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Last night I had such good luck seeing the Space Station with the naked eye, that I thought I would try to get a picture of it tonight. Keep in mind that this is a 6 year-old camera that I've only ever used in 'Automatic' mode.
The ISS was due in 15 minutes so I got out my rickety tripod (steadier is better, right?)
Then I had to find the manual for the camera. (how the heck do you take a Time Exposure with this thing?)
The nearest thing I could find in the manual, to a TE was the 'Shutter Priority' mode and the longest exposure I could take was 8 seconds.
"Well, that will have to do", I thought.
My first shot was just to get the feel of tripping the shutter release while the camera was on the tripod.

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"Here it comes", Mrs. Geezer cried.

These next 4 pictures are 8-second exposures of the Space Station heading for my house. The bushes and sheds are being lit with a Sodium security light that I have near the round pen for the horses.

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When I realized that the ISS was going to fly out of my shot, I tilted the camera up towards the Big Dipper and clicked another exposure.
I'm really proud of the way it turned out, it looks like the Space Station is cutting the handle of the Big Dipper. You can see the power lines in the lower left corner.
Click the photo for a bigger version.

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This is just a combination of being in the right place at the right time.

And lots of luck.

Seeing the Space Station

You might be able to see the ISS with the Nekkid Eye.

We did.

Here's the prediction for the next 5 days for Boise, Idaho:

18 Aug - NW - 21:49
19 Aug - WNW - 22:12
20 Aug - WSW - 22:34
21 Aug - WNW - 21:22
22 Aug - WSW - 21:44

You'll have to go to the website and register if you want the data for your town.
It's pretty simple and painless.

Heavens Above

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Quick Stress Test

Here's a very quick and accurate test to determine if you are under stress.
I took it and I'm as calm as a cucumber.
Read the full description before looking at the picture.

The picture has 2 identical dolphins in it. It was used in a case study on stress levels at St. Mary's Hospital.

Look at both dolphins jumping out of the water.
The dolphins are identical.
A closely monitored, scientific study revealed that, in spite of the fact that the dolphins are identical, a person under stress would find differences in the two dolphins.
The more differences a person finds between the dolphins, the more stress that person is experiencing.

Relax your mind then click for Dolphin photo.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Mrs. Geezer's Harrowing Experience

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The thing she is dragging behind the ATV is called a Harrow.

We use it to spread the manure around the pasture.

Thanks to fellow Innocent Bystander, Geoff, for making the animated GIF. He nailed it the first time.

Dang, this post has more links than one of Dave in Texas' Gold neck chains.

Scuse me, I'm getting dizzy.

Don't worry, it stops after a few times.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Dragonfly Whisperer - Part VI

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I've learned that you can get dragonflies to land on your finger.

Actually Dragonflies are pretty territorial and will usually land on the highest perch around. Just hold your finger in front of them and gently shoo them toward it.

It helps the effect if you make hypnotizing motions with your other hand and buzzing noises with your mouth.

This picture is a little out of focus, it's hard to tell with the macro lens engaged.

I've got a few other pictures of dragonflies on my finger on this blog.
Here's one "Dragonfly Summer".
Bird Whispering.

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I've been offered a free firearms training course at Front Sight in exchange for posting these links.
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