Hurricane Sandy

Of course I don’t have much to say about the storm, other than I’m pleased that my utilities have stayed on and I haven’t seen any trees obliterated…so far.  However, it is worth noting that where I live is notoriously susceptible to flooding.  As of 9:30am the tidal flooding hit it’s peak causing my apartment building to be almost completely surrounded by water.

I’m on the third floor, so the floor water isn’t doing me much harm, other than keeping me in place.  Meanwhile, as I watch the rain come down trucks, jeeps, vans one by one drown out in full view of my balcony.  It’s very unfortunate because it’s comparable to driving through a lake, and it’s obvious to from behind the wheel. Because I really think they are worth sharing, here are a couple short videos of the flooding in my immediate vicinity.

Back parking lot:

Front of building, looking down on Haven Creek Boat Ramp:

Lastly, I’ve aggregated all of my photos into a public album on Google+ if anyone would like to see more pictures of my waterfront (and back) view.  Stay safe everyone.

Venus in the Sky

After walking around for 20 minutes trying to make a pinhole camera with index finger I decided to stop ruining my eyes and enjoy the sunset. After all, the really impressive imagery is being streamed live over the internet. On my way back to my apartment I noticed a small group of Jehovah’s Witnesses enjoying the transit outside of their Kingdom Hall. Since they had a couple of fancy reflector telescopes set up, I decided it would be worth it to introduce myself and get a look at their setup. Oddly enough no one responded to my introduction, so I just admired the projection of the transit as they spoke amongst themselves. Below is the photograph I took with my cellphone.

Transit reflected on projector screen.

The transit through a reflector telescope.

Overall, I’m really happy they were out observing so that I could get a view of the event directly. I also decided to take a photo of the sunset for reference.

Sunset during the transit.

Sunset during the transit with slight cloud cover.

Look out for the next transit of Venus in 2117!

Gallery Update

I updated the gallery plugin to use WP Photo Album.  I initially used a gallery plugin that pulled all my pictures from Picasa, but that became intolerable.   Despite having my photos automatically uploaded from my phone, the usability of Picasa through Google+ is very immature.  Also there’s no official Picasa application for Linux, and all my photos get resized upon uploading.  So considering Picasa caps free storage at 1Gb, prevents access to full-resolution images, and links everything back to my Google identity, I’ll just host all my pictures through my web host.

Now I only need to manually extract all my photos from my phone since I have no automated way of getting the full resolution copies on the web.  When I do, I will update the gallery with my latest photos of the Shenandoah National Park.  They’re pretty much all like the photo above, but with a much higher resolution.