Wednesday, April 09, 2014

My first flights with the Phantom

The weather has finally been good enough to start using the Phantom Vision drone or UAV. Last Friday I flew it for a while.  Here are some shots I took and a video. It also includes pictures I took today when I went out with the students from the surveying class. It was much brighter today!




When I flew the Phantom today I noticed that the video feed was broken up. I think that I needed to charge up the wifi signal extender. At least, I hope that's all it is.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Dutch realists









Wonderful art at the National Gallery in DC.

Boddhisatva



I love this wood-carved Buddha I saw at the Freer Gallery of Art. It was a wet afternoon in DC. I went in to to get dry and found this in a back gallery.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

New Closet Floor


New Closet Floor, a set on Flickr.

This is the closet made from an enclosed porch. It extends to become a library on one end and connects to the spare bedroom on the other. The old fiberboard had caved in and in his last months Tigger confused it with his catbox. Now it has new plywood and tiles. We just have to move the closet racks to their final places.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Independence Day

After I finished The Sportswriter I wanted to wait a while before coming back to the next book in the series, Independence Day. In the meantime I did read Canada on my Nook and I listened to it as an audiobook. Frank Bascombe is no more cheerful in this book. He is a realtor with real estate problems. He is also dealing a divorce and the problems of his fifteen year old son. I will add comments as I am reading the book.

Destroyermen Series


A colleague at work told me about the Destroyermen series. It sounds crazy. A WWII destroyer near Indonesia goes through a mysterious squall while fighting a Japanese battleship. It ends up in an alternate universe where dinosaurs  are still roaming. The ship and its crew ally themselves with the Lemurian race in their fight for survival against the reptilian Grik race. It sounds crazy, but the story and the characters are very engaging. In each book the alternate universe expands as we meet more people and creatures in this new world. There are also some really exciting, if improbable battle scenes.

I have just finished the fifth book and am about to start the sixth.


Into The Storm by Taylor AndersonBook 1
Crusade Book 2
MaelstromBook 3
Distant Thunder Book 4
Rising TidesBook 5
 FirestormBook 6
 Iron Gray SeaBook 7
 Storm Surge  Book 8

I copied this list from Librarything. 

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Turkeys

 
 

When I came home from walking the dogs I noticed a big flock of wild turkeys in the corn field across the street. They were all over the field, foraging for among the corn stalks. By the time I got the cameras and came back I think they had had enough. The birds quickly started running back into the forest. I hope they come back again.
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