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By ana (Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:42:31 PM EST) (all tags)
Oh. Never mind. 

 Moods are really weird things. Sometimes you think you understand. You're mistaken. They're like cats in that way.

Last week was all fraught with some kind of angst. Now it's over, I can't even remember what the issue was. I wrote something and posted it, and one of the few readers there sent me a PM saying it sounded like a suicide note. It wasn't, but I can totally see how you could read it that way. Eep.

And then this week? Pretty much an even keel. Not all that resilient, I guess, but okay until the winds blow.

This one time? At bandcamp? A guy I know in real life made some music (with another friend of his I haven't met) and posted it. So I plunked down a tenner, (as opposed to plonking with a tenor, I suppose), and it's pretty good stuff. The opening lick, however... Let's just say the dynamic range is greater than my car's. Or even my earbuds'. After trying to listen in the car and having the very quiet beginning obliterated by road noise, and the growing crescendo of weird noises mistaken for mechanical problems with the car, I decided to listen on the ipod with ear buds, while walking to the Square. Because it's a nice day, I need the exercise, and I wanted to hear it.

But road noise overwhelms even my earbuds. I miss being able to hear myself think. So anyway, I was grumpy, and then I was sad. And it's not about anything at all. It just is.

Yeah, I dunno either.

Tuesday there's a rare transit of venus, which should be visible late in the day in USia. Next one is in 2117, so get it while it's hot. They come in pairs separated by about 8 years, a century or more apart.

In the mid-1700s Sir Edmund Halley predicted a couple of transits of Venus, to follow in the 1760s (I could look up the dates, but I won't), and proposed an important experiment. At the time, the absolute scale of the solar system was unknown. Using Kepler's laws, it's easy enough to get distances in astronomical units, the mean distance from the earth to the sun, but nobody had come up with a way of measuring that accurately. He figured if the transit of Venus was observed and carefully timed at a wide variety of locations on the earth, the known (or at least measureable) distances in actual units like km between observing stations, plus timing and some celestial mechanics, would give a number for the distance to the sun in actual kilometers or other terrestrial units.

Which is why Captain Cook was in the Pacific. Wll, one of his reasons. A poor Frenchman went to a French colony in India to make observations, only to find a war in progress which resulted in him being unable to land there, what with the colony being Portugese on the date of interest. He observed the first transit on board a ship (at a not well known position, so uselessly). Rather than return home, he decided to stay in the far east for 8 years in hopes of observing the second one. That day it was cloudy, so he missed it. When he returned to Paris he found he'd been presumed dead.

#include <std/disclaimer.h> /* concerning not looking at the sun directly etc. etc. */

In other other news, the guy who was an assisting priest at our church, and started & ran the softball team there for several years, is being installed as rector at another church. The choirmaster there invited us to sing with them. I went to the one rehearsal last night; should be doable, but there's some learning to rattle off certain latin phrases really really fast that I need to do in the interim. Sunday night. It'll be fun, for some values of fun.
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i wouldn't worry about the PM. by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 05:16:23 PM EST
plenty of people write things that make them sound like total sadsacks, but really aren't.

**whistles, looks away** /nt by yankeehack (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Jun 03, 2012 at 01:18:13 PM EST

"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB
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transit by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #2 Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 08:06:09 PM EST
Looking for some welders glass so I can watch it.

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