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“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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Remembrance and Honor
Remembrance and Honor

Remembrance and honorIn the United States, Veterans Day remains a day not just for those who served or are in service of the US Armed Forces, but also a day of remembrance for all who have served their country and a reflection on those who paid the ultimate price for...


Breaking Isolation Tomorrow will be a huge adventure for us. We will be taking our first real trip in more than 6 months. We aren't going far but it will be the furthest we have traveled as a family since all this crazy started. We found a perfect enviroment that...

amazing image of planets – 300 Light Years away!
amazing image of planets – 300 Light Years away!

This image, captured by the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, shows the star TYC 8998-760-1 accompanied by two giant exoplanets. This is the first time astronomers have directly observed more than one planet orbiting a star similar to the Sun.This one...

Don’t Quit

Posting this short poem for a friend that seems to need it now. These words have seen me through most (if not all) the challenges in my life. From launching multi-million dollar games, to raising two wonderful daughters. Don't you quit! When things go wrong, as they...

RIP Bandwidth

Well the test stream tonight went well from a functional standpoint. Unfortunately, the bandwidth issues we have been having recently are even more obvious when Fiercekittenz and I try to stream at the same time. A bit frustrating, especially since we know the issue...

Ok, we are doing it!

First stream back in 2 years! Will be getting started with Subnautica Below Zero to ease me back into doing this. While we are playing through that game for a few sessions, I'll continue to work on setting up some new automation for my telescopes. If you are even...

Getting back into streaming?

Been giving some thought on getting back into streaming again. Not that my life needs to be any more complicated. I'm hopeful that it might provide an outlet for some creativity and encourage me to start sharing views of the deep sky again.

The great Amazon migration of 2020

Completed the big Amazon migration project last night. We moved all services from to AWS in just 48 hours. I am very happy with the ease at which Amazon has allowed such migrations to take place. This move affords us a lot more options within the AWS...

Member’s section

Finished getting all the sign-up and comments rules in place last night. Today's focus will be on setting up the Member's section and injecting more content into the site so it doesn't look so "stale". I also need to reduce the size of the MP4 version of the frontpage...

Basic Framework online

I've manage to get the basic framework online for this new blog. I've also finished about 1/2 of the member functionality. Just need to solve for VIP access and a way to control comments. I should easily be done by the end of this week.

So many challenges

The difficulty in just trying to get a system in place to post a small blog comment and have it look good on the front page is very challenging. Things are coming along, just very slowly.