Shooting Stars Over New Hampshire The Next Few ‘Nights’. Very Active Geminid Meteor Shower Peaking December 13 – 14, 2013.
…by Anura Guruge
Please check last year’s post on the Geminids for more detail.
Please search ‘meteor’ (>>>>) for tons of additional background on meteors and the other showers
including possible one, soon, from Comet ISON.
Where to look for the Geminids — over New Hampshire.
Jupiter is right there to help you.
NASA created orbital map of 39 Geminid 2013 major shooting stars
seen over the last few days.
Earth is the small blue dot at 1 o’clock.
The bigger yellow blob is the Sun.
All the debris, left behind by the asteroid,
is, of course, following the asteroid’s
orbital path around the Sun.
Remembering, With A Shudder, The December 2008 New Hampshire Ice Storm — And Pictures Of What Was Quite Beautiful.
.by Anura Guruge
Though I have lived in New Hampshire, year around, since 1986, this was but the second major ice storm that I had weathered — the prior one being that, exactly a decade earlier, that hit the Lakes Region quite hard.
In the scheme of things, we, in Alton, got off quite lightly. We were without power for ‘just’ 24 hours. That was before we got our two generators. My biggest concern was keeping this 4-story house warm. I succeeded quite well — to Deanna’s amazement. Yes, we, of course, had the wood stove in the basement going full tilt. I used all the gas burners in the kitchen stove. I even used candles. That the house was but 2 years old and well insulated helped. The temperature in the main living areas of the house dropped about 12 degrees during that time. Yes, of course, we rushed off looking to buy a generator. We drove as far as Biddeford, ME.
But, we lucked out. Deanna’s sister in ‘Rockland’, ME bailed us out. She, a good SEARS customer, located two generators — in Augusta, I think. I told to buy BOTH. She and her husband went and picked them up in their big truck and drove them down to us … in the dark. No sooner did they get here and we unloaded the generators, took them out of their boxes — the power came on. We lucked out.
I was also concerned about the water in the central heating pipes freezing. I LIKE to have antifreeze in those pipes. We hadn’t done that in this house as yet. I got it done that week — by Foley. Foley actually is not in favor of it! They worry about the corrosion it causes and the fact that water with antifreeze, because of its lower density, tends to leak. I still have antifreeze in my pipes BUT they dilute it every year!
But, I strongly recommend antifreeze in your pipes.
Here are some pictures from the ice storm.
It sure was pretty.
Click to ENLARGE.
.by Anura Guruge
As a devout believer in Darwin, I am all in favor of drunk/impaired drivers killing themselves — AS LONG AS they don’t harm anyone else or damage private property. I just wish that there were universal laws that enabled municipalities to go after them for damages and police/EMT expenses.
I also have no problem with people that want to kill themselves doing so — again provided they don’t physically harm others, cause damage to the property of others. Again, I wish municipalities can recoup the enormous costs they incur when these idiots kill themselves. I still remember this incident from when I was living on Varney Point in Gilford. It was in the Spring of 2006. Tesichan was a few months old. As was my wont those days I was walking her, in her front facing ‘backpack’, when EVERY SINGLE fire truck and police car in Gilford screamed into Varney Point with sirens blaring and lights agog. The leading fire truck screeched to a stop next to me, nearly running me over, forcing me to jump off the road, and asked me if I knew where so-and-so lived. Took me a second to place the name. They didn’t even wait for me to respond. Some trucks were going up the hill, police cars were screaming down Varney Point, Right. Why? Some guy had hung himself. Well, as they all admitted to me afterwards, sheepishly, it was too late to do anything by the time they came storming into Varney Point nearly killing me and Teischan. Gravity, as it invariably does, had won the day. I kind of knew the guy. I had spoken to him once — told me that he had a busted front light in his car. But, if that is what he wanted to do, that was fine with me — just don’t cause further collateral damage. That is what God gave us … right? Free will. Just don’t harm others — at least physically.
This guy Robert Dellinger is a disgrace to humanity. Couldn’t he have jumped off a bridge?
What hits close to home, as did the ‘nearly run over’ in Gilford, was that we were on that very same stretch of road, in Lebanon, 12 hours earlier.
Rich guys claiming depression and celebrities with addiction just aggravates me. Losers, in my book.
I really hope they throw the book at Robert Dellinger and he gets to enjoy an active social life in prison.
Then we also have this from Texas. Did you see this? Amazing.
Wow. Reading these stories you get the feeling that it must be hard to be rich. Thank God I never had to deal with that.
Where Is Nelson Mandela’s Body? I Have Yet To See It? I Haven’t Even Seen The Casket. What Is The Deal Here?
.by Anura Guruge
>> A hero for ALL Times — Dec. 6, 2013.
>> Happy 95th birthday — July 17, 2013.
>> As we wait … read ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ … — June 24, 2013.
>> South Africa going the extra mile for Nelson — June 18, 2013.
CNN, which always appears to have trouble covering important overseas events,
has managed to set a new sorry, abysmal record for ineptitude
with the Mandela coverage.
I watch at least two hours of CNN every day,
from around 8:20 to 9:20 and then at night between 7 and 8.
So, I always catch the 9 a.m. news.
I have yet to see Mandela’s body.
I NEED to see Mandela’s body.
I can’t even find it on Google News.
What is the deal here.
I even checked the BBC.
Something is awry. I don’t like it.
I am so fed up hearing about the damn, duplicitous
What is the BIG deal here? We are talking about South Africa?
Yes, given that I follow all Test playing countries and I do know a few South Africans, I know a bit more about S. A. than most.
How many of YOU actually have even heard of the current S.A. president, the ANC Jacob ‘the polygamist’ Zuma, the rape allegations and how he paid 10 cows for a child bride?
That is South Africa.
There are three (3) words that have always helped me understand Africans — including the Kenyan Barack Hussein Obama II, the disgraceful president of the U.S. of A.
Those three words are:
‘Munda Logic‘ &
When you are familiar with Eysenck and ‘Munda Logic’, fake interpreters, Obama’s (yet more stupidity) ‘selfie at funeral‘ or Obama’s FRAUD when it comes to ObamaCare are all easy to rationalize and reconcile. Basically it is par for the course. That is how they do things.
But, that I can’t see Mandela’s body bothers me.