I agree with Greenman (Matthew) on the Science channel programs. The Black Hole one is AMAZING! Man, those things eat up anything and everything! You should watch that if you can. They're always giving it on and off. :)
Yeah, backyard astronomy to most people is a weird esoteric and very nerdy hobby but they don't know what they're missing! Use those binos and get outside and just look up! If you can pick up the latest issue of Sky and Telescope Magazine cause they have an awesome star chart. The one in Astronomy Magazine for me is okay but the one in S&K is so much better!
They also post on their websites some of the things that is going on around you. Check out these sites:
And one of my favorite things is actually seeing satellites and even the International Space Station fly overhead. If you want to impress your friends with this website you will know exactly when it will be flying by and at what time! It's freaking awesome!
even theoretical physicists will tell you they don't understand string theory. it's so incredibly amazing and weird. i just opened up "The Fabric of the Cosmos" and i'm trapped at page 2 - it's very daunting subject matter.
i'll keep the Greenman avatar. it makes too much sense for me not to. i live in Philly, love Sunny, am named Greenberg, and it's my Fantasy Baseball logo (i'm called The Greenman Group).
theoretical astronomy is quite interesting as well. if you haven't yet, check out the Science Channel's programs on black holes or PBS' Nova series, particularly ones with Brian Greene on String Theory and Quantum Mechanics. all quite interesting, if not mind blowing!
The fact that you have an interest in astronomy is the first step! The curiosity and enthusiasm that you have of the universe is what will propel you to keep looking up towards the REAL heavens (not the God sitting on the throne in heaven crock shit!) LOL
I myself am amateur astronomer/backyard astronomer. You don't need a scope to get started. All you have to do is look up. And let me tell you, you are in for a treat because the winter constellations are coming up and they are awesome! Especially Orion, Pleaides, Gemini, etc. And Jupiter is still shining pretty bright at night.
Later on after you've become friends with the constellations then you can think about pursuing it further by getting yourself a scope. But in the meanwhile, to make new friends with the stars, all you need are just your eyes and some binos. That's it! You'll be star hopping in no time and bagging and tagging gems!!! Astronomy is a LOT of fun! :)
sounds like your Mom is smarter than the average bear...although perhaps less so now after all the 'bopping'! thanks for the friend request, i'm still kinda new here and it's (embarrasingly) kinda sad to see that i only have a few 'friends'.
Doing well here. We had a pretty good Turkey Day with a friend we invited over, and we actually contributed just a tiddle bit to that record Black Friday sales thing - about $31 bucks worth! Other than that, not much going on. I'm giving some thought to firing up my system today and doing some music, very possibly some Oregon included therein.
"The botany of desire" is an interesting place to see the tulip story. It's on youtube. The author takes a reverse-approach, telling how these plants have "used" human desire to proliferate successfully around the world. He spends quite a while telling about tulips, and also apples, marijuana, and potatoes.
Planting tulips is great! I have a few to plant as well. In case you are interested, they have an amazing history that says a few things about human behavior. Also about epidemiology. By the way, thanks for conversing with me. There seem to be some common interests. It's great. That doesn't happen a lot (Daniel).
Damn squirrel knocked over one of the bird feeders. He cant get to the other one, so there are still lots of birds outside the window. Usually I get some separate squirrel food but haven't got around to it this year.
Thanks for the well wishes! We had cornbread dressing, sweet potato pie, green bean casserole, bread rolls. Quiet day at home. Need to catch up on some work this weekend, not looking forward to that but it's better than not having work. Off for a long walk with the dogs now!
You're vegan! I admire you for that! I compromised at ovo-lacto but look for ways to move closer to vegan. Often substitute soft tofu for milk or yogurt in smoothies and cream soups. Chocolate soymilk is my favorite. Cheese is my downfall. I feel like everyone is somewhere on a spectrum. I know the issues. It would not bother me if I was suddenly found to be allergic to dairy products. As for the military, at least the military I knew, no way a vegan could have made it. Best not to try that route.
Vanouver is pretty quite this time of year, and for that matter any other time! Next door Portland is more interesting. This time of year it's chilly and rainy. If I can get my work backlog cleared up I'll get into the yard and start cleaning up. I know what you mean about learning other places. Before I settled down, I moved around in the Army - Texas, New York, TUrkey, then in school and work - Illinois, Indiana, New York again, and then wound up in the Northwest. I love the Northwest the most.
I hope Bella's mood improves soon! Thanks for commenting on gardening. I've been neglecting mine the past few months - workload is too much. Fall will be good for cleaning up and setting priorities. We got great peppers and chilis this year, hot and spicy! In the fall I plant onions and garlic, that overwinter. Doing that gives me scallions in Jan or Feb in this mild climate, and the garlic is pungent, big juicy bulbs in summer. Used to live in Chicago, lots of great things to do there!