Sunday, December 15, 2013

Wreaths for Astronauts (and other service members)

One thing I make certain I block time to participate to do is Wreaths Across America. After I donate wreaths to several locations, of course. This year, they offered donations to Cooch's Bridge, the location of the only Revolutionary Battle fought in Delaware, as well as the location of Revolutionary veteran graves. I leapt at the chance. So that means I have to get up there soon to see it.

But the sight of people from all walks of life coming together at a national landmark is both sobering and heartwarming. It's extremely emotional, and I always have tears in my eyes.

(Tears can also be there when your friends fail to show up to help, or other "friends" don't even try to meet up with you while they're there because they see it as a social outing and apparently shy = antisocial, but hey LET'S NOT TALK ABOUT THAT.)

I got to spend the entire morning by myself. No talking, other than taking an acquaintance who is in CAP some hot chocolate first thing when I arrived. Arlington is a great place for introspection.

For more photos, check out my fb album.

German soldiers came to volunteer

Something you have to see yourself

through adversity, to the stars

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Saturn's North Pole is Cool

Motion Image courtesy NASA JPL
I'm recovering from being incredibly sick, but this is too good to NOT blog about.
Right now (as in, 3:50 p.m. December 4, 2013) members of the Cassini team are holding a g+ hangout about this, along with the Day the Earth Smiled.
This false-color imaging from NASA's Cassini shows a six-sided jet stream that creates and maintains the beautiful Hexagon of the north pole. It shows wavelengths from IR all the way to UV. Trippy.