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Greetings and a Happy Halloween to all!

FYI, I haven't been posting much lately because a) not much to say and b) busy working on a kitchen reno. I'll post more on the latter once I'm closer to completion. To use my old project management lingo, there's been a lot of scope creep, so what was originally expected to take about 10 days has stretched out over 4 weeks with at least a week more to go. Most of my time seems to be spent moving stuff back on forth though, since we still need to cook - not to mention our Halloween baking!

Enough complaining. I really just wanted to share some Halloween pictures with y'all. Enjoy!

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more under the cut )

Caesar was none too happy about playing dress-up, but I couldn't resist.
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Got back laate last night from Algonquin Park and slept and slept and slept. I do love camping but it's hard work, and my increasingly aching bones don't react well to the cold and humidity - both of which were very much a problem at night. We took the dog with us for his first camping trip, which added a whole level of trouble - and fun - to the experience. He loved to jump on the air mattress next to me and curl up, and couldn't understand why he didn't fit into the sleeping bag. I almost wish he had fit as it would have been a lot warmer with his body heat added to mine. It got so cold that one night, I wound up poking him to make sure he was okay - I sure wasn't. 

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Our typical day went like this: awake at an utterly ungodly hour like 6 AM, bathroom break, short walk, back to sleep, breakfast, long walk, nap / reading, lunch, nap / reading, long walk, dinner, make s'mores, stargazing, short walk, bathroom break, sleep, wake up cold, zip up mattress, get back to sleep, wake up cold, add another layer, sleep...

Link to my facebook album.
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I went out last night at about 2 AM to walk the dog and it was just the most perfect night ever.  The heat wave had broken and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Even the flies and mosquitoes weren't biting! As for the stars, Sagittarius was due south at its best spot for viewing and the Milky Way was streaming upwards from the spout of the teapot - it was unmistakable that you were looking towards the centre of our galaxy. And then there was the Great Rift caused by dust clouds and more of the Milky Way spreading across through Cygnus and then down to Cassiopeia. Absolutely stunning. There are times I really love living in the countryside and this was definitely one of them.

So I headed home and started to assemble my photography gear to get some more constellation pictures. Camera - check. Telephoto lens - check. Remote shutter release - check. Tripod? Not here, not here, not here, not here, check the garage, not there, go back into the house, not here. Hmmm. Oh yes, must have left it in the car from a few weeks back. Where are the car keys? Not here, not here, not here, not in my sister's purse, not in her backpack or summer travel bag. What about... Not there either. Oh my god, I hope she didn't leave them in the car! No, surely not. Well, maybe she left the car unlocked and I can worry about the keys tomorrow.

So I go out to the driveway and... The car wasn't there. A friend had dropped Barbara off last night, leaving the car in town. In my defense, Barb hadn't told me this because she fell asleep as soon as she got home. But honestly, I walked past the empty driveway at least 4 times - you think it might have registered. Just shows you how unobservant I am.

To give you a hint at what I was seeing, here's a pretty awesome image by amateur astrophotogher, Sean Parker from Tuscon. The reds of the nebulae in this picture don't show to the naked eye, but cameras don't show the full range of brightness that you can perceive with your night vision. (In particular, you can't really see most of the bright stars that mark the constellations in these pictures because they kind of blend in with the rest when you process the image to emphasise the Milky Way. But still, awesome either way.)

Weather permitting, I'll have an even better opportunity to get great photos when we go camping in Algonquin Park in mid-July. I'm a bit worried about the black flies and all, but the viewing there is as good as you can get in Ontario. If anyone just happens to be in the neighbourhood and wants to join us on a Messier marathon, LMK!
jlvsclrk: (StarsLifeDeath by ctbn60)
You may have seen about it in the paper or the net, but most don't get the opportunity to see the transit since you need specialized equipment. I took these using my 8" LX10 Meade telescope, solar filter and camera at prime focus. Exosure is 1/3200s. First contact at 18:06 local time. Second contact (pictured below) at 18:23.


more under the cut )

To see all the pics, here's a link to my Facebook album.
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I'm currently trapped in my nephew's apartment because the deadbolt thingamajiggy broke. What next, I ask? To add insult to injury, I don't have access to a phone (my nephew uses a cell and my sister took ours back to Smiths Falls when she had to return on Sunday). Thank goodness for the internet!!

FYI, I did remove the screws on the inside of the deadbolt so I can get out if needed, but then there'd be no lock on the door. The super is going to replace it.

Well, at least that gives me time to work on the [livejournal.com profile] sv_fca results. Wait 'til you see the stunning work that [livejournal.com profile] ctbn60 has come up with for the occasion!
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I haven't been on line for the last few days because of a family emergency (more on that later when I have some energy). But I did want to remind everyone that the Smallville Fandom Creativity Awards ([livejournal.com profile] sv_fca) are still open for voting over this weekend - polls close May 6, 2012 at 23:59 PST. Vote, vote, vote! Details here.

(But don't try to send in multiple ballots because that just creates extra work for me, and I really could do without that now.) Thanks.


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Snow in late April after we had practically none all winter. It makes no sense!
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A while back I threatened to do a few posts on astronomy, but then inertia took over. So here goes!

First off, the Lyrid meteor shower will be at its peak tonight - the later the better as Lyra doesn't even rise in the eastern sky until about 10 PM. Expect to see about 7 meteors per hour.

On the western horizon, Venus continues to put on a dazzling show around sunset. It is absolutely unmistakable - the biggest obstacle to identifying it is assuming its an airplane or other manmade (or alien!) object. Venus is currently in the constellation Taurus the bull.


Touring Orion )

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My birthday is officially over but I wanted to say a quick thanks to all my flisties for another wonderful year. Special thanks to:They were all much appreciated.

I had a pretty quiet day and then we went out to see the Ottawa Senators, who unfortunately lost. Well, we at least had fun heaping abuse on the refs, who were pretty off form alas. And I get another celebration on the weekend since my sister couldn't make it to this one. My main gifts were gift certificates to Richmond Nursery, so I can indulge in my annual May gardening shop. I always wind up buying a lot of plants each year because we get a lot of winter kill hereabouts. But its getting harder and harder to find spaces for all the plants, so I may wind up starting another bed.
jlvsclrk: (GOT Tyrion exasperated by ladybozi)
Lately, I've been nit picking. No, not at plot inconsistencies this time - the real deal. My sister is a kindergarten teacher and one of her little ones passed on head lice -nice. Join me in a massive, "Ewwwwww!" Or "eeeeek!" Anyways, I've become somewhat of an expert nit picker in the last couple of days - not exactly something I ever wanted to be. The worse part is that I'm itchy all over, all the time. My sister has done a few checks and I've come up clean but I must say I'm freaked out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_louse
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I've started to fill out my ballot for the Smallville Fandom Creativity Awards - so many choices! Unfortunately I stopped bookmarking my favourites half way through last year so I don't have a "short list" of more recent fics for reference. This means I'm going to have to do a whole lot of rereading, but there are worse fates I suppose.

Here's a by no means complete list of who I'm looking at:And that's just for the fic! I don't know how I'm going to choose between all my favorite artworks from [livejournal.com profile] ctbn60 alone! And vids...

Yikes!!
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Nominations for the 2012 Smallville Fandom Creativity Awards (aka the SV-FCAs) Are Now Open!

We want to celebrate the excellent fanfic, art and vids created in the last few years. We have lots of categories (more than the Oscars, though fewer than the Grammies) to reflect the diversity of our fandom. All ships are welcome! Refer to this post for the rules, categories and nomination procedures.




NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN NOW AND WILL CLOSE ON APRIL 22, 2012
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I haven't been posting or even commenting much lately because of computer problems - the 'r' key on my laptop was crooked (the horror, the horror) so my ever-so-slightly OCD sister started fiddling with it and broke it off. And when she took the laptop in for repairs, they had to replace the entire keyboard (!) so the laptop is currently still in the shop. Fortunately, at least one person on my flist had warned me to get the full warranty so at least I'm not out of pocket. Using my old PC though is practically torture now.

Did you hear that Zenyatta had her first foal on Friday? Here's a link to a lovely video by HRTV showing mama and son on their first outing. They're both doing splendidly! There are also near daily updates in the diaries section at Zenyatta.com - too cute!

I've been learning the basics of digitalr astrophotography and have been thinking of doing some posts on stargazing - I think I can answer 'what does Orion look like' somewhat better than Siri methinks! Anyone interested? Any burning questions?


Pimping

Mar. 3rd, 2012 10:34 pm
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From [info]sv_fca - the Smallville Fandom Creation Awards:
 
Do you write fanfiction?
Have you created artwork?
Or videos?

We think all that hard work deserves recognition. So, for the next two weeks, we want you to send in lists of your eligible work. In two weeks we will call for nominations from all members.

So, here's what we need from you: Send us your eligible stories, icons, banners, covers, videos, manips etc. Make sure you provide a link as we do not want to have to go searching for it.


Nominations will be open on the 18th of March and will stay open until the 22nd of April. Voting will be open for one week following that. For rules and eligibility criteria, please see [livejournal.com profile] sv_fca

Meme

Feb. 19th, 2012 09:07 pm
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I'm running a test to see who's reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun!


My word was "vibrant." I haven't done all that much lately (yet another setback from my concussion I think) but it just feels good to be alive. The weather here has been fabulous lately - so very atypical for February in Ontario!
jlvsclrk: (Lana by ctbn60)
Beauty and the Beast wasn't my favorite TV show ever, but Linda Hamilton was my Catherine. Not sure what to make of the latest news on the remake - Kristin Kreuk lands lead. I'l try not to let my hostility towards late season Lana colour my reaction to Kristin, but it will be hard!

PS - thanks so much to [livejournal.com profile] patrese1, [livejournal.com profile] svgurl, [livejournal.com profile] josephina_x, [livejournal.com profile] voldything and [livejournal.com profile] twinsarein for the sparkly hearts on my profile!!

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
jlvsclrk: (Chlark)
Title: The Special Two
Pairing: Chlark (Clark/Chloe)
Medium: video
Type: angst, romance

After one shock too many, Chloe reevaluates her relationship with Clark and vows to fight for their future together. Chloe doesn't go back to Jimmy.

Song by Missy Higgins. Clips from Smallville seasons 1-6 with a couple of scenes from S8. No copyright infringement intended.

Notes: created for the [livejournal.com profile] secret_chlark gift exchange for the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] babydee1. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] simplytoopretty for all her work organizing the event.

Download link: .wmv file (47 MB)

Streaming video from viddler*:

* alas, YouTube blocked the audio :( I recommend using the download link for somewhat higher quality.)

PS - Wow, it took 4 hours for me to do a few vid revisions, reupload and type this in. I guess I'm still a bit muzzy from the concussion!
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LiveJournal's question: what did you learn today?

My response:

That slipping on ice so that you fall backwards and bonk your head _really_ hurts.

Owww! I don't think I'm going to get much done over the next few days.
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I haven't posted recently as I've been so busy with the holidays. No idea where all the time went, though I did get in lots of baking (though not as much as last year - I focused on my favourites instead this time round), shopping (not just my own but I also stepped in for my sister and got a few for my nephew as well), cleaning (ugh) and all round busy work. Not to mention Christmas dinner and the inevitable tons of dishes (no dishwasher here - boo). And last but not least, turkey soup - a nuisance to make but a delight to eat (all 2+ gallons of it!!) It all turned out quite well - especially the tree. I do love our collection of ornaments - which is your favorite?



(More Christmas pics at my facebook album)

On a fandom note, I've really been enjoying the goodies over at [livejournal.com profile] clexmas, and can't wait for the postings to start at [livejournal.com profile] secret_chlark. Yes, I love both ships (and Clois too) thanks to all the talented writers and artists out there. Thank you all! Here's to a fabulous 2012.
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Yikes, just over two weeks to Christmas!! I've got the Christmas tree up finally though I'm a bit dissatisfied with it. I didn't notice until after I'd added the garland and ornaments that one of the strands of lights, which I ran along the bottom branches, doesn't have any yellow lights in it. So there is this kind of subtle disconnect in the colouring. I guess I'll just have to ignore it.

I wrote a ficlet (or whatever you call something about 300 words long) for the [livejournal.com profile] smallearth advent calendar. Nothing brilliant to be sure but it was fun to write. There are still some places left on the calendar so why not consider joining in the fun. Crossovers with any justice league member are welcome!

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