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Santa Is On The Move

Posted by heymoe on 24th December 2007

The NORAD Santa Tracker is up and running and as of this writing Santa is currently in Berlin, Germany. Several satellite videos of Santa have been captured and more to be added as he makes his way around the world. Below is the First Sitting video for this year.

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I especially enjoyed seeing his visit the the International Space Station. Well I hope everyone was good this year so Santa won’t give you a lump of coal and I guess if you were bad this year, you can track him and try and mug him when he passes through your area.

For us in North Carolina, we don’t have to worry about the Santa getting arrested for bring Reindeer into the area since Gov. Easley lifted the Reindeer ban until Christmas morning. Easley also made a request to the FAA to provide Santa the proper clearance and aircraft separation on this trip through the state.

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The Sky Is Falling

Posted by heymoe on 12th December 2007

The Geminid Meteor Shower is your last chance to see the sky fall in 2007. The best time to view the Geminid Meteor Shower will be the night of December 13th and going into the early morning of the 14th. The Geminid Meteor Shower has the potential of being the best meteor shower of 2007 so if you like to wish upon a falling star, here is your last chance for the year. For information and viewing tips for watching a meteor shower click HERE.

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The above flash animation provide by: www.shadowandsubstance.com should give you an idea where you need to be looking. You can view a bigger version by clicking HERE.

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Christmas Lights

Posted by heymoe on 8th December 2007

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I spent this afternoon wiring up my big tree in the front yard with lights for the holidays. Last year I only had a few lights up but after Christmas I bought up a lot of L.E.D. lights at 50+% off so I could use them next year. I would love to do a light display like the video below but I’ll have to work up to that I think. Taking pictures of the lights reminded me that I also need to get a tri-pod which would provide a stable platform for long exposures.
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If you don’t know already, light displays like this video are created by using a computer that runs software which talk to power controllers that turn the lights on and off synchronized to music. The music is broadcasted from a radio transmitter in or around the house so people can tune their car radios to that channel to hear the music.


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Korean Cultural Night

Posted by heymoe on 1st December 2007

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I found out there was a Korean Cultural Night being held at Korean Baptist Church up the road from my place so I decided to check it out since I survived my trip to Pullen Park earlier in the day. When I was walking up the walkway to the main building I saw a lady dressed in a traditional Korean outfit and from a distance I almost thought it was my mom (freaky). I was a little late so I not sure what I missed but when I got into the main building there was a lady up on the stage singing what sounded like opera in Korean. There were several examples of traditional Korean dances which were enjoyable to watch but the lighting was really bad so it was very difficult for me to take any pictures without any blurring. I don’t even think a fast lens would have helped me here. Next up was a Tae Kwon-Do demonstration which included board breaking and synchronized executions of different patterns / forms to music. I did find it funny that they used “It’s Raining Men” during one of these synchronized demonstrations. The part I enjoyed the most was the Korean Drumming or Poongmul using the Samul Nori style (meaning: four instruments) which consisted of two types of drums and two type of gongs. At the end of the event there was a lot of mingling and snacks in the form of several type of Tteok (Korean rice cake). I had a good time and was nice to learn more about my Korean half.

More Photos Here

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Beating Drums

Posted by heymoe on 11th November 2007

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I was not planning on doing much today outside of the house but on the spur of the moment I headed down town to the NC Museum of History to listen to the Triangle Taiko in concert. I’ve seen / heard them perform at Animazement but only in passing. Not knowing what parking was going to be like downtown, since I tend not to go there, I decided to take the motorcycle since it easy to squeeze it between spaces. It was a chilly ride and of course I had to deal with the mine field of drivers doing everything they can but pay attention to the road. Any ways, I got to the concert a little late but still got to enjoy it.

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This was also my first experience at shooting indoor photos in a darkly lit room with my Nikon D80. This was yet another reminder that I need to buy some more glass. It would have been nice to have had a faster lens which would allowed for a faster shutter speed in this type of environment. Yes, I have a flash but I did not want to be “that guy” plus, being that I was seated towards the back of the room, the flash would have done no good at that distance. That did not seem to stop the guy at the very back of the room with his camera on a tripod that kept taking photos with the built in flash. It made me giggle. I think overall my pictures came out OK for what I had to work with plus a little post-processing work helped out a lot to. All in all I had a good time and really enjoyed the drumming.

More Photos Here

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Up Up and Away!

Posted by heymoe on 29th October 2007

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Last Sunday I went to the 34th Annual Carolina BalloonFest in Statesville, NC.. The event took place at the Statesville Regional Airport (KSVH) which made me wish my pilot license was still current. I could have just flown out there which would have been a lot quicker then the 2.5 hour drive from Raleigh. In any case, I got there shortly after 2pm which gave me plenty of time to walk around and enjoy the other activities before the launching of the hot air balloons at 4:30pm. There were a lot of attractions for the kids as well as wine tasting for the grown ups from several local vineyards and different arts and crafts booths. There was a lot of different type of fair style foods to enjoy as well. The frozen cheesecake on a stick dipped in chocolate was really good.

Before 4:30pm rolled around there was one group inflating a balloon but they did not get to far since the winds started to pick up. This was the first time I’ve seen a hot air balloon get inflated but not the last one. I do kind of remember taking a hot air balloon ride once but I was really little at the time and it was not really much of a ride. It was more or less a up and right back down to were we started. Come to think of it, I’m not sure how that would have worked, maybe it was not a real hot air balloon ride after all.

Any ways shortly after 4:30pm the grounds started to buzz with activity as gas powered fans started to inflate several balloons at the same time. It was really neat that while the balloons were being inflated you were allowed to walk right up to the and touch them. The only area they were really strict about keeping you away from was right behind the basket where an anchor line was running from the basket to a car / truck. As the balloons filled and started to lift the baskets, this line would get pulled tight and could whip around some so it’s not a good place to be. I got a lot of great shots of the inflation process as well as the rise and fall (a few balloons had some technical difficulties that required them to be deflated quickly) of the envelopes on the ground. Over all I had a great time.

A lot more photos here

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Bodies Everywhere..

Posted by heymoe on 2nd September 2007

I went to “Bodies…The Exhibition” today and I must say it was amazing. I was a little worried that it was going to be crowded since this is the last weekend it was going to be open at The Streets at Southpoint location in Durham, NC (It closes 9/5/2007). A friend of mine, who has already seen it, said I should go there early in the morning, so I got there at 10:30am (they opened at 10:00am). There were no lines so I was able to walk up, buy my ticket and walk right in. By time I was done going thought the exhibit and left the building, around noon, there was already a ticket line as well as a line to let people in. Of course they would not let me take any pictures so I purchased the book about the exhibit in their gift shop. They had a really neat shirt of which showed the torso of a human skeleton on the front. If they printed the back of the skeleton on the back of the shirt I would have bought it. I don’t care much for shirts with large graphics on the front and nothing on the back. I guess I’m just crazy like that.

Any ways, I was not sure what to expect when first entered the exhibit. The first section just had four glass enclosures with small items to look at as well as a full size human skeleton, like the ones you would see in science class. I think they started out with this room to kind of warm people up to the rest of the exhibit (start out small then work your way up to the bigger items). In the next room the first thing that caught my eyes the the first glass case which had an arm and a leg in it without any skin, exposing the muscles and bones. Also in this second room you get to see the first complete body without the skin. If I remember right it was the one kicking the soccer ball. Each room basically showed a different body system like the skeletal, muscular, nervous, reproductive, etc… The room about the circulatory system was very interesting in that they were able to show you all the arteries and veins without anything else in the way. They were able to do this by circulating a epoxy like compound though the circulatory system which then hardened. They then soaked the body in another chemical which dissolved everything but the hardened arteries and veins.

There was a side room off the main path through the exhibit which showed several fetuses representing the different weeks of development. This room had a sign in front of it basically warning the people what was in there since there is always a lot of controversy around fetuses / babies etc… I saw a few people read the sign and turn around. There was a sign in this room that read something like “Everyone was a single cell for about 1.5 hours of their life.” which I thought was a neat (remember I’m crazy..hehe).

The last room had a very large display of a whole body that was cut into thin slices. This is basically what a MRI machine does to your body just in real life. There was also a station setup where you could actually pick up a heart and a brain that was preserved using the same process that all the other body parts in the exhibit used. They were even kind enough to supply some hand sanitizer after you’re were done holding them.

I really enjoyed the exhibit and walked away knowing a lot more about how we tick. The displays had detailed descriptions of everything there was to see. They do offer a audio tour which I can only guess reads to you what is already posted in the display. Seems kind of lazy to me, so much for trying to get people to read more. I highly recommend anyone that is open minded and / or curious to see how our bodies work and does not get grossed out easily to go see this exhibit.

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Birthday Pictures

Posted by heymoe on 28th August 2007

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I’ve uploaded the pictures I took at Justin’s 30th Birthday Party. Enjoy!

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Justin’s 30th Birthday

Posted by heymoe on 26th August 2007

The party was yesterday but his birthday is today. Happy Birthday old man.. 😛

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Happy 4th of July!

Posted by heymoe on 4th July 2007

Fireworks

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