Thursday, September 29, 2005

Something Interesting For Google Earth fans

If you take a look at at the Google images of Wright-Patterson AFB where the Air Musuem is you can find a seeing eye chart for satalite photographs, vertical and horizontal bars for resolution and a gray scale chart. Specifically at N38 deg 36.3", West 84 deg 07.3" I'm guessing that the little arrows on the chart mark 1 meter resolution, also a guess that the Google Earth image is about 6 or 8 meter res. Interesting that the chart seems to go all the up to centimeter resolution levels. I ca'nt really tell if it goes beyond that.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Stargate SG1

There once was Cornel O'Neil,
Who would step through the Stargate with zeal,
Goa'ould he would find,
and then kick their behinds,
Till a General's stars did he wield.

(Stargate Limerick)

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Theres a little black spot on the Sun today ...

The little Sun spot that's been generating the X-class flares is much quieter today. It might stay that way and the current solar storm will drift quietly away. Wouldn't want my cable TV to go out :)

It only has to be quiet for a couple of days and we will have dodged a big satellite killing bullet.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Theres a little black spot on the Sun today ...

Yes there is. I set up a binocular projector (one lense covered) to see it for myself. Very interesting. If the sun seems a bit brighter and harsher today that's because it is.

Possible cable TV and power grid outages next week. This spots been throwing X class flares for at least a week. See

Space Weather

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Flood Enhancement Over City Image

This image is the below color flood enhancements superimposed on a Google-Earth image of New Orleans. The color shows some of the flooding as of 8/30. The flooding is probally more extensive by this time. Posted by Picasa
I've strung all three together if anyone wants the full res version let me know. Posted by Picasa

Image Enhancement of New Orleans Flood Areas

I took the before / after images of New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain blanked the clouds, and enhanced the difference which gives a good estimate of the flooded land around the lake, including New Orleans.

The satellite images originated on; 

Difference Blue and Red are flooded areas, including New Orleans at the point of the arrow. 
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Before ... Posted by Picasa

After ... Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Mer-A Spirit, July color view from the hill ...

This is a recent six image pan I just stitched together from the side of the hill overlooking the crater plain. Spirit has a good view. The original is about 2900 pixels across. Colors are shifted to the red a bit because the red filter was in the near infra-red. To human eyes the whole scene would appear a bit more tan and the rocks a flatter grey, the pinkish tinge would be gone from the sky replaced with the color of sand. Desolate and dusty. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Sunset from Gusev Crater

The spirit rover (mer-a) recently took this color sunset shot from the hill it's been climbing looking out across the crater floor. This image was processed to merge the sun into a single image from the red green blue images. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Same number 4 just south of I90. Posted by Picasa
2005 Seafair, number 4 in a tight left wing over pulling multiple Gs just south of the I90 bridge. Shot with a Cannon SD400. I almost loaded up my full 1Gb card with F18 pictures. Posted by Picasa

Five F18s go head to head over Lake Washington

Just about as many head to head F18s in one image I've ever seen. This is the 2005 Seattle Sea-fair Blue Angles last Sunday. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Took this picture of Seattles' Columbia center last week. I guess its got a different name now though, Bank of America building or something like that. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 31, 2005

close up Posted by Picasa
On final, angle down Posted by Picasa
Getting her tied down. Posted by Picasa
On final approach. Posted by Picasa
Today, Sunday 7-31-05, we were out at Pain Field again and saw the blimp once again. This is the Ameriquest blimp siloeted against the Olympic Mountains from Pain Field. This pic was taken at 3.5 x with a Cannon SD 400 using a pair of Cannon Binoculars as a long lense. Posted by Picasa
Just after the airship passed overhead ... Posted by Picasa
And then there was this shot of the new Pain Field tower witht he sun above it. Posted by Picasa
Yesterday, I ended up right next to the Ameriquest Airship again. It seems that no matter where I go ... there it is :) It's probally related to my hanging out at airstrips though. Posted by Picasa
Nabbed this head on shot from the Jet Deck at Pain field where the Ameriquest airship is staying while in Seattle ( Pain field not the Jet Deck ;) ) Posted by Picasa

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Psychedelic Blimp In Seattle

Spotted the "psychedelic blimp" this past week. Saturday afternoon it was dropping in to Pain field (Everett), Sunday afternoon, we saw it over Pacific raceways (7-24) - I guess moonraker was in the air earlier in the day and got closer to it, and yesterday, 7-27 it made at least six passes over out house while it circled the Greenwood parade (A prelude to Seattles Seafair). This is the first picture I took of about 50. Posted by Picasa

Here is a bit of a close up, notice she is towing old glory. Posted by Picasa

And this is the paint scheme on the other side. Posted by Picasa

Just a crop of the gondola. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Car Fire in Seattle (Tuesday, 7/19/2005)

Came upon a car fire directly in the way of getting home today on about 80th and Linden. Posted by Picasa