ISS Star Trails

On November 8, 2015, in Astronomy, by admin

This is a little video slide show of the ISS star trail photos from NASA.

Original photos:




I just donated to Planned Parenthood in honor of both David Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby and Michael Potter, CEO of Eden Foods both of whom are denying coverage of contraceptives to their female employees on their insurance plans.



On June 26, 2014, in Uncategorized, by admin

“Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”

Steven Weinberg

Who is Steven Weinberg?   A Nobel prize winning physicist, see more here.


Check out this fantastic indie documentary on Christopher Hitchens:

‘The Hitch’- Christopher Hitchens documentary from Kristoffer Hellesmark on Vimeo.

It’s a really well done and touching piece about Christopher Hitchens.


Primal Chili

On February 7, 2013, in Low Carb Recipes, by admin


3 lb of ground beef, (or ground turkey) sometimes I’ll add a lb of sausage.  Experiment by adding different meats.
2 large green peppers – chopped and seeded
1 cluster of celery – chopped
1 small onion – chopped
4-6 cloves of garlic (I use a garlic press)

½ cup of Texas Pete (or your favorite hot sauce… to taste)
2  28oz cans of diced tomato (you can use crushed, puree, sauce…but these can be higher in carbs)
Cumin to taste ( start with tablespoon)
Red Chili Pepper to taste ( start with tablespoon)
Black Pepper to taste ( start with tablespoon)
Paprika to taste ( start with tablespoon)


1. If using Ground Turkey or lower fat meat, butter the bottom of the pot well and brown the meat.

2. Add green peppers, celery, onion and garlic. Cook for 5-10 minutes on medium heat.
– You can alter the texture by processing vs “chopping” veggies.

3. Add Texas Pete, tomato, cumin, red chili pepper, paprika, black pepper to taste.

Cook on medium heat, stirring often until it begins to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

** I never measure anything… so everything is “to taste”. The advantage to this is …my chili never tastes the same. The disadvantage is… telling someone the recipe. 🙂

Optional Items –  these are not optional for me, I almost always add these now, in differing amounts.

Collard Greens, Riced Cauliflower or Broccoli – I now almost always add one of these now.

Chili is Versatile

I use chili with many different food combinations and I also vary the ingredients to suit the needs of the meals.

1. Combining: Try cooking chili with eggs, fish, steak, hamburger …. the options are as varied as your tastes. When combining with a protein, I typically will “reduce” the chili by cooking out more of the moisture.

Credit for this recipe goes to:


Eric Clapton

On October 27, 2012, in Guitar Legends, by admin

Eric Clapton has so many great performances, it’s hard to pick a few to mention here. Here are few of my favorites:

and this (I can’t really imagine how he felt after his son’s death which is what this song is about), but it is a very beautiful song:



I just found this video and it is incredible.  This is guy is a true guitar legend.  Seems like his name is seldom mentioned when great guitar players are mentioned.  I don’t know why, he is so talented.  If you like this you should also check out (good audio, despite the horrible watermark of the asshole FARCO777):


Gotta love that Eric Clapton is there honoring Mark.


NGC 7023 – Iris Nebula

On September 14, 2012, in Astronomy, by admin

NGC 7023 – Iris Nebula from 08/08/2012, 09/07/2012 and 09/11/2012
5 sets of 2 luminance@50s, 1 red@40s, 1 green@40s, and 1 blue@40s, binned 3×3

NGC 7023 – Iris Nebula from 08/08/2012, 09/07/2012 and 09/11/2012
5 sets of 2 luminance@50s, 1 red@40s, 1 green@40s, and 1 blue@40s, binned 3×3

Telescope: 0.5 meter (20″) PlaneWave CDK20 @ f/6.8
Camera: ProLine PL09000
Processing: Maxim DL and Photoshop


Video Interview of Elon Musk by Kevin Rose

On September 8, 2012, in Space, Technology, by admin

Elon Musk has become my latest hero.  I’m not a huge fan of, one of his first creations, not because of anything he has done, but because of the way they often treat customers.    There are many horror stories about paypal out there.  Elon Musk, is of course, no longer involved with paypal.

I love SpaceX and Tesla motors.  I was very skeptical of both SpaceX and Tesla in the beginning because I figured they were just short term companies with short term goals that would fail.  I was very wrong.   Elon Musk had real long term goals in mind when founding these companies and he/they have delivered spectacularly on goals.  Tesla is delivering cars and SpaceX is successfully launching a spacecraft with a recent dock with the International Space Station.

Here is a great interview of Elon Musk:


New Images of Saturn and Titan from Cassini

On August 30, 2012, in Astronomy, by admin

NASA posted some new images from the Cassini spacecraft today.  Simply stunning.

A giant of a moon appears before a giant of a planet undergoing seasonal changes in this natural color view of Titan and Saturn from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

Saturn’s rings obscure part of Titan’s colorful visage in this image from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft looks toward the night side of Saturn’s largest moon and sees sunlight scattering through the periphery of Titan’s atmosphere and forming a ring of color. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

The recently formed south polar vortex stands out in the color-swaddled atmosphere of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, in this natural color view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SSI

The full article from NASA can be found here: