new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Friday, January 06, 2012

a profile of neil degrasse tyson

carl zimmer's king of the cosmos

on a hay-mown crest, dozens of people are crouching in the dark. the earth has turned away from the sun, and the sky has flowed down a color chart, from light gray to orange to bluish-black. a sliver of a waxing moon has appeared briefly and then slipped below the western horizon, leaving the sky to blinking airplanes rising from la guardia fifty miles to the south, to satellites gliding in low orbit, to jupiter and its herd of moons and to the great river of the milky way beyond.

the crowd that sits in this chilly field in north salem, new york, is surrounded by a ring of telescopes. there’s a dobsonian, a giant barrel-shaped contraption that’s so tall you have to climb a stepladder to look through its eyepiece. small, squat newtonian cylinders sit on tripods, rigged to computers that give off a weak lamp-glow from their monitors. a few older men are fussing over the telescopes, but everyone else is huddled on the grass.

“just get snuggly. there’s nothing wrong with that. get snuggly.”

get snuggly and read on...

1 comment:

  1. piet vrijdenker6/1/12 21:09

    Dear Mr.
    To promote
    skepticism/critical thinking I wrote some questions for the Christian believer.
    Are you able to put the link to these questions at your blog. 
    Thank you very
    Piet - Rotterdam -


    The original questions