I See Seattle

I See Seattle

I See Seattle


Just got back from Hawaii, so I’ll show off another shot from Seattle I took recently.

After going over my burgeoning RSS reader (Google Reader for the win), I discovered I can embed Google maps in my pages with some simple html!

View Larger Map

Cool, no?

Lookup Sunrise & Sunset Time For Anywhere In The World

The U.S. Naval Observatory provides a simple and easy to use website to lookup the sunrise & sunset time for anywhere in the world. You just need city and state, or latitude and longitude for the rest of world, and you’re golden.

Here’s whats happening astronomically tonight.

The following information is provided for Bellevue, King County, Washington (longitude W122.2, latitude N47.6):

        26 June 2007          Pacific Daylight Time

        Begin civil twilight       4:32 a.m.
        Sunrise                    5:12 a.m.
        Sun transit                1:11 p.m.
        Sunset                     9:11 p.m.
        End civil twilight         9:51 p.m.

        Moonrise                   4:57 p.m. on preceding day
        Moonset                    2:00 a.m.
        Moonrise                   6:07 p.m.
        Moon transit              10:20 p.m.
        Moonset                    2:27 a.m. on following day

Phase of the Moon on 26 June: waxing gibbous with 86% of the Moon’s visible disk illuminated.

Full Moon on 30 June 2007 at 6:49 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Pretty cool, no?

Link Via Strobist

Happy Pi Day! π!

Almost missed Pi day! (3/14)

Yet I missed saying anything about my birthday… (2/25)

As I was saying… π!







Blowin Blowin Blowin, Keep That Electricity Flowin

(Originally written on December 15th 2006. Still don’t have Cable  but Verizon EVDO  has been  up)

It’s been a tad breezy in the Puget Sound the last couple days if you hadn’t heard…

Winds at 70+ Mph and over a million people without power last night. Good times all around.

I’ve heard that its down to 400,000 people without power as of writing this. Our power went out at about 10PM last night and we recently got it back about an hour ago, so a little over 24 hours without electricity. Some outlying areas aren’t expected to get power for another 3 or more days. Fun. (Update: some areas aren’t expected to get power till Christmas)

Luckily we weren’t hit by any trees, though one neighbor’s dining room got clobbered and another lost a fence. Additionally, a tree fell across the road farther up the drive so the neighbors were demolishing the fallen pine with a hacksaw and a sledgehammer this morning. Driving around, just about every neighborhood had trees haphazardly strewn about. Bellevue’s “Don’t Cut Down The Trees” policy probably didn’t help matters.

It’s surprising how much havoc happens when the juice stops flowing. For some reason I thought all the gas stations worked off (pneumatic?) pressure to pump the gas. Turns out they use electricity to pump it. No electrons, no liquid dinos.  Finding gas was one of the epic struggles of the people today. Some gas stations that got power back or had a generator, had lines that were 3+ hours long. Some people couldn’t go that far and had to ditch there cars along the sides of the road.

At least I finally got a reason to use my kinetic energy powered flashlight, so everything has a positive. We stopped at a Costco that had power and the flashlights and batteries were flying off the shelves. Besides the lighting, the pizza and other pre-heated Costco goodness were selling like well, hotcakes.