Archive for May 2010


Masten Xombie rocket engine restart in flight

May 28th, 2010 — 6:58pm

Very cool video. (HT Instapundit)

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Yosemite

May 28th, 2010 — 6:35pm

I spent last week in Yosemite with my family on a vacation from research. We recently bought a DSLR and I enjoyed playing with it in the park.

Half Dome under a cloud. The weather was changing quite dramatically over the week and I got pictures under a number of different atmospheric conditions.

This is Royal Arch Fall. I hiked to this fall in the morning before my family got up. Royal Arch runs down over a long curving rock. From far away it’s quite beautiful. From the base, you can’t see much of the falls since it curves away out of sight.

On our way out of the park on the 120 we saw our third bear of the trip and I finally got a picture (click to make it large enough to see). The surroundings here were much more picturesque than either of the other bears.

This is cheating somewhat; we passed this field outside of the park, but I loved the combed look of the rows of hay. (I really like the dramatic aspect ratio of the picture. I cropped it this way to get rid of an ugly fence on the bottom and power lines on the top, but the result is quite pleasing I think.)

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Happy Hollow

May 3rd, 2010 — 9:30pm

MonkeyLast week I went with the kids to Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose. One monkey, in particular, was very photogenic. We also had fun riding the “roller coaster” and sitting in line for 45 minutes for the dragon ride which goes past a number of small Disney-knockoff scenes and through a tunnel, which I was expecting to contain animatronics, but it was only a tunnel, plastered in green paint with strange colored egg-like things protruding out. Not sure what they were thinking when they built that. Next time we’ll visit on a week day.

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