Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Stone the Builders Rejected -OR- D.C. Gay Masons and Other Homo-Illuminati

**Updated 1:09PM 6/13/2014: See below.**

North Cornerstone of the District of Columbia / Original Territory of Columbia being paid homage to by Yours Truly, 1:36PM, May 30, 2011.

This marks the northernmost geographical point of Washington, D.C.


"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone ..." --Psalms 118:22 / Matthew 21:42

(Yes, I just quoted the Bible, or at least a certain version of it.)

I've discussed before the boundary stones of the District of Columbia / original Federal Territory on this blog. They were placed there by Andrew Ellicot and his team (which included for a time Benjamin Banneker) in 1791 - 1792 when the 10 mile by 10 mile Federal Territory was surveyed. The South Cornerstone (today badly eroded in its location in the bulkhead at Jones Point Lighthouse, half swamped by the dirty river at high tide) was the first one set on April 15, 1791 in a Masonic ceremonial ritual.

Map of the location of the Boundary Stones. Two are missing and there are a few additional ones that don't count among the original 40. All 4 cornerstones still exist.

You may read more about the boundary stones here.

(Note: There is a June 1998 WaHoPo article under "Additional Sources" that I wrote that is linked here, but it contains two glaring factual errors.)

The Google aerial (satellite) view with the D.C. - Maryland boundary "hand drawn" in using (crummy) Microsoft Paint and the location of the North Cornerstone circled the same way.

I had to remove the boundaries shown in Google map because they were incorrect -- moved "southward" by about 100 feet.

The North Cornerstone of the District of Columbia in its wrought-iron protective cage placed there in 1915 or thereabouts by the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Part 1 of Memorial Day Walk ...

The pictures in this entry (except the "clarification" part) were primarily taken by yours truly on a six mile walk from Silver Spring Metro to Van Ness Metro on a route that took me through the the semi-wilds of Rock Creek Park ...

Here is my walk route (roughly drawn in red, again using crummy Paint) including along the Western Ridge Trail and out to Oregon Avenue where it intersections Nebraska Avenue, which I followed to Connecticut Avenue and thence to Van Ness Metro.

It was frickin' awful hot and humid with temps soaring to 96F at DCA and a daily (and monthly record)-tying 98F at BWI on Sunday. Today was about the same. I hate summer in D.C. (but I've already discussed this). I really wish it would rain and get cooler.

The view from the above ground portion of the Red Line near Rhode Island Avenue Metro station looking across part of Northeast D.C., 1:05PM, May 30, 2011.


Another view from the Red Line in a (to use an old phrase from the era of Cool "Disco" Dan and Mayor-For-Life Mobuto Sese Seko Barry) boom-boxed, still ghetto-blasted section of Northeast Washington, D.C., 1:36PM, May 30, 2011.

There are still areas north of the Anacostia such as this today even as gentrification occurs like crazy and is transforming the city into an all-rich enclave about 25 years, unless something catastrophic happens in the mean time.


Wall graffiti at the Brookland - CUA Metro as seen from the Red Line train, Washington, D.C., 1:09PM, May 30, 2011.

OK, it's not Banksy ... Nor is it even Cool "Disco" Dan ... but it is a reasonable facsimile to "Top Cat."

The Fort Totten Metro Station platform as seen from a Red Line train (car 6141), Washington, D.C., 1:13PM, May 30, 2011. As for this young man, he saw that I was taking a picture and almost seemed to walk into the field of view intentionally to be in it - and make it much more interesting.

Fort Totten is in a far-and-away, timeless, rather dicey section of Washington, D.C.


Rushing along the Red Line between Fort Totten and Takoma Stations heading to Silver Spring, Md., still inside the D.C. line, 1:14PM, May 30, 2011.


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The intersection of 16th Street and East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Md., 1:29PM, May 30, 2011.

This is the view looking south toward Washington, D.C., about 1/4 mile inside Maryland. I was walking from the Silver Spring Metro over toward the Parkway Deli, where I had (a crummy) lunch, and thence into Rock Creek Park at the D.C./Maryland line (where Primose Rd. changes name to Grubb Road).

The walk in the intense heat was quite stultifying, although it wasn't so bad in the forest semi-primeval of Rock Creek Park.


Interlude 1: Blood Pressure Update ...

So I went to the doctor today -- fully prepared to get some kind of blood pressure medication -- and instead I had what amounted to a 45 minute therapy session with him (he's quite good at that, actually) and my blood pressure dropped during my visit there.

It went from 130/96 when the nurse first took ("you made me forget what it was..." she chided me because I was talking to her so much) it to 120/90 in the left arm and 120/82 in the right arm ("were you trying to relax?" the doctor asked) at the end of the visit when the doctor took it twice.

Long story short, living in this D.C. gayborhood IS the source of great stress for me and I don't really have any way to alleviate it. Instead, it is almost like being in a prison in terms of the effect on me.

He said toward the end, "The only thing you have to do is get up and breathe ... Everything else is a bonus."

Anyway, long story short, it was a heckuva lot lower than the 150/108 last week and for the time being I'm not going on any blood pressure medication.


Interlude 2: Clarification from Last Entry ...

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No, not this kind of island universe.


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What say you, Sinatra?

"Aaihhhh, whaddaya some kinda queer?!? Frankie and his boys aren't into that! Keep away or it's ring-a-ding-ding!"


Part 2 of Memorial Day Walk ...

The Chevy Chase Crest complex (likely built in the World War II era) just off East-West Highway in Silver Spring (with the D.C. line running just behind it -- see aerial map above), 1:32PM, May 30, 2011.


Somewhere in Rock Creek Park along the spur between Primrose / Grubb Road and Boundary Bridge (see map above), Washington, D.C., 2:51PM, May 30, 2011.


Bikers on Beach Drive at the D.C. - Maryland line (heading south into the District), 2:59PM, May 30, 2011.

Beach Drive is closed off on weekends and holidays to through traffic and becomes a bicyclist haven.


More sunlight and silence falling on the forest floor ...

... Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., 3:19PM, May 30, 2011.


OK, I think that's all for now. It is already 11:45PM and I've yet to format / color the fonts for this entry and post it. I've already been composing this entry for nearly 4 hours -- and it is WAAAAY past the 9PM "cut off" time that the neurologist I saw at Georgetown Univ. Hospital I saw last week suggested to allow me to settle into a decent night sleep.

My next PLANNED update likely will not be until Thursday or Friday.


Monday, May 30, 2011

Gay Foundation and Empire -OR- Feeling Proud, 2011-Style

**Updated 12:10AM 6/25/2014: See below. **

OK, I know I promised a new entry on Tuesday (that's still my plan), but I had to note some of the highlights of the new Metro Weekly "Capital Pride Guide 2011" for gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgendered folks in Washington, D.C., Capital of the Empire Extravaganza ...

Source here.

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I've always thought he looks a little like this guy, IMHO. Only the one is FAR ... oh, never mind...



Not in the City of God -OR- Another dreadful summer in Washington, D.C.

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Meanwhile, it's all 95F heat later this week and 70F+ dew points and the Sue Palka-cabra she-dragon and the Sterling crew are probably thrilled.

Left: the Sue Palka-cabra creature is all happy at the prospect of endless drought and heat. Yes, this is a picture of her after doing the late local news.

The IDEAL climate for the Sue Palka-cabra Creature on channel 5 WTTG.


OK, that's all for now. I may never update this blog again because I am sick of this blog AND because this frickin' home computer I have is DYING to have a major malfunction.

As for my other blog, well, that one necessarily needs to stay hidden.


Updated 7:07PM, May 30, 2011: So my PLAN is to post a less invective / bitter entry tomorrow (Tuesday) unless life intervenes first.

I took about a six mile walk today. The main part of the walk was from the Silver Spring Metro and through a portion of the "GREAT GREEN GASH" of Rock Creek Park.

I made my obligatory stop at the North Cornerstone of the District of Columbia along East-West Highway (pictured here earlier this afternoon with Yours Truly paying homage to it) -- and eventually over to Nebraska Avenue and thence to Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Metro, and then from Woodley Park Metro back home.



Friday, May 27, 2011

Blog Entry #500: Stairway to Heaven or Pathway to Hell?

**Updated 1:57AM 6/19/2014: See below.**

Stairway to Heaven. Or Hell.

The Exorcist Steps, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 1:13PM, May 25, 2011.

Say, Mr. Sirius, why don't you run up and down these a few times real fast? As vicious as he is vacuous.


The same as above, but looking down, 1:11PM, May 25, 2011.


This is my 500th entry on this Regulus blog. I had intended a big, full entry with lots of content but it's Friday evening and I have plans -- unless I drop dead from my high blood pressure from which I'm suffering or some other malady.

Healy Hall and the Georgetown University campus, Washington, D.C., 1:06PM, May 25, 2011.

I was walking from Georgetown Hospital to the Rossyln Metro (via the Key Bridge) to head over to L'Enfant Plaza.


Yes, it turns out I have high blood pressure. I'm going to the doctor on Tuesday again (thankfully, or maybe I should say "amazingly" since this IS America, I have health insurance these days). I'm going to have to go on some kind of medication for high blood pressure.

That blood pressure chart I posted last month apparently has been superseded by a newer one in which my 150/100 reading counts as stage 1 hypertension.

I believe this chart is a bit more "up-to-date" -- and it puts me in Stage 1 Hypertension.


It's not just that I'm 25 to 30 pounds overweight, though that is true.

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Also, as the neurologist I saw at Georgetown Univ. Hospital said to me on Wednesday (where I basically confirmed my high blood pressure with a third such elevated reading in the space of six weeks), I need to cut back on blogging because this is actually screwing up my sleep weekday schedule. As for my would-be sleep clinic study, that does not seem likely at this point.


Towering willow oak shade trees in a vibrant green setting at the edge of Georgetown University along 37th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 1:09PM, May 25, 2011.


Tonight is a breezy, warm evening with some thunderstorms approaching the area -- in fact, there had been a tornado warning up a short while ago for a small cell moving quickly northeast, ostensibly toward Washington, D.C., but it quickly fall into the "weather hole" that surrounds the District of Columbia and AT MOST there will be one grumble of thunder and 0.01" rain at frickin' DCA.

The edge of the Potomac River on the Georgetown side -- including Jack's Boathouse (with the red boat launch) and Fletcher's Boat House -- as seen from the Francis Scott Key Bridge, 1:17PM, May 25, 2011.

The river always looks so much more turgid-brown when you see it in person.


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The Sterling (LWX) radar in enhanced base reflectivity mode, 6:58PM EDT, May 27, 2011.


Yesterday, temps soared into the lower 90s Fahrenheit (92F DCA, 91F BWI, and 90F IAD), and it was somehow the unofficial start of the usual hellishly hot, humid but droughty, smelly and stagnant summer that defines 6 months of the year in the District of Crapumbia, where I am so tired of living.

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I must live in a cooler climate -- New England, Wisconsin or Seattle. Or New Zealand.


Updated ...

A quick thunderstorm actually blew across D.C. about an hour ago with brief downpours, gusty winds and, yes, lightning and thunder. It dropped approximately 1/10" of rain (0.06" at DCA).

View of thunderstorm approaching from the southwest as seen from my 5th floor apartment window, Washington, D.C., 7:41PM, May 27, 2011.


The same view / storm appraoching, three minutes later (7:44PM).


For Your Political Reading Pleasure ...

Here area a few excerpts and links to items I read the past week that I enjoyed. I had intended to -- and may still -- post images to accompany these but right now and, besides, it would take another two hours, and I don't want to go on and on blogging. I'm tired of sitting in front of a computer right now.

The first is by Michael Lind on why "a huckster as vulgar and shallow as Niall Ferguson" -- a rightwing British pseudo-intellectual -- can be such a big hit in the D.C. punditry, link here. This is similar in spirit to the WaHoPo's former editorial whorehouse member, Sebastian Mallaby.


Jacob Weisberg on the detachment from reality of today's GOP:

"One party, the Democrats, suffers from the usual range of institutional blind spots, historical foibles, and constituency-driven evasions.

"The other, the Republicans, has moved to a mental Shangri-La, where unwanted problems (climate change, the need to pay the costs of running the government) can be wished away, prejudice trumps fact (Obama might just be Kenyan-born or a Muslim), expertise is evidence of error, and reality itself comes to be regarded as some kind of elitist plot." Source here


And another wonderful Gene Lyons column on GOP budget lies: Excerpt:

"How you can tell [Republicans are] about to do something momentously dumb is when they're unanimous, i.e., operating on sheer ideology. Show me a unified GOP, and I'll show you a budgetary disaster about to happen. That's what makes the pending showdown over raising the national debt limit so worrying ..." Source here.

More info on this chart here. This is part of the Grover Norquist / Koch Brothers / GOP plan to create a catastrophe that ushers in their corporate fascist dystopia.


Oh, yes, and ANYTHING by Paul Krugman. Here is a link to his New York Times blog. He is required daily reading.

Lastly, in terms of TV news and commentary - analysis, I've really gotten to like Lawrence O'Donnell and his show The Last Word on MSNBC. He is so much better than Olbermann was and I prefer him to Rachel Maddow.


OK, that's all for now. I'm still not feeling that well. I planning to go to Larry's Lounge and/or Nellie's tonight. Oh, yes, I was able to retrieve all my images from my old / damage hard drive. This means I can post some of those pics on this blog and my other one...

 This is a great image.


My next planned update here will be around Monday or Tuesday.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Entry #499 -OR- Approaching Singularity*

**Second update 12:16AM 6/25/2014: See below.**

Updated 1:30AM 5/27/2011: See below.


Entry #499.

*The Approaching Singularity reference (to me) refers to a "poem" that appeared in the 1986 sci-fi / post-apocalyptic book Nature's End by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka (co-authors of another post-apocalyptic book Warday) -- a book that affected me profoundly when I read it at age 16.

And here is that fictitious but profound poem:

"From one dusty shadow to another:
why are you shining this light on me?

I could say, I am afraid not to,
or, I love you,
or, it's the night.

But this is the truth:
I have no reasons.
I only have the light."

-- Tom Ottinger, Approaching Singularity, 2023


I had intended a fuller update tonight, including info on the Joplin, Mo., and Oklahoma tornadoes, but at this point, I don't think this is possible.

I was at Larry's Lounge tonight, where I watched the season finale of Glee -- and what a show it was. So 1930's and 1940's in a 2010's context -- I loved it.

And there was such an incredibly hot guy there -- of the sort I totally fall for with the nice muscular, smooth, broad-shouldered and hairless bod while wearing blue polo shirt, about 6' 2" in height, nice face in that is sort of a nerd and stud combo, beautiful legs and big calves, and such beautiful size 12 to 14 feet (he was wearing shorts and sandals).

So pretty.

But, alas, he was so damn gay and bitchy when he opened his mouth. And there were two guys with him (i.e. he wasn't by himself). Besides, it has been 6-1/2 years since I hooked up with a guy -- plus the fact I'm an old, fat fuck, the Pillsbury Dough Boy of a human these days.

Anyway, I'm home now watching the last episode of Frasier followed by The Golden Girls ...

Tomorrow, I'm going to the neurology clinic at Georgetown Hospital as part of my sleep clinic visit recommended by my PCP.

I'm taking half a day off tomorrow.

There is a potentially BIG problem at work -- a potential 2-1/2 month furlough this summer due to an ugly complication at the Federal agency for which I work as a contractor.

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Anyway, that's all for now. I'm going to bed.


Oh, wait ...

Glenn Miller and his orchestra and "In the Mood"



G'night, Hippo.


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Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Canary Sings in the Rain -OR- The Anniversary Waltz

**Updated 12:24AM 6/25/2014: See below.**

This iconic image of Gene Kelly from the movie Singin' in the Rain seemed appropriate for the two main themes of this entry -- the rainfall D.C. unfortunately did NOT get and the 7-year Mr. Sirius anniversary (see below).


I wrote part of this entry yesterday (Saturday) but moved the content to a new entry dated today and then ended up rewriting most of it anyway.

Yellow roses in bloom at the Enid Haupt Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1:33PM, May 19, 2011. I work near here.


This is my 498th post -- including the entry that I have just reposted from last June that I had to put into draft a few weeks later owing to an angry eruption of an acquaintance who felt it revealed too much about a former job. However, that person has a far better job now. As it is, I removed a bit of content in the reposted version.

Anyway, long story short, I'm quickly approaching my 500th entry.

View from my 5th floor apartment looking toward the nearby intersection of 16th and U Streets and New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., and beyond -- into Virginia (Rosslyn) -- as seen at 2:09PM, May 21, 2011.

A sunny day in Washington, D.C., is no big deal -- it's always frickin' sunny here. Might as well live in L.A.


Rockville -OR- Bust

Yesterday, I ACTUALLY LEFT the District of Columbia went to Rockville in suburban Maryland to have dinner with my friend and co-worker D. and his wife and 3-year old son. They also have a 2-month old baby daughter who was quite quiet during dinner. We went to dinner at Gordon Biersch in the Town Square area.

Here is a picture of Rockville Town Square I found online (Washingtonian magazine article) -- with Gordon Biersch visible on right side of the intersection.


It took me an hour to get to Rockville on the Metro -- a half hour longer than it should have -- because one overcrowded train car developed door problems. After 10 minutes waiting at the Woodley Park station, the train operator off-loaded the train.

I was in the rear of an 8-car train, and went back to Dupont Circle because of the crush of people at Woodley Park.

Anyway, dinner was nice except D. unintentionally confirmed to me that some significant change that is happening at work on Monday -- but then he wouldn't tell me because he promised my supervisor that she would tell me in a scheduled meeting tomorrow.

What happened was I said something about my tasks and made a remark to the effect that "provided I keep doing these" (or something like that) and the look on D.'s face told me somewhat was up.

I don't think I'm (hope I'm not) being fired but my tasks may be changing in some significant way.

I had kind of a panic attack over this at the far end of the Rockville Metro station platform at balmy cobalt blue-gray dusk while on the phone with my mom. Anyway, I returned to D.C. and went to Nellie's last night with Gary and Kristof.


Group of guys sitting outside of Larry's Lounge, Washington, D.C., 11:15PM, May 20, 2011.

Larry's Lounge is an interesting place -- gay-run, it sometimes is all gay and sometimes it is mostly straight, depending on the groups that go there.


On Friday, I went to Larry's Lounge to meet Gary, J. and Wendy (who is leaving tomorrow for two months to work in Nairobi, Kenya this summer). I ended up getting somewhat imbibed last night -- and the crowds of young people out also were drunk, but that's D.C. these days on any weekend night. There were also a large number of heavy people , but that was partly a function of the Lauriol Plaza restaurant clientele. The restaurant is located across the street from LL.


Looking at the intersection of T and 18th Streets, NW, from Larry's Lounge, Washington, D.C., 12:06AM, May 21, 2011


8-Day Rainy Spell Totals and the National Airport Anti-Weather Force Field

The Washington Monument and National Mall at 7th Street under dramatic-looking clouds last week. This was taken 6:04PM on May 18, 2011 as I was walking home from work from L'Enfant Plaza to 16th and U Streets, NW (as I did two days last week -- it's about a 2 mile walk).

In the end, though, precious little rain fell out of those clouds on downtown D.C. or DCA itself during what in fact was for some places a very wet 8-day period.


So as a follow-up to what I was complaining about in my previous entries, below I have posted the 8-day precipitation totals (May 13 - 20, 2011) for the seven regional climate recording stations in the National Weather Service's Baltimore / Washington Forecast Area, a.k.a. LWX or "Sterling" because the office is located in Sterling, Virginia near Dulles Airport.

It is also called the "CWA" (County Warning Area), as are all regional forecast areas.

I also posted the totals for the same 8-day period for selected climate stations located in the Philadelphia and New York NWS forecast offices.

This period is when a sprawling cut-off upper level low with abundant tropical brought showers and thunderstorms to much of the Eastern United States.

It is also meant to show how much National Airport (DCA) got screwed out of any rain (as usual), thanks to the "anti-weather" force field that seemingly surrounds the place -- and life-draining Washington, D.C., in general.

Image of Reagan Washington National Airport

Long story short, DCA had 1.00" of precipitation in that period. This compares to the 8-day climatological normal of (0.13" per day x 8 days =) 1.04".

Thus, precip for the period was 1.00" - 1.04" = 0.04" BELOW normal!

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U.S. Capitol Building as seen from same spot as above Washington Monument image at same time, but looking opposite direction.


Now it IS true that parts of the District of Columbia had three times the 1.00" that DCA officially got -- that monsoon deluge that Wendy and I walked through last Sunday in the Spring Valley area dropped at least 2 inches of rain in a 45 minute period. And hydrologically speaking, the entire region is quite wet.

But DCA itself only received 1.00" officially -- and the only other of the seven recording stations in the LWX CWA that got less was Hagerstown, Md. (0.80") -- but that spot really DOES seem to be in a weather hole at all times.

So without further ado, here are the totals in descending order:

Charlottesville, Va. (CHO): 4.63"
Martinsburg, W. Va. (MRB): 3.59"
Dulles Int'l Airport (IAD): 2.27"
BWI Airport (BWI): 1.50"
Maryland Science Center (DMH): 1.24"
National Airport (DCA): 1.00"
Hagerstown, Md. (HGR): 0.80"


Other 8-day totals for the period May 13 - 20, 2011 outside the LWX CWA:

New York City - Central Park: 4.15"
Newark Int'l Airport: 3.76"
Wilmington, Del.: 2.54"
Trenton, N.J.: 2.37"
JFK Int'l Airport: 2.02"
Atlantic City, NJ: 1.85"
Philadelphia Int'l Airport: 1.41"

(UPDATED through Saturday): And just as an update for the three big regional recording stations in the LWX CWA through 11:59PM EDT May 21, 2011 with departures and normals in parentheses:

Month-to-date: 1.59" -0.99" (2.58")
Year-to-date: 13.56" -1.23" (14.79")

Month-to-date: 2.33" -0.28" (2.61")
Year-to-date: 16.19" +0.16" (16.03")

Month-to-date: 2.90" +0.08" (2.82")
Year-to-date: 17.26" +1.85" (15.41")


It is Sunday afternoon and, as usual for my weekend days, I'm not really getting outside for the day because -- having gone out the previous night -- I'm too tired and groggy and hung-over to do that. I'm wasting my life away, lost in the District of Columbia.


A few other items ...

Return of the Great Red Nose Spot (or Rather, It Never Went Away)

The removal of the main red blotch on the tip of my nose -- what was diagnosed in my visit on May 2nd as a fibrous papule but the subsequent biopsy identified as a flat wart, although I think it is in fact a fibrous papule -- has not been a total success. It was removed on that day, and the area is now all healed.

Except the frickin' thing is still there.

The dermatologist ended up only removing (scraping away) about half of it, so it isn't as large or as reddish as before, and many people don't notice it unless I point it out, but I notice, and I hate it.

I may have to go back to the dermatologist in a few weeks -- except I'm not sure if the doctor will be able to remove it on the cheap (a de facto cosmetic procedure using the excuse of performing a medically necessary biopsy to fool the insurance company) a second time. (Apparently, that trick used to be done with straightening a deviated septum years ago.)


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My shadow as seen in a pool of sunlight filtered through the stained glass windows of St. Dominic Catholic Church falling on the floor next to a baptismal font, Washington, D.C., 1:23PM, March 2, 2011.


On a happier note, I heard the song Shine On Harvest Moon on that "Sound Stage" internet radio station I listen to at work on the BostonPete.com network and it was stuck in my head, so I'm posting a Youtube clip of Ruth Etting's lilting rendition of it way back in 1931:

Shine On Harvest Moon

How lovely.


Speaking of the Moon and things celestial, here is an astronomy image detour ...

The Little Dipper from the May 14, 2011 APOD.

The Little Dipper -- conveniently outlined and its constituent stars (including POLARIS!) labeled from same APOD. Click on image for larger version.


Stunning Tenerife Beauty in Time Lapse

I highly recommend watching this 3min 46sec video by Daniel López that features stunning time lapse images from Tenerife in the Canary Islands at different times of the year showing shifting stars and undulating "oceans" of clouds over the powerfully beautiful island landscape and set to haunting music ("Angel's Tear") by Matti Paalanen.

I think this was one of my favorite images (screen captured):


I've previously posted this image from Tenerife:

Acantilados de Los Gigantes ("Cliffs of the Giants"), Tenerife, Canary Islands.


OK, I think that's all for now. My next planned update (unless tomorrow features dire news) won't be until about the Day of Woden, I mean, Wednesday.