Saturday, June 21, 2014

Suddenly Summer 2014 While South of the Equator, a Happy Start to Winter in Uruguay (The Little Country That Could - And Did)

**This entry was posted on June 21, 2014.**

Sunrise at Stonehenge on the summer solstice 2014 with the assembled rather, er, eclectic crowd.

Aztec performers with their Smartphones (rather than, say, extracted human hearts -- sometimes things do improve). This is just an awesome image.

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Oh, by the way, speaking of England, while I am a big Anglophile -- there are so many things I love about the UK up to and including Queen Elizabeth II -- I am nonetheless THRILLED that awesome little Uruguay -- a country by which I am endlessly intrigued, not to mention deeply admire its incredible president, Jose Mujica -- won in its matchup with England at the 2014 FIFA World Cup games now underway in Brazil.

View the English agony and the Uruguayan ecstasy.

Sorry, England. Please don't hold this against me. Oh, and did I mention it is now the start of winter down there in Uruguay (Southern Hemisphere and all that).

Luis Suarez says it all.

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First Day of Northern Hemisphere Astronomical Summer 2014. It arrived at 6:51AM EDT.

Schematic diagram -- with a HIGHLY exaggerated orbital eccentricity -- showing the Earth at the solstices and equinoxes in its annual trip around the Sun. Of note, I had to correct this image -- it originally had "June 4th" as the date of aphelion (farthest distance). That is not correct -- it is actually on or around July 4th.

Now without getting into a lengthy discussion, as ever, the earliest sunrises already occurred a couple weeks ago and the latest sunsets occur in the next week or two. The NET amount of daylight is longest today. The reverse happens at the winter solstice.)

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Today is a cloudy, much cooler day (compared to earlier this week) with scattered light showers (not much measurable rainfall) with temps. around 73F and an easterly flow.

I'm in the process of putting together two entries, but they are both rather lengthy and intricate. They aren't just the usual "I did this, I did that..." In the meantime, I need to go to the gym today and check in on Wendy (still recovering from her nasty sprained ankle) and Tacoma. I'll try to post a jukebox Saturday night entry as well.

Last night, I went to No. 9, where there were quite a few pretty boys to look at. I stayed for too many drinks, naturally -- though overall the night was fine -- and then walked the short way home along 16th Street.

As for tomorrow, I plan to take a walk like I did last Sunday. Money-wise, I'm running on fumes until Wednesday when I'm due to get paid.

Things are still uncertain at work -- and whereas I thought last week would be pivotal, it is more likely to be the coming week or two. Of course, sometimes these things are never really resolved.

--Regulus

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