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Desert astronomy [Nov. 8th, 2010|11:44 am]
Stuart Capewell
Back from our weekend in the desert, and finally awake enough to post about the experience.

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Fish Feast [Sep. 7th, 2010|11:33 am]
Stuart Capewell
On Saturday, our World of Warcraft guild (or part of it at least) got together for a party. It was the first time many of us had met, although we all knew each other pretty well anyway.

In honour of the occasion, and because I enjoy cooking, I thought I'd try to replicate one of the in-game foods: "Fish Feast".

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Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs [Jan. 16th, 2010|02:49 pm]
Stuart Capewell
When we bought the house, around 2.5 years ago, one bathroom had a set of 6 "globe" light bulbs over the sink. One was blown, one non-functional as the owner had bent the fixture when installing it and loosened the wiring. I mended the fixture and replaced the blown bulb with a CFL. As the other filament bulbs went, I replaced those with CFLs too.

About 2 years since the last replacement, 4 of those 6 CFLs have ceased to work. I would have thought that an estimate of 2 hours a day of use for the bathroom was about right, making the lifetime around the 800 hour mark, and order of magnitude less than the 8000 hours claimed.

But I don't have packaging, receipts or any other details with which to prove this.

So today begins an experiment. We just bought 6 identical CFLs from Lowes. Installed them all at the same time, and we will continue to use the bathroom lighting as normal.

This time I'm keeping all the packaging!
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Star Trek Online [Jan. 12th, 2010|03:29 pm]
Stuart Capewell
Yes, I'm playing the Open Beta of the Star Trek MMO.

Yes, I'm playing as Cletus Latewarp of the USS Excalibur.

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Solar Farms [Nov. 3rd, 2009|07:36 pm]
Stuart Capewell
I've seen quite a few news items recently on plans to build large scale solar farms.

On the surface this may seem like a "green" or "sustainable" power source, but as the Earth does seem to be going through a warming period currently, is lowering the planet's albedo really the right thing to do?
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telescope decisions... [Oct. 2nd, 2009|09:20 am]
Stuart Capewell
So after some deliberation, we managed to make a telescope choice!

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Astronomy [Sep. 30th, 2009|06:57 pm]
Stuart Capewell
So recently, my interest in astronomy has been rekindled.

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Kitchen installation has begun... [Aug. 19th, 2009|10:38 am]
Stuart Capewell
We (mostly Diane) got the last of the kitchen stuff packed away around midnight last night. Builders arrived 7:40 this morning, and got to work immediately.

Today is demolition - tear down cupboards, sink, hood, remove floor, punch a couple of holes in the wall to see why there are cracks over one doorway...
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Astronomy.... [Aug. 15th, 2009|10:28 pm]
Stuart Capewell

I went to a few astronomy panels at Worldcon, came home, dug out my binoculars and spent a frustrating while peering through the smog.

It's been a while since I did any serious amateur skywatching, but I think it's about time I put more effort in.

Seeing sharikkamur's Galileoscope has prompted me to order one too. I've just looked up details on the LA Astronomical society who hold a public meeting at Griffith Observatory once a month. Next one is in 2 week's time, so I may go along and see where that leads.

Meanwhile I've been playing around with some nice software. Stellarium is a very nicely rendered, free, sky display application, and I also found this iPhone app, which on the 3GS will use the GPS, compass and accelerometers to auto-update your location and the display on the iPhone depending on the direction you hold it.

Tonight's major achievement was picking out the Galilean satellites of Jupiter through the orange haze that is the normal nighttime sky here in the LA area, with just my cheap binoculars.
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BOOM BLOX Bash Party [May. 22nd, 2009|08:50 am]
Stuart Capewell
The follow-up to the BAFTA-award winning BOOM BLOX just hit the shelves in the US. :P

(EU version is out next week.)

I may be a tad biased, but it is even better than the last one, honest!

Here is a review: http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3174324&p=44

Here is the EA website, with a couple of trailers: http://boomblox.ea.com/home.action
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