Thursday, March 31, 2005
Yes, that's right, the embroidery is an electical tape & dental floss hybrid. Look for it on next season's letterman's jackets.
Thursday, March 17, 2005
Just a day later the wind of course picked up, no pictures from when it was super windy but check out how bowed out the tent is:
Otherwise, much more to tell but it will have to wait until the Fairbanks return since we're up at 5:30 tomorrow...
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Anyway, Loda's sharing a room with a day sleeper so this morning the lady called security to get her kicked out of her room. That was different. Otherwise, more great weather but the wind kicked up tonight so who knows about tomorrow.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Yeah, spoiled rotten by a special evening.. I'm dying to see what's on my film camera, too. That will have to wait until I get that roll developed though.
I can't remember if I've shown you the secret to good pictures but basically, I check this site (when I remember) for the forecast:
GI Aurora Forecast
And this site for the current conditions:
POES Auroral Activity
Basically, if the activity level on the second link is 7 or higher it's worth heading outside every now and then to see how things are going. Also, like weather forecasting the GI forecast isn't always dead on so, if you want to see aurora defintely poke your head out every now and then. Another place I haven't looked at to much but seems like it should hold promise is this one:
But... at the moment it doesn't seem to be working.
As far as time goes, it's subjective and the learning curve is much reduced by using a digital SLR camera but (immediate feedback so you get a quick handle on how much light is needed to get a good picture), not many have access to that so you basically want to be at the widest aperture (the smaller numbers like F2, F2.8, or F3.5 that you select from the twisting dial on the lens) and vary the time from 5 to 40 seconds. If you want to get better, write your exposure times down as well as the frame # and try to remain aware of the light conditions later after the film is developed. Also in the beginning I found it helpful to be all over the map with exposure so that I could see how thing varied in the film. You may find something that works better though. I guess also you'll need a tripod although as you've probably seen a mitten or backpack can double as a tripod should the circumstances demand it.
Monday, March 07, 2005
Follow the Iditarod in 3D
The website and stuff are something that a few of the people I work with here on campus are involved with. If you've never bothered to look at the terrain between Willow and Nome that would be a cool place to go to see it all.
Sunday, March 06, 2005
Well, after a bit of a break there should be fresh stuff up here more often. I'm headed up to the slope again this week and then off to plane crash school next week.