Need to Learn How to Post Process Pictures

So I’ve been taking pictures of the Milky Way and other space related things up to what I can. When I get the T.A.R.D.I.S. finished I hope to be able to take more, of course I am concerned as to how well a digital camera will work in that whole timey wimey displacement thing.
Anyhow I’ve been trying to learn how to use Gimp 2.8 and it’s coming along somewhat.
If anyone has any suggestions (already trying youtube videos) they would be greatly appreciated.
Here is another Milky Way shotDSC_3810 (Custom)

Interesting Observation

Sunday morning about 2:30 a.m. I was out taking more pictures of the Milky Way. I put the pictures onto my computer and noticed in two separate pictures I had two shooting stars running parallel to one another. Now it could have been the same two shooting stars but the pictures were taken about one and a half to two minutes apart. Making them the slowest moving meteors or an absolute rarity. They seem to be heading in the same exact direction so I am inclined to believe they are the same two meteors.

DSC_3813 (Custom)They are to the right of the milky way about half way up in this picture.

DSC_3814 (Custom)They are about one-third of the way from the bottom in this picture which was taken about one and a half minutes after the first picture. Now it could be possible that they appear in the last second of the first photo and the first second of the second photo but there is still the issue that the auto noise reduction in my camera takes about the same time as the shutter speed.
If anyone has any ideas about this I would love to hear them or read them actually since this is a blog and I cannot literally hear it.

Been Awhile

Sitting at home today sick as a dog. Thought I would update the old blog.
Good news is the telescopes I ordered have finally arrived so I can start some astronomy, bad news is as mentioned I am sick as a dog so I will have to wait a while.
Even if I were not sick (as a dog) I still would not be able to use the scopes due to the stupid weather we are having right now. I think the next clear night is scheduled for March 4 2019 or something like that.
The scopes I got are a Dobsonian and a refractor. The Dobsonian (named for John Dobson the inventor of the Dobsonian mounting system used in a lot of larger reflector scopes), is a Skyquest xt8 by Orion you can see more about them by checking out
The refractor (the scope that most people think about when they think of the word telescope) is a Celestron Powerseeker 80EQ you can see more about it by checking out
Buying a scope was an experience for me, sure I’ve bought rifle scopes and spotting scopes before but nothing to hunt galaxies and deep space objects with.
Hopefully in the future I will be able to post a few updates with some info of what I have seen and possibly some pictures as well. I figure I will take it one step at a time and learn about the scopes and how to spot what is out there before I start worrying about astrophotography.

If anyone that happens to read this is into astronomy and has some tips for a beginner be sure to comment below.

“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”
― Albert Einstein

Security Cameras

When it comes to your property, protecting what you have worked for is necessary especially these days. Security cameras mounted outdoors, high enough where they have a good field of view and where they cannot be easily tampered with along with a well hidden dvr are a great investment. Add in some motion detector lights and you will help discourage those that would seek to steal from you.
Granted these will not stop all property crimes but if you are robbed the perpetrators are more likely to get caught if they can be identified.

Security Lights

Its that time of year when burglaries are on the rise. One thing you can do to help prevent burglaries is to make sure all your outdoor areas are well lit. Motion lights go a long way to help with that. Mounted high enough that they cannot be reached without the use of a ladder or some other type of lift, a motion detecting security light mounted outdoors will light up the area of your home or shop providing a measure of security. Motion lights will not totally prevent someone from breaking into your house but the are a first step in making sure that the criminal is seen.
Follow these up with motion detected security cameras and a well hidden dvr it will make people think twice before breaking into your property.

New Truck for my Son

So my son is twelve years old, will be thirteen this year, and there is no way that I can afford to buy him a new or even newer vehicle when he turns sixteen, unless of course I hit the lottery or the publishers clearing house people show up and give me a million bucks. If I was wealthy enough I still would not buy him a new vehicle.
This old truck is a fixer upper and will take several years to get fixed up and running. Hopefully we will be done with it by the time he gets his drivers license.
It’s a 1962 Ford F100 Custom Cab. Not the unibody.
The bed has rusted away and been removed, of course I never like those beds. Ford thought the 59 models beds were so nice they continued to use them on into 62.
Finding a stepside bed for it is going to be rough, so my thoughts are instead of buying the componets and spending nearly 1000 dollars why not buy the sheet metal and make the components myself.
There isn’t a lot of rust on whats left of the old truck, from what I gather the original owner had garbage piled in the bed which contributed to the rust. Of course with any 62 model pickup Ford or otherwise there is some rust in the fenders and under the hood.
The original motor is still there it is a 292 y block with that wonderful crossover pipe in front (what the hell were they thinking with that idea?), but it is locked up so it will have to be rebuilt, if it can be.
Our plans are;

  • to build a stepside bed
  • rebuild the motor
  • replace the tires and wheels
  • add power steering (if anyone has any ideas on this they would be appreciated)
  • add a radio
  • I would really like to convert it over to disc brakes but those are pretty dang expensive.
  • Paint it candy apple red and black cherry for the trim
  • line the bed with wood

I know it is a lot to do on a very limited budget but it is a project for me and my son to work together on.

My Sons "New" Truck

My Sons “New” Truck

I will post new pictures as we complete stuff.

Global Warming, My Big Frozen Hairy Butt.

Al Gore can kiss my entire butt, infact his breath might defrost it a little.
This stinking weather here in the great state of Alabama has gone extremely haywire.
At least once a week we get these freezing temperatures and then BAM!! Back up to a nice sunny 40 0r 50 degrees.
Recently we had a nice little freeze along with a couple of inches of snow and ice.
Now I know all you yankees up there in the North where you deal with snow every day like to make fun of us Southerners for your perception that we don’t know how to drive in snow. Of course you might want to look around your neighborhood before you go to laughing to loud. Hundred car pile ups for fog!
See the problem down here is that all of our weather people get their forecasts from the same place, then they change said forecast to make the average watcher think they came up with it all on their own.
I get my weather from and so do all the weather forecasters on television. I just don’t change mine from the original. Of course I’m not a weather man so why the hell would I?
The point I’m making is when you see snow and ice accumulation on the site and you’ve got a little time to prepare yourself, no matter what any of the talking heads on the local news says, be prepared.
Instead of being prepared, everyone took these clowns seriously and then we had school closing all at the same time, so everyone took off to rush to schools and get their kids, of course they all wanted to get there ahead of someone else. PASSING ON ICE IS NOT SMART YOU NIMRODS! BUNCH OF FREAKIN IDIOTS… AH HELL BUY SOME SNOW CHAINS.. BE PREPARED.

One Fine Day In The Oval Office

We enter the Oval Office to see Barack Obama and his minions er… I mean the mainstream media discussing issues facing his presidency.

Obama – We have to figure out how to use these key issues for our gain.

Candy Crowley – Okay oh god one, give us the issues and we will create headlines.

Obama – Well in Texas they are trying to make abortion clinics cleaner and create standards for performing abortions. So that doctors have to be able to admit a woman to the hospital in case something goes wrong.

Crowley – Republicans Hate Women.

Obama – The republicans have effectively killed my immigration bill because we wouldn’t secure the border.

Matthews – Republicans Hate Mexicans.

Obama – I had to roll back obamacare as it applies to businesses for one year.

Crowley –  Republicans Hate The Uninsured.

Obama – My muslim brotherhood friend just got kicked out of office in Egypt and now I don’t know whether to crap or go blind.

Matthews – Republicans Hate Egyptians.

Obama – Hang on my dog groomer is on the phone…

Crowley – Republicans Hate Dogs.

Obama – No, that isn’t one of the issues….

Matthews – Republicans Hate The Issue Of Animal Rights.

Obama – No, I mean I am talking to the guy that has the grooming business, I took my dog to.

Crowley – Republicans Hate Small Businesses.

Obama – No. Yall wait a minute until I am through with this call.

Matthews – Republicans Hate Obama Phones.

Obama – Hang on a minute…… Look guys  this has nothing to do with the republicans.

Crowley – Republicans Are Inconsequential.

Obama – That is not a headline.. I’m not even talking about headlines right now.

Matthews – Republicans Hate Obama Headlines.

Obama – Good Lord, you guys are giving me a headache.

Crowley – Republicans Upset Presidents Stomach.

Obama – I  am not talking about my stomach.

Matthews  – Republicans Give President Diarrhea.

Obama – What? No. I don’t have diarrhea?

Crowley – Republicans Give President Gonorrhea?

Obama – What? Hell Naw! I aint never had no kind of sex with no republican.

Matthews – Republicans Hate Gay Sex With President.

Obama  – Have you lost your damn mind man? I have never had sex gay or otherwise with republicans.

Crowley  – President Abstains From Sex

Obama – That is not what I said.

Matthews – Republicans Try To Confuse The Issues.

Obama – Joe. I need you… and bring your shotgun.

Tune in next time when we hear  Joe Biden say. Just give a quick blast with both barrels.

To which Matthews makes the headline Biden Enjoys Three Way.
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July 4th

Wishing everyone a safe and happy independence day.
Buy lots of fireworks, grill lots of food, drink lots of lemonade or what ever. Spend time with your family and friends and remember all those that fought and died winning our independence from Britain.
God bless and Happy Fourth.

Ronald Reagan (the last great president) Knew What Patriotism Was….

…this national feeling is good, but it won’t count for much, and it won’t last unless it’s grounded in thoughtfulness and knowledge.

An informed patriotism is what we want. And are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world? Those of us who are over 35 or so years of age grew up in a different America. We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions. If you didn’t get these things from your family you got them from the neighborhood, from the father down the street who fought in Korea or the family who lost someone at Anzio. Or you could get a sense of patriotism from school. And if all else failed you could get a sense of patriotism from the popular culture. The movies celebrated democratic values and implicitly reinforced the idea that America was special. TV was like that, too, through the mid-sixties.

But now, we’re about to enter the nineties, and some things have changed. Younger parents aren’t sure that an unambivalent appreciation of America is the right thing to teach modern children. And as for those who create the popular culture, well-grounded patriotism is no longer the style. Our spirit is back, but we haven’t reinstitutionalized it. We’ve got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom-freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It’s fragile; it needs production [protection].

So, we’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion but what’s important-why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant. You know, 4 years ago on the 40th anniversary of D-day, I read a letter from a young woman writing to her late father, who’d fought on Omaha Beach. Her name was Lisa Zanatta Henn, and she said, “we will always remember, we will never forget what the boys of Normandy did.” Well, let’s help her keep her word. If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual.

And let me offer lesson number one about America: All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American, let ’em know and nail ’em on it. That would be a very American thing to do….

Time To To Switch.

So I finally get used to Windows xp and I find out it will no longer have updates.
Dang it!

Seems they did this crap to me just as I was finally figuring out windows 98.

I checked out windows vista and thought, Wow that is crap. So I figured I would move on up to Windows 7. Which I like, however the fine folks at microsoft decided they could stick it to their consumers and release windows 8 really fast behind windows 7, with 8 being there to try to compete with all the android stuff.
Not going to happen for this old redneck. I have already switched my older xp computers over to various distros of Linux before finally settling on Mandriva (which looks like is going the way of the buffalo) and Mint..
So I reckon I will be switching all my older pcs over to Mint.
As soon as windows 7 becomes obsolete I guess I will be switching my newest one over to a Linux distro as windows 8 is not an option. If I want android I would stick with my tablet or get a freaking phone.

Personally I think mikersofty should work on the quality of their operating systems instead of trying to release a new version every two years. can anyone remember Windows ME, 2000 or Vista, they all sucked pretty bad.
Of course I could get one of the over priced Macs and become a computer snob like so many other Mac users I know (just kidding for all you computer snobs).

Anyone have any comments on what they think the best version of Linux is, post em below.

Damn it’s too hot to fish.

I bet Blake Shelton don’t  have to deal with this stuff.