In the winter of 1985 I was driving through the Mojave Desert with a friend, talking about our apparent need for new river gear. As we passed the Twenty Nine Palms Marine Base, a man unexpectedly appeared on the side of the road selling used ammo cans. My friend and I laughed wildly and quickly came to realize that the moment was "All In A Days' Karma". This blog contains the occasional ramblings of a died-in-the-wool westerner who loves seeing, understanding, and being alive upon these landscapes. I cherish the moments of bliss and irony that come to all of us as we explore the planet and its residents (and perhaps visitors) in the short time we are here.

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Fantastic Weather Graphic That Will Blow Your Mind

A friend sent me this link recently from the Capital Weather Gang. It is a time lapse movie of the northern hemisphere weather from August 1 to November 1. It shows how the atmosphere moves by imaging smoke from western fires in Montana and British Columbia (white), dust from the Sahara Desert (brown), and salt spray picked up from wind over the oceans (blue).


Friday, February 3, 2017

Fantastic Photos of Saturns Moons From the Cassini Spacecraft

Saturns icy moon, Mimas in an image taken on January 30, 2017
The Cassini spacecraft is nearing its death spiral into the Saturn atmosphere this September and so it is obtaining spectacular photos on its way in. Take a look at these images from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

NASA Releases Video of Landing on Saturn's Moon - Titan

Cassini spacecraft prepares to release the Huygen's probe
Incredible as it may sound, humans have landed on the moon of another planet. As we continue to expand the reach of humanity, one has to be amazed at such feats of engineering and science. I have attached two videos in links here and here that tell the story.

Boulders of methane on Titan's surface
For those with more time to spare (one hour and eighteen minutes), here is a BBC documentary on the landing. Wow!