Day 242

These past few days I was away camping in Death Valley. It was my first time there and I wanted to get the most of my limited time. The national park is full of different sites and it’s hard to fit everything into just a few days. What I missed definitely justifies another trip in the future.

With little to no light pollution, Death Valley is a prime spot for astronomy enthusiasts.

With little to no light pollution, Death Valley is a prime spot for astronomy enthusiasts.

Day 229

After a few months of planning and saving money, I have built my very own computer. It was originally going to be put together over Thanksgiving Break, but due to some slower than expected shipping, I wasn’t able to do it until I got back home. This computer is far from complete. First and foremost I need to get a Graphics Processing Unit (Video Card). After that, I may upgrade other parts and add some nice little extras.

This monitor is old but it does the job. The case is called the NZXT Phantom 530.

This monitor is old but it does the job. The case is called the NZXT Phantom 530.

Day 228

The Geminid Meteor Shower peaked extremely early this Saturday morning. Sadly, the nearly full waning moon would prevent all but the most persistent stargazers from getting a good show. I woke up just before moonset to compose my shot. There were quite a few large meteors falling while I was doing so. I got some nice star trails, but I was a little unlucky with the settings I chose, so I was not able to get any images of the meteors this time.Day 228

Day 227

I am a little late in posting this one, but for good reason. Just got home from LA after finishing various finals. Had to make a quick stop over at Naples, Long Beach. Boy do they take their holiday season seriously. The houses, especially those facing the canals, are decked out in lights and Christmas cheer. Here is one example of a more elaborate set piece.Day 227