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4Jul/050

Fireworks

Well, last year I recorded a simple quicktme of the fireworks using my little Nikon 4500 from Jack London Square. This year, I decided to take out my new JVC MiniDV camcorder, and trundled it down to Pinole to try the same. I brought a tripod, set it up in manual mode with a best guess, and gave it a shot. Here is the finale rendered in Windows Media (around 8 megabytes).

Yes, yes, bitch at me all you like, that's the easiest format for me to put it in. Get VLC or mplayer.

Okay, the link above was dead. Here's the same video now uploaded onto youtube:

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4Jul/050

Deep Impact, the Movie


Check out this movie of the impactor as viewed from the flyby spacecraft. Cool.

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4Jul/050

Some 4th of July Links

Need some audio material? Try the Colonial Williamsburg Past to Present Podcasts. Or, you could just download The Declaration of Independence, available from Project Gutenberg as etext #1.

4Jul/050

No Dinosaurs Left on Tempel 1

Tonight the Deep Impact space probe impacted Comet Tempel 1. I'm watching the coverage life on NASA TV. We can expect to see a photo from the flyby space craft to be all over the front pages tomorrow. Congratulations to all those rocket scientists. Cool stuff.

Image of Tempel 1 from the Flyby Craft

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