Saturday, July 28, 2018

Moon, Mars and jet

Moon, Mars, Jet, post eclipse July 27, 2018, just found out my Nikon B500 has a specific moon setting!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Queen Elizabeth 2 receives call from World War II Queen Mary.

In his memoirs of his days as captain of Queen Elizabeth 2, Captain of the Queen, Captain Robert Arnott said that in 1978 the ship was near Tahiti when the radio room received  "...
a signal prefaced by the letters GBTT - the call signal of the Queen
Mary." p. 233, Captain of the Queen, New English Library Ltd; 1982, ISBN 978-0450048913, and said that the signal had apparantly been sent during the Second World War and had been travelling in space for almost 40 year.
 Maybe not. The first thing that I thought of was that the QE2 had the same call letters as the Queen Mary, GBTT, and that the radio room might have just gotten one of its own signals with a delay as it travelled around the world, which often happens to radio operators. Also, I'd imagine the Queen Mary would not have used its usual call signal during the war, since it was a troop ship and would have been a prime target. It would also have kept radio transmissions to as little as possible. And of course, 40 light years distance would make a ship's radio signal unable to be received.

Thursday, July 19, 2018


U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba passes by Clark Island, Ontario, in the St. Lawrence on her way to Grand Haven, Michigan

Kite eating tree or tree eating kite?

Kite eating tree or tree eating kite?

Burdett upright piano

With fly on keyboard (thrift store)
Burdett Oshawa Canada - upright piano, c. 1900 - no info on google on this company - there was a Burdett piano company in Chicago but it doesn't say if this was a branch plant. There were piano companies in many towns across Canada in the 19th Century - I'd imagine the cost of shipping them made local manufacturing more attractive. People had to make their own music, then record players and radios came along....

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne's Lace, Daucus carota, carotte sauvage

I like how there's one deep purple-black flower at the centre of Queen Anne's Lace. Spencerville Mill