I went to visit my friend Tim up at Wasagaming. We went out to Spruces for sunset, and on the way back to town we stopped in at the golf course/wishing well scenic spot. I was scouting possible locales for future astrophotography (it was cloudy that night, so I didn’t get any stars shot last night), and I decided to try my hand at HDRing the post-sunset glow in the sky.
I think it turned out OK.
HDR, or High Dynamic Range: You take multiple photos in quick succession, at different exposures, and then combine them to pull out the most detail at all light levels. I used the following 3 photos to make the above image (manually edited in GIMP).
Last night we checked out the movie everyone’s been raving about: Everything Everywhere All At Once. It was a great film, hilarious and heart-rending, touching on complicated themesI kept thinking about some of Borges’s “games with infinity” stories, especially when Joy was talking about her experiences with the multiverse.. I never thought I’d feel emotional watching a stone with googly eyes roll off a cliff, but here we are. If you’re looking for a film filled with love, despair, tax problems, kung fu, multiverse-hopping, and wild costuming, this is the one for you.
Then, standing in the lobby after the show, we decided to also watch Minions: The Rise of Gru. This was a much less complex film, but fun in its own way. I thought it might be a “How Gru Met His Minions” origin story, but they were already together at the beginning; it’s more of a “Gru’s First Crime” tale instead. If you want a silly caper filled with yellow nonsense-spouting blobs in denim overalls, this is the one for you. (I appreciated some of the sight gags: in one scene, three Minions construct elaborate disguise—including one painting itself like a brick wall—to infiltrate a villain’s lair, even though there’s a stack of blue-and-yellow bags of fertilizer lying on the lawn; in the end credits, there’s a drawing of the Minions’ Halloween costumes—Oompa Loompas.)
The connecting thread: Michelle Yeoh, who played Evelyn Wang (the main character) in Everything Everywhere All At Once and voiced Master Chow (who taught the Minions kung fu) in Minions: The Rise of Gru.
I enjoyed both movies for vastly different reasons. Good times.
I went for a 25km bike ride this morning, before it got too hot outside. I ended up going a bit east of ACC’s North Hill campus, which once upon a time was the Brandon Mental Health Centre, or BMHC.
I found the BMHC cemetery, and took a few photos.
There were a lot of names on that cairn. All four sides had a plaque, and each plaque was about that full.
I even found a Johanneson on the cairn (though I doubt we’re related).
After I watched the new Top Gun talkie, I checked the data in my aurora app while I was still in the parking lot. It looked goodThe Bz reading was ‑11, where the further into the negative, the better; I usually see a decent show if it’s at ‑4 or so., so I hurried home, grabbed my gear, and went out of town.
Unfortunately it was cloudy to the north. I set up anyway, hoping the clouds would move off, and started snapping photos.
Long story short: the clouds didn’t move off. I gave it about 45 minutes, and then packed up and went home.
Here’s a timelapse of about 20 minutes’ worth of my attempts. Each frame is a 10-second exposure.
And here’s a handful of my favourites from the photos I got. (I think I caught a meteor in the first one, on the far left.)