Some very bright aurora

I could see them already while I was still in the city. By the time I got to my nice, dark spot, this is what I could pho­to­graph:

Aurora

They stretched from the north­east to the south­west. They were bright enough for a while that I could watch them danc­ing with the naked eye. The last time I remem­ber see­ing them this bright, I was a teenag­er in Ste. Rose, lying on the grass, look­ing up.

Also: a video ver­sion:

An hour of my evening well-spent, I’d say.

The Hallowe’en Tally

Hallowe'en tally

For those that can’t read my scrawl:

  • But­ter­fly [A lit­tle girl in pur­ple. It was her first Hallowe’en, I’m guess­ing, since her mom was video­tap­ing the whole thing, and, as she walked away from my door, I heard her say, I got can­dy!]
  • Princess w/ par­ka [because this is Cana­da]
  • Bun­ny
  • Clown
  • Pup­py
  • Lion
  • Spi­der­man
  • Baby [ie, no cos­tume]
  • Par­ka-clad were­wolf
  • Spi­der-witch
  • Nerd [with a big wad of tape hold­ing her glass­es togeth­er at the nose — oh, the mem­o­ries]
  • Zom­bie
  • Bat­man
  • 2 witch­es
  • Black Queen [Spades? Clubs?]
  • Zom­bie
  • Blue Man
  • Bur­lesque Hat Gal [Couldn’t see much cos­tume — par­ka — but she had one one of those minia­ture top hats bur­lesque per­form­ers wear (fas­ci­na­tors?)]
  • Princess in par­ka
  • Creepy Clown
  • Zom­bie [These last two were quite a bit old­er — late teens — and showed up just before 9 o’clock]

At 9:45 PM I shut off the out­side lights and called it a night.

And now, if you’ll par­don me, there’s a Wun­der­bar with my name on it. Mmm­m­m­m­mm, left­over can­dy.

Intruders & Prowlers

Yes­ter­day I saw this great pho­to of two Lego jets, the A-6 Intrud­er and the EA-6B Prowler:

Grumman A-6E Intruder and EA-6B Prowler updated

…which remind­ed me of my hal­cy­on days as an Air Cadet, attend­ing Air Stud­ies1 Camp in Pen­hold, Alber­ta. My Air Stud­ies flight2 was named “Prowler Flight” for the EA-6B Prowler, which was the Elec­tron­ic War­fare ver­sion of the A-6 Intrud­er.

Back then I didn’t think any­thing of the nomen­cla­ture, but now it strikes me as a lit­tle… creepy. I have to won­der, is there a plane out there code-named “Stalk­er”?


  1. Think “Flight School Lite”. 
  2. A flight is pret­ty much the Air Force equiv­a­lent of a pla­toon