Dennis Lee, Canadian poet, author of childhood favourite “Alligator Pie”, was also the co-founder of the venerable Canadian press House of Anansi Press (which, even though I’m ill-versed in CanLit, I’d heard of).
And he wrote the lyrics to the theme song for Fraggle Rock.
And he co-wrote the story for the movie Labyrinth.
Half an hour’s worth of Earth’s rotation, along with the headlights of three or four vehicles traveling down Manitoba PR468, under the bright light of October’s full moon. Also I think there are a couple airplanes crossing the sky. And clouds.
Nerdy tech details
I’m not sure anyone but me will care about this, but so it goes.
~200 images, 10s each, f/2.8, ISO800. WB was set to “Daylight”.
Lightly edited in GIMP: I copied and pasted the main layer as two more layers, and set the middle one to Grain Merge, the top one to Hard Light. This darkened the background a bit and enhanced the lights.
I had laser eye surgery performed on the weekend. Today was my second follow-up appointment with the opthalmologist.
My vision is now sitting at 20⁄16 with both eyes, which is apparently a step better than 20/20 or “perfect” vision. I gather that the 20⁄16 means that I can see at 20 feet what a normal person can see at 20 feet.
I had a look at the documents the doctor provided. Before the surgery, my good eye was at 20⁄400. My bad eye, well, they didn’t even bother with a 20/number, just marked OF2ft (I assume “out of focus at two feet”).
Now all I need to do is get used to a life without glasses.
With some of the money I inherited from my dad, last year, I bought an 11–16mm f/2.8 lens for my camera. In plain English, it’s a nice fast lens with a nice wide field of view, which means that it’s great for astrophotography.
Tonight, the stars aligned for me, as it were. There was almost a 50/50 chance of some aurora sightings, per SpaceWeather. The temperature was a balmy -1°C, which was a pleasant change from the -25°C and -35°C nights we’ve had for the last couple weeks.
Long story short, there was a faint haze to the north. Editing with Gimp brings out quite a bit more than the naked eye could see.
I just got notice that the book I requested via Inter-Library Loan—The Island of Dr. Death and Other Stories and Other Stories—has arrived at the desk. By coffee time I’ll have it in my hands, and by evening I’ll be reading some Gene Wolfe short stories.
I’m probably more excited about this than I should be, but then I’m a late-in-life Wolfe convert, and I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.