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:


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.

Public Domain Pictures from the Met

A lot of art falls in the public domain. Now the Metropolitan Museum of Art has made it easier for you to use some of it. (And by “some” I mean “quite a lot”.)

For example, a high-resolution photo of Van Gogh’s painting Sunflowers is available for me to use free of charge. You too.

And if Munch’s The Scream is more your cup of tea, well, they’ve got you covered there too.

Have a look for yourself. If one of the 400,000+ pieces of art in their catalogue strikes your fancy, check for the Public Domain icon (a little 0 in a circle) and the download link. It appears that the public-domain content comprises 375,000 images, which, I think you’ll agree, is a lot.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to look at some J. M. W. Turner paintings.

Joseph Mallord William Turner (British, London 1775–1851 London)
The Lake of Zug, 1843
Watercolor over graphite; 11 3/4 x 18 3/8 in. (29.8 x 46.6 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Marquand Fund, 1959 (59.120)

Thanks, The Met!

Thanks to my friend Kelly for pointing out this Engadget article on the topic.






A day past full

The moon

I shot some photos of the moon through the branches using my longest lens (55-250mm), and was quite pleased how they turned out.

Then I retreated indoors (it’s frickin’ freezing out there) and wrote about 800 words in a new Prairie SF short story. First contact with a farmer. We’ll see where it leads.

Jim Johanneson


This is my dad, Jim Johanneson. “JJ” to his students, his co-workers, and his friends. “Jimmy Danger” to his sons-in-law.

A couple days ago, he left this world. I miss him but I know he’s not feeling any pain now.

I will surely say more later, but for now: Thanks, Dad.


If you’re interested in making a memorial donation in Dad’s honour, here are the charities we as a family have selected:

If you’re interested in sending flowers, please, spend the money on one of the above charities. If you want to leave a note of condolence for us, the ones left behind, you can do so on the funeral home’s site.