Brand New Chumby – flashback to December 2007

Chumby, the One Laptop Per Child XO laptop, and Delia the Maine Coon cat.

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Curiosity Spotted on Parachute by Orbiter

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From NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory:

NASA’s Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover. Curiosity and its parachute are in the center of the white box; the inset image is a cutout of the rover stretched to avoid saturation. The rover is descending toward the etched plains just north of the sand dunes that fringe “Mt. Sharp.” From the perspective of the orbiter, the parachute and Curiosity are flying at an angle relative to the surface, so the landing site does not appear directly below the rover.

The parachute appears fully inflated and performing perfectly. Details in the parachute, such as the band gap at the edges and the central hole, are clearly seen. The cords connecting the parachute to the back shell cannot be seen, although they were seen in the image of NASA’s Phoenix lander descending, perhaps due to the difference in lighting angles. The bright spot on the back shell containing Curiosity might be a specular reflection off of a shiny area. Curiosity was released from the back shell sometime after this image was acquired.

This view is one product from an observation made by HiRISE targeted to the expected location of Curiosity about one minute prior to landing. It was captured in HiRISE CCD RED1, near the eastern edge of the swath width (there is a RED0 at the very edge). This means that the rover was a bit further east or downrange than predicted.

The image scale is 13.2 inches (33.6 centimeters) per pixel.

HiRISE is one of six instruments on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates the orbiter’s HiRISE camera, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona, Original Image

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Some Great Images

These are great images but this post is actually a test of the image gallery on this page. (Combination of NextGEN Gallery and FancyBox for WordPress.)

  1. Image thumbnails shown in the correct order
  2. Thumbnails correctly sized, not full sized scaled down
  3. Images show full size, or if the browser window is too small, scale to the screen
  4. Navigate from image to image using the arrow keys
  5. Press the Escape key to close the image.
  6. Number of thumbnails per row responsive to browser window width
  7. Image captions correct (from EXIF metadata)

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Esplanade Ave from the Air – April 3, 2012

To see all sizes of these images, go to the Flickr set at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/sets/72157629424667198/

To see all of the pictures I took on our flight from Half Moon Bay airport to the Golden Gate see:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/sets/72157629788697815/

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:
http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Strawberry Music Festival – Fall 2011

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June 2011 Esplanade Update: 340, 330, 320

340 Esplanade Patio Damage

In today’s San Mateo County Times article “Mother Nature threatens more Pacifica cliff apartment dwellers” by Julia Scott we learned that 340 Esplanade is the latest apartment building to experience substantial damage. According to the article, the area indicated by the yellow arrow in the first image,

The apartment building’s side walkway has caved in, taking a drainage grate and safety railing with it. Residents still have full use of their bluff-top patios…

According to the building’s owner Dennis Thomas, the damage was caused by surface water drainage problems on neighboring 330 Esplanade.

This thumbnail shows the current damage (see the SM Times article for the full size image):

These two images show the state of the same portion of the bluff (click for larger size):


August 15, 2010


February 26, 2011

330 Esplanade to be Abandoned

Farshid Samsami, owner of 330 Esplanade, said he now plans to walk away from the property because he can’t afford to fix the bluff. Samsami said,

Things could be solved in advance with the cooperation of (FEMA and) the other agencies, but they say they won’t do it. … We’re not asking for a handout or a whole repair, but at least help us. … It seems like their hands are tied as well.

Once the property is abandoned it will probably become the responsibility of cash-strapped Pacifica. Pacifica building official Doug Rider said that the city might try to get FEMA funding to protect the property.

320 Esplanade: Apparent Neglect

Meanwhile no work is taking place at Millard Tong’s 320 Esplanade building. Both 320 and 330 Esplanade are enmeshed up in lawsuits with a former contractor over unpaid bills and accusations of negligence.

For more information including an update on the sea wall below Lands End, and additional current photos see the June 23 2011 San Mateo County Times article “Mother Nature threatens more Pacifica cliff apartment dwellers” by Julia Scott.

The graphic of the 340 property line was courtesy of Redfin.com: 340 Esplanade Ave.

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Paul Newman on the set of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Paul Newman on the set of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, dir. George Roy Hill ) (photo by Jimmy Mitchell, via 20th Century Fox: Inside the Photo Archive)

via Paul Newman on the set of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Old Hollywood.

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Portrait of Shuttle and International Space Station

Shuttle Endeavour and International Space Station

On May 23 European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli captured this image of the shuttle Endeavour docked to the International Space Station from more than 600 feet away.

This was among the first pictures ever taken of a shuttle docked to the station from the perspective of a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

It was taken on the last voyage of a shuttle, the Endeavor.

38 of the images can viewed and downloaded from http://go.nasa.gov/stationportrait (or http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multimedia/e27depart.html)

Video of the departing Soyuz spacecraft:
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?collection_id=14555

Image as highlighted on the Picture of the Day Gallery
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1969.html

Thanks to: A Different Beauty For Space from The Technium on kk.org: http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2011/06/a_different_bea.php

Shuttle Endeavour and International Space Station

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For Geoff, before his Stats Final

Happy Now?

Happy Now?

Thanks to icanhascheezburger.com.

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Garry Winograd, Jerome Liebling, Man Ray, Paul Strand

Some inspirations I’ve found in Yale University’s newly released “Open Access” collective catalog.

Search the collection here: http://discover.odai.yale.edu/ydc/

Browse from here using an nice, simple interface.

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Wondrous!

Space Shuttle Endeavour lifting off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Monday May 16, 2011 as seen from an aircraft window.

From: Stefanie Gordon, http://twitpic.com/4yg6hs

Via: Boing Boing, http://www.boingboing.net/2011/05/16/space-shuttle-endeav-6.html

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APOD: 2011 May 8 – Shadow of a Martian Robot

Shadow of a Martian Robot

Shadow of a Martian Robot

Explanation: What if you saw your shadow on Mars and it wasn’t human? Then you might be the Opportunity rover currently exploring Mars.

For more, see APOD: 2011 May 8 – Shadow of a Martian Robot.

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