Night Skies

Last night I went with Allamagoosa and her brother to watch the Perseid meteor shower. We took a few mats out to a field and kicked back while watching shooting stars. The only manmade lights I could see were a faint light by a barn or something and some radio towers way off in the distance. I can’t recall the last time I was able to see so many stars.

After about a half hour, clouds started moving in and obscured our view. We waited a little to see if they would clear, but no luck, so we called it a night and left. Fun times.

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Posted on August 13, 2013, in Fun Stuff, Life and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Sorry for the off-topic comment, but I’m not sure how else I can contact you. I came across a post that you made in November on Sunshine Mary’s old blog. You wrote in part,

    “I’ve been thinking about doing a post on my site about books for kids for a while now. I can’t recommend any Christian books for kids, or children’s books, but any parents interested in a post recommending some good comics? Seems like current comics are loaded with wimpy emo boys and men, slut-tacular women with boobs to defy gravity, or scenes of Batman schtupping Catwoman on a rooftop (I’m not joking), but there are a lot of older books with honest-to-goodness heroes in them that young kids can read (and their parents can too – these aren’t dumbed down cotton candy stories). And they can be found relatively cheap.”

    What comics were you thinking about, if you don’t mind me asking? If you’ve already posted a list somewhere, please let me know. I notice that you like Cafe Hayek and Coyote Blog so I figure that you probably have good taste in reading. Thank you for your consideration.

    • I’ll have to finish that post, it’s been kicking around for about a year now.

      For now, A good start is DC’s “Showcase” or Marvel’s “Essentials” books. These are black and white collections of older comics. Anything containing material that was first published up to around the early 80s is usually pretty safe, although a glance through the book before buying it for the kids wouldn’t hurt. The books with stories from the 60s – think Superman or Spider-man – are pretty squeaky clean, but might bore today’s kids.

      Here’s a good starter book, the first half is a mix of writers and artists (with mixed results, of course), the second half is pretty good – http://www.amazon.com/Showcase-Presents-Brave-Batman-Team-Ups/dp/1401216757/ref=pd_sim_b_1

      • Ordered!

        Thank you. I’m familiar with the Essentials series and have picked up a couple of volumes (primarily out of an interest in the artwork, e.g., of Jack Kirby). But I didn’t know about the Showcase books. I’ll keep an eye out for inexpensive used copies, because I don’t care for where these companies (DC and Marvel) have gone of late, and would rather not give them money for the great work of an earlier generation of better men.

        If you finish that post, I’ll read it.

  2. As far as I remember, there are two times in my life I saw the Milky Way in full glory. Those count up there right at the top of life experiences, and they were way too short. Once was in Southern Idaho and once was in the Pacific.

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