Monthly Archives: March 2010

Linger On

Love is the foundation of my universe. To believe in it is to believe in other fundamental truths, like gravity, and the fact that my penis has stopped growing.

That’s why it’s so hard for me to let go.

Because the moment I let go is the moment I stop believing in love. I’d much rather fool myself into thinking this loyal, faithful tenacity will make a difference, than believe the world isn’t kind and fair. Cause I know it’s cruel and unfair. I just don’t want to believe that.

And that’s why I still believe in us.

On Being 5'4" and Weighing 115 lbs

  • Her: Does it bother you that I’m taller?
  • Me: Hah. No.
  • Me: I never understood why a guy would feel that way.
  • Her: Good good.
  • Me: Usually it bothers girls that I’m shorter.
  • Her: I don’t care at all.
  • Her: Do you care that I probably weigh more than you as well?
  • Me: Hahahahh, everyone weighs more than me.
  • Me: Trust me.
  • Her: Hahah, I’m just saying!!!
  • Me: I’m super light.
  • Me: Why, does it normally bother other guys if you’re heavier?
  • Her: Yeah for sure, I mean I don’t care one way or another…its their problem not mine, they’re the ones missing out.
  • Me: Well if I only dated girls who were lighter than me, I couldn’t date anyone older than 14.

Sky Watcher

Thumbnail: Moon

Tonight, I saw the moon in my telescope. If it was a full moon, it would have filled the eyepiece. I could study the craters, the landmarks, and the patterns of dust on the surface. I grabbed my camera with a modestly long 100mm lens, mounted it on my new tripod, and took a picture. Unless I get a lens with a longer focal length, it’s the best I’ll ever get in capturing the moon with a sensor1.

It was a great night for observing, the forecast said, with no cloud cover, good transparency2, good seeing3, and decent darkness. I had my warmest clothes on, as I was warned that comfort and motivation are some of the most important things in observational astronomy.

I used a crater on the moon to calibrate my red-dot finderscope. Then I used the finderscope to follow the arm of the big dipper to Arcturus, the curve of which led me to Saturn, just under Denebola and in the constellation Virgo this year.

With the naked eye, Saturn looks like another bright star, but at 100x magnification, Saturn becomes a small and sharp sphere. The rings were clean but indistinguishable from each other, with the gas giant casting a dramatic shadow across them.

I looked 68 minutes into the past4, until Saturn slowly drifted out of view.

  1. I have no plans on getting into prime focus astrophotography — in which the telescope is used as a lens — because the astronomy equipment required is much more expensive. []
  2. Calculated from the amount of water vapour in the air. []
  3. Estimated from turbulence and temperature differences in the atmosphere. []
  4. Saturn was 8.505AU or 1,272,330,990km away, which takes about 4080 seconds for the light to hit our eyes from there. []