Around about the beginning of February I started trying to lose weight. I’m using the Hacker’s Diet which essentially says that to lose weight you must burn more calories than you take in. To burn more calories, I’ve been exercising, mainly running but also swimming and playing racquetball. So, after a month, here’s my current progress.
I’m hoping I can continue at this rate for a while since my goal is to lose around 60 pounds. I may have more of a problem right now since at the moment I’m currently under doctor’s orders to do “no exertion” until he can figure out why last Wednesday I had a thunderclap headache that sent me to the emergency room. I’ve got an MRI scheduled this coming Wednesday that will hopefully find out more about that and I’m hopeful that once that is done I will be able to get back to exercising regularly.
Anyway, I will try to post at least monthly updates here on my dieting progress.
So, NASA has come out with their proposal for the new deep space rocket that will finally bring our space capabilities back to where they were in 1969. It’s better than the current situation (which is nothing) and I certainly hope it gets built.
I took my telescope out for a bit this evening and managed to get a good view of the moon, the stars Betelgeuse and Sirius, and M42 (also known as the Orion Nebula). I managed to get a very nice view of the Orion Nebula and I decided to make a sketch of what I saw. This is from a 6 inch f/8 Newtonian reflector with a 12.4mm lens. I could clearly see the Trapezium (the four stars in the center of the nebula). Unfortunately, since this was in my front yard, and because we have a streetlight right next to our house (!), I was only able to see a bit of the nebula (the shaded in area) and all of it greyscale. At some point, I need to get the motor on my equatorial mount working so that I can try my hand a deep space astrophotography.
Apparently, I forgot to post anything about various woodworking projects I did this past year.
A few weeks ago, I also made a set of shelves to fit our VCR that got displaced when we got a new TV recently. I don’t yet have pictures for that but I’ll post some later when I take them.
Now I’m wondering what woodworking project I should tackle next.
So, lately it seems that I can’t talk about anything else. So, why change. 🙂
Here’s a video I did late last week with Nate Johnson of WRAL about the balloon launch that we did. This was recorded the day before we found our first balloon.
We have gotten quite a bit more press coverage than I had anticipated. Here’s a list of what I know of so far:
- News and Observer: Raleigh balloon hobbyists aim for stratosphere
- News and Observer: Triangle group takes snapshot from near space
- We made the front page of the News and Observer yesterday
- WRAL: Triangle group enters competition to capture horizon on film
- WNCT in Greeneville, NC: Space Balloon Launch from NC
- News 14 had a segment on us, but I can’t find it online.
- WUNC had a brief mention of us on the news yesterday, but again I cannot find it online.