Invisible Sunset

This past weekend in Gainesville/University of Florida was a lot of fun. Out at the bars Friday night (everyone looked 22, though Jeff assures me they were all 18), a hat tournament on Saturday (appropriately named “Heatstroke”; pictures soon), and drifting down the crystal clear, spring-fed Ichetucknee River for four hours on Sunday.
Today’s photo is from last night; as we were leaving work we spotting an amazing thing: the sun was still 20 degrees from the horizon, but because the cloud/African dust storm layer was so thick, it appeared as just an orange disc, easy to look at. I raced home in an attempt to get a picture, but on the way it nearly disappeared. I set up the tripod anyway, just to see what my camera could do with it, and to my amazement you could see the sun quite easily, much easier than with the naked eye. So, there you are. The Canon Powershot G3 takes good shots of the sun when it’s very hazy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Click for the big version.

Deleted!! !%$@

Well, isn’t that interesting… see how those pictures aren’t loading? That’s because, as far as I can tell, my user account on was just, um, DELETED!!!! More info as I get it.

Word of the day: cloying

v. cloyed, cloyร‚ยทing, cloys
v. tr.
To cause distaste or disgust by supplying with too much of something originally pleasant, especially something rich or sweet; surfeit.
v. intr.
To be too filling, rich, or sweet.
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His cloying praise grated the nerves; some kind of unreasonable request was coming.

A few photos

Well, I’ve decided the last entry’s photo is thoroughly depressing and doesn’t suit my mood at all, so how’s a few new ones sound?

This way up

Ever just have one of those days? Today was like that. I think it’s the first time I’ve ever taken a spaghetti box out of the cupboard by the wrong end. Noodles everywhere.
I used the five second rule, with the addition of some serious dust-blowing. Gack. Man, kitchen floors can be dirty up close.

Happy Birthday Anand! and All Faiths 2005

Well today was posi-freaking-lutely great. Spent the whole day out in the sun throwing and chasing after frisbees, chatting with old friends, eating great food and having cold 1‘s from a keg of Bass. Plus, it’s Anand’s 32nd birthday today, woo! Happy birthday brother, hope your day went well.
In an effort to get the pictures up as quick as possible I downloaded them from my camera, resized them, uploaded them to this server, and added them to gallery before even taking a peek at any of them. That’s it for now! Have a good sleep ๐Ÿ™‚

Communism vs. God

Okay, it’s Saturday morning and I had a few thoughts in the shower. Mind-blowing, I know. I thought, self, maybe this is a good question for the blog.
The question is: what exactly is the relationship between communism and religion? Someone told me that a fully communist state has no religion. I am confused by this. Based on my basic understanding of each topic, about the best I could come up with was that a communist state would be opposed to religion because the existence of a god would admit there being a higher power than the state itself. For me, it’s troubling that the two can’t co-exist. Are the concepts of state and deity so intermingled they interfere with each other? Conversely, does a capitalist state need to be religious?

…and we’re back

Well, it looks like I’m not going to have time for a full post, so instead, I offer a couple links:

  • CBC Radio’s The Current discusses Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its impact on television. Runs 24 minutes, Real Player required. [listen]
  • I just found an awesome page full of pictures and videos from Sheikra. I especially love this one from the front row… you can hear everyone freaking out right before the drop. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to get back on…
Have a good sleep!
Update, 11:11am: This is a much more insightful link about Buffy from the CBC. Check it out.