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If you haven’t been to social media today, don’t. It’s just crazy people screaming at each other. I know, I know…but more than usual even.

Then this came across my feed. It is one complete orbit of the moon in high resolution, and it’s stunning. Set it to loop. I must have watched it go ’round and ’round for five minutes, a soothing meditation plopped in the middle of all the crazy.

It was cut together with slices of data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter so that it appears fully lit all the way around. It almost looks slightly 3D, which is probably a side effect of how they magicked it together.

More about how they did it here.

Cheer up, folks. The weekend is here! Some vague and fading corner of memory tells me that’s a happy time.


Comment from Timbotoo
Time: June 5, 2020, 8:58 pm

Any seats available on the next flight?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 5, 2020, 9:31 pm

To Britain? Happening here too, mate. Though lots of confused Brits can’t understand why.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: June 5, 2020, 9:40 pm

Cheer up? I’ll give you cheer. I’M RETIRED! First day of the new adventure!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 5, 2020, 11:12 pm

Social media? Pfui. I suppose the term stretches to include article and comment places such as sweasel.com or iotwreport.com so I can’t say I don’t commit any media socialism at all, but I’m quietly proud that I’ve never had accounts at fecebook (or its failed predecessors), nor twatter. We technogeeks saw early on the truth to what is now an adage: If you are getting a service free of charge, the service is NOT the product. Rather, YOU and your demo/activity data are the product, and you are for sale to the highest bidder.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: June 6, 2020, 12:20 am

I would posit that is not necessarily true for Linux, Uncle Al.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 6, 2020, 1:14 am

Hooray for DurnedYankee. Retirement is like singing “School’s out FOREVER.”

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: June 6, 2020, 2:08 am

@Mark Matis — Quite right about Linux, but I will point out I was specifically writing about services.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 6, 2020, 2:21 am

Congratulations DurnYankee! I think you will enjoy it. There are so many little perks – like say you stumble upon a really good movie at 11 p.m. Well, you can stay up and watch it, because, wait for it: You don’t have to get up in the morning at any particular time! Plus, if you decide to, you can have a nap anytime you want!

Or, you can stay up all night, just sipping whiskey and looking at the moon. You’re Freeeeeeeee!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 6, 2020, 10:12 am

I caught myself yesterday setting my coffee on the ‘work desk’ that hasn’t been boxed up yet and starting to pull the chair out to ‘start the day’.

Instead I called my retired re-enactor buddy (age 70) and us two old guys finished setting my shed on 2×6’s and building the frame for the little porch by the door in the 90+ degree heat.

And we had a blast, and quit when the temperature hit the 94 mark, and didn’t have to splain nothing to no one, and plotted our next adventure. From fixing up WWII British Army camp stoves, making wooden COMPO ration boxes, to doing a little ‘community’ good, and sipping scotch.

The whole day was great, realizing I could drive east to see kin (no, they live in idiotland and are locked down) or planning to go camping with son #3 or, etc, etc, etc.

Child Bride Mrs D however, must remain behind in all these adventures. She has to work to keep me living in the manner to which I have come to accustomed.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 6, 2020, 11:15 am

Congratulations, DurnedYankee! I think I envy you, but I’m not sure. The freedom beckons but now and again I still get a slight flicker of enjoyment out of work and that makes me wonder how much I would miss it.

It may not ever be an option for me, in any case, for financial reasons, so I’ve reached a compromise where I do less work and grumble more about the consequent lack of money.

Her Stoatliness (also a victim of cradle snatching) has an age to go yet before she can retire. She’s furloughed so that means she’s being paid to sit in the garden, playing the banjo and keeping the chickens company.

Good luck with your life of leisure and let us know how it unfolds. Don’t think of it as gloating – more like acting as a scout in a strange new and beguiling territory.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: June 6, 2020, 3:48 pm

I’ve quit twitter for the third (and hopefully final) time. I’m about ready to quit facebook. And I’ve thought about deleting all of the news bookmarks on my browser and unsubscribing to any “screaming head” channels I may have unwisely subscribed to.

I think I need a digital detox. I’m constantly irritable, restless, and unhappy with anything I’m doing and everything that is going on around me. *sigh*

I need to find a hobby that doesn’t involve computers and just persue that hobby for the next month … or six.

60yo, retired, and still wound like a spring is no way to go through life, son.

Comment from BJM
Time: June 6, 2020, 4:01 pm

@Durned Ain’t sleeping in grand? You won’t of course because you have stuff to do, but it’s your stuff and if it doesn’t get completed right away, no big deal (other than the Honey Do list).

Laff of the day (but it’s early)

Looks The civil unrest has reached Canada.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 7, 2020, 12:47 am

Thank you all. Uncle B I was apprehensive about it, but now that it’s done I feel loads better mentally.

I’ve gotten so crazy tomorrow I’m going to pack up 40+ years worth of Programming manuals and such and put them on the curb. Which is harder to do than it might sound, but I’m determined from where the sun now stands I will sling code no more forever.

Long ago in another time I said I wanted to be a carpenter, and as the Pat (or am I Mike? Well, I’m one or the other) in the Pat & Mike Box Company, I might be able to do that.

BJM – the Durned Pack doesn’t sleep in. We’re just not wired that way 🙂 But it’s GRAND to know I COULD if I wanted!
And thanks again for the pickled egg recipe! Super good!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 7, 2020, 5:01 pm

Javman sleeps in now since he retired—sometime all the way to 6 a.m. 🙂

I brought JavaMan home from the hospital yesterday, after 12 days. His gall bladder turned ugly—sent out a gall stone to block a duct at his pancreas—and he developed pancreatitis. He’s had all the finest drugs to ease pain, and the hallucinations to prove it. But no more gall bladder now, and no complications.

But he can’t eat anything hot; wants all cold foods.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 7, 2020, 6:04 pm

What a time to be in the hospital, Deborah HH. Give him our best. And save some of the good drugs for me!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: June 7, 2020, 6:59 pm

The Covid-19 patients were on the top floor of the hospital, behind two sets of double doors (that I could see) and with their own elevators. JavaMan’s room was also on the top floor, at the other end.

He was in their mid-care section—not sick enough for critical care, but too sick for general med/surg. Only one guest a day was allowed in to see a patient. I didn’t know this, and went out to move my car and the guard dog on the entry desk wasn’t going to let me back in. I pleaded ignorance, groveled, apologized over and over again, and explained that I was from out-of-town and it was our first day in the hospital; he’d arrived by ambulance and I was still parked in the emergency parking area. Finally she let me back in.

ALL staff wore masks at all times. Visitors were given masks to wear, and I wore mine if I left his room, but not while I was in the room with him. I also washed my hands so often that my cuticles and finger pads cracked. Dispensers of sanitizer were stationed everywhere.

And I used my neti pot every day, with a double-strong saline mix.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: June 8, 2020, 1:33 am

Congrats Durnedyankee! I am but a mere 63 days behind you! I dropped some hours and changed my work days at the start of this pandemic nonsense so I like to say that I am semi-retired. Hubby is fully furloughed with most likely little chance of returning to work before his scheduled retirement date of Aug 7.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: June 8, 2020, 1:59 pm

Deborah HH – We hope Javaman heals up fast! I can understand wanting ‘cold’ food in this weather.

Anybody who’s up with the ‘chickens’ at dawn is all right by me!

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