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If the moon were only 1 pixel [Link]

Most models of the solar system are not to scale.1Reasonable scales between planets tend to make the planets microscopic. Those that are, tend to be quite large. For example, I have visited the 1:2,200,000,000 scale model in Boise, Idaho. It has a sun with a diameter of only 0.5 m and a distance between the sun and Pluto 2.4 km. That’s a hike!

Another model in the northwest is in Eugene, Oregon, with a larger 1:1,000,000,000 scale. Its sun is 1.4 m making the distance between the sun and Pluto 5.9 km. To put things in perspective, the distance between the sun and Earth is 150 m, and the Earth is only 1.2 cm in diameter.2You can find info about other models on Wikipedia.

The website, If the moon were only 1 pixel, not surprisingly, accurately scales the solar system with the moon’s diameter being only one pixel on your screen. Prepare yourself for a lot of sideways scrolling — Pluto’s a lot of pixels away from the sun.


Hat tip: Farnam Street Brain Food No. 346.

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A decorated tree — 2019

We waited until Saturday evening to decorate our tree so all the kids could join in. And so did the dogs.

I don’t think we’ve ever decorated a tree this fast. Lights, angel, ribbon, and ornaments.

I love it!


Photo credit. Thanks to Ashley for taking the picture of Gilligan!

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Fetching the Christmas Tree — 2019

On Black Friday, we went and cut our Christmas trees. The sky was clear blue and it was a lot warmer than the cold night would have suggested. Certainly a lot warmer and dryer than last year.

As Ashley and Kevin joined us, we got two trees.1And rode in two cars. This was also the first time we’ve been joined by our granddogs, Mousse and Gilligan.

We went to the same place we’d been for the last few years.2The place we used to go before is closed this year, waiting for their trees to get a little bigger. Apparently, this place will be closed next year. As long as you wanted an 8-foot noble, the selection was great. In fact, I found a tree next to the car where we parked that would have been absolutely wonderful. But as everyone knows, the quality of the tree and the enjoyment of the hunt varies directly with distance walked in the search. So we literally walked all the way to the far side of the tree field and picked one on the perimeter. I think maybe it’s a hair over nine feet tall. And worth the hike. ;-)

Of course, we took the traditional family shots and the tree cutting shot. I tied the tree on top of the car, then Jamison and I got our traditional hot chocolates.


Photo credits. All photos except the one of Heather and Gilligan by Jamison.

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Gaming the Metrics

Gaming the Metrics. I wrote a post on my company’s blog. Go check it out!


For those that are interested, the answers to the quiz were 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 3, 1, 3, 3, 2, 4, 2, 4, 2, 3, 1, 3, 1, 2, 4. Like my high school’s song, this is information that will stick with me forever.

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Cannon Beach

Today, Suzi, Heather, Melissa, Jamison, Gilligan, and I visited Cannon Beach. Gilligan played fetch and swam the creek.1She’s so tired now that she almost needs help getting up on the couch. Poor puppy! Jamison flew his drone.2Maybe, pictures and/or videos to follow. We all walked to Haystack Rock and the Needles. And I took pictures.

At the Rock, I talked to a gentleman who claimed to have walked through the cave on the side of the rock many years ago. The tide was low enough today to make a quick exploration almost tempting. I also took my picture using the KGW8 live webcam. I’m the person on the far left.

Another great day on the Oregon coast!

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WFH w/ my associate

Today’s a work from home day. I expect to have lots of help from my associate, Gilligan.

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Dew Sunrise

Another vivid sunrise, faintly visible in the dew drops on the car roof.

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Light patterns

When the sun gets lower in the sky, it shines through the glass blocks onto the wall by the entryway.

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MAX color

A vivid sky greeted me at the MAX station this morning.

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Foggy MAX Station

An early foggy morning, I found myself at the MAX station, alone. Either I just missed the train or I forgot to adjust my watch for Pacific Standard Time.

Actually, I was early, but it was intentional. The first week after time changes is a great time to get up early. And fog is a great excuse to take pictures.