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Old 12-20-2010, 10:36 PM   #4216
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I'm getting sleepy so I think I'll go to bed for tonight and wait to see the next full eclipse of the moon.
Bud, it may be a loooong time to see another eclipse like this one, something like 600 years or so from what I understand.

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Bud, it may be a loooong time to see another eclipse like this one, something like 600 years or so from what I understand.
It might be awhile before the next one falls on the winter solstice, but there are eclipses of the moon relatively frequently - at least in astronomical terms.

This one just happens to have everything going for it, what with the dark December night, it is high in the sky so everyone gets to see it, and it's a good full eclipse. Oh well, maybe next time.
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Bud, it may be a loooong time to see another eclipse like this one, something like 600 years or so from what I understand.
OH CRAP!
I thought it was every 460 years.
I don't plan on going anywhere anytime soon but 600 may be stretching it.
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I was only 5 during the last eclipse like this, 350 years ago. But I remember it like it was yesterday.

I'll have to look around for those pictures.
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I was only 5 during the last eclipse like this, 350 years ago. But I remember it like it was yesterday.

I'll have to look around for those pictures.
....and you told me you were only 39...can't trust anyone these days!
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June 15 and December 10, 2011 will give you another chance to catch a lunar eclipse. Do you think you'll make it that far?
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set the alarm here for 2:30 am and it was hazy but viewable, by 3 sky was clear and in full eclipse what an excellent color just like news picks.
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Well for crying out loud, I am surprised that I can even put my clothes on right, the way I get things mixed up. The reason that eclipse was rare was it fell on the first day of winter and won't happen again for a long time. Sorry gang, I got a few cogs missing, but you already know that.
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set the alarm here for 2:30 am and it was hazy but viewable, by 3 sky was clear and in full eclipse what an excellent color just like news picks.
I don't suppose you managed to shoot a pic or two of the moon in full eclipse, did you?
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Keith, when I saw your first posting about LED's at the "House of Pot" I too decided to check it out. I bought a 9W bulb meant to replace a standard light bulb and put it in our bedside lamp. I'm impressed with it overall. Its very bright, and warmer (describing the light, not the temperature) than I expected it to be. Its still a little cooler white than an incandescent, but its defiantly acceptable. My wife chewed me a good one though, for buying an $18 light bulb! The only drawback I noticed was that all of the light seemed to come out of one end of the bulb making it more of a soft-spot than a standard light bulb. The ceiling above my lamp is now VERY bright. But all-in-all I like it.

I've been waiting for this technology for the home awhile. We've been using LED fixtures for production lighting for even longer. At our church, we've been using several different LED fixtures to replace our color-changing fixtures steadily replacing older lights for a few years now. The costs keep coming down, albeit quality fixtures still cost around a $1,000. Note that I said quality. I've played with some little $150 fixtures that were pretty much junk. We're also talking about color-changing fixtures. These lights have a set of Red, Green, and Blue LED's and when mixed in combination can create virtually any color imaginable. White light is still a challenge with LED's, but it keeps getting better.

An interesting upshot to to the LED's as that as we've retired more and more halogen fixtures (the only other real option for stage, since other lights can't be dimmed) is that the air conditioners don't have to work as hard to keep the room cool in the summer months. Not having to replace bulbs that are 30' up in the air adds a nice piece of convenience as well.
I'm wondering how long it will be until those two 900 amp dimmer panels in the electrical room will be obsolete?
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I expect that we will very shortly be seeing other light bulb manufacturers jump on the band wagon.

The Chinese - who seem to be able to get on to something new overnight - are getting into LED's with both feet it seems. Good thing too, as that will force other (non-Chinese) manufacturers to get in on the act.

I did some reading on a university website some time back, and they believe that there is an answer to the unidirectional lighting, it's just going to take time to implement in a big way.

I expect that within a year - two at most - that problem will be behind them. I don't know if they have tried something like fiber optics to change the direction of the light, or whether that would diminish the output too much.
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It looks as though I may be able to finish the laminate flooring at the top of the stairs today.

What with all the junk in the way I have been putting off doing it. But yesterday it all got cleaned out and it's ready to go. When it's done I'll get a pic or two up.
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The curved hallway to the guest room now has the flooring down.

Take it from both Bud & me that you NEVER want to do something like this. Use a flooring material that you can lay down flat, and not have to lift and then put into place.

It's that double sided curve which causes all the trouble. Once it's done, it doesn't look too bad...but for the effort I'm not sure it's worth it.
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Actually,

That looks really good Keith but,
I can see where it has "hassle" written all over it.
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That looks really good Keith but,
I can see where it has "hassle" written all over it.
I had a few other words in mind, but since this is the festive season, hassle will do just fine!

This was another dandy part by the door jamb.
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