If my soul had transcended to the void, it would totally be like me to stop at the gate and say, “But we will go back.”
Last night after sundown I happened to be outside looking up at the waxing gibbous moon when I saw a satellite zipping near it in low earth orbit. And not far behind it another. And another – all spaced roughly 15 seconds (travel time, north to south) apart on the same orbit. They kept coming in what appeared to be an unbroken chain, and I could clearly see six to seven of them at a time. That’s an astonishingly dense satellite network, so it made me wonder if it was part of the astonishingly large LEO satellite network being built by Starlink.
Today I tried to confirm what satellites I could have been seeing, and it looks like there was indeed a Starlink train passing overhead at that time. The reason they were so close together is that Starlink satellites are launched 60 at a time in “trains” that gradually spread to the network’s operational altitude and separation. I must have spotted this one near the beginning of its transit of my location.
So that was very exciting, but I didn’t have equipment adequate to record it. Instead, here is a photo of a full moon I captured with a Nikon 7200 DX and 300mm lens last November:
I’d like to thank every organization with which I have ever had contact for emailing me in recent days with your Updates and Important Messages about the COVID-19 pandemic. I am glad that you made time to reach out to me while you are busy “closely monitoring developments with respect to COVID-19.“
I am inspired by the businesses that have “implemented plans to ensure that we can continue to serve our customers.” To list just a few:
- A hotel I stayed at last year.
- The mail-order company I ordered a pipe fitting from 3 years ago.
- The law firm that I consulted while creating an LLC five years ago, but haven’t contacted since.
- The company that represents said LLC in Delaware, whose only job is to forward me a tax bill once a year.
- The self-storage facility I haven’t visited in six months.
Stores. Restaurants. Clubs, forums, online newsletters. Really, every organization – regardless of whether I have ever had any contact with you or even know what you do.
I can’t tell you how reassuring it is to read, over and over, that:
Our focus is always on the safety and well-being of our customers, employees, and suppliers. We will continue to share guidance and information as it becomes pertinent.
For those that have modified their functions, let me say that I could care less whether some of your employees are working from home. I am invariably rapt reading about the sanitation protocols you have implemented. Surely I am sleeping more soundly knowing how the college I attended twenty years ago has modified its services to current students; or knowing how a medical practice I haven’t visited in three years is handling scheduling of current patients.
These chocolate chip cookies are a so good that I honor them as payment for home repairs.
Yum … delicious, grey-market barter. Not dependent on fiat currencies, and beyond the reach of all but the most tyrannical governments. You can even have the recipe for free:
Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies (High Altitude Recipe)
- 1 C. + 2 T. unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 6 T. butter, melted
- 1/2 C. brown sugar
- 1/4 C. minus 1 T. white sugar
- 1 extra-large egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 C. chocolate chips
- 1/3 C. coconut
- 1/3 C. chopped, toasted pecans (optional)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Cool the melted butter slightly. Beat melted butter and sugars together.
- Add egg, yolk, and vanilla. Beat until blended.
- Add salt and baking soda, beat or mix well.
- Stir in flour by hand until just incorporated.
- Stir in chocolate chips, coconut, and pecans until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
- Form into balls 2 tablespoons each.
- Bake 12-15 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn golden.
- Let cool on baking sheets for about 10 minutes before removing.
Joseph and Thomas are both in this school photo. Can you find them?