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The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 crossed the continent, from Oregon to South Carolina, and gave millions of people the chance to witness one of the most awe-inspiring events in the natural world.
Nik's photo of the August 21 eclipse, photographed from Glendo, Wyoming. The star, Regulus, is barely visible to the lower left of the solar corona.
But you had to be within the "path of totality", a narrow band across the earth's surface
several thousand miles long but only about 70 miles wide. Outside that band you would only see a partial eclipse, not a total eclipse.
And there is no such thing as a "partial total eclipse", despite the impression blogs and the news media might give.
I honestly think that's why so many people misunderstand the utter beauty of the spectacle; they may have seen a partial eclipse in the past that was total somewhere else, and even though they weren't in the path the news kept gushing about it being a total
eclipse, so they assume they must have seen a total eclipse and just didn't find it all that impressive.
Posted by Dan 08/29/2017, revised 09/06/2017
(Our kids have grown and are no longer posting blog stories here.
Below are some highlights from past posts.)
More Triathlons for Kim
Kim has moved to Chicago, where she works,
plays, and hangs out with assorted groups of art and theatre folks.
She began competing in triathlons about a year ago, and has taken to it quite seriously!
She finished fifth in her age group at the 2005
and second overall at the
2006 Elkhart Triathlon
Here are some photos and videos of her at the
2006 Napa Valley Triathlon
where she finished second in her age group.
Way to go, Kim!!
Posted by Dan 06/15/2006
Nik graduates from UTI
In December 2001, Nik graduated with honors from Universal Technical Institute
in Phoenix, Arizona, with a degree in Automotive and Truck Technology.
He made the Director's Honor List 13 times and was named Student of the
three times. His final GPA was 3.95.
Nik now works for a boat repair shop on the SF-Bay waterfront in Alameda.
He performs maintenance and repairs on all manner of recreational watercraft,
including fishing, power and sailboats.
Posted by Dan 01/07/2002
I'm here. I made it. And I'm sweating.
Warm showers are a thing of the past for me. Cold cold cold. I have to get used to being sticky all the time, but aside from that, Townsville is great. The town is really spread out, so things aren't quite as accessible as I'm used to. But the tropical trees and wildlife are pretty cool, and the campus is really pretty. The layout is not gridlike at all, it's just kind of buildings in pods, with little walkways all over, passing through covers of palm trees that sing with all the different tropical birds sitting above.
I THINK I've found a place to live. I'm waiting to hear back, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It's an amazing house about as close to campus as you can get. For now I'm "couchsurfing" in a house with 3 postgrads that save geckos from under their car 'bonnets.' It's great.
I'll try to keep these posts short. So I'm going to stop here. I could ramble on for days, but until I figure out how I want to do these posts, I will just keep things basic.
So in summary, "I'm here. I like it. It's hot."
Posted by Whitney 02/25/2008, revised 02/25/2008