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Things Are Good: Solar Sales Soaring Sixfold

Bloomberg is reporting that they anticipate a sixfold increase in star capacity thanks to the efficiency of a having a naturally-occuring ball of fire in our solar system. The sun is an abundant resource which shines its rays on us and now we have the industrial means to convert the sun’s rays into a powerful […]

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Things Are Good: What’s The Best Sunscreen To Use?

In the northern half of the planet summer has started and people are feeling the burn. There’s no need to feel the burn if you practice good sun safety though. Umbrellas are an option to shade your skin as are other fashion accessories. Although sunscreen is perhaps the most convent form of sun protection when […]

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Scott's DiaTribes: Going to be a long 4 years (for Conservative supporters)

You might have caught a while back that interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose promised her party would use a “new tone” now that they were in opposition, implying the nasty personal smear attacks were a thing of the past.

Apparently, Conservative MP Candice Bergen didn’t get that memo when she posted this to Twitter last . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Going to be a long 4 years (for Conservative supporters)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Partial Solar Eclipse

The partial clouds ruined the partial eclipse viewing, but I caught a few fleeting seconds here and there with a small crowd of astronomers from the RASC at the Science Centre.

A kind astronomer gave me a pair of these glasses:

I’ve been trying to take daily photos of the . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Partial Solar Eclipse

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar Power for all Saskatchewan households

A recent poll has shown that nuclear power doesn’t have majority support in Saskatchewan, and I think that’s fine. My own family has mixed attitudes toward it. My parents, who own 17 solar panels, wouldn’t mind seeing nuclear power in Saskatchewan, while I oppose the waste-producing nuclear technology available today.

A 2010 study by the . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Solar Power for all Saskatchewan households

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sunspot AR1944 Blasting Earth #skstorm

I hope our electrical grids are prepared, as there is a risk of overloading from an event like this.

-The Sun Wednesday afternoon, from Regina. Canon S5IS on tripod with welding filter held in place to sufficiently darken the Sun for the camera’s sensor. 48X digital magnification.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Shoplifter busted ; Sundog ; Bugs

A shoplifter stealing hair dye among other things was nabbed at the Extra Foods at Golden Mile. 2 cop cars. Ladies, dyeing your hair is a gateway to a life of crime.

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I saw a huge sundog a couple days ago south of Moose Jaw. It had a secondary rainbow to the west of . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Shoplifter busted ; Sundog ; Bugs

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wood Mountain Folk Fest 2013

Beautiful weather, and beautiful music.

There’s presently no planned music festival in Wood Mountain for 2014, but I hope that changes.

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Things Are Good: Cheap and Easy Ways to Keep Cool Without Air Conditioning

I’m one of those people that can’t handle unrelenting heat and so I’m always looking for ways to stay cool. I’m also one of those people who doesn’t like air conditioning (for reasons beyond the obvious power consumption), as a result I love tips on how to make your home cooler in easy ways.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Aurora in Wood Mountain

One of the advantages to small-town Saskatchewan, is that it’s easier to escape light pollution than it is in a city like Regina. I was fortunate to be out of the city on June 29th in the very early morning, so have many fantastic aurora (Northern Lights) photos and animations to share. A south pointing . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Aurora in Wood Mountain

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dark Sky Preserve at Wood Mountain

I found a new way to appreciate my home town through the eyes of astronomers this weekend. Also, I used the astronomers’ telescopes, which is a great way to look from their perspective on the universe. Wood Mountain is the gateway to the East Block of the Grasslands National Park which is designated as . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Dark Sky Preserve at Wood Mountain

Things Are Good: A Solar Structure That Cools in the Sun

Keeping buildings cool in the summer is hard enough as it is and we have access to air conditioning technologies. Now, there’s a better way to keep buildings, cars, and whatnot thanks to some research out of Stanford University. Their new approach to cooling entire structures doesn’t require electricity and means that air conditioners won’t . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: A Solar Structure That Cools in the Sun

LeDaro: Sun still exists

It has been over a week that we have not seen the sun in the Maritimes compliments of Sandy. Days were quite dark and nights a little darker. Today we saw the sun again. It is still playing ‘hide and seek’ but it is encouraging to know that it is still there.

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Things Are Good: Natural Sunblock: Beards

Above is an excellent example of beautiful facial hair that does a good job of blocking the sun. That’s right, for those of you who can grow beards – you should. Not only do beards look good they also can serve as sunblock.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Photos of Gravelbourg, Fir Mountain, and Wood Mountain

Here’s a sampling of why you’d want to take a drive south of Moose Jaw sometime. I left Wood Mountain on Sunday afternoon

Drove by Fir Mountain not too long later.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: North Sky from Regina

– Last night during the thunderstorm.

– A few months ago when everyone in Regina got those great mammatus cloud photos.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Sunset

This is the sunset a few evenings ago, through a #12 welding filter plate.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: X-Flare from Large Sunspot #skstorm

The probability of nifty northern lights in a couple nights from now, is significant.

I happened to be out taking a photo of the very large sunspot facing Earth, since I noticed it was getting some press on my 3D Sun app on my phone. The welding filter I used for the Venus transit came . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: X-Flare from Large Sunspot #skstorm

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Transit of Venus from Saskatchewan

The last chance for humans alive today to witness a transit of the planet Venus (directly from Earth), happens in a little over one hour from now. There are 7 hours after that to catch the event on the Internet or from other positions on the planet. What you need to know right now:

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: I’m freaking out! I’ve just learned the earth will be destroyed by the sun. Is it true?

You can relax. I don’t know where you got your information, but our best scientists don’t currently think the earth will be destroyed by the sun. In about 4-5 billion years, our sun will enter the red giant phase of … Continue reading →

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From Orangutan: Dear Twitter Humans and Other Strangers,

I am happy to announce that I am now on the human social network known as the Twitter, which incidentally is celebrating its 6th birthday (over 2000 sunrises and sunsets) today! I would very much like if you followed me here: @fromorangutan. This might just be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. . . . → Read More: From Orangutan: Dear Twitter Humans and Other Strangers,