2015B Day 1: Cloudy Days

It’s been really cloudy the last 48 hours.

Totally socked in at sunrise

There have been no vizcachas at the clean room. I found a couple on the north side of the telescope this morning though.

Can you see the vizcacha?

The clouds were still around after sunset.

Still cloudy at night.

Laird and Katie made it! Laird lost some luggage, and they’re both tired after a hectic trip, but otherwise safe and sound.

Last night we heard about bourbon and scotch. Tonight Ke$ha discusses the contents of her water bottle, though she does not specify exactly what type of whiskey it is.

2015B Day 0: Configuration

I spent my whole day working on computers — hard drive partitions and RAIDs and RAM. So I don’t have much to talk about.

There is a new power line going in just west of the road to the 100 inch. I’m not sure, but my best guess is that it has something to do with the GSMT. Today they were hard at work stringing cables.

Workers up on the new power poles.
The powerline runs off towards the 100 inch.

Laird and Katie are on their way. They’ve made it as far as DFW.

Big news: Laird has an iphone! After the 7+ years that I’ve known him, he finally has a cell phone. He checks it about every 30 seconds, so I don’t know how he survived without it.

Been fairly cloudy since I got here. Nothing to close the dome over, but not much fun for the M2FS and Fire users.

Been crappy weather the last 48 hours or so.

Since yesterday’s song was about Kentucky, with a Bourbon county connection, tonight’s song is about — what else — Bourbon.

2015B Day -1: Back On The Hill

We’re back.

A familiar view

Actually I’ve been back since yesterday, but after a long stressful trip with lots of delays and lost luggage I didn’t get around to a post yesterday.

Our stuff is right where we left it.

All of our stuff turned on and is working great. I did find a failed hard disk, but the RAID is already synched. Our new data storage computer survived shipping too, and booted right up.

It’s the one in the middle with the most lights.

LAN decided that I could wait a day for my luggage. They fixed it quick though, and thanks to the El Pino crew it came today by dinner.

Look at the extra “rush” tags.

There are new observer cars. They only have 2 pedals. At least they didn’t color coordinate the license plates.

City kids.

Look at these morons:

We meet again.
It’s like I never left.

I thought that an advance trip by El Jefe, complete with blog posts complaining about the internet, would have squared things away. But alas, connections seem to be spotty.

Now on to the real business. It was Katie’s turn to set the song of the day rules, and this should be fun.. It seems I need to start us on what promises to be an epic journey.

On August 3, 1809, my Great^5 grandfather Enoch Males married Nancy Thomas in Bourbon County, Kentucky. They then promptly lit a shuck for Indiana. I’ve been watching a lot of the show “Justified” lately — if you’re familiar, Bourbon isn’t quite as “in the hills” as Harlan. Just the same, judging by this song I’m glad Enoch and Nancy didn’t stick around.

For old time’s sake, here’s another version to listen to while you ponder the hidden messages about the MagAO life.

2015B Blog Rules

2015B is upon us. I’m getting ready to leave in a couple days. My parents drove down from NM for a visit since I won’t be seeing them at any of the upcoming holidays. We hiked to the top of Blackett’s Ridge — a 1700-foot elevation gain — and it was a beautiful day:

Saw this cool lizard up there.

Here are my parents, my brother, and myself.

A nice way to enjoy fall in Tucson before the summer run in LCO!

Blog Rules:
1. Every post of the day must have a song of the day.
2. If the post of the day is the first one for 2015B, the song of the day is at the poster’s discretion.
3. If the post of the day is not the first post of the day for 2015B, the song of the day for post N must be related somehow to the song from day N-1.
3.1. The connection must be clearly stated.
4. Any other covers, etc. are allowed, just be clear about which song is the official song of the day.

That’s all folks.