nano2015, nanowrimo2015

Joining the madness again

(In other words, I'm participating in NaNoWriMo, for the fifth time since 2008.)


I even made a cover of sorts. I still have a couple of days to figure out the rest of my plot. I'm deliberately not driving myself crazy trying to follow all the plot templates at once, this time, or even worrying too much about whether my viewpoint character is a sufficiently proactive protagonist; I just want to be writing again, after a hiatus of more than a year.

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Photography

More fractaling

This one I found all by myself. I'm very pleased with this family of parameters -- it feels like a real landscape that you can walk around in, albeit at the risk of crunching tiny skeletal critters underfoot. The sky is from my own photo of a Tucson evening.




Beach shelter -- after the storm
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pansy

Something new

I just joined DeviantArt. Not that I really feel entitled to call myself an artist when the computer does most of the work, but lately I've been having a lot of fun generating fractal imagery, and I wanted somewhere to share it that's less grudgingly accepting of such things than Flickr.




Purple Mountains
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astronomy2, sdo

Kepler Mission Manager Update: K2 Has Been Approved! | NASA

Kepler Mission Manager Update: K2 Has Been Approved! | NASA

This is much happier news than my last Kepler post -- and a nice bit of scientific make-do-and-mend. With only two reaction wheels the spacecraft can't point at its original target field with enough stability to be useful, but the engineers figured out that they could stably point it at the ecliptic instead.