Thursday, December 27, 2007

LIMA - Landsat Image Mosaic Of Antarctica

Yes, we are officially in the "International Polar Year". Here is a new web site that is fun to look at. You can zoom in and out, looking at all sorts of cool images. There are also some intereting research links. Check out the Antarctic Mysteries at this location:

"In support of the International Polar Year (IPY 2007-2008), LIMA brings the coldest continent on Earth alive in greater detail than ever before through this virtually cloudless, seamless, and high resolution satellite view of Antarctica. "
"The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), created LIMA from more than 1,000 Landsat ETM+ scenes."
"As the first major scientific outcome of the IPY, LIMA truly fulfills the IPY goals. LIMA is an international effort, supports current scientific polar research, encourages new projects, and helps the general public visualize Antarctica and changes happening to this southernmost environment. Researchers and the general public can download LIMA and all of the component Landsat scenes at no charge."

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Continuing House Plans

Last week when I was in Homer, I had a chance to meet with David (architect) and Paul (builder). We're moving forward pretty well with the house plans. We should have everything ready for blue prints by early March and then start construction in June.

Here is a preliminary drawing I printed out of the CAD program. It shows the front of the house (though I've already asked for a couple of changes :-). When I get the next update, I'll post a floor plan. But basically 2 guest rooms and a bath on the left, then the living room/kitchen and then the master suite on the right.

The basement will only be under the main part of the house, and will have the cistern, furnance, etc., and some room at the very front for some exercise equipment. Plus a couple of windows.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Is it sunrise or sunset?

Up here this time of year, they both run together. The sun doesn't come up over the horizon, but we're getting some beautiful sunrise/sets.

Here is a picture taken 12/1/07. One of the guys down at ERA took it and e-mailed it to Skip who forwarded it to me. This is looking south out over the runway.