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2024/04/14 Electronics Flea Market
π 2024-04-14 01:01 in Computers, Public
I hadn't been able to go in a few years, glad to be back and find other electronics, batteries and other stuff I might or might not need, but looked enticing :) (I ended up finding a bunch of lithium battery packs for a good price, that will work for my burning man bike, and maybe LED outfit as a backup source of power, I may even be able to use them to power my laptop)










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2024/04/12 San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden and Botanical Garden
π 2024-04-12 01:01 in Ntrips, Public, Texas
The Japanese Garden was nice to visit in the morning


Err, Chinese and Japanese are different!
Err, Chinese and Japanese are different!





Next door, the botanical garden was quite enjoyable and had some bird houses and bird watching:



first time I see a cardinal!
first time I see a cardinal!












I found another very cool bird with an unusual song:

2024/04/08 Texas Eclipse
π 2024-04-08 01:01 in Outings, Public, Texas
The Texas Eclipse Festival did not end as planned, organizers cancelled the event for weather risk reasons, although in the end the weather was so much better than forecast (forecast said we'd never see the sun at all and it would rain).
When I heard about the cancellation on a thread fo bar one of my 2 cell phones,while barely awake, I managed to tear up camp and start driving out in just 15mn and got out of the festival in just over 45mn, before traffic got really bad. I then realized I had just enough time to drive my friend Marc Antoine's ranch 50mn away, and the fact that 2 lane roads in TX have 70mph speed limits, sure helped. I got to his place 30mn before totality.

It did not rain, and the sun came out just at the right time for the eclipse and went hiding in the clouds soon after. Timing was perfect. And I happened to capture some solar flares and mercury with my not so great handheld camera, so I'm happy :)

When I got out of the festival, partial eclipse hadn't started yet, but the sun was barely visible
When I got out of the festival, partial eclipse hadn't started yet, but the sun was barely visible

Marc sent me the GPS location of his ranch, and GPS said I could barely make it and thankfully the roads were near empty
Marc sent me the GPS location of his ranch, and GPS said I could barely make it and thankfully the roads were near empty

I pulled over a few times when the sun was visible for barely a minute
I pulled over a few times when the sun was visible for barely a minute

Most of the time, it was fully overcast, as per the forecast
Most of the time, it was fully overcast, as per the forecast

but the sun came back out a few times
but the sun came back out a few times





And in barely 50mn I made it to Marc's ranch and got to meet his family. We had just seen one another 2 weeks prior at beyond wonderland


all ready
all ready

fun thing is you can see a partial eclipse without glasses
fun thing is you can see a partial eclipse without glasses

getting there, so close
getting there, so close

and yes!
and yes!

even a decent shot frmo my cell
even a decent shot frmo my cell

it got dark :)
it got dark :)

I caught some sun flares on this one
I caught some sun flares on this one

on lower right, I think I you can see mercury. Einstein used it the lensing effect of gravity in his theory of general relativity
on lower right, I think I you can see mercury. Einstein used it the lensing effect of gravity in his theory of general relativity

my best lucky shot!
my best lucky shot!

and way too soon, it was over already :)
and way too soon, it was over already :)

and the sun soon went to hide under clouds again, perfect timing!
and the sun soon went to hide under clouds again, perfect timing!

The eclipse festival didn't end well, but the eclipse itself went way beyond expectations!

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2024/04/05 Seeing Android Jones' Samskara Again At Texas Eclipse Festival, This Time
π 2024-04-05 01:01 in Bm, Public
I remembered Samskara from having seen it in 2016 at Red Lighting's Dome at Burning Man and it was very cool to see it again 8 years later at Texas Festival Eclipse. Still a wonderful visual display:












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