Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Caught On Film

er...CCD Image Sensor*

After the Monday Music Fest, here in the Treehouse dining room, I was packing up the equipment and someone exclaimed; “Oh look, there is the fox.”

I had been hearing about the fox and kits that had a den under the tool shed down by the turnaround, but no one had got a picture, yet.

The fox slipped behind some bushes near the patio so I slinked outside with the TZ3 in hand. By the time I reached the spot where the fox had been, it had vanished. Perhaps it ‘jumped over the lazy dog’.

I finally caught a glimpse of movement in the corner of my vision while I was photographing a rose. I quickly lifted the camera and snapped the shutter, but before I could take another, the fox had fled the scene.

*The CCD is a major technology for digital imaging. In a CCD image sensor, pixels are represented by p-doped MOS capacitors. These capacitors are biased above the threshold for inversion when image acquisition begins, allowing the conversion of incoming photons into electron charges at the semiconductor-oxide interface; the CCD is then used to read out these charges. (Source - Wikipedia)

Crazy Politicians Exposed
Excerpt from Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest

Ah, nothing like some good black helicopter fantasies out in Big Sky country.
It was a blood-boiler of a story, a menacing tale of government gone too far: The Environmental Protection Agency was spying on Midwestern farmers with the same aerial "drones" used to kill terrorists overseas.

This month, the idea has been repeated in TV segments, on multiple blogs and by at least four congressmen. The only trouble is, it isn't true.

It was never true. The EPA isn't using drone aircraft—in the Midwest or anywhere else.

And GOP Rep. Denny Rehberg got caught repeating this latest lunatic bullshit:

"The Obama Administration has, once again, stepped way over the line," Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) said in a news release. He was sending a letter to the EPA, responding to "reports" about drone use. "First they wanted to expand their authority to regulate water, and now they want to use air drones to spy on American citizens." (Source - Daily Kos)

Fire Near The Treehouse

A fire department spokesman stated that it was started by 3 kids playing with fire. It burned 20 acres of hillside by Clay street and Buckeye Terrace, (two streets not far from here).

Air support and fire fighting crews on the hillside had it stopped in an hour or so.

All three little fire-starters are under 10 years old and were released into their parents custody.

The parents may be held responsible for the cost of putting out the fire.

There were some very skilled pilots in a variety of firefighting aircraft.

The winds were from the north today. They blew the smoke away from the Treehouse and off toward the river. A few residents came outside to see what all the sirens and airplanes were about.

I joined them to watch the planes and helicopters flying around, above, and through the smoke.

Today’s Soothing Video;

On The Beach Of Dreams

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