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14 June 2002 @ 11:27 am
sun and water  
Mystery of the morning: how Leonard managed to levitate a large almost full cup of water off the desk and all over the carpet, when there was a minefield of papers, cups, and my elevated mousepad blocking any possible route. I'm sort of grateful, as if I was going to have 16 ounces of water dumped I'd rather it be on the carpet than my desk, but mystified.

APOD has a very cool picture of the sun sliding past the moon over the Golden Gate on Monday. I made a pinhole camera with the helpful suggestions of eyelessgame ( I knew the theory but didn't know that aluminum foil makes for a better hole and the like) and went out to watch occasionally. The neatest part was an effect that I had heard of but never seen -- the dapple of sunlight on our front porch turned into a constellation of crescent moons, from the narrow beams of sunlight through the leaves. I got a couple of pictures, though the effect doesn't really come through.

I do wish I had had welder's glass -- people looking at it directly said that several sunspots were visible.
Alix (Tersa)tersa on June 17th, 2002 01:38 pm (UTC)
Water & cats & computers, oh my
I would highly recommend eschewing open glasses/cups around the computer, and investing in a few screwtop water bottles. Even if you don't get your computer, put enough water in the carpet and you're going to seriously damage any ability to get security deposit back.
Lauratavella on June 23rd, 2002 06:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Water & cats & computers, oh my
Yeah, don't want it mildewing or anything. Leonard's just weird about cups, though he's gotten over the knock things over phase right now.