| 01.26.2004 | O'Neill PanoramaA gallery of random shots from the month of January includes Knower's famous orange, a panoramic shot of O'Neill Regional Park, a few cool sunsets and some crazy surfers. Check it out.
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| 01.24.2004 | 2003 Ends, 2004 BeginsAfter all of the excitement on Mars pictures from Earth seems pretty bland, right? Nah, not really :) I worked up two more galleries while listening to the Opportunity Rover feed on NASA TV. Enjoy!
I picked up a new lens today (Canon 28-105 f/3.5-4.5 USM II). I debated long and hard between this and the 28-135 f/3.5-5.6 w/ image stabilization. (See them compared here.) I'll have pictures soon, of course :)
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| 01.21.2004 | Mars Color Follow-upA few more links re: What Color is Mars? from yesterday. Seems Barry wasn't alone in questioning the accuracy of color panoramas. Dr. Jim Bell) and JPL (Dr. Mark Adler).
An awesome quote from Dr. Bell summed it up:
Ultimately you are right that people will need the calibrated data to do the color balancing correctly. We are working on doing that and will eventually get all those images out to the public using the NASA/JPL "Planetary Image Atlas" web site. It will take several months or more to get the work done, however. In the meantime, we thought it would be best to get *something* out there, and so that's why we opted to get the raw data out fast, even though it's still raw. The team has taken some criticism for this within the planetary science community because not many past missions have adopted such an open-data policy.Right on! Back to Martian Soil for a little more reading before bed.
Let them whine, I say. People want and deserve to see the pictures as soon as we do.
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| 01.20.2004 | What Color is Mars?What started as a simple question and some interesting images on Martian Soil has turned into a fun ride down conspiracy lane! A few rational comments on color calibration of the pictures coming back from the Spirit Rover led me to do a little Googling and reading. Apparently the color of Mars, our reasons for exploring and other topics have been the subject of conspiracy theorists for years. Check out this sampling of links on a blue(r) Mars:
- Revealing the True Colors of NASA
- Viking and Pathfinder images showing blue skies
- Barry Kearns' true-color images
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| 01.17.2004 | Pink Pig! Pink Pig!A few more galleries today. First up is lunch at the Square in Marietta. We had Cuban, with Emma eating her first plantaine. Yummy! On Dec 29 (our 7th wedding anniversary) we went to the Pink Pig at Lenox Mall. This Atlanta tradition returned after a decade on hiatus. It was great to be able to take Emma.
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| 01.16.2004 | Toccoa After ChristmasThe day after Christmas we headed up to Toccoa for a few days to visit my grandfather and the rest of the crew. I've been lucky to know all of my grandparents, lots of my great aunts and uncles as well as more cousins than I can count.
- Emma plays with cousins Mary, Maggie, Rusty and Ben
- The family farm with Ruth and Forrest. Emma drives!
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| 01.08.2004 | It's Christmas All Over AgainThis was the first year that Emma kinda sorta (maybe) knew what was going on at Christmas. She had a blast opening presents. Of course, she was content for several hours after opening the first toy (her Strawberry Shortcake stroller and doll). Nevermind the others waiting for her under the tree :)
- Getting acquainted on our first day in Atlanta
- Christmas Eve, the Ledfords visit
- Christmas Day, presents galore and family photos
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| 01.07.2004 | The Flu - How Fun!Not. The entire Northcutt clan (west coast, anyway) has been battling the flu for the past two weeks. Marla and Emma both caught it while we were in Atlanta for the holidays. I left them there, giving them extra time to get feeling better and hoping I'd avoid the bug. I was not so lucky and have been suffering a 102 fever for the past few days.
Through fevered eyes, though, I was able to get a few new picture galleries posted. the sunset behind Marla and Emma. Fill-flash saves the day! And, of course, I have to mention how proud I am of my little engineer. Emma saw Marla putting batteries in the "laptop" and had to follow suit.