Monthly Archives: March 2014

Mudcat!

I don’t play favorites with my nephews, but that doesn’t keep Dima from trying!
Mudcat
Thanks, Dima — you’re definitely da man!

Twins Gameday Graphics for 2014 Season

Sixth year for my tradition of posting various graphics to be used in the WGOM Twins’ game logs this season. These are available on top of pertinent graphics from previous seasons.

This list is under construction thanks to the new ballplayers and memes as the season progresses. First are the strikeout thumbnails for the new pitchers:

Ricky Nolasco:
nolasco K nolasco backwards K

Kyle Gibson:
gibson K gibson backwards K

Phil Hughes:
hughes K hughes backwards K

And various miscellaneous…
boo

SSST

fien

he who shall not be named

Vargas

25th Anniversary Vacation – Hawai’i: pt 4

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While at Kailua-Kona, one of my big plans was to take a tour to the summit of Mauna Kea to be among the observatories at sunset, and to spend some time viewing the stars while up there. Unfortunately, the night I had reserved months in advance was one of the few nights during the year that is cancelled due to bad weather. I had even been taking altitude medication in preparation for it. As Mo consoled me at the time, “Well, we’ll just have to come back again!”

We left Kona and drove along the northern half of the Hawai’i Belt Road, skirting around with Mauna Kea on our right the whole way. While we did stop at the Gemini Observatory operations building (in Hilo), that was as close as I got to that dream.

mauna kea
snow covered Mauna Kea peak

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25th Anniversary Vacation – Hawai’i: pt 3

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Early on Saturday morning we caught a flight with Hawaiian Airlines (that left ½ hour early!) to the big island. We arrived at Hilo, and spent the rest of the morning visiting Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii and the planetarium program there, where I was researching for my upcoming evening on the top of Mauna Kea.

We made the short drive to Volcano, HI to our home for the next couple days, Aloha Junction B&B. It was great to find that we were only a couple minutes from the entrance to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. In turn, it was about ten minutes from the observatory at the edge of the active crater of the volcano. We spent some time watching the plume before heading back to the B&B, but it was so awesome, we went back again near midnight to see the orange glow of the lava on the rising cloud.

kilauea
Kilauea Volcano crater in daytime and (insert) at night

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