Way..... Out there !

Way..... Out there !
Deepest, most colorful Hubble image yet of our universe. Click for info.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Most Bizarre Annual Meeting — Ever!

The meeting came off just as described in my earlier post. But, unlike most annual meetings, we actually had a quorum the first time around (40 warm bodies plus maybe a dozen proxies), thanks to a concerted effort by a few dedicated neighbors to contact people and urge them to show up.

Not sure I want to try to summarize all the often-vigorous discussions that took place, but there were two main themes: (1.) Our board of directors discovered (again thanks to the efforts of a concerned neighbor) that they actually have very little power to force things on their neighbors; and (2.) The community decided to ignore the legal niceties and just proceed as in the past on the basis of goodwill and a general feeling of community. We passed a budget that will suffice to finish the entrance landscaping and pay the basic bills. And then everybody scooted out into the chill winter night.

I do have copies of both the final landscape plan for the entrance and a two-page summary of some legal points distributed by the president at the meeting. I will send you a copy of either or both if you are a Hallmark Woods resident; just email me at: joludwigson (at) verizon (dot) net [email link also in profile on the right].

Wonders will never cease!

John L.

[This post revised and expanded on 31 January 2009.]

Saturday, January 3, 2009

International Year of Astronomy — 2009

    If you've checked out the southwestern sky recently, you know what a treat the universe can offer to those who look up. Now, in 2009, the worldwide astronomical community is hoping to engage everyone in appreciation of  the wonders that surround us.  From the U.S. website:

In the year 2009, the world will celebrate the International Year of Astronomy as it commemorates the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s use of a telescope to study the skies, and Kepler’s publication of Astronomia Nova. 2009 is also the anniversary of many other historic events in science, including Huygen’s 1659 publication of Systema Saturnium.This will be modern astronomy’s quadricentennial, and the 2009 Year of Astronomy will be an international celebration of numerous astronomical and scientific milestones. Events are still being planned, and you are invited to tell us how you want to celebrate. This page is a product of the U.S. 2009 IYA team, and we want to help you make 2009 a year long celebration to remember.

   For good company in visiting the night sky, you might check out the National Capital Astronomers who offer many public programs, some of the armchair variety, and some of the outside-in-the-cold staring through telescopes kind. 

As Jack Horkheimer always says, "Keep on looking up!" 

John L.