Saturday, September 29, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
If you don't have a telescope, be sure to head outside anyway. In fact, if you are into stargazing at all, and can find the Northern Cross in the Northern Hemisphere, or the Sagitarius Teapot in the Southern Hemisphere, you can contribute to an interesting science project examining the extent of light pollution around the world. Here is a Web page giving an overview of the project.
Here is where you can find out the details of how you can participate any time between October 1 and 15. I think I'll try it in my back yard in Hato and also maybe head out to Boca Onima or some other dark site and see if I can see more stars. Even if you live in a city or some other spot with lots of ambient light, your observations will still provide valuable information.
If any of you do this, how about commenting on this post with your location and results. Thanks.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The old office and studios were on the middle floor of a three story building that they shared with some rather noisy commercial tenants, like a laundry. The team in the DR often had to come in at all sorts of weird hours in search of peace and quiet to record their radio programs. The new facility is in a converted single family house, which should be much quieter. From left to right in the above photo, you can see Georgina Thompson, the director of RTM-DR, Joe Barker and Ivan Statia-from Bonaire, and Helmut Menzel-TWR's globetrotting design engineer.
They had two weeks to convert the house into an office and studio complex as well as completely move every last computer, document, microphone and paper clip from the old facility to the new one.
I the above photo, we see Ivan and Joe working on the sound treatment for the walls of the new studio.
Check out that carpeting on that door. It appears that Joe and Ivan's previous career doing van conversions for hippies in the 70's was perfect preparation for radio studio construction. ha-ha If enough of you ask, I'll post of picture of Ivan from that era.
Here the control room of the studio is beginning to take on a recognisable form. I hope that air conditioner unit is quiet. The old studio had a fan in it that we could sometimes hear in the background on some of the programs the produced for us to air on Bonaire. I could remove the noise with Adobe Audition, but a quiet room is always better, of course.
Hooray, it's moving day. The TWR staff, contractors, and volunteers were able to complete the two week project on time. Thank you, Georgina, for sending us these pictures.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Then, to make things even more interesting, Donna Gassert and the Frankes have been ordering from the China Nobo five Guilder takeout menu for lunch each week. Most of the rest of us, recognising a good thing when we see and smell it, have joined in. The food is quite tasty, and the price can't be beat.
Coincidentally, I recently received an email from the Bonaire Insider, alerting me to the fact that the China Nobo now has a Web site. You can check it out here. There is some historical information, some details about the food, an online menu, and downloadable versions too. There is even a place for making dinner reservations online!
Monday, September 17, 2007
There were a few of these cacti with fallen Shimarukus stuck on them. It looks like some nimble birds must have eaten some of the ones on this cactus.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The highlight of this week's ride was the bumper crop of fruit on the West Indian Cherry or Shimaruku trees in the park. We had a Shimaruku tree in our yard when we lived on Kaya Rotterdam, so the sweet Shimaruku smell brought back pleasant memories as I pedaled along.
My tree book says that three Shimaruku cherries contain as much vitamin C as an Orange! I encountered a number of Bonairian families parked along the sides of the road and enjoying the harvest. Birds and lizards like the Shimarukus too.
The flights leave Atlanta at 10am and arrive here at 3:20pm. The flight back to Atlanta leaves Bonaire at 4:15pm and arrives in Atlanta at 7:45pm. I checked online and found that the round trip fares for the last two weeks of February were $407 including the various taxes and fees, which seems pretty good to me.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
A panoramic version of this scene can be found here.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Here is a link to my favorite meteor photo. The meteor isn't very bright, but the overall effect is wonderful. Ginger Mayfield's images are amazing and a real inspiration to me.
So this article on space dot com about measuring the thickness of meteor trails caught my eye. It turns out that they are pretty thin.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Fortunately Scuba Divers know how to spell Bonaire, and how to get here. The September issue of Sport Diver magazine has a six page article on diving and dining on Bonaire. The Bonaire Insider web site has a link to a downloadable PDF version of the whole article!
We don't eat out much, so I think I'll save this story and consult it if anyone ever asks me for recomendations. :)
Sunday, September 02, 2007
The chart shows elevation vs. distance. For those of you who are into Miles and Feet, the ride was 38.95 miles. It took three hours and 28 minutes. That's pretty slow, but I think of this ride as more of a survival thing than a race, due to the roughness of the Washington Park roads and the summer heat here on Bonaire. Race pace (for me) on this route would be about three hours.
The Washington Park loop part of the ride was 29.4 kilometers.
We had a staff dinner party with Tim Klingbeil at the office on Wednesday evening. On the left side of the picture, you can see Cees and Clary Bijl, who have just arrived from Canada, to join us for three months as volunteers.
Tim Klingbeil was with on when we joined the Cary, NC office staff meeting on Thursday morning. It was an interesting experience for him, since he is often on the other side of the camera at these meetings. The highlight of Thursday's meeting was an auction of no-longer-needed office plants to raise money for the Americas region Poster Antenna Project. (I'll have to fill you in on poster antennas soon.)
We were able to participate in the auction through our Skype connection, but shipping the plants to Bonaire would have been a bear. So a number of the Bonaire staff members successfully bid on plants to be placed in Tim Klingbeil's North Carolina office. You can see the results in the above Carol Witthun photo. Tim retaliated by winning the auction for a plant and designating it for a co-workers' office.