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Running... Again?

  If you know me you know there was a time about 10 years ago or so where I was running. A lot. At least 5 days a week and at least 5 miles a run. I wasn’t training, I wasn’t preparing for a race or a marathon. I just found myself enjoying the time spent running. I wasn’t obsessed with numbers, but I kept track of them all and liked seeing improvements in time and distances. It was good physical health and mental health. Then I tweaked my knee. Not bad enough that I couldn’t walk on it, just a tweak that told me I needed to back off of running for a little bit. So I decided on 2 weeks. At the end of 2 weeks I aborted a run very early as the pain was still there. 2 weeks became 3, became a month, became 5 years. 

The Coming Storm

I came across  this  MacWorld  article about HDR time-lapse photography (or is that videography?) the other day, which inspired me to give time-lapse another go. I wanted to capture sunset to sunrise, ideally, so I could catch the motion of stars. I know it's the rotation of the Earth, but it sure doesn't look like that in the video. Anyway, I happen to live in an area which gets pretty dark and I have no problem seeing stars at night, so I figured it would work out. Well the first try I scouted out a spot on the top of a shed in the back yard to put the tripod and camera on, climbed up using the ladder, and even fashioned a Zip-Lock bag to keep the camera free from moisture. It wasn't going to rain, but we often get fog so just wanted to be safe. So using the excellent CHDK Canon hack I set my camera up, hit the shutter button and climb back down. I figured I'd be replacing batteries about every 4 hours to be safe, so it wasn't until about 9:00 when I realized I h

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