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Quick note: Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes will appear as Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon on tonight’s episode of Arrow. The characters, based on Killer Frost and Vibe, are members of the Flash supporting cast and will appear as regulars on that show if the CW picks it up as a series. See also the latest DC All-Access episode:

-- Kelson.

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Apr. 15th, 2014

The weekend was busy. Very busy.

Saturday, my wife and I volunteered for the Grilled Cheese Invitational. I helped with the box office, while she took tickets from those who'd bought them online. We ran into a number of folks that we rarely see, including many who now live in the Bay Area. Very nice. I had a bit of grilled cheese as well as a very tasty lobster bisque during the proceedings.

Later that evening, Noodle and axelicious stopped by, and we went out for Mongolian BBQ for dinner. Afterwards it was sit and chat. A very pleasant evening.

Sunday, we did some building of supports for the tomato plants, started repairs on some damage that brushette caused, and then went to Dungeonmaster for the chaos episode. Folks seemed to like the episode just fine; now to get down to review the sixth script...

Last night was first Seder for Passover, and we had a lovely time with it. I managed to get there just in time from work. Things were a bit chaotic as we used several resources for the prayers, songs, and readings, but it all worked out nicely. Food was wonderful, too.

Home, we stayed up to watch the lunar eclipse, at least until totality. It amazed me how the Moon looked so much more spherical than it does with the glare of reflected sunlight. It was definitely orange; it was also very amusing to realize that Mars was nearby as we watched. I'm convinced that we also saw a number of dim meteors at the same time, making it just about perfect. Lovely sight.

One of the nice things about a lunar eclipse is how accessible it is. You don’t need binoculars or a telescope (though it helps). You don’t need protective gear. You can see it from a city street with lights on. You don’t need to be in exactly the right spot to see it, since the viewing area is measured in multiple continents rather than a narrow track. And since it lasts longer than a solar eclipse, if the clouds roll in moments before totality (which they did), you can wait a few minutes and you might still be able to see something!

The last time a lunar eclipse was visible in our area, I woke up at ridiculous-o’clock in the morning and went out to watch, first across the street, then trying to find a clear view in the west before sunrise and moonset drowned everything out.

This time I just walked out into the front yard.

Lunar eclipse mosaic
Four stages of the eclipse. I’m not sure what the star next to the moon is. As Sam points out, the star is Spica. The phone line bisecting the second view looked interesting, so I went with that rather than an unobstructed shot. In retrospect, I should have tried to frame it to look like the Death Star trench.

My son is almost 3 1/2 now, just old enough to appreciate this sort of thing, so I spent the last few days talking it up. We went out to look at the full moon early in the evening. We read a kids’ book on stargazing that he likes. I showed him pictures of what to expect, and diagrams showing how an eclipse happens. He’s been wanting to play with a tent ever since I mentioned the phrase “camping stuff” a few days ago, so we found the tent in the garage and set it up in the front yard. He had as much fun playing in the tent as he did watching the earth’s shadow move across the moon.

Katie stayed inside most of the time and came out a few times to check on progress.

At one point, an airplane flew across the sky leaving a sharp, bright contrail just next to Mars.

Moon Mars Power Lines and Contrail

We were all out just before totality around midnight…when a cloud started forming right in front of the moon. Mars, not too far away in the sky, was perfectly clear, but the moon got blurrier, and blurrier, until the razor-sharp sliver of a few minutes before was a blob of white. It reminded me of the time we saw about that much of an eclipse in San Simeon on the way up to (coincidentally) WonderCon when it was in San Francisco.

Fortunately the cloud started breaking up again after a few minutes, and all we had to do was hold up our hands to block the streetlight across the street and we had a clear view of the fully eclipsed moon. (We could see it without blocking the light, but it was a lot clearer without the competition.)

I should probably mention that while the pictures here look red, it looked brown to the naked eye. Maybe it was because the streetlight kept our eyes from adapting to the dark. Maybe the camera is more sensitive to red light. Katie remarked that without the sunlight shining on it, it really does look like what it is: a big ball of rock.

Eclipse Lineup

After a few minutes we went back inside. Neither of us wanted to stay up until two to watch the same thing in reverse…or manage an increasingly tired and distracted three-year-old while doing so.

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Flash TV News reports that the Flash TV pilot is screening today at the studio. We should know by May 15 whether the show gets picked up for a fall 2014 series.

-- Kelson.

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