Monday, August 28, 2017

Total eclipse of the...sun

The news has been total garbage lately. (SERIOUSLY, a pardon for Joe Arpaio? Trans military ban? White national dog whistling? Gross.)

So, let's talk about the one good that happened over the past week. 


I wasn't in the path of totality, and I didn't really know what to expect as it began Monday afternoon. So we went outside with our special glasses (that were a pain to find) to take a look. 

It turns out, eclipses are extremely cool. I mean, it looked like this: 

That never happens! I ran inside to tell my coworkers. 

Then I checked on the eclipse every five minutes for the next two hours. 

All my coworkers came out at the max eclipse time and we all "oohed" at the sun together. 

It was actually a nice, community thing that involved something neat (science!) and not, you know, protesting together against civil rights being taken away. Very cool. When's the next one?

I have post eclipse sadness disorder.


  1. That's cool that you took the time to enjoy it. I did not. Maybe next time!

  2. I didn't see it, either. I walked outside, and it was slightly darker than usual. I love your recap pictures, though.

  3. I saw it & I didn't have special glasses. I used this tip from the Chubby Chatterbox & it worked great: Have you purchased special eclipse viewing glasses? I hear many stores have run out of them. I have a tip for safe viewing. Most of us, especially those of us who are of a certain age, remember when cameras had film. Many of us have photo albums filled with old pictures. Back in the day, film was dropped off for development and the pictures were returned along with negatives, in case you wanted to order reprints at a later date. If you’re like me, you held on to the negatives for no good reason.

    If you gather up half a dozen negatives and stack them on top of each other, you can look at the sun without damaging your eyes. Be sure to use enough negatives. If the image of the eclipse is still bright enough to hurt your eyes, add more negatives.

  4. The next one depends on where you are. And what the weather is. I think it interesting scientists can calculate to the second when and where the various kinds of eclipses will happen. And they do. Every time. And yet if a particular topic offends someone, they don't believe science, even as they're using their iPhone to text a buddy about the eclipse. And it's people like that, who are driving the pardon to that sheriff asshole, getting all worked up about trans people in the military, to say nothing about climate denial.

  5. It was so overcast here that we didn't see much. It just got a little darker.


  6. Okay, the communal aspect of it may have convinced me that the eclipse was a cool experience. You have successfully swayed me.