Enthusiasms

A blog about interests

Christopher Curtis (30)

Time for a refresh

I've neglected this web site, or more accurately, I have neglected to put anything new on it. I have actually been writing articles for it, but the business of getting them from my writing environment (Ulysses), into the specific format that my web system Hugo…

Weather Station updates

I run a weather station. The hardware (Davis Vantage Vue) was a retirement gift from my colleagues and since I was able to set it up again after moving here (in February 2018) it has been connected to a PC running Weather Display software. This…

Real and Virtual

I’d quite like a new piano. My not very good piano playing has reached the point where I am increasingly aware of the limitations of the beginner digital piano I’ve been using for seven years or so. I play the piano almost every day, love doing…

The N American Nebula

It's obvious why this cloud of gas in the constellation of Cygnus was given its name when first photographed in the 1890s. The nebula covers quite a large area of the sky, more than four times bigger than a full moon, but the surface brightness…

The Jewel Box

Southern Skies are fasinating for someone like me, who grew up above the 50th parallel. I will never forget the first time I saw the Southern Cross. I was in a lovely garden on the coast near Bagamoyo in Tanzania because I had explained to…