Monday, 12 October 2009


Back up in London today, after what feels like years, what with my time off work and the recent trips to Bristol.  It was tiring, but no more so than I expected, and I felt far more able to deal with work stuff than  I have for a long time.  I even managed to consider some knotty work problems without deciding I ought to write a letter of resignation.  So, progress.

And, as a bonus, when I left the house this morning, there was a glorious bright moon, and a sky full of stars.  Lovely. 

Which brings me neatly to what I wanted to tell you about:  an iPhones application called Planets.  It shows you which planets in our solar system are visible at night - if you look at it during the day it just shows the Sun.  The two bright stars I saw low in the sky this morning were Jupiter and Venus, I learned. 

If you look at the Globe option, it shows you the Earth as it looks at that moment - right now it is dark over Europe and you can see all the lights on the continents.  The Americas are currently in daylight.  It's fascinating, and I love it.  You can also see photos (from giant space telescopes, I assume) of the planets, and rotate them around with your fingertip to see how they look from all angles.  It's hugely pleasing. 

Other, sad news.  Youngest Sis's lovely little dog Charlie passed away unexpectedly yesterday.  He was a charmer, and will be missed.


Mr Farty said...

If I had an iPhone, I would definitely get that app. Glad you're feeling a bit better.

Mrs Jones said...

We use the Pocket Universe app on our iPhones. Sorry to hear about Charlie - pets ought to live forever...

Oh, and sorry for my drunken rambling comment the other night. At least I was relatively coherent...

@eloh said...

I don't have an ipod..but I do so enjoy the goggle earth stuff.,

I have been thinking that I do need to ask my doctor to send me for some help and that maybe just the promise of getting better would make me better.

livesbythewoods said...

Mr F, it is really nice. But Mrs Jones has trumped me. And yes, things are less bleak, which is a huge improvement.

Mrs Jones, that Pocket Universe app is amazing! I have downloaded it and was playing with it on the train home last night. Thanks for the top tip.

Were you drunk the other day? I'd never have guessed. Heh

Eloh, sounds like a good idea. Seeing an end to something is sometimes very helpful.