Type Ia Supernova

My son Giovanni is becoming obsesses with Astronomy. We’ve been reading a book on Astronomy together and watching a ton of episodes of The Universe and How the Universe Was Made (the latter being superior, IMHO). One of the episodes we loved is the one about supernovae. Last night, we sat down and did a few drawings and this is the one I did of a Type Ia Supernova. I used pastels (again) and then scanned it into my computer and applied a few filters to make it look nice. This was an awesome opportunity for a lens flare effect in Photoshop! Below is the final image. Note, the slight blue haze around the white dwarf was a specific request from my son.

This image represents one of the stages leading to the Supernova. Wikipedia explains it nicely in this diagram:


February went by quickly. I went on two ski trips, one awesome one to Mount Snow with the Szinger family and the Puzak/Contreras families. I’ll be doing one more trip to Jiminey Peak this weekend, driving back Saturday night so I can make Marco’s State Youth Wrestling CHampionship. Go Marco!

Work has been going well, doing some interesting coding projects with grails. I don’t have a huge familiarity with a lot of the web frameworks that have gotten popular over the last 5-6 years, but grails seems decent enough and almost fun to work with. Fun, until you work with date types in Java and you want to fucking kill someone. Lots of my earlier experience with HTML/CSS is coming into play, and now I feel like I’m learning it all for real rather than for play as I’ve been doing for the past decade. Good stuff.

I drew this picture one day, when all of us were at the table doing arts and crafts.

World Nebula

The kids drew some cool pictures, too. I’ll try and scan and post those soon.

March will see the start of a second session of wrestling for Marco and Antonio, CYO track for all four kids, flag football for Marco and Antonio, and a pause on my Tae Kwon Do membership until probably June. Just about every weeknight will be filled with sports so there will simply be no time to attend class. Oh well.