January 30th, 2007


The farewell approaches? No, not yet.

Hubble's main camera shuts down. Which would be extremely bad news, the beginning of the slow decline to its end if it were not for the planned 2008 mission, when that main camera should be replaced.

Let's hope that shuttle flies.

In the mean time, it's a reminder of how it's not going to last forever. Unless it's maintained and then replaced, we'll no longer have the ability to stare deep into infinity, and if staring deep into infinity isn't a most basic human trait, what is?


I've just realised something. But let me explain.

We appear to have a black spot round our front door. I've managed to set off the car alarm twice now, just using the remote to open the doors. And half the time, the remote doesn't seem to want to work, while it does work perfectly well elsewhere. Also, we have a weather station, with a remote sensor just under the porch, and it seems to be attempting to transmit all the time, and the battery is draining fast, and its readings are totally laughable (from -20 to +20 C in a mere thirty seconds, while at a constant 20% humidity? I think not).

I just checked.

It appears that car remotes work on 433 MHz, just as the weather station does, and it looks like we've got a nice little punch-up going over who owns that frequency in that ten foot diameter area. I think we may have to find somewhere else to mount the sensor.