Thursday, December 04, 2008

December 3, 2008

With winter coming on, the sure footed Rocky Mountain Dachshund moves to lower elevations

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

December 2, 2008

Perched high on a mountain ledge, the Rocky Mountain Dachshund overlooks a lush mountain meadow.

Monday, December 01, 2008

December 1, 2008

High above the tree line a few hearty Rocky Mountain Dachshunds brave the elements.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat

Sluggo goes out Trick or Treating as the Dark Knight.....Batman

Friday, August 22, 2008

August 22, 2008

Wild wienerdogs along the Yukon River

Canson 3 x 5 sketchbook

August 21, 2008

Wienerdogs along the Yukon River.

Canson 3x5 sketchbook

ATC - TGIFishFriday Holstein-Friesian Fish

ATC TGIFishFriday for August 22, 2008 is a variation on my Holstein-Friesian Dachshund this Holstein-Friesian Fish


As Sluggo approaches the offering on the plate, Edgar knew the best way to appease the aggressive nature of wild dachshunds was to give them what they crave most......cookies.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Is Pluto a Planet?

Completed a fun book today. Is Pluto A Planet?, by David Weintraub

Pluto was recently demoted from its previous status as a planet to a Plutino following the recent discoveries of numerous Kuiper Belt Objects (KPO) and Scattered Disc Objects (SDO). While the debate continues and may be reopened to further discussion, David Weintraub, a Professor of Astronomy at Vanderbilt University, has written a fairly short and easy to read history of discovery of the objects in our solar system. That history includes the various ways in which science has classified those objects.

What were considered planets has varied through history. Weintraub continues the survey by discussing various means in which to define what a planet is or should be. In the process he takes a look at other bodies that fall on the edges of definition. These include brown dwarfs, pulsar planets, orphaned planets, and free roving planets that seemed to have formed not in stellar discs but out of material insufficient to create enough mass to ignite and form interior nuclear reaction to burn as a star. None of the definitions Weintraub proposes are satisfactory to solving the question, reasons Weintraub. As a science nerd they do not satisfy me either.

Weintraub concludes that Pluto should be reclassified once again a planet as well as reclassifying other objects as planets as well, including recently discovered 2003 UB213, 2002 AW197, 2002 TC302, 2003 EL61, 2005 FY9, Sedna, Orcus, Quanoar, Ixion, Varuna, Cybele, Hygeia, Vesta, Palla, and Ceres. Granted, he concludes, that they are also parts of object types such as Ceres would be a planet and also a large member of the asteroid belt, Quanoar, Sedna are planets and Kuiper Belt Objects. Pluto is a planet and the premier Plutino.

If you want to know why he concludes such, you have to read the book. I happily agree that the solar system contains more than the currently recognized 8 planets. Good book.

August 15, 2008

A peak back at yesterday's journal entry, we see that Sluggo has definitely picked up the scent of nearby cookies. They must be close, very close.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Monday, August 11, 2008

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Wild Dachshunds of Arizona at the edge of town

Arriving at the edge of town the wild dachshunds of Arizona pause before heading into Surprise in the search for cookies.

Friday, August 08, 2008

August 8, 2008

Have you ever wondered what sheep count to go to sleep?

Canson 3x5 Sketchbook

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

August 6, 2008

Drawn while watching Nova Science Now. Along with Nova, one of my favorite PBS/OPB shows.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

August 5, 2008

Another warm day. This is a stylized version of part of my back yard. Some details are missing as I am doing this somewhat from memory because it is dark outside. At some point shortly, I will do a more accurate rendering including the second tree by the pond and another further back by the fence. The pond is actually a bit larger than shown here.

EDM Card Swap Group 2

Cards are packaged up and on their way. It is still a mystery as to who gets which card.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Wild Dachshunds of Arizona cross the river.

With really hot temperatures crossing the river provides some relief from the heat. They also know that town is close by.

August 4, 2008

Happy Cactus Monday. It is a warm one today, in the mid-80s.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

August 3, 2008

Weekend nearly over. The paper says it will be around 90 come midweek. So much for the cooler weather.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Wild Dachshunds sense potential trouble outside Surprise

With 3 shadowy figures on the ridge the herd moves closer together. Coyotes. Cookie-thieving coyotes. Sluggo, unfazed, continues to track with more determiniation.

Time to shut down the work and take on the weekend

I am done with work for this week. Now it is my time and the weekend. Going to start my ATCs for the swap and just enjoy. We might even get a sunny day here in Oregon.

Using a new Canson 3x5 sketchbook with 50lb paper. Prismacolor pencils and Micron pen.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

TGIFishFriday for August 1, 2008

Happy TGIFishFriday!

The little guy on the bottom has reminded me to put a tickler to keep an eye out for next year's Chick-Fil-A calendars.

Prismacolor pencils and black Pilot G-2 in 07 Gel pen.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Wild Dachshunds of Arizona head for Surprise

The thought of the possible location of cookies overwhelms the herd so they head off to Surprise with Sluggo, the groups best tracker, in the lead. Sluggo is a bit slow, but if there is cookies out there, he'll find them.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

New pet

Stopped in at Hallmark to get my son a birthday card and this guy demanded to go home with me.

ATC - Electronics theme

This one doesn't do much for me. Does it do anything for anyone else. I used recycled card stock from an old vhs tape box, a few items from a trade magazine, and a resistor from out of my parts box.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Music on my blog's the deal. I like my music. I have restored my player but it does not automatically play. If you would like to listen to my playlist while you are visiting you must click it on yourself, otherwise you may view my blog in quiet. However, on my Collected Bits blog the music will come on automatically since the things that I find interesting and add to the photo collection also includes music which I collect.

Packy at home in Montana

While never mistreated or abused, Packy somehow just felt that somehow he was just different from the rest of the family here at home in Montana.

Prismacolor pencils, Micron pen on 3x5 index card.

Wild Dachshunds of Arizona continued

Pausing at the side of the road, the leader, Sausage, has to decide whether to continue across the road, or take his hearty band into town in search of water. All else failing there would be plenty of opportunities for drink and food. they might get lucky and find some cookies. The problem with town is their rivals the Jack Russel Terrier. Not a particularly ferocious breed, just annoying as hell.