A local intermittent stream

Spring 2020

A local wash – an intermittent stream – in late March several days after a moderate rain :

The same wash about two weeks after the season’s last rain. This photo was taken on April 23. A section remains moist from groundwater seepage (at the center of the picture):

Sirius in the early evening

Phoenix | February 15, 2020

I saw Sirius in the clear sky tonight about four hand-breadths above the horizon at 7:15 PM Mountain Standard Time.

The constellation Orion seemed to be overhead, which it wasn’t of course. But it was very high over the horizon, much higher than I had ever seen it in Kansas City or Chicago.

Extra strength pain relief

If  there are no regular strength pain relievers on the shelf – 325 mg of acetaminophen (Tylenol) – is a 500 mg tablet really extra strength?

What’s really important is that acetaminophen is dangerous in amounts that people are liable to take. It’s dangerous to the liver. An overdose could be fatal.

The directions for the package I just bought are to take 2 tablets every 6 hours while symptoms last. Some people might be inclined to take 8 tablets a day. But, “do not take more than 6 tablets in 24 hours.”

So, pharmaceutical companies encourage us to buy a product that is not safe unless you read the the fine print.

Another reason for disdaining Big Pharma.

A caveat: I live in a town where most people are seniors – arthritis city. Maybe there’s little demand for regular strength pain relief. Thank G-d that I don’t have joint pain.

Sirius in October

Friday, October 11, 2019 | Phoenix, Arizona

I spotted Sirius in the south this morning at 4:40 Mountain Standard Time – about 45 minutes before local sunrise.

Sirius appeared three or four hand-breadths above the horizon.

The constellation Orion appeared sharply in the clear Arizona sky.

This is the first time I saw Sirius since it reappeared in the sky in late August. I haven’t been out and about so early before sunrise until today.

Sirius on the TV screen

The star Sirius appears over the London skyline as the camera pans upward. The constellation Orion appears, and it becomes clear that the bright star is Sirius – pointed to by Orion’s belt.

Miss Marple, by Agatha Christie

At Bertram’s Hotel,” Episode 3.1

first aired September 23, 2007 (begins at about minute 43:14)

Streaming from hulu.com

P.S.: The cinematography is above average, especially for a television show.