Found out another acquaintance had died, this time not from the virus. Rest well Marc. Marked science reports.
More marking today. Looked over presentation for interview.
Student mentor session in morning, remote job interviewing afternoon. It went well.
Getting ready for the Icon ConserveAtHome talk [YouTube link]. Gave that shortly after finding out I didn’t get the job from previous day. As expected. Imaged Venus and the Pleiades
Lazy day. Went for a run. Imaged Venus and the Pleiades again, did a better job this time.
Did some work in the garden, chopped wood, cleaned out the small shed. Took two hours of exposures of M101 – pinwheel galaxy. Very faint, needs a lot more time for good results.
Started planning a series of videos for conservation people.
Self Isolating before it was popular. Monday 2020/3/16
Went to work for a meeting and to start shutting things down. No announcement had yesterday been made, but it was obvious something was coming.
Stayed home, took part in some teaching chats. Did some admin. Took dog to park.
Sister’s birthday – one for her to remember. Had to go to work to check on some parts, effectively pointless as co-worker had no interest. Saw both Alan and Tony, neither should have been on transport due to their ages. Shut down the lab. Announced I’d not be in for at least two weeks – working from home
Working from home, more teaching chats and worked on tomography code. Took dog to park. Got the email I’d expected, work is closed for the foreseeable future. Work from home where possible.
WFH. Catching up on email backlog.
Took down tree behind the shed. Last meter or so was still standing. Cut back brush growth and took tree down to just above ground level. Set up telescope, clouded out.
Took dog for long walk, central park and chase. Telescope set up, 3 hours on M82, and 20 min on comet C/2017 T2 PANSTARRS.
Around 5:30 this morning I was rudely awoken from odd dreams about plastic jewellery by loud voices outside my window.
Looking out, this was the scene that greeted me.
The pipe was happily disgorging hundreds of liters of water per minute, washing away the sub-surface of the road. The water carried the mud and silt around Osborne Square, leaving a nice sticky film everywhere.