point of view

December 21st, 2010 | Uncategorized

I dreamed last night that I was taking photos of the solstice lunar eclipse. But in fact, I didn’t even bother to wake up—it was way too cloudy here to see anything. This morning I went online to see what it looked like, and found this link to a Flickr page that NASA set up, where people could post their pictures. It’s very moving to see all the different versions, from all over the place, and to think of everyone watching the moon together.

Holly read somewhere that you’re supposed to line your shoes up on the solstice, for good luck or something.

solstice shoes

29 Responses to “point of view”

  1. Jim L-G says:

    Our cats woke us up at 3:00 a.m., and I bundled up and made it outside, but it was too overcast in central PA as well. The snow flurries were pretty though. Thank you for sharing the link to the I’m There: Lunar Eclipse Group!

  2. jody says:

    thanks for the link…i don’t think i would have found it on my own.
    the photog “left-eye” creates almost a “moving picture” when looking @ those pix quickly…
    too overcast here in nor cal, so i didn’t even attempt getting up.

  3. Ginjoint says:

    What beautiful images! Thanks for passing that along. While viewing them, I did what I do every time I see a nice fat full moon – I yelled, “LA LUUUUUUUUUUUUUNAAAAAAA!!” Why I do that, I’ll never know, but there ya go.

  4. maybe you’re an italian werewolf, Ginjoint, did you ever think of that?

  5. Kate L says:

    A.B.! Quick, tell Holly that all those shoes must be pointing toward the plane of the ecliptic at local planetary dawn!! It’s bad luck, otherwise!!! Uh… just kidding. 😉

  6. Andi says:

    Ginjoint, I think you’ve seen “Moonstruck,” a-one-a too many times!

    Italian Werewolf, indeed.

    And what does an Italian Werewolf do? Go running in the light of the full moon, searching for a really good tiramisu? Mmmmm…sign me up!

  7. 'Ff'lo says:

    Oh, nice, with the shoes. I b’lieve I’ll do that m’se’f.

  8. Antoinette says:

    It was cloudy here too, so I was studying the inside of my eyelids.

    There will not be another full moon eclipse on the Winter Solstice until 2091.

  9. Kate L says:

    Hey, now I’m thinking that Holly’s shoe-pointing was such powerful good luck that it radiated back in the space-time continuum and contributed to the recent congressional repeal of DADT! I was listening to young Dr. Maddow’s program on the television machine last night, and even a young person as bright as she did not think DADT would be repealed by act of congress. But it was! There has to be a reason!!! Also, I think I’ve finally figured out what I was reminded of when Senator Joe Lieberman stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate and described allowing gay and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces as simple justice and the advance of human and civil rights in this country. In the early 1960’s, President Kennedy had been urging congress for three years to pass the U.S. Civil Rights Bill, and following his murder in November, 1963, progressives were afraid that Lyndon Johnson, newly elevated to the presidency, would not want the bill passed at all. In Johnson’s first state of the union address to congress in early 1964, he started to talk about the Civil Rights Act, and then told his audience, “And now I’ll let you in on a little secret… we shall overcome!”. I was listening to the speech on television with my pro-civil rights father, and I remember him being very, very pleased to hear President Johnson say this. In the following weeks, Johnson went on to cajole and browbeat recalcitrant members of congress into passing the bill.

  10. Stephen Gordon says:

    Oh. The solstice. I watched movies all through the darkest of nights.

    On the other hand, BITCH magazine had an article/comic by Esther Pearl Watson and Anne Elizabeth Moore about a survey of women and trans people in comics. Does anyone else here subscribe to BITCH? The comic is currently unavailable online and I do not have a scanner.

  11. ready2agitate says:


    (there, I just had to try it out.) 😉

  12. Pam I. says:

    The Guardian ran a great set of photos showing how to bring a foreground into your landscape pics. Well that’s my teacherly interpretation. The moon is a sunlit landscape, usually.

    From not-quite snowbound London, seasonal greetings y’all.

  13. Pam I. says:

    PS Where are your stillies?

  14. Ginjoint says:

    Yeah, a (were)wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s one of my many disguises. The Italian part must explain where I get my fabulous sense of interior decor. (I’ve been accused of being a gay man trapped in a woman’s body. O.K., yeah, I’ll own up to that, except for the being-attracted-to-penises part.)

    Andi – is that where I got that from? At first, when I read your comment all I remembered from Moonstruck was the “Looook! It’s Cosmo’s moon!”. But now I recall that it was the grandfather with his dogs, yowling together at the moon, right? (Sad disclosure: I’ve actually seen Moonstruck several times! It’s one of my favorite movies! And yet I didn’t recall why I started doing that. So young, yet so, so senile.) Also: tiramisu. {insert Homeresque drool sound}

    Pam, those photographs are beautiful. One lovely aspect of digital photography is how much easier (and better) it makes nighttime photography! Issues of reciprocity failure largely fall by the wayside.

    P.S. You can tell I’m the non-intellectual on this thread. My Homer in “Homeresque” refers to Homer Simpson, thank you very much.

  15. NLC says:

    In additional to the recent discussion of the Full Moon/eclipse…

    Folks during the couple of hours before dawn should be sure to check out Venus. It’s dazzling.
    (It’s also easy to find. Look towards the east; it’s the big bright thing.)

    Granted, where I live the night sky is particularly dark, but for the last couple of week, in the early morning, Venus has actually been casting shadows on my bedroom wall.

    (At least when the weather permits, which it didn’t the night of the eclipse. Sigh…)

  16. Renee S. says:

    awhooooooooooooo awooooooooo
    DADT is banished.
    Ah whooooooooooooooo woo wooo wooooo.

  17. Kate L says:

    Renee S (#16)

    It’s morning in America, again. Today will see another major advance in civil rights in the United State, on a par with the fuller integration of women in the armed forces, the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964, or President Truman’s executive order racially integrating the U.S. armed forces in 1947. In the last instance, Truman acted unilaterally, rather than signing an act of congress as President Obama will do later today. As he signed the executive order, Truman said, “I’m going to integrate the armed forces, and I’m going to make them like it”. I wonder what President Obama will say. Stay tuned! 🙂

  18. Kate L says:

    “We are not going to be dragging our feet to get this done.” – President Obama, as he signed the repeal of DADT.

  19. Aunt Soozie says:

    The moon was incredible here in the late afternoon… huge and low on the horizon… and I did find myself singing… “when the moon hits your eye…”

  20. Kate L says:

    This quote on the repeal of DADT just in:

    “Make it so!” – Captain Kathryn Janeway, StarFleet

  21. cybercita says:

    Here’s a good video of the eclipse:


    {by the way the woman who posted this has a great channel on youtube where she posts crochet tutorials — I’ve already completed two afghans just by watching her and crocheting along!}

  22. Ian says:

    @cybercita(21): Thanks for the vid of the eclipse. It was too cloudy here I think – or I was asleep at the time!

    By the way, those crochet tutorials are great. I especially liked the kufi cap. I may have a go at making one. I’ve no idea who’d wear it, but it’d be fun to have a go.

    @Pam I(13): I too, was wondering where Alison and Holly Rae’s Manolo Blahniks were. So essential for the stylish dyke about town, don’t you know?

  23. Marj says:

    Pam I (12) thanks for the link – great foregrounding. I particularly like the Chrysler Building. Perfect view of the moon here tonight, typical. First time in ages.

    I hate to admit it, but I think I’d have to go outside to line up my shoes…

  24. Andi says:

    Hi All,

    New post by cartoonist Allie Brosh.


    God, she is hilarious.


  25. Mentor says:

    [The happiest of {fill in the blank} to all my net-buddies. May you all find your own set of Zuzu’s petals. See you in the new year. –Mentor]

  26. khatgrrl says:

    To you too, Mentor. Thanks for all that you do!

  27. Kate L says:

    Oh, Mentor 🙂 Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Latkelishious Hannukah, Kickin’ Kwanzaa and Satisfactory Festivus!

  28. Cathy says:

    Andi, thanks for the link–the new “Hyperbole” made me laugh until I cried.

    Here’s wishing all of you very happy holidays.

    If Kenny Loggins allows.

  29. Here’s a very interesting article on how NPR has dealt with trolls and hackers in their comments threads.

    Because, y’know, they don’t have Mentor.

    Or Kenny Loggins.