Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Comet Holmes

Comet Holmes
Originally uploaded by gecko_12.
This evening I stepped out onto my balcony to check out the newest sky feature - Comet Holmes. Sure enough, it was easy to spot, and when I dragged my camera and tripod out there I managed to get a few nice shots! It's not quite as spectacular as Comet McNaught was back in January, but it's always fun to see new comets when they become visible in the night sky.
I remember going out into our backyard with my dad the last time Halley's Comet came by. I had expected some fast-moving blazing fireball in the sky - and so was considerably disappointed when the thing we were looking at was just a blurry blob that wasn't moving perceptibly. Since I was only 8 at the time, I hope you can understand my misconception. I'm glad that there have been other comets to entertain me in recent years, since I'll be 83 the next time Halley comes around.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Minimum Wage

Did you know that Washington State has the highest minimum wage in the US? It's currently $7.93/hour and will go up to $8.07/hour at the beginning of 2008.

This is good news for me because I may end up trying to find a part-time job in the near future while I conduct my more extensive career search for jobs in the biotech sector. I'm especially interested in finding a company that offers benefits to its part-time employees, as health insurance can be rather expensive (especially when one has zero income).

In other news, I've been told by my 2 readers that now that I'm unemployed I'm expected to be blogging more. Consider this a first effort with more to come.