Author Archives: Kirk's Universe
I updated my iPhone astronomy app, “My Messier”. Check it out. The text size can now be adjusted, and it supports the iPhone X screen size. I read somewhere that you can determine a person’s age pretty accurately by the … Continue reading
The actor Kirk Douglas is one hundred and one years old today and reportedly doing great. This year I read his autobiography, “The Ragman’s Son”. It was another of my parent’s old books, a yellowing paperback that had been on … Continue reading
I finished reading the book “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. It’s about a family struggling to survive, leaving Oklahoma during the Dustbowl and Great Depression and their journey to California. I’m not writing a book report or … Continue reading
I still shoot on film, and I recently scanned my own negatives for the first time. I use an Olympus Pen FT single lens reflex camera, which takes photos in half-frame format. Using a roll of 135 format 35mm film, … Continue reading
I released my first app. Check it out. It’s an astronomy quick reference, called “My Messier”, for iPhone and Apple Watch. When Apple Watch was announced, I thought I’d write an app for it (as an excuse for getting one.) … Continue reading
I wore out a pair of hiking boots and have to say goodbye to them. I know I shouldn’t get attached to things, but I keep thinking of all the places they took me.
I recently inherited a camera, a 1936 Roland Kleinbild made by Plasmat in Germany. It uses medium format 120 film in a 645 ratio with a 70mm f2.7 lens. The shutter appeared to be working so I was eager to put in a roll and see what this 80 year old camera could do. Continue reading