Author Archives: Kirk's Universe

Kirk is 101

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

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Read, read, read.

  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

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Adventures in Half Frame Negative Scanning

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

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I Made An App.

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

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Sad Shoes

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.

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Fun with an 80 year old camera

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

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Rainbows on Eyelashes 睫毛の虹

I bought a book of Japanese poems, Rainbows on Eyelashes (睫毛の虹), by Misuzu Kaneko. The book has the poems in Japanese characters along with English translations and beautiful watercolor illustrations by Midori Yoshida.  It is children’s poetry, really, but at my … Continue reading

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