I went on a few more night time walks. With a friend T walked to the Eaton Canyon waterfall, which was really really dark (down in the canyon). Photos here: https://picasaweb.google.com/CaseyHandmer/EatonCanyon, trip time 6.5 hours.
Last night, went back to Echo Mountain with another friend R (T still being exhausted or something) and this time brought my new binoculars, with which I had a good look at Saturn's rings, the moon, and a few other bits'n'pieces. Including the Caltech campus, from about 6 miles away. Photos are here: https://picasaweb.google.com/CaseyHandmer/EchoMountain2, including a lovely panorama I put together.
I've been experimenting a bit with some software which can stitch photos to convert some of my 360 degree videos from Russia (amongst other places) into nice strips. I used mathematica to rip a few frames out of the videos, then passed them to the existing stitching software to complete the conversion. Finished products are here: https://picasaweb.google.com/CaseyHandmer/RussiaPanoramas02. I might make some more at some stage, but I think that's about it for now. Most of those come from the central portion of the most recent Russia trip, spanning Chara (on the BAM line) to Yagodnoye, which is about 2/3 of the way from Yakutsk to Magadan on the Road of Bones. Almost sounds like something out of a fantasy novel, but it's a real place!
This summer I plan to do a whole bunch 'o' research, some travel, work shopping, more travel, and spend a few weeks in Europe. If anyone in Europe wants to catch up, now would be a good time to get in touch.