OK, Rock And Roll!

This is the circular Astro-Slab, which we’ll use soon to set up the telescope on. The conduit and rebar sticking up is for the Astro-Table, a concrete table to set star charts and stuff on. There’s dirt on the slab because I used a wax-based cure when I poured it. The dirt helps to clean the wax off the slab.

 

Formed up and ready to pour. It took Kenny and me about a day to do this formwork.In the background is the big project, a 200′ long retainer wall, about a third of which we poured today with this table. There’s about one-half cubic yard of concrete in this table.

 

Looking down, you can see the two electrical boxes embeded into the column holding the table top. I put some large self-tapping screws into each box to keep them embedded.

 

Pouring it! Here’s a gratuitous shot of your friendly neighborhood Underground Carpenter and Kenny, who is doing the actual work of finishing the concrete table. I’ll post more pics next week after I’ve stripped the forms.

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While enjoying my morning bowl of oatmeal, I peruse news sites and blogs. This morning I saw lots of things I’d like to post about, but time doesn’t allow.

Today is the big pour. Hoping to post pics this afternoon.

 

The above photo is just to see how things work here.


“The way democracy is supposed to work”

Egypt has a population of 83 million, compared to America’s 313 million. A few thousand Egyptians gather in the town square for 18 days, demanding change, their dictator agrees to leave town, and Mr. Obama tells us that’s “the way democracy is supposed to work”?

If 40,000 Americans camped out by the Lincoln Memorial for the next three weeks, demanding “change,” Mr. Obama would agree to resign and let the Pentagon choose his successor? Really? That’s “the way democracy is supposed to work”?

Vin Suprynowicz, Las Vegas Review-Journal

Good point, Vin!


Tentative

I don’t know. I’ll play with this thing and see.