Privacy Policy

I understand the need for privacy in todays online world. Therefore I have written this statement to explain how I use any information collected by this site.

You must first understand that a large percentage of this site is generated by “third parties”, that means I allowed other companies or organizations to have content on this site. This includes things like the comments, advertisements and other features. I cannot control how they use your information but I have made every effort to ensure they have reasonable usage of your information and they do not intend to use it for “evil” means, such as selling email addresses to spammers, etc.

As of this posting, this site is hosted by .mac, a service provided by Apple Computers to subscribers of their .mac service. I do not have direct control over the operation of their servers.

I do not collect IP addresses, however they are logged with the “site traffic” monitors that I subscribe to. I can look at this information and see what the IP address is but I do not keep it for any reason. Generally this information is used in aggregate to see the type of browser you are using, time, date and pages viewed during your visit. If you send me a email

it becomes my property to do with as I please. In nearly every circumstance I will not do anything nefarious with your email, however I may repost it on my site if I find a good reason. If you send me spam, especially items that fit in with the 411 scam messages you can bet I will post that. If you send me something funny or interesting I may post it but remove your email.

I usually keep a large list of links I find interesting. I cannot control what happens when you leave this site, they may have their own privicy policies and may even do “evil” things with your data, though I would usally never link to them if I thought that and not include a disclaimer.

Cookies should not be required to view this site in the most basic way, however some things may not work without them.

2004 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiasco

Just goes to show you how little I really know how to operate this camera. Turns out I had it set at 1600 (!) ISO even though I swore I went in and set it at 200. It’s also clear how hard it is really tell any detail on the built in LCD. I’m going to chalk this up as a learning experience and consider these worthy enough for the web only. There’s always next year.

[Updated:] Here’s more pictures: , americasoutback

UFO? Yes. Alien? Probably Not.

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta started on Friday. Friday Morning there were, predictably, balloons over my house. When looking up at this one there was this very interesting pink “thing” way up in the atmosphere. I dismissed it as a plane at first but realized that it was just hovering there, then would move some and then hover some more.

It probably was just a high altitude balloon. It’s movement pattern was very strange however. Here’s a blow up of the dot. In the balloon picture you can see a very small dot at the top just off center to the left.

It’s something for sure. I suspect it’s a hot air balloon at it’s max altitude or some other type of balloon. I do not feel that it’s an alien or anything like that.