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So many posts about the Blood Red Moon Total Lunar Eclipse with a Side of Mars in Opposition!

And I will be out and about around 3 am following the first Seder of this Passover holiday!  So no pictures of the event, but it will be right up there for me to see...

And so what has the weather done?

Clouds.  Rain.  Possible snow.  Expectation for seeing the eclipse rapidly approaching zero.

However, Matzah.  There will be Matzah.
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Pesach cleaning! Getting the kitchen done. Almost time to pour boiling water on the counters.

All the chometz (leavening) has to be purged from the house in preparation for the holiday. The depth and breadth of this task is awe inspiring. I hope to write more about it tomorrow.... 
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I just got my last boureka fix before Pesach starts.  
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So I've finally done it!  I signed up for a class to become a PMP!

Yes, I spelled that right.  That's a "Project Management Professional."  

I have six months to apply for and take the test from when I first access the online course materials.  I will probably hold off on that until after Passover.  I need to plan out study times so that I can get the test done successfully (it's a tough one, I hear).

Goals.  Goals are good.
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Are you doing Prince2 +Philip Setnik ? I signed up in Feb this year. It is a lot of data information to absorb and seems repetitive at times (but is not).
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Tonight's astronomy learning curve pictures.  The moon, of course; Mars with Theta Virgo; Jupiter and some moons.

Gotta figure out how to focus on the planets.  So much potential. This is a really good lens, by the way: notice the nice diffraction rings on Theta Virgo.
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+Sir Holland Rhodes Give it another ten years and I'm pretty sure they'll have at least a "focus to halfway of infinity" button.  Science is insane and it's getting more advanced every day! :-)
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Today's interesting juxtaposition.

I'm not sure why, but the fact that these two posts appeared next to each other in my stream is among the things that make me go "hmmmmmm".

Maybe it's just me.
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My apologies Master Setnik and miss Hearron! I meant no disrespect,I didn't take anything you said as disrespect either. It is just my personality (I am immensely sarcastic) and I try to reign it in, but at times it doesn't work so well. I hate that tone and demeanor do not carry through in text... We should all do a hangout sometime. It may work better! please mochel me for any offense.

And it was a serious inquiry... what physical being do you know of that meets any of those characteristics?
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I smell a little bit like smoke today.  A Judaism for G+ treatise.

In preparing for Pesach (Passover), which begins tonight, we have to clean our homes and offices thoroughly to remove all traces of chometz (leavening).  Some Jews spend weeks doing this; we took about two weeks and have this big paroxysmal rush to finish at the end.

All chometz must be out of our possession by 12:08 PM here in Cleveland.  Any chometz that we want to be able to use after the holiday has to be sold to a Gentile for the duration.  He sells it back to us after the holiday.  (That's a very simplified version of the transactions involved - I don't know if I'll have time, and I certainly don't have the rabbinic expertise, to give this the full treatment). 

But to symbolize (and concretize, really) the removal of chometz that we don't want to keep, we are commanded to dispose of it.  There are several accepted methods of disposing of chometz on the eve of Pesach.  These are to flush it out to sea (or down a toilet, in modern society); to grind it to dust and cast it to the wind; and to burn it.

Burning the chometz is the preferred method.  So individuals and communities kindle fires for this purpose.  I have crafted a small chimney stove - two coffee cans screwed together end to end - and light a fire therein.  Then we throw in the scraps of bread and crackers that we accumulated last night during our last pass through the house.  Burn, chometz, burn.  (By the way, if the eve of Pesach falls on the Sabbath, burning is not an option, so flushing is the preferred method.)

Today there were brisk winds whipping through our yard - the smoke moved everywhere and seemed to follow our every move.  And since I was already dressed for work, and didn't have time to change, I sit at my desk today smelling like a camp fire.

So my apologies to my cubicle-mates - and to my wife, who told me I should have changed first.

Have a Chag Kasher v'Sameach - a kosher and joyous holiday - to all of my fellow celebrants!
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I found it incredibly interesting. I knew there was a purge, but didn't realize it was so extensive.
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Kind of an odd week on the Goog... Lots of highs and lows, less than usual to latch onto, but happy to have made some new friends.

I do want to give a shout out to +Alvin Stearns though. I am not sure if I'm in his circles; no matter, he's in mine. I just think he's been particularly profound this week. Which is really saying something. You may want to catch some of his postings. Thanks for good stuff this week.

Good Shabbos, everyone. 
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You are among my circled, Philip.  What a kind thing to say, thank you.  
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One I forgot from last night:  Orion's Sword.  I love the little bit of nebulosity around the Great Nebula.

No clue what that red line is across the lower-right of the picture.  
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A portrait of the artist as a young girl, and her twin brother.
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Yes I post little of my 23 year old, he is in his own world right now, does not lie photos, college, I honestly don't know what he likes anymore.  He'll find his way.  His IQ of 153 dare I say gets in the way at this point of his life. Hid brother I have posted many times in Google.  I wish Brian would become more forthcoming.  
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Happy Birthday to +Jen Manning !  May this trip around the Sun be a fruitful, happy and healthy one.  May the only opposition you hear about is that of Mars or one of the other planets!

Many more!
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Thanks!! :-D 
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I'm a technology professional with a mind on the needs of the business.  I believe that computer systems should work like utilities:  you turn on a switch, and a light comes on - you turn on your computer, and you are productive!

I am dedicated to helping others be more successful.

I also teach - and I love to be in front of a class helping them learn.

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