Norway Day 6: Three Men Electric Jam

Our first night in Berlevåg, my friends had a gig at the Neptun Pub. The pub even had a smoke machine which Håvard made liberal use of. It was really fun! Here are some pics of my friends from the night. Lotta smoke!


Norway Day 6: Midnight Sun in Berlevåg

After the guys did soundcheck in Berlevåg, and we checked into our Pensjonat, we headed back to the Neptun Pub – this is where they were both staying and playing gigs for two nights. Here’s the English page for the Pensjonat (pronounced penshonat). They have rooms that have a shared bathroom and upstairs, apartments that have their own bathrooms. We … Continue Reading →


Okonomiyaki Pancakes

We got a subscription box from Try the World featuring Japan right around the time I picked out the Okonomiyaki pandake recipe out from our Food & Wine cookbook. So it felt like a sign that we should try it! The Try the World box came with a kit like this: http://www.amazon.com/Okonomiyaki-kit-Japanese-pizza-4-3/dp/B000FI0Z02/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1444006021&sr=8-2&keywords=okonomiyaki+kit It had nearly everything we needed. The Food … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – August, part 2

Since we’re into October, let’s finish off August! Let’s start with Koji’s birthday! Because we are horrible people, we torture our friend Koji (who hates Japanese pop culture in general and Hello Kitty in particular) with Hello Kitty birthday cakes as often as we can. This year was no exception. This cake was purchased on the way to Koji’s birthday … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To – August, part 1

So here’s what my August looked like. Some cool stuff at work – this is a full-scale model of the structure of our telescope – the hexagonal things on the sides are the wings. The would fold downwards and the mirrors would be mounted on them. The real thing is in our cleanroom now. Here them working on the instrument … Continue Reading →


Glendening Nature Preserve Redux

Doug and I went back to Glendending Nature Preserve to get in a nice long hike, which we did, and this time we saw a couple different butterflies at the butterfly garden – a Nokomis Fritillary, and a black Swallowtail. At the start of our hike, we saw this guy across the path: Also this: Also two really impressive spider … Continue Reading →


JWST Telescope Structure

It was super exciting not long ago when a major piece of James Webb Space Telescope hardware came in to NASA Goddard. It was our flight “telescope structure” and this is like the bones of the telescope – it supports the mirrors and the instruments. And it’s the real deal, the one going into space! Here’s the giant packing crate … Continue Reading →


Norway Day 6: Hammerfest to Berlevåg

After our morning wandering around Hammerfest, we finally met up with the guys to hit the road to Berlevåg for their next two gigs. Here’s our last look at Hammerfest. I again didn’t know what to expect from the far north of Norway, but man was it beautiful. Reinsdyr! We stopped for lunch in Lakselv and had this pizza which … Continue Reading →


Glendening Nature Preserve Butterfly Garden

At the recommendation of my friend Tim, Doug and I checked out a butterfly garden at Glendening Nature Preserve, which is actually quite nearby. As it turns out, there are hiking trails there, which we tried out on other weekends. But this day we mostly just checked out the butterfly garden. There were two monarchs that chased each other around … Continue Reading →


Norway Day 6: Hammerfest

Our first morning in Hammerfest, we woke up, had some breakfast and prepared to do some exploring for the morning. Here is our gorgeous breakfast view! Norwegian waffles! I put too much batter though. D’oh. From the room: We took a walk up the road to go see the big polar bear statue. Polar bear! (Here’s where it’s located on … Continue Reading →


Norway Day 5: Hammerfest

This was the afternoon we headed off to Hammerfest from Alta, where my friends’ band had a gig. Hammerfest wasn’t a long drive – just under 2 hours. And for someone who’d never seen northern Norway before, I really enjoyed the scenery. I had no idea what to expect as far as the landscape this far north, but it was … Continue Reading →


Norway Day 5: Alta Rock Carving Museum

We had a free morning in Alta before meeting friends, so we checked out the rock carving museum. I definitely wish we had more time now, we had no idea how big it was! The rock carvings date a range of times, from 7000 to 2000 years ago. Back in those days, the water level was higher – or rather, … Continue Reading →