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A scientist who posts about his hobbies - astronomy, photography and cycling
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@curiousgawker Wonder if it was CFC-based spray paint that damages the atmosphere and makes holes in the ozone layer.

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@manton It worked now. Thanks!

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@manton I am seeing the same thing as @denny. I see add Threads on my micro.blog account page but nothing on Threads->website permissions

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@vaibhav Interesting! I'd like to know their reasons for this. I know some people who did it because of large inheritance.

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Happy Summer Solstice, folks in the northern hemisphere! Glad that it is the longest day and from tomorrow the days get shorter. Nice!

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@manton My Threads username is 'paragvs'. Thanks!

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This was the hottest day of this year so far. I went bike riding and did a metric century on Farmington canal heritage trail.

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@pratik Yes yes. But with these record breaking temperatures - high 80s, it will still be cooler than what you are suffering through. 😄

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@pratik I am against this nefarious idea of continuous election campaigns 24/7/365. I’ll only donate in the last 2 months before the election.

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@stupendousman Turning off devices and meditating are the best ways to control anxiety.

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@vaibhav Damn! I didn’t know about the existence of r/politics. I definitely don’t need to go down that rabbit hole.

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This pink Dogwood is my second most favorite tree in my yard after the Eastern Redbud.







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As the election season comes closer, I am looking to cut out even the 15 minutes of news that I get during my morning commute. Found a radio station run by students at Connecticut College in New London. Music was good this morning.

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@numericcitizen Loving photos in this series!!!

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@stupendousman I am sure it will be great! My kids keep talking about the great times they had at swimming and music stay-away camps - better than Summer vacations with mom and dad. 😄😄😄

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@vaibhav Is this at the Bridgewater temple? Looks like they have upgraded with this drive-through facility. Last time I visited, there was only a reserved parking spot for car pooja.

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Looking at the weather prediction for this upcoming week… it is nice to see that we are in that “place to be” sliver of southeastern CT. Hopefully, this prediction will turn into reality as the week progresses.

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@pratik That is great!!! I guess he will get into higher level Math class automatically in 8th grade with access to higher level AP classes in high school. That means skipping some classes in college - savings for you if he goes outside of UT. As a child of UT employee, will he get a free ride at UT?

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@vaibhav Our exhaust over the kitchen range is vented outside. We also use an air purifier fan in the living room that sucks up all the kitchen smells and mostly stops them from going up in our closets. That said, Spring and Fall are so gorgeous in our area that we don't need any HVAC in May/June and Oct/early-Nov time frame. Open windows and fans are sufficient. @stupendousman @pratik

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@pratik High temp here today was 73. We might cross 80 next week during the heat wave. @stupendousman

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@stupendousman Looking forward to not turning on the air conditioner for another week. 😝

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@pratik Happy Father’s Day!!! Hope they let you take a doggie bag home.

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@stupendousman Cool! These camps are the best. Is this something local or is it the Bates College swim camp in Maine?

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Went bike riding on some new roads on this Father’s Day. Such a perfect day to ride!!! It was high 50s when I started and 70F when I ended around noon. Couldn’t ask for a better day. These wild flowers are part of an effort to maintain habitats for pollinators.







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Today’s Sun: A new large sunspot AR3712 has appeared on the Sun over the last few days. Hope it has the firepower to generate some Auroras.

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A really long bike ride is in the plans for Juneteenth holiday. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.

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@tinyroofnail So much joy!!! Happy Friday and a great weekend.

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Found this in the mailbox yesterday. Thanks, @anirbanm@mastodon.social !!!

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@vaibhav Really? I didn't know your were Puerto Rican. :)

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Hard to decide if I should support India or USA in the T20 World Cup.

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Now with both the kids back home from college, we went for the first hike of this Summer. Forgot to take a photo on the trail but remembered to do it after getting in the car.

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@amerpie I do realize and appreciate that this is probably the last and the best opportunity to spend a good chunk of time with my daughter for the rest of our lives when she is an adult.

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Flipped the switch this morning to connect our newly installed solar panels to the grid. Doing our small part to reduce our carbon footprint. Will set up the solar company app this evening and start tracking the electricity these panels generate.

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Daughter starting today as a Summer intern in a different department at my workplace. Looking forward to 10 weeks of carpooling.

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Was at the company HQ in NYC for a couple of days during last week.

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@SimonWoods Wow! That is great but am surprised at your first word. Is this what you always use or do you use different start words for the puzzle?

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Oh No! Look where I am at. Hide my credit cards please.

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Yesterday (June 2nd) Lyme Land Trust had organized their yearly fundraising event - Tour de Lyme. The weather was just fantastic with sunny bright blue skies. When I started out it was just under 60F but, was mid-70s when I finished the 58 mile route. As always there was a lot of climbing. I was hoping to ... parag.micro.blog
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Sunspot AR3664 that created the fantastic display of Aurora went around the Sun over last 2 weeks and is back. It is reduced in intensity and can be seen at the top left edge. Although it is not likely, I am hoping that it will create more Aurora in coming days.



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My kids always correct me for using these terms improperly.

Poison is a toxin that gets into the body by inhaling, swallowing, or absorption through the skin.

Venomous: it’s when the toxin is injected into you.

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This is one of my most favorite spots on today’s bikeride. I have ridden by here in every season and found that it is different yet beautiful every time.

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Just realized that today was Bob Dylan’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Robert!!! Thanks for so many great songs!

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Went hiking with Ashwini at Ames open space in Old Lyme. After the heavy rain today, there were hundreds of newts out on the trail with many frogs and toads. Spotted about a dozen pink lady’s slippers.





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It has become a tradition that around my birthday I go on a bike ride for the same number of miles as my age. This year’s ride was delayed by about 10 days due to various reasons. It was a warm day but quite windy. There was a strong headwind for the last 20 miles or so making it hard.

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Tadej Pogacar has been phenomenal in this year’s Giro d’Italia. In yesterday’s monstrous stage, he added 3 more minutes to his already huge lead over Thomas and Martinez. With his main rivals Vingegaard and Roglic out due to injuries, Tadej was expected to win but he is just dominating the race. Looking fo... parag.micro.blog
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Pink Lady’s Slippers are blooming!!!