Cryostat Opening, Hood Ornament of Death

Mess of Cables

Mess of Cables

With the cryostat warm and off the gondola, it was opened up yesterday for diagnostics and repairs. Matt forgot the bring his camera back with him so I (with some assistance) had to take enough pictures for the […]

Tiny Tim Again, Rod of Power, Disassembly

Power Happening

Power Happening

With the long weekend over and the CSBF folks back from vacation, we had our second chance yesterday to take BLAST outside. This, of course, meant the reappearance of Tiny Tim. During our time in the sun we rotated the gondola […]

Strange and Amazing Texas Sign

Scammed

Scammed

Yesterday was the last day of a mostly quiet weekend (if you hadn’t figured that out from the previous couple days of non-work-related photos). I have almost no photos from yesterday, but I present this one in hopes that it might appease followers. It sure appeases me.

The Other Side

No Trespassing

No Trespassing

Yesterday marked my one month anniversary here in Palestine, and nobody else in the original bunch has stayed here continuously. I have been here the longest. To celebrate the occasion, the city put on a huge fireworks display in the evening—or […]

Enigmatic Building 16

Derrick and Pole

Derrick and Pole

While work continued yesterday, I didn’t feel like taking pictures of any of it. Instead, I have pictures of Enigmatic Building 16—the mysterious place behind the highbay that I saw from the roof. Natalie joined me on the […]

Solar Panel Woes, and COOKIES!

COOKIES!

COOKIES!

I took yesterday morning off to relax a bit, do laundry, and work on the massive Tiny Tim posting from the day before. I came in with Tristan, and Danielle—who is here visiting for the weekend. We stopped at El Natural, a new-ish whole […]

Tiny Fucking Tim

Tiny Tim Has a Label

Tiny Tim Has a Label

(Post title to be read in the voice of Lorenzo, with extra emphasis.)

Canada Day turned out to be a very big day for us. In an attempt to dodge weather, and […]

Rush to Put Everything Together Day

BLAST Gets Completer

BLAST Gets Completer

Because CSBF will be taking a long Independence Day weekend, we spent yesterday frantically putting everything together to ensure that we would have an opportunity to go out to the pad this morning (we did, tune in tomorrow/later). […]

Downlink, SIP Pictures

SIP Insertion

SIP Insertion

Yesterday we got the biphase and star camera video (kind of) working over the air with the line-of-sight transmitters. Tristan took out his rotating chopper, so I took the chance to take pictures of it. Finally, there are the SIP installation pictures taken by Juan the day before.

Antennas Galore

Seppy Boom

Seppy Boom

I ventured into the west highbay yesterday to check out mounting of Juan and Natalie’s GPS antenna boom. While there I noticed a bunch of other CSBF antennas also mounted to the sun shields. While I was busy helping Natalie and […]