Monsoon

The Sonoran Desert transitioned from 116°F days in late June to monsoonal rains in the span of three weeks. We experienced daily highs of over 100°F and less than 10% humidity for twenty days straight. Mid-July now, and thunderstorms are the daily norm. Areal monsoon rains result from moisture from the Sea of Cortés and Pacific Ocean streaming across the Mexican Sonoran into the Southwest. Continue reading “Monsoon”

Julius Richard Harper

On June 5th, 2017, (Julius) Richard Harper passed away in Prescott Valley, Arizona. He was 81. The great-grandson of Dr. Eli Akim Harper, he was a native of San Diego County. He graduated from Escondido High School, and later graduated from the Harbor Police Academy in San Diego. He served for 21 years with the Harbor Patrol, reputedly one of their finest harbor pilots. Continue reading “Julius Richard Harper”

The McCarthys

MJ brought a box of “gift art” from Bill White. They had sat together in Unk’s log cabin, carefully identifying and marking the names and relationships of hundreds of family photos. MJ loaned me the box, and this post is the result. The lead photo is of Michael McCarthy, “grandfather of John White, William White, Mercedes (White)Stoddard, father of Esther (McCarthy) White. Died at 57 in 1890.”
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Taste of Nogales

Ninety miles down the road from Tucson is the Mexican city of Nogales. Parking is $4, the walk across the border takes five minutes. Stop at the Duty Free shop before you enter Mexico- the Don Julio is only $15 per fifth. The easiest border crossing between Arizona and the Pacific Ocean, our day trip to Nogales was smooth and mellow — like a fine mezcal. Join us. Continue reading “Taste of Nogales”

Prototype destroyer model

Steve at CGGeek produced a two-part series on modeling a starship destroyer, and these are my results. The most challenging part of the model was practicing clean technique. Small imperfections in my models required me to start over three times. The key concept here is the use of microdisplacement in Blender, a topic Andrew Price discussed in his rope model. Undamped displacement distorted my models. Read more below. Continue reading “Prototype destroyer model”

Time Travel I–West Virginia

NOTE: This post previously appeared on this blog on 10 June 2012. I have republished it for “History” month here in Isles.

In May of 2006, Patty, John and I visited Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. Greg Adamson and Marsha Fuller hosted us on a 2-day guided tour into my Harper family’s past. Through their kind and knowledgeable guidance, I learned more about my family in that short “graveyard tour” than in my entire life. Continue reading “Time Travel I–West Virginia”