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Astronomy

Saturn and Venus in the same eyepiece

Tomorrow night I’m hoping the skys will be clear, so I can pull out the scope for a rare treat. On Saturday and Sunday nights, just after dark, the planets Venus and Saturn will be close enough together in the sky (2/3 of a degree apart) to view them both at the same time through […]

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Learning Spanish

Two interesting shows for practicing Spanish comprehension

In recent weeks, I’ve been watching a lot of Spanish language TV, and I’ve found the process to be very helpful in my efforts to improve my Spanish comprehension. On History Channel International, they run a show called “El Canal de Historia” at 7 AM Eastern Monday-Friday. The shows are documentaries dubbed into Spanish. For […]

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Travel

Fabulous San Miguel Photos

I happened across some very nice San Miguel de Allende photos posted today over at TravelBlog. Click on the “more” caption under the first photo to open a window for easy navigation through the shots. For more photos, you can visit our travelogue from a 2004 trip to Guanajuato and San Miguel. The bloggers, Carlos […]

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Learning Spanish

Spanish language newspapers

Students of Spanish may be interested in the these sites that I use for practicing my reading comprehension. I generally read at least one major news story from a Spanish language newspaper site each day. I visit each and try to pick a story I will find interesting. Mexico City’s largest newspaper: El Universal A […]

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Learning Spanish

“Dictionary-enable” any web page from Spanish to English, for free

Here’s another useful resource for students of Spanish. The UltraLingua Online Dictionary will let you look up English translations of Spanish words of course, but it also has a neat useful feature for helping you read entire webpages in Spanish. The site provides a “dictionary enabling” feature, where you provide a web address and the […]

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Learning Spanish

The Best $12 You’ll Ever Spend as a Spanish Student

In my daily exercise of reading the top news story in a Spanish language newspaper, I find myself referring to two books time and time again. One is quite obvious. Every student of Spanish certainly has purchased a general purpose Spanish to English dictionary. However, I find myself referring to a second book just as […]

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Learning Spanish

Learning Spanish with the help of Mexican telenovelas

If you’ve followed the advice in my last post of using Mexican telenovelas to help study Spanish, you might be interested in this find. English language recaps of telenovelas I’m trying different approaches with the closed captioning. For example, you might want to watch through once without captions on and see how much you can […]

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Learning Spanish

Estoy Aprendiendo (I’m learning)

My attempts to learn Spanish have been going on for a long time now, yet my comprehension abilities are still very limited. In recent months, I’ve been back at it, and in the process I searched the net for useful resources. A new podcast series of free Spanish lessons at CoffeeBreakSpanish.com is well worth checking […]

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Astronomy

Waiting for the Great Red Spot

It takes a confluence of events to make a good evening for the telescope and last night delivered just that. By mid-afternoon, I had noticed the clear blue sky outside my window as I worked, and, just to be sure, I consulted the Clear Sky Clock for my area. The Clear Sky Clock predicts viewing […]

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Astronomy Classical Guitar

Saturn and Sor

The clouds broke just long enough tonight to get the new scope out under the stars. After a few minutes of getting oriented, I pointed the telescope to Saturn and was rewarded with an amazing crisp view of Saturn and her rings. Within fifteen minutes, the clouds had returned, and my maiden journey came to […]