Archive for January, 2010

31 Jan

Sundays in most cities

In blog by Michael Phillip Wojewoda / January 31, 2010 / 0 Comments

Here in Buenos Aires, Centro – Sundays are much like other large cities I have been to.  Deceptively quiet.  I am sure that Monday morning will be a very different story.  We did find a large out door market spanning 100 blocks that only runs on Sundays so we took advantage of that.

Tomorrow off to the bottom of the world.

30 Jan

Buenos Aires on time

In blog by Michael Phillip Wojewoda / January 30, 2010 / 0 Comments

Blogging for family and friends right now.  Arrived in Buenos Aires by 5 pm from Santiago. Chile.  I did not realize that it was a connecting flight.  That turned out to be fine because landing in Chile was  beautiful.  The mountains that surround the city are surreal from the air.

Now,  I just ate a slab of steak with great wine and  I am ready to doze.  It was 14 hours of flying in the end.

The city is amazing to walk in. Jen needs to sleep but I might walk around a little more.

ciao for now.


27 Jan

Scuba Pool

In blog by Michael Phillip Wojewoda / January 27, 2010 / 0 Comments

Jen and I hit the scuba pool the other day.  Brushing up our techniques in anticipation of some Argentine diving we plan to do.  There is a region called the Valdes Peninsula where sea elephants and sea lions abound.  Orca and penguins too.  Rough cold water I’m told but well worth it.

We shall see.

24 Jan

Argentina, Astronomy and travel.

In blog by Michael Phillip Wojewoda / January 24, 2010 / 0 Comments

As a focus in my life it has waned somewhat over the years. I blame my slowly failing eyes and city bound ennui. My right eye, the unscarred one, is still pretty good at the eyepiece but just looking up at the night sky is getting pretty distorted. Even with my night time glasses. Decades ago I had -eagle eyes- and my love the night sky was properly served. Now, not so much.
Now I understand that astronomy, like sex, is mostly experienced between the ears. The distant light that falls onto the cornea is only a smudge until one fills in the details with knowledge acquired through books. I still use the word “books” like I use the words “tape” or “album”. So, astronomy has a long tradition of being experienced in an armchair with “books”. This is and will always be available to me.
Yet, there are some things that I have to experience in the flesh so to speak. So in 2006 I travelled to Turkey to take in a total solar eclipse. Unlike lunar eclipses, which are visible to everyone on the night side of the planet, solar eclipses are visible to a small strip on the earth’s surface during the day. Although a solar eclipse may stretch from South America to China in length, it is only 100 km’s wide. So you have to place yourself inside the thin sliver of shadow. All this added up to having to travel to Turkey see it. Once the astronomical event was over I then turned around and joked to Jennifer,” That was great… now, where the hell am I ? “. It was like Turkey had found me and it was a fantastic country. Istanbul, Antalya, Cappadocia and the Aegean sea. I loved it all.

My trip to Argentina is not dissimilar. I have always wanted to see the southern stars for myself. For those who don’t know – the stars in the southern hemisphere are completely different from the north. It seems obvious because the underside of the earth faces a completely different direction, yet I find this fact awe inspiring. To think as a northerner I have only seen half of the universe. That there is a completely different “heavens” to see, is so exciting to me.
I hope to connect with some local amateur astronomers in Tierra del Fuego. I will bring a small 90 mm telescope plus some binoculars as well.
Argentina choose me as well. The difference is I am learning much more about the nation before I depart.
In doing so I am already moved by it’s history and place in the world. Both it’s European connections as well as the Andean first nations.

I’ll blog as I go.

11 Jan

Barenaked Ladies

In featured artists by Ken Dirschl / January 11, 2010 / 0 Comments

Their first album as a four piece band.
Mixed by Bob Clearmountain.
[audio:You Run Away.mp3]

07 Jan

Kevin Hearn

In featured artists by Ken Dirschl / January 7, 2010 / 0 Comments

Includes performances by: Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Chantel Kreviazuk and John MacDermott.

07 Jan


In featured artists by Ken Dirschl / January 7, 2010 / 0 Comments

Never defeated. Includes, “Thumb Hang”. The first song the band ever wrote together. Finally realized many decades later! See the film, all will be explained.
[audio:Thumb Hang.mp3]

06 Jan

Kate Schutt

In featured artists by Ken Dirschl / January 6, 2010 / 0 Comments

Includes performances by: Terri Lyne Carrington on drums and Orrin Evans on piano.
[audio:Fake ID.mp3]

04 Jan

Prince Brothers

In featured artists by Michael Phillip Wojewoda / January 4, 2010 / 0 Comments

Brothers Bryan and Eric Prince’s watershed album.
[audio:From This Place.mp3]

03 Jan


In featured artists by Ken Dirschl / January 3, 2010 / 0 Comments

a.k.a. Jennifer Foster. Her third album. Featuring MPW on drums.
[audio:Palm Trees.mp3]