Imagine a cane pole with a young boy on one end and a yard or so of line tied to the other, the line leading to a grasshopper impaled on a fishhook. A wandering creek lined with trees yielding mottled shade under a hot Kansas sun completes the scene. Can’t imagine that? Well, I can. […]
What’s an Orlop?
My name is Dave Ayers and I hope you will be a frequent visitor to the Orlop. What is an Orlop, you ask? It is the lowest deck on an Age of Sail man-of-war, well below the waterline near where the cables are stowed. It's also a good place for a foremast jack to hide for a catnap. I learned this from reading Patrick O'Brian sea novels, and since my computer workstation is also below the water line and I have been known to sneak a nap there, I thought it would make a good name for this blog.
I discovered blogging several years ago when my son Larry, a natural-born blogger, discovered the wonders of WordPress, a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. (Their words, not mine.) Anyway, some sixteen years, thousands of articles and words later, I'm still at it, a testimony to this easy-to-use program and the therapy of wordsmithing.
But time moves on, and I am forking the display of my latest astro images to Astrobin. There you will see a gallery of my recent images. Click on a gallery thumbnail for details.