Front Porch Navigational Instruments 🔭

Blue Moon, Super Moon, Eclipse of the Moon 🌔

I use ‘Stellarium’ to verify my tracking calculations  ❕

Navigation Device

sextant

Nav Device Sexton

Soda straw eye piece, tire weight plum bob, adjustable horizon marker.

Yep after 10 years my porch is still in Tennessee, have only moved  ±8° but that is attributed to operator error and equipment tolerances 😉

Eclipse
Beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST on Jan. 31, a live feed of the Moon will be offered on NASA TV and NASA.gov/live. You can also follow at @NASAMoon

Wãshē Kōdä

🇺🇸 VA ID card 🇺🇸

Have you applied for the VA ID card yet? The site is back up after crashing last December. Easier & more secure then using your DD214 !!! Delivery starts in March
https://vets.gov

VIC_ID_PENDING blanked

In 2015, Congress ordered the VA to create the cards to make it easier for veterans to receive certain benefits such as discounts at stores and restaurants.

More Info at Stars & Stripes  👉   https://www.stripes.com/…/va-resumes-online…

‘Sun Spot’ removal

Basal Cell Carcinoma

After the physician’s examination, the diagnosis of BCC is confirmed with a biopsy. In this procedure, the skin is first numbed with local anesthesia. A sample of the tissue is then removed and sent to be examined under a microscope in the laboratory to seek a definitive diagnosis. If tumor cells are present, treatment is required. Fortunately, there are several effective methods for eliminating BCC. Choice of treatment is based on the type, size, location, and depth of penetration of the tumor, the patient’s age and general health, and the likely outcome to his or her appearance.

BCC

Treatment can almost always be performed on an outpatient basis in the physician’s office or at a clinic. With the various surgical techniques, a local anesthetic is commonly used. Pain or discomfort during the procedure is minimal, and pain afterwards is rare.

Curettage and Electrodesiccation

This technique is usually reserved for small lesions. The growth is scraped off with a curette, an instrument with a sharp, ring-shaped tip), then the tumor site is desiccated (burned) with an electrocautery needle. The procedure has cure rates generally above 95 percent. In some areas of the body, it is repeated a few times to help assure that all cancer cells are eliminated. Local anesthesia is required. The technique may not be as useful for aggressive BCCs, those in high-risk sites, or sites that would be left with cosmetically undesirable results. Typically, a round, whitish scar is left at the surgery site.

BCC day2

Day after had some swelling and no drainage, changed bandage 2x a day for 5 days and am now keeping wound clean and covered with ‘Bacitracin Zink’ ointment.

Spent to much time in the sun before there was

‘sun screen’

Suppose I could have used goose grease!

But that has a fowl odor (pun) 😉