2010's Previously on Previously on Driveway Cam

Friday, December 31th, 2010 ~ It's the end of the year as we know it... and we feel fine. Hope you all do too. Have a very safe and Happy New Year!!! ~ And for the last time this year.....Enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 ~ Some of us are taking off for KY today, some of us are staying. James' jeep is coming to keep drivewaycam and Jim company while we're gone, as well as to join in with all the partying that Jim is no doubt going to be up to while we're gone, which should keep the driveway and drivewaycam hopping! We're hoping for penguin chicks, good weather, and a very Happy New Year for all in the next few days. Drivewaycam will be up and running and we'll do updates as possible from points south. We'll be on the thruway, and wandering south and west through Ohio as well (click on webcams then update map on the Ohio traffic cam page) with prizes galore (which is the best kind of lore when it comes to prizes) for anyone who catches us on a cam ~ Enjoy the views ~

Monday, December 27th, 2010 ~ As much of the East Coast digs out (20" of snow in Central Park this morning for example) some of us on this side of the driveway are getting ready to visit some of you on that side ~ YAY! ~ There is snow almost everywhere you look (legal department insists on the disclaimer 'almost' after a surprisingly nasty bit of litigation based on the lack of that very word in a comment on sunshine and lollypops), and if there isn't snow where you are (or you want a little more) here is an online snowflake link for you. For a nice combo try the East Coast Views for snow on beaches ~ below are the New Hampshire, Maryland and New Jersey shores this morning. Much running about has to get underway so on with the views... Enjoy ~

Sunday, December 26th, 2010 ~ Happy Boxing Day to all ~ hope you had a wonderful Christmas! For your viewing today the blizzard, that visited the south dumping snow everywhere it went, is headed up the east coast. The East Coast Waves links (here and below) should be good ones from the comfort of inside (with slippers on feet and hot chocolate in hand). The traffic cams are always good views in weather afflicted areas too ~ but set the hot chocolate done, and don't use your cell phone while viewing ~ the snow links, the leaf peeping links and all the links for that matter are primed and ready for viewing (hmmm, may need to make some extra hot chocolate). Relax, settle in and enjoy the views ~ (like these from traffic cams in Boston, Dayton, and Greensboro, NC)

Saturday, December 25th, 2010 ~ A very Merry Christmas to all our viewers, and viewees ~

Friday, December 24th, 2010 ~ It's Christmas Eve! And the links abound ~ for tracking Santa tonight, on radar, check in with Norad. All of the usual Christmas Links are on the link on the date above. If you are worried you've gone over budget in your spending here is a wonderful analysis to let you know how you are doing. And there is a holiday greeting from the von Clore Family Dancers right here that will get you in the spirit for the new quiz today and some new pictures from the wilds of Russell have been posted on the family page (click on the December 2010 Viewer's Snow Collection)!! ~ Enjoy the views and A very happy Christmas Eve to all ~

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010 ~ Tonight is Noche de Rabanos ~ Night of the Radishes (in Oaxaca, Mexico), so if there ever was a time to express yourself in radish sculptures ~ this is it. On this side of the driveway there will be 1 or 2 extra trips out today in support of the Festival of The Close-To-Last-Minute Things to Find. We hope all of you on that side of the driveway are done with your shopping and can enjoy the relative quiet (no microphone for listening to the wind) of the driveway, working on your radish carving and the hopeful wait for the arrival of... penguin chicks! There is cold, snow, rain, and mud, all over out there ~ so bundle up, watch the roads, and stay away from hillsides while you enjoy the views.

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 ~ Hope you all had a very merry solstice and that winter, so far, is going well for you. :) If you aren't done with your hustle and bustle the best thing you can do is make some tea, sit back and catch up on your viewing before heading out. If you are all done the best thing you can do is to make some tea, sit back and catch up on your viewing to celebrate being done ~ and some good viewing today may be in Antarctica where the first chick may soon make it's appearance!

Tuesday, December 21th, 2010 ~ Meant to get driveway cam fired up early this morning (given it's the shortest viewing day of the year and all) but instead, it's updates every 8 minutes for a little extra viewing to make up for the short day ~ Didn't see the eclipse here but there are amazing pictures out there with a couple of links to get you started here and here (thanks Pebble!) Given it is the solstice, it's a very good time to stand still (literally or figuratively), take a deep breath and take in a view or two before moving on (which is more or less (more less than more) what the sun is going to do today ~ a pause before it starts on it's journey back.) Official Solstice is at 6:38 PM ET and 23:38 UTC (Universal Time) this evening. And then, ever so slowly the days will get longer (more viewing!), but for now enjoy, however briefly, the day's views ~

Monday, December 20th, 2010 ~ The days simply don't get too much shorter than today ~ which means less time for you to remember to set your alarms for the Total Lunar Eclipse tonight! (well, tomorrow morning) Join us, where ever you are, in watching the eclipse, which lasts more than an hour from 02:41 am to 03:53 am EST, (adjust for your time zone accordingly). A total eclipse hasn't happened on the Solstice since 1638. And ~ just to make the (green?) cheese more binding ~ this will be only the 2nd time since the year 0001! (but don't panic if you don't get to see it, the next one is in 2094 so mark your calendars!) Thanks to Pebble and Doug and all the drivewaycam elves out there for keeping us updated ~ and please if anyone gets to see it (we're supposed to have clouds) please, oh please, take some pictures. :) Meanwhile, as the penultimate day of winter (!) unfolds today... enjoy the views ~

Sunday, December 19th, 2010 ~ In the manner of December 19th's past ~ today is the anniversary of the publishing of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in 1843 ~ which makes the present December 19th a perfect day for reading it when you aren't running about, or checking in on the driveway (should there ever be such a time), and just want a break. In addition there is snow and cold almost everywhere you look so stay warm and enjoy all the views coming up in this December 19th's future ~

Saturday, December 18th, 2010 ~ A sunny start to the Saturday before Christmas on the driveway. A trip to the Post Office, some cookies, and some peppermint tea are in the lineup for today (on this side of the camera). Enjoy your running around, or your sitting and enjoying some hot chocolate, or whatever you have planned today. Check out some snow (if you don't have enough to look at 'round your place), and some of the seasonal links (in Europe the Christmas fairs are hopping), or even the insides of your eyelids (always a good view after a day of rushing around) ~

Friday, December 17th, 2010 ~ A very HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY to Haydon today!!!!! We heard a rumor that they even closed the schools in Oldham County for the occasion. Our contribution to the celebration (besides urging cake and ice cream all around) is a new quiz. Enjoy the views and your day off school (if you have one) and the snow (and don't forget we love seeing pictures of *your* snow) (we'll get some posted soon). Stay warm, and for all of you out on the roads ~ let's be careful out there.

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 ~ The snow continues (yay!), still no penguin chicks as far as we can tell, Santa is busy, busy, busy and it's the birthday of Gustave Eiffel, (of the Tower Eiffels) with thanks to Writer's Digest for the link from their archives. And from our archives: "Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind - even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say." Maggie Kuhn. And today is the perfect time to speak your mind ~ even if your voice shakes ~ to celebrate the 219th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights becoming law. When not speaking up, or out, enjoy watching the various weather systems move in across the country and across your favorite views (and make sure you know where your hat, scarf and mittens are!). Enjoy the views and your Rights ~

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 ~ The Happiest of 21st Birthdays to Adam today!!!!! Cake and Ice Cream All Around ~ And snow all around almost everywhere you can look. A brief viewing reminder that Opus (above) has links for local viewing, the North Coast Wave links, the Snow watching links, the link on the date, and even the leaf peeping links have great wintry links to watch (as do most of the links below). The feature link today is to the Penguins as on this day, in 1911, Roald Amundsen and his team became the first people ever to reach the South Pole, Antarctica. (Nostradamus, also celebrating a birthday today, knew they would ~ if only he had left a note on when the first chicks there would hatch)(and just in case you aren't cold enough, the Penguins are enjoying a temperature 20 degrees higher than the 12 degrees here currently)

Monday, December 13th, 2010 ~ Snow on tap (so to speak) for your driveway viewing today ~ it's also a good day (well, it will be a good night) for Mulled Wine and Meteors! (a combo Hannah introduced to us)(Thanks Hannah!) The annual Geminid meteor shower (thru Dec 16th) is intensifying ~ Forecasters expect more than 120 meteors per hour (!!!) to fly out of the constellation Gemini when the shower peaks tonight. For most observers, the best time to look will be from 10 pm local time tonight until dawn on Tuesday morning. And if you don't have clear skies tonight, or even if you do, you can listen to the meteors fly here *and* watch them online (!) from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. ~ check out Meteor Cam here. Enjoy the views and the meteors ~

Sunday, December 12th, 2010 ~ Today is brought to you by the letters: "W" (for weather) While the storm lingers in the Midwest, we currently have rain and melting on deck (and on driveway) today ~ "B" (for birthdays) Celebrations today for Gustave Flaubert and Edvard Munch (the driveway's favorite Munch painting is here) ~ and "T" (masquerading here as "Q" (for quiz)That's right, there's a new one in the table below ~ Enjoy the views and if you are getting snowed upon be careful out there ~

Saturday, December 11th, 2010 ~ Brace yourselves ~ the storm in the Northern Plains is on the move and will be in a neighborhood near (many of) you soon. Makes for bad driving but great viewing conditions ~ check out traffic cams, the Northern Coast cams, any of the snow links (the John Dee Network may be particularly good viewing), and any of the links in the blizzard/storm areas. What areas would that be? Take your pick ~ check the map, and click on an area of a state to get their (or your) warnings and forecast. If the cold that is marching along with the storm gets to be too much, check out the warmer views ~ like Antarctica and the Penguins (you'll find it's right balmy there compared to what will be visiting most of the Midwest and East starting this weekend!) Stay warm, be careful out there but better yet, stay in and enjoy the views ~

Friday, December 10th, 2010 ~ Nobel Prizes being awarded, live, online right now (sorry this posting is so late)(it's 11:05AM here and 5:05 there, so you can still catch some of it) and it's Emily Dickinson's birthday ~ so cake all around while viewing today (and while getting set for the storm that's rumored to be paying a lot of our viewers a visit this weekend, click on your area of your state to get your warnings....). Stay warm and enjoy the views ~

Thursday, December 9th, 2010 ~ We have achieved tree on this side of drivewaycam! It's resting comfortably, now out of the snow, and will be decorated at some point (soon we're hoping). A happy birthday today to John Milton (poet extraordinaire) born this date in 1609, and to Clarence Birdseye (of deep-freezing foods fame) born this date in 1886. It is also the birthday of (hero and) computer pioneer Grace Murray Hopper ~ who bought us, among so many other things, the concept and compiling of computer code. Thank you Grace! And we would be remiss if we didn't point out (from the archives) that it is also the day that Alfred Lord Tennyson's Charge of the Light Brigade was published, back in 1854 (still one of knitting's most famous poems !?!) Stay warm and enjoy the snow watching links below and here, the December favorite links (on the date above) and all your favorite views ~ This just in (Thanks Pebble): Today is the 50th Anniversary of the premier of Coronation Street, a favorite British TV show which is STILL on the air!. For a look at the First Episode look here, and more about their LIVE episode today here. (The show airs at 8:00 there, and they are 5 hrs ahead of us here in the Eastern Time Zone) Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 ~ Today is the birthday of James Thurber ~ and it's still snowing on the driveway. Hard not to love a day like today. So have cake, have ice cream, and read as much Thurber as you can ~ it's more than worth a trip to the library... If you can't get out, and you'd like to read more, let us know :) There is no exception to the rule that every rule has an exception ~ James Thurber

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 ~ It's another snowy day on the driveway, with snow and cold bounding all over the place. We have some pictures from our correspondent in Indiana (Thanks Hannah!) ~ if anyone else has pictures please send them in, we'd love to see them. Meanwhile it's back to let it snow, let it snow, let it snow ~

Monday, December 6th, 2010 ~ Happy Birthday Christopher!! In your honor today ~ snow!!! Today's snow is also in honor of Independence Day in Finland ~ besides our links to their traffic cams, and of course to Santa, here are a few additional views so you can stop in to join their celebrations. More Finland here, and here, and here... And don't forget(?) that it's Hand Washing Awareness Week (if you aren't sure on correct procedures, the Mayo Clinic can help refresh you on how to wash your hands) so remember to wash your hands after sneezing (or viewing) ~ :)

Sunday, December 5th, 2010 ~ If you're not sure what to do today it's not surprising, what with it being Heisenberg's birthday and all. But even if you are feeling uncertain, one thing you can be sure of is that the momentum of driveway cam will not be precisely calculated today; so we'll be here, all day, for your viewing pleasure. Also for your viewing pleasure today, snow, on the driveway! And raise a glass (if you're old enough) today for the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution (in 1933) which repealed the 18th Amendment to the same. (Amusingly it was Utah (!?) that was the 36th state to ratify and thereby bring an end to prohibition (in all states but Mississippi which remained dry until 1966)) ~ now, on with the snow ~

Saturday, December 4th, 2010 ~ Welcome to the first Saturday of December ~ we're hoping for snow in these parts*, a fresh dusting is due today, the rest gets here on towards Monday (fingers crossed). Cake and ice-cream, and a parade (!) today for the birthday of Chester Greenwood (1858) ~ inventor of, and first patent holder for earmuffs. His home town has a parade for Chester the first Saturday of December, and there, in Farmington, Maine, December 21st is Chester Greenwood Day (being the Earmuff Capital of the World they take their earmuffs seriously ~ even the cars in the parade wear them). Today would also be a good day to check when and where your closest Tuba Christmas Concert is so you don't miss it. Added a seasonal link page to the date (above) ~ link will be there all month. Now on with the views (and the hoping for snow) ~ * 10:15 update ~ seems Louisville and Cincinnati are enjoying (?) the snow now (love those traffic cams)

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 ~ With snow due in all over the place it's time to bring out the Snow Watching Links Page ~ currently in the spot vacated by the non working Pyramid Cam (which has moved to the retired links page. It's also time to bring back some seasonal favorites ~ such as the Christmas Fair in Germany, or an alternate view of the Fair, the Christmas Goat in Sweden (it didn't make it to Christmas last year, will it this year?), and it's alternate viewing angle and of course Santa, streaming live from the North Pole! (click on the arrow in the middle of the picture, covering Santa's chair), and/or Santa Live (but not streaming) for slower connections. There is also a new trial link along with another new quiz today! (a veritable blizzard of quizzes) So brew up some peppermint tea and/or hot chocolate, stay warm and enjoy the snow, and the views ~

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 ~ A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Amy today !!! Decorum keeps us from saying how old she is, plus we aren't sure if we can even count that high, but Welcome to the club Amy (and to the senior discounts)(okay, not yet, but they aren't far off!) We hope it's a great day and that it's the start of a fabulous year for you. Cake and Ice Cream all around today while catching up on the views and the snow on this the 336th day of the year which is also, as it turns out, Amy's 18,262nd day. (you'll have to do the math yourself to discover her age, our lips are (okay, drivewaycam doesn't have lips technially, but if it did they would in fact be) sealed)

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 ~ It's December 1st!! And the first egg was spied (here anyway) in the Antarctic! And with any luck we'll see the first measurable snow!!!! :) And, rumor has it, there are a lot of other firsts that have happened on this first ~ (not all of these can be verified in more than 2 places, so with a grain of salt...) On December 1st ...in 1835 Hans Christian Andersen published his 1st book of fairy tales, ...in 1878 the 1st White House telephone was installed, ...in 1887 Sherlock Holmes 1st appears in print in "A Study In Scarlet", ...in 1906 Cinema Omnia Pathe, world's 1st cinema, opened in Paris, ...in 1921 1st US helium-filled dirigible makes 1st flight, ...in 1922 1st skywriting over US happens, and ...in 1959 the 1st color photograph of Earth was received from outer space. Another first, on December 1st 1913, brings us to Quiz #7 of 2010 (which turns out to be the first quiz of December this year). Enjoy all your views today, first to last ~

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 ~ November has agreed to spend it's last day with us here on the driveway (and surrounding neighborhoods) along with some rain that has moved in for a couple of days and has prompted some flood warnings 'round these parts. Between that and the gale warnings on *all* the coasts (*gales of November hitting the great lakes too (so we've added a North Coast Waves page)), and the winter weather and snow warnings prancing about there should be a lot to watch (hopefully from indoors) today ~ Check out the Mississippi for rafts as well today in honor of Mark Twain's 175th birthday ~ and check in on London too in honor of Winston Churchill's 136th birthday which is also today.

Monday, November 29th, 2010 ~ A very HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIRTHDAY today to Cheryl and Mary Quinn! Hope it's a great day for both of you and the beginning of a wonderful year ahead. Today is also the birthday of Christian Doppler born in 1803 who proposed the Doppler effect (which can be used to explain the increase in the pitch of the yelling heard if you were sitting near a coffee pot on this day in 1942, when coffee was added to the list of items rationed in the US) ~ Enjoy the views...

Sunday, November 28th, 2010 ~ After an arduous journey, that included mutiny and starvation, it was on this day in 1520 that Magellan and his remaining 3 ships finally made it around the southern tip of South America (through the straits that would later bear his name) and became the first Europeans to reach the Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic. You can be the first on your block of any descent to see the Pacific Ocean this morning by checking that link (mutiny and starvation not required), or here [or any of the west coast links below]. If you are traveling home today we hope your trip bears no resemblance to Magellan's (except for maybe the discovery of a new way to the Pacific ocean...) ~ watch the roads and enjoy the views ~

Saturday, November 27th, 2010 ~ Still working our way (happily) through leftovers, sun is out and it's cold and windy (always a good combo), and there is a trip or two out (and back)in the works. With snow in the mountains, waves all over the place, penguins, moss and chickens just milling about... there are views all over the place. Enjoy ~

Friday, November 26th, 2010 ~ A quiet day on the driveway as we forage for leftovers ~ and since today is the birthday of Charles M. Shultz (can't even type his name without the Peanuts piano tune wandering through the memory; virtual Cochlea vibrations as it were) please have some ice cream with your pumpkin pie today. And while you may be tempted to eat said pie with a tuning fork while you are celebrating, (don't roll your eyes, it would be (of course) in honor of Rudolph Koenig's birthday, also today. Among many other acoustic accomplishments he lifted the art of the tuning fork to perfection) we suggest a more traditional fork may be in order. Last note today is on the subject of pumpkin pies ~ the 2010 World's Largest Pumpkin Pie (weighing in at 3,699 pounds (!) 14.5 lbs of that is cinnamon(!!)) was baked in New Bremen, Ohio ~ way to go Buckeyes! Enjoy the views, the leftovers and of course some pumpkin pie.....

Thursday, November 25th, 2010 ~ Happy Thanksgiving! We, on this side of the driveway, hope you, on all the other sides, have a most delicious and delightfull day. A new Thanksgiving quiz, that is, thankfully, pretty easy, and a new trial site are in place today. Enjoy the day, the views and gobble on ~

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 ~ In the just-can't-get-good-help department yesterday's update didn't happen and the views of the driveway were all dumped into the first picture of the morning. We hope for better today as the road to Thanksgiving grows ever shorter (trips to Wegmans completed: 2 / trips to Wegmans left: 1+???). In cousin news: today is the 58th birthday of cousin Cole (HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLE)(hope we typed that loud enough for his old ears) **AND** cousin Andi's son, cousin Justin, hit the 1000 baskets mark in his HS career so far on Friday!!!! Will post a link to the article about his amazing achievement as soon as I find it. Justin does provide (thanks Justin!) the opportunity to link to one of our most favorite named obscure and helpful tools ~ a table of consanguinity ~ for all you cousins out there working out what cousins you are. Congratulations Justin!!! And happy viewing and very happy peeling/chopping/cooking/and baking to all. If you are traveling today ~ watch the roads ~ (you can watch 'em here if you aren't traveling....)

Monday, November 22nd, 2010 ~ Welcome to "How Many Trips to the Grocery Store can You Fit into 3 Days" Week ~ The first forays into Thanksgiving dinner start sometime today 'round this driveway, and, we're assuming, 'round about other driveways as well. While you are flying around today take a few minutes for some cake or a tip of the hat for flying ace Wiley Post who was born on this date in 1899 and who, in 1933 made the first ever round-the-world solo flight ~ 15,596 miles in 7 days 18-hr 49-min. He also developed, tested and used the first pressurized suit ~ that would evolve to allow today's astronauts to fly around out of the atmosphere. (but doesn't really help in the exploration of frozen turkeys at Wegmans) As Thanksgiving week takes off remember to keep your blue side up and enjoy the views ~

Sunday, November 21st, 2010 ~ A very happy birthday to the Internet today ~ from the Great Geek Manual: It was on this date in 1969 that... "the first permanent ARPANET link is established, after a bit of tweaking, between UCLA and the SRI machine at Stanford over a 50Kbps connection. An earlier attempt had failed when the SRI system crashed after typing the “L” and “O” of the login command. Most industry historians will later consider this date to be the birth of the internet"... ~ for without it views of the driveway (and those from the driveway) wouldn't arrive on our doorsteps (or desktops) at 10 minute intervals. So enjoy all the views and as much surfing as you can fit into the day.

Saturday, November 20th, 2010 ~ A quiet Saturday on the driveway ~ good time to catch up on the penguins (should have eggs soon!), and/or the snows in Montana, Maine, and Yosemite (and many of the higher elevation cams for that matter). But if most of that is just too cold to think about or look at ~ try watching the greenhouse, the trial site and/or any of the other warmer views to warm your thoughts and your toes (indirectly). Enjoy ~

Friday, November 19th, 2010 ~ Not only did it snow last night (yay!!) but some of it stuck (double yay!!)(see first picture of the morning) ~ oh happy day. And it is also the birthday of Eileen Marie Collins, born in 1956 who is the first American woman to pilot and, later, command a U.S. space shuttle. Throw in that it's also the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, the latest Harry Potter movie is now out (and already viewed by Bman and Hannah (we had line updates last night!), but not yet seen by anyone on this side of the driveway) and it's a Friday with snow.... and well, it just doesn't get much better than this. Except that it does, at least for you pre-dawn viewers. The Leonid Meteor Shower is under way through the 23rd ~ if you get up before dawn (we're talking seriously pre dawn, say 3'ish) bundle up, go outside, lay down and look towards the eastern sky. It's a light year (in count not distance) but there could still be 10-20 meteors an hour to see if you have clear skies. Click picture below for a viewing map. Enjoy all the views ~ along with our first, albeit anemic, viewable accumulation :)

Thursday, November 18th, 2010 ~ There is grauple in the forecast (always good) ~ for the higher elevations sure, but the driveway does always try to obtain a higher plane of viewing (?). Which is why today, in honor of the 82nd birthday of Mickey Mouse, we have 3 (aka: the only ones we could find, if you know of others please let us know) views of 3 of Mickey's homes ~ in Europe, in Florida, and overlooking his Anaheim hang out ~ he's pretty spry for a mouse his age so you could catch him anywhere you look today (maybe even in line for the Harry Potter movie premier?) ~ Enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 ~ While the driveway isn't actually a two-dimensional surface with only one side (and only one edge), we are calling it one today in honor of August Möbius, born on this day back in 1790 ~ cake all around (of course) and our thanks to Mr Möbius for providing endless fun in knitting, math, youtubing and googling in general. We hope no matter where you wander off to viewing today you'll remain equidistant from the parallel sides (of the internet as it were), so you will wind up right back here ~ at the same point you started.

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 ~ Looks like a busy day on the driveway ~ including a water delivery, the return of Jim's car (presumably with Jim in it) and at least one or two trips out (and, as we always like to hope, trips back). Add in the rains that are said to be marching this way (although you shouldn't put money on that just yet) and it might just be the perfect day to switch to decaf ~

Monday, November 15th, 2010 ~ Sunshine wall to wall today ~ as well as the spacewalk happening above the clouds (until about 2:45 this afternoon (est)) ~ to help with the celebrations of America Recycles Day, the anniversary of the day in 1859 that the final chapter of A Tale of Two Cities was published, and the anniversary of Zebulon Pike spotting Pike's Peak for the first time (you can spot it here). Also today, for your viewing pleasure, the return of the link to Downtowns where you can forget all your troubles, and forget all your cares in honor of Petula Clark's birthday. Enjoy the views ~

Sunday, November 14th, 2010 ~ November seems to be in a rush to fly by ~ it's already the last day of the first half of the month (how did that happen?). Also flying by, and in prime viewing locations for North America, is the International Space Station. To see when you can see it: check this link. The picture of the ISS below and more information can be found at http://spaceweather.com/. And today is also the birthday of Edward H. White, II (1930) who, on June 3rd 1965, became the first American to ever take a space walk. We've all come a long way since then and tomorrow two Russian cosmonauts (Yurchikhin and Skripochka) on the ISS will conduct a spacewalk (on Monday), which you can watch live on NASA Television beginning at 9 a.m. EST. The 5hr 55minute walk is planned to start at 9:25 am (EST). If you don't have NASA TV via cable or dish you can watch it right here, live, on what we're calling their space walk cam. Enjoy ~

Saturday, November 13th, 2010 ~ It's Happy Birthday Grandma Scorse Day today ~ while not a viewer we hope our regular viewers (you never know, there could be some, or one even?) join us in wishing her a great day and have some cake in her honor. Today is also the day back in 1940 that Fantasia premiered (which makes it 70 years old today!) And it's as watchable now as it was then. (even if you don't have a copy, you can youtube through it). And while it's another fantastic frost melting day here on the driveway ~ there are not too many of these left before the frost wins ~

Friday, November 12th, 2010 ~ If there were pumpkins there'd be frost on them this morning ~ but the rumor is the sun will be visiting again, all day, today so for now the frost won't last long (we hear things are changing next week...) A busy day on the driveway with at least 2 trips out (and, grid willing, back) ~ so pace yourselves. Domino Day used to be 'round about this time of year ~ however as there doesn't seem to be one this year we are naming today Faux Dominaux Day with a link that could start a chain reaction of viewing ~ Enjoy (and if any one knows what the music is at the beginning of the video please let us know)

Thursday, November 11th, 2010 ~ Wall-to-wall sunshine here on the driveway for Veteran's Day ~ in fact it's clear skies for almost everyone east of the Mississippi and lots of you west of it as well. (Which means lots of good viewing and a lovely day to donate time, energy, or money, to either the VA or your local disabled Veterans.)

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 ~ The middle of the week is here ~ with it comes a long history of remarkable events on this date. For instance, this is the date back in 1871 the world (or at least Dr. Livingstone) first heard the words "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?", and it is the date in 1885 that the world first heard the roar of the first petrol engine motorcycle as the Petroleum Reitwagen was unveiled by Gottlieb Daimler. It's also the date back in 1951 that the US was able to make the first long-distance direct dialing telephone call ~ and there's been no turning back. All that aside, any mid week is best enjoyed by spending it... enjoying the views of course ~

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 ~ Happy Inventor's Day (in Germany, Austria and Switzerland)! Celebrated to encourage people towards their own ideas and for a change to the better as well as to remind us all of the inventors before us. It is held on this date as it is the birthday of Hedy (Markey) Lamarr (1913) the movie actress who helped develop, and was given a patent for, a new means of communications that is the basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology. This early version of frequency hopping used a piano roll to change between 88 frequencies and was intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect or jam. The idea was not implemented in the USA until 1962, when it was used by U.S. military ships during a blockade of Cuba, after the patent had expired. We all use it today for things like cell phones and wireless internet... so it's cupcakes (well, if we decide to have one per the initial frequencies hopped (and we might) we should start small) all around and enjoy hopping the views ~

Monday, November 8th, 2010 ~ There may be all kinds of meaning in the shadows on the driveway today as it's the 126th birthday of Hermann Rorschach (or Kleck, meaning "inkblot," as he was known to his friends in High School). You can watch for something to appear, or you can take an online test here or better yet do both as well as eat an inkblot test here ~ It's also the 217th(!) anniversary today of the opening of the Louvre as a public museum. (never have found a Louvre web cam (if you know of one let me know) but here is a museum near it you can watch) Whatever you see in the views today ~ enjoy them ~

Sunday, November 7th, 2010 ~ Loved the extra hour we got last night. And in a rare alignment of technology both pcs AND drivewaycam adjusted their clocks correctly (it's a little scary). Take time to work on your alignment of syllables today as it's International Tongue Twister Day, and not just here in unique New York ~ so put on your red leather, yellow leather (3 times of course) jacket and get to your toy boat (as many times as you can) and remind yourself repeatedly that Blake's black bike's back brake bracket block broke.

Saturday, November 6th, 2010 ~ The PC went to a 3 day conference and left Drivewaycam behind, and running - apparently however drivewaycam really doesn't like being left because it quit updating last Wednesday. Sorry about that, it is our hope no one went into driveway withdrawal. But it's the first Saturday in November and the driveway is back in all it's glory ~ and the slight flurries that were possible in the forecast for Friday have been carried over to today and tomorrow so you never know what flakes you might see on the driveway today. (some of us will wave as we go by, some will just fall down and maybe melt) Enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 ~ Unfortunately, the launch of the shuttle Discovery has been postponed at least a day ~ but there are lots of other views just waiting to be seen. And (!) there is snow in the forecast (okay, not until Friday but it still counts) (and there is almost always snow somewhere on some of the views if you just can't wait for it to find the driveway ~ check out the ski jump, the penguins, the aurora cams...) Today the driveway will be sporting sun shine, but no lollipops. Enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 ~ A quote from and a nod to our old friend Thomas Jefferson today, on voting:"The rational and peaceable instrument of reform, the suffrage of the people." [Don't forget to Vote early! Vote often! (an old battle cry but a good one)] ~

Monday, November 1st, 2010 ~ Either bribed by Jim to turn a blind eye, or pouting because it didn't get to go to Hartford...Drivewaycam did not keep up with all the driveway views over the weekend. But, it's back now ~ and while it didn't show the first flurries of the season (!), or any hauntings that may have taken place, it will bring us All Saints Day, all day, in 10 minute increments, as only it can. The launch of Discovery has been pushed to Nov. 3 at 3:52 p.m. EDT (1952 GMT) ~ which clears up this afternoon for all driveway all the time (should one be so inclined (and if one should, the suggested incline is 4.3 degrees if one is supine, which would also work were one to recline but not so much should one find oneself prone (in this instance a rotation of 180 degrees is suggested before applying the 4.3 degree lift)(and for those of you prostrate, well, viewing of any kind can only help))). Whatever your angle, enjoy the views ~

Friday, October 29th, 2010 ~ The entire blurb division at Drivewaycam International is going to a convention and will be out until Sunday evening. The entire organization hopes everyone has a safe, candyful, and not overly scary Halloween ~ Driveway cam will keep its eye on Jim and things (hopefully) so you can too throughout the weekend. Monday (November 1st) is the next (and the next to last) Shuttle Launch. Discovery is scheduled to start its last mission at 4:40 ET. The launch clock and other views are here (in case the blurbs get back late and don't hop to it Monday morning)(which will only be surprising if that doesn't happen). Enjoy all the views over the next few days and as always at this time of year ~ BOO!!!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 ~ The soaring temperatures from a couple of days ago are falling rapidly and bringing rain and wind them as they do ~ but that's okay because it just means better viewing! Today is the day in 1965 that workers on the Gateway Arch is St. Louis, "topped out" the final section completing construction of the nation's tallest memorial after four years of work. So while wondering the planet today stop by St. Louis and visit the arch ~ you can get there almost immediately this way, or by this route. Earth Cams has an excellent cam here (but of course because it's Earth Cams you have to wait through their annoying commercials) And it's also the day back in 1886 that the Statue of Liberty was dedicated ~ always good for a visit, and you're always in the neighborhood to stop by and see it here and on Earth Cams (have I mentioned their annoying commercials recently?) here. Have a monumentally good viewing day ~

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 ~ First and Foremost - Happy Birthday to Bob! We all hope it's a great day and year ahead for you ~ Now, while we are toasting (with home brew of course), let's raise a glass to a couple of other birthday boys, Rabees and Dylan Thomas, and to the 137th anniversary of the day Joseph Glidden applied for the patent for barbed wire; as well as to the 106th anniversary of the opening of the first underground and underwater rail system in the world ~ The New York City Subway; (no, no, no, don't start humming 'you can't have one without the other') and to the 28th anniversary of the day the population in China passed 1 billion...(okay maybe we'll have to raise more than 1 glass...) With all that toasting, if you haven't carved your pumpkins yet, DON'T! Practice online and carve the real ones another day. :)

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 ~ Soaring (okay, maybe not 'soaring' but high none the less) temperatures will bedeck the driveway today and all sorts of other driveways elsewhere as well. And cereal all around today for the birthday of Charles Post (1854) who invented Grape Nuts, and the Post Cereal Company, after spending time in the sanitarium of Dr. John Kellogg (it's a small cereal world after all). Now that that song is running amok in your head, and for you transportation junkies (you know who you are), it was back on this day in 1825 the Erie Canal officially opened, linking the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean at New York, and it was (just?) 133 years later to the day, that the Boeing 707 flew it's maiden commercial flight on a Pan Am hop from New York to Paris. (as we understand it, cereal was not on the menu that day) ~ Enjoy the soaring, the cereal and of course the views ~

Monday, October 25th, 2010 ~ The last week of October begins ~ and it begins with the birthday of William Higinbotham (1910) who is, depending on your definitions of first, video, and game, the physicist who back in 1958 invented the very first video game, Tennis for Two. The little oscilloscope game that may have started it all. (or is, at least, the 2nd video game ever to continue it all)(ignoring here the fact that none of the "first" ones used a video signal at all anyway). It was created as an amusement for an open house and was not actually the focus of his work (unlike the jobs of over a quarter of a million Americans alone in the software entertainment industry today). However, it's time to stop this playing around and get back to enjoying the views ~

Sunday, October 24th, 2010 ~ A lazy day starts here on the driveway ~ and you can watch it go by at your leisure, in 10 minute slices, all day. Since the run up (down) to Halloween is in full gear (despite the lack of jack-o-lanterns here at Drivewaycam International), here is a link to wander for some carving inspirations ~

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 ~ Rumor has it today is not only the day back in 1819 that the first boat passed through the Erie Canal, but, according to the biblical interpretations by church leaders in 1650, this is also the day back in 4004 BC that the Earth was created! So Happy 6014th Birthday to all of us... and enjoy the views along with the cake ~ (don't have a creation cam (yet)(if you think time travel is tricky you should see the specs on time streaming) but here are a couple of other views of the canal at Tonawanda and another one here)

Friday, October 22nd, 2010 ~ It's new web cam day today (oh boy oh boy oh boy) ~ it's inside the clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., to watch the next Mars rover being built! Hours are approximately 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday. Today is also the birthday of Charles Glen King (1896), the man who discovered Vitamin C. (which incidentally is destroyed by light and heat, and that means you could come eat your citrus fruit on the driveway today more beneficially, given our clouds and temperature, than you could in the clean room). And it is the 213th anniversary of the very first parachute jump, which was made by André-Jacques Garnerin and, as it turned out, it's also the 213th anniversary of the very first case of air sickness ever as well (both firsts go to Monsieur Garnerin!)(who might have been helped by some vitamin C...). But no parachutes, or vitamins, are required* to enjoy the views of the driveway and the Mars rover ~ *the legal department requests we add the clarification that neither one is required under NORMAL viewing conditions. Requirements may vary in your (viewing) area. These web cams have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This driveway is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (but sometimes does in spite of itself)

Thursday, October 21st, 2010 ~ Here is a lovely article in the Courier Journal about the group (Barefoot Best Friends) that Jessie and Ellie play in, to start out your viewing today with a bang. Which is good because it's also the birthday of Alfred Noble (1833), who invented dynamite and other powerful explosives, and who is the man who established the Noble Foundation (first prizes were awarded in 1901)(this years winners are here). It's also the day, back in 1879, that Thomas A. Edison successfully demonstrated the first durable and commercially practical electric light bulb at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. That bulb lasted 40 hours before burning out ~ meanwhile our favorite light bulb, first turned on the same year those first Nobel Prizes were awarded, is still going strong after 109 years, and always brightens a viewing day ~ Enjoy ~

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 ~ Today is the birthday of the original Jimmy Neutron ~ aka Sir James Chadwick (1891), who discovered and named the Neutron. It is also the birthday of Daniel Nathan (1905) ~ aka Frederic Dannay aka Ellery Queen. And, it's the day back in 1968 that Dick Fosbury won a gold metal (and set an Olympic record) with his distinctive style of high jump, which quickly became known as (bka) the Fosbury Flop. And it's a lovely middle of the week (aka Wednesday) here on la entrada de carros uka (usually known as) the driveway ~ so, whatever you know them as, please enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 ~ A sunshower on the driveway, and lots of leaf peeping still left to do out there should keep us all busy today. But, if you have a few spare moments you might to celebrate the premiere of Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance March," 109 years ago today, by checking out Donald's version here:

Monday, October 18th, 2010 ~ It was 143 years ago today that we took possession of the then recently purchased Seward's Folly - 586,412 square miles, at the bargain price of less than 2 cents a mile - that eventually became our 50th state. A toast to a Happy Alaska Day all around! Or maybe just toast all around as it's also the day 79 years ago that Charles Strite got his patent for the Pop-Up Toaster! Add in that it is PattiBeth and Mark's anniversary, as well as Dieter's 57th birthday (!) and you'll need a whole loaf of bread to celebrate. While toasting you can also check in on our purchase today. A host of links here, a couple of our favorite drivewaycam links here and here as well as any or all of these (one), (two), and (three)(update 3:55 - Whittier Cam isn't working, changed to the other end of Prince William Sound).

Sunday, October 17th, 2010 ~ We hope a pleasant Sunday is underway for our viewers near, and far, and those road tripping as well. It's a quiet day being served up on the Driveway ~ but as it is the birthday of the artist and co-creator of Superman, Jerry Siegel (of Cleveland Ohio), please be on the lookout for anything faster than a speeding bullet that might leap over tall buildings, or the driveway, in a single bound. Not as fast as a speeding bullet but too fast for the 9 people killed in its wake, exactly 100 years before Mr. Siegel was born, the London Beer Flood occurred, on this date, in the parish of St. Giles. A Tottenham Court Road brewery vat collapsed which caused several others to collapse and as a result, more than 323,000 imperial gallons of beer burst out and gushed into the street. Please report any beer tsunamis seen on the driveway, or elsewhere and enjoy the views ~

Saturday, October 16th, 2010 ~ Happy Birthday to Donna! With best wishes for a wonderful year ahead ~ as we get a late start on this sunny National Feral Cat Day. Enjoy the views and be kind to any Feral Cats you see out on the driveway or any where out there today.

Friday, October 15th, 2010 ~ Well, we've made it to the middle of October already ~ and to the birthday of Asaph Hall who discovered and named the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. Closer to home (unless you are a proponent of the "we came from Mars" theory, in which case our getting there will be going home) and with a bit more atmosphere than either of the moons, it's a windy, gray, very autumny day on the driveway. Elsewhere this morning you'll find they are making snow in Finland, they have some light snow on the ground in Sweden (or maybe that's aurora dust?), and the penguins are besieged, with only a few of them hunkered in. And if all that is too much like winter, don't worry, there are still leaves to be peeped ~ "Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." - Elizabeth Lawrence

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 ~ You may think (and really, who doesn't?!) a meter is the distance traveled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299,792,458 of a second ~ but did you know that's just since 1983? On this day in 1960 it's length was changed to be 1,650,763.73 wavelengths in vacuum of the orange-red light radiation of the krypton-86 atom (transition between levels 2p10 and 5d5). No wonder we didn't go metric ~ who can keep up with all the changes? Ignoring the whimsy of sound to change it's speed as well, Chuck Yeager flew faster than the speed of sound for the first time on this day 63 years ago, giving us our very first sonic boom. And, it is the birthday of one of our favorites who played with the meter of sound, as well as the wavelengths of light ~ Enjoy the sites and sounds however far you wander ~

- e.e. cummings

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 ~ Grab a top and give it a spin for while the earth goes about spinning on it's axis today, and spinning around the sun, it's spun us right into the 2nd Wednesday of October otherwise known as International Top Spinning Day ~ so join the celebration and start spinning your top. Besides checking out the driveway and the views (all spinning with us today), what's a better way to spend some time than taking a top for a twirl ~

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 ~ A quiet day on the driveway, one that is supposed to bring us clearing skies (and a drier driveway)(and not a bulldozer in sight). We'll watch along with you to see if those rumors pan out. Another rumor tells us that today, in 1823, Charles Macintosh of sometimes rainy Glasgow, Scotland, began selling raincoats made of fabric waterproofed by the process he had invented. So even if the skies don't clear, don't panic... we're covered. (However, we recommend that you follow the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and bring along your towel anyway)

Monday, October 11th, 2010 ~ Today is Columbus Day here and Thanksgiving Day in Canada so figure out what sort of feast you'd like and then dig in. If you are leaning towards Donuts and Beer, to cover all the bases (?)(not saying it makes sense, just saying it sounds good), here is a recipe that will also help you celebrate National Chestnut Week (which started yesterday, and is in full swing(!)) [sadly, we missed the 2010 World Conkers Championship held yesterday, but good news ~ registrations for the 2011 Championship are now open...]

Sunday, October 10th, 2010 ~ Welcome to this 10/10/10 on the driveway! We are as enchanted by the symmetry of the date as we are by the crispness in the air. We're pleased as punch to get to share this go around ~ and, bonus ~ for a nice change, it's the exact same date even for our friends (and viewers) in Europe too! No matter how you write it (or say it, and you should), it's 10-10-10. However, in case you are looking for something more meaningful in the date (besides it's cute little binary smile), or maybe something ominous, you may (or may not)(well, it's a binary day after all) be interested to know that according to at least one reference: Even when taking into account the differences between the Gregorian and Julian calendars ~ Nothing significant appears to have happened a thousand years ago on that 10/10/10. And, nothing significant appears to have happened two thousand years ago on that particular 10/10/10 either. (true, eyewitness reports are still being combed but it's looking good). So get out there and enjoy the day and the views and the date ~

Saturday, October 9th, 2010 ~ The start of a long weekend (for some) and at least here on the driveway it couldn't look better. Another perfect day for kicking leaves, finding pumpkins, cider, donuts, reading under a tree (or in a tree....hmmm...even better), for getting out (literally or figuratively (what with weather being as arbitrary and variable as it is)) and enjoying the views ~ But I remember more dearly autumn afternoons in bottoms that lay intensely silent under old great trees - C. S. Lewis

Friday, October 8th, 2010 ~ Another sun washed day rolling down the driveway ~ perfect for leaf peeping, watching mountains, or checking in on how Chicago is faring 139 years to the day that old lady O'Leary lit a lantern in her shed and the Great Chicago Fire started. (while her cow has often been maligned for said fire, another theory is that a comet started the fire!?!) [Other views of the windy city here and/or here.] And speaking of comets (?) it was exactly 53 years ago today that Jerry Lee Lewis recorded "Great Balls Of Fire" down in Memphis, Tennessee. Don't shake your nerves or rattle your brain, but goodness gracious enjoy the views today ~

Thursday, October 7th, 2010 ~ A beautiful autumn day is up on the driveway, and hopefully on it's environs too. Enjoy the views ~ and the playoffs (!) :)

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010 ~ Long time viewers (you never know, there could be a couple), or generally silly people (which would, by definition, include the aforementioned subset of the population) on this side of the pond know that it's Mad Hatter Day (the other side of the pond of course is wondering where we were for their June version of the same holiday). So take some time from enjoying the views today and enjoy an actual Tea Party* online ~ (*please note: drivewaycam takes and holds no political stance, or opinion, believing as it does that not only is the driveway not a place for politics, but that both sides of the aisle have inhaled way too much mercury (as well as believing, as it mostly does, that it is only a boxlike device for holding a film or plate or gooey digital medium sensitive to light, having an aperture controlled by a shutter that, when opened, admits light enabling an object to be focused, usually by means of a lens, on the film or plate or gooey digital medium, thereby producing not an opinion but a photographic image))

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 ~ It was 41 years ago today that ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ premiered on BBC. And, luckily for us, on any number of levels, it was 40 years ago today that PBS was established here so we could (eventually) watch them too ~ Since it looks like a rainy day on the driveway may we suggest a nice cuppa, with some cheese and digestives, to prevent you from becoming all over esurient and to enhance your view hopping today...

Monday, October 4th, 2010 ~ It's the first Monday in October and that's too bad for 9 people we know of as they will have to cut back on their driveway viewing because they are heading back to work today. But the oasis that is the driveway will be here, along with all the other views, all day should they (or the rest of us) need a break. [and, if you are so inclined, you can check out the first arguments up here, read 'em, and join your friends in a lively game of Guess the Verdict ~ but please, no wagering. (While drivewaycam does not sanction wagering, we bet you can't name the 2 states where gambling is against the law without visiting your local search engine parlor)] So, ante up, guess away, and enjoy the views ~

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010 ~ As we stumble around this morning (after that doozy of a double-header in Boston last night), waiting for the last games of the regular season today, it's pinkies up for the birthday of Emily Post (1873). And for the 20th anniversary of the official reunification of Germany which is also today. So grab some coffee (to go with the cake) or a beer (to go with a brat) and check in on Berlin today, right here along with all your other favorite sites ~ Enjoy the views, and the games ~

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 ~ A very lovely October morning seems to be underway out on the driveway, and around the driveway as well. A perfect day to get out and look for leaves or pumpkins, or to stay in, click, and do the same. And, as it is the birthday of a favorite around here, Graham Greene, it's also a perfect day to pour some cider and settle in with a good book (the Sommelier Department is recommending a light book with a satisfying finish, something like Travels with My Aunt, as an accompaniment to the day). A few trips out and back then that's where you'll find us (stop by, we have plenty of cider). And don't forget to raise a glass, or have some cake for the Peanuts Gang who looked like this 60 years ago today when they first came into view ~

Friday, October 1st, 2010 ~ Take a deep breath ~ it's here ~ October! And it will be appearing all month on the driveway, on all the other views, and in those things that go bump in the night. Have a caramel today while viewing (it's National Caramel Month) and be sure to visit Yosemite as it is the 120th anniversary of the day an act of Congress established it as America's 3rd National Park (they do, on occasion, get something right). It's also, quite fittingly, the birthday of Paul Dukas, born in 1865 he is the composer who wrote musical version of Goethe's poem The Sorcerer's Apprentice (you can watch Mickey's version at that link, or read Der Zauberlehrling at this one) ~ Enjoy the views ~ "There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thursday, September 30th, 2010 ~ Your last chance at September on the driveway, and at all your favorite views, has arrived ~ and with it some rain, the Flintstone's 50th anniversary, some wave watching potential as Nicole breaks up (but continues to cause problems along the east coast), and of course leaf peeping all over the place. If you take a break from viewing today you might want to do some reading (it's the last day of Library Card Sign Up Month (do you have yours?? here are 52 ways you can use your library card) as well as being the middle of Banned Books Week after all). And while we're on books...the first section of the Gutenberg Bible was published on this day in 1452, and the first volume of Little Women was published on this day in 1868. And with a symmetry we love on this side of the driveway, you can read Little Women, while you catch your favorite views, using Project Gutenberg, here. Enjoy ~ "I'm of a fearsome mind to throw my arms around every living librarian who crosses my path, on behalf of the souls they never knew they saved." ~ Author Barbara Kingsolver

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 ~ It's the penultimate day of September, only one more spin of the planet to go, after our revolution today, until we bump into October. And while your head is spinning at the thought of the (almost) 1040 mph we're twirling about on our axis (speeds may vary in your neck of the woods) ~ don't fight it. It's a rotational kind-a day. It was on this day in 1914 that Edison got patent # 1111999 for his phonograph record. Of the 1093 patents he received (another type of record he made, still unbroken) he said the phonograph was his favorite ~ so fire up the old turntable today (if you still have one) and play some records at whatever rpm's you can. (and if all this spinning has you dizzy please note that watching the driveway drift by in 10 minutes today will not require any Dramamine)~ ps ~ congratulations to the Reds and the Yankees who both made it to the playoffs last night! :)

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 ~ The Birthday Sheep are here ~ for Catherine's Birthday today! Hope it's a lovely day down there in N'awlins and that it's the start of a wonderful year for you! Today is historically a busy day as it is the day (we are told) that Confucius was born, the day that William (of the Conquering William's) landed on British soil to begin changing our language forever, as well as the day in 1850 that the U.S. Navy abolished flogging as a form of punishment, and, the day in 1928 that Alexander Fleming accidentally discovered penicillin! With all that behind us, it will be a seemingly quiet day ahead on the driveway ~ sprinkled with rain and a few trips out and back. Enjoy the views (and some birthday cake!) ~

Monday, September 27th, 2010 ~ Monday, get yer Monday here - racing down the driveway all day. It is Karen and Bob's 35th anniversary (we think, we aren't too good at math), it's Google's 12th birthday and ~ it is the last week in the Major League Baseball Regular Season (and some us need all of our 6 remaining games to go well...). And you can strike up the band and light the candles, all 53 [35+12+6] of them on the cake, with matches in honor of this day in 1892, when Joshua Pusey of Lima, Ohio, was awarded patent #483165 for book matches. The oil spill cams have been moved, with great relief, to the retired links page as so few of them are active anymore, 2 new cameras were added to the leaf peeping collection and it looks like great viewing no matter where you look ~ Enjoy ~

Sunday, September 26th, 2010 ~ We'll bet you apples to oranges that you hardly noticed they were gone, but now the daily Blurbs are back ~ and just in time for the birthday of one of our favorite poets, T.S. Eliot (who liked apples) and one of our favorite environmentalists, Johnny Appleseed (who liked poetry, and the occasional orange too, we're guessing). While the Blurb Division was out autumn arrived with an equinox, Jupiter visited, a new Aurora Cam premiered and leaf peeping and apple season took off ~ (it was their turn). So before they miss anything else it's welcome back to the blurbs and here is to everyone having a lovely Sunday and enjoying the views (which are even better when viewed along with some fresh cider and apple bread ....)

Sunday, September 19th, 2010 ~ The Blurb Division at Driveway Cam International will be closed for repairs (until next Sunday). However, Driveway Cam *will* be up and running all week so all your views will be here waiting for you every day (with penguins cavorting, and leaf peeping hitting it's stride everywhere you look, you may not even notice they are gone (but you didn't hear that here)). Today's parting blurb is that it is the anniversary of the date (in 1846) that Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning eloped to Florence where they lived the rest of the lives. There are views here, and here, and a streaming view here to see why they stayed, or to watch while you read some of their poetry. Don't forget to get out at midnight and check for Jupiter's closest visit until 2022 (closest night of this closest visit is 20th-21st) while we're out, and for goodness sake ye scallywags don't forget that today is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Have a good week and enjoy the views ~

Saturday, September 18th, 2010 ~ Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival starts today. Hope to see you there ~ a beautiful day is on store there and here for the driveway, so get outside and enjoy. And don't forget that Leaf peeping is always available if your weather isn't cooperating, and the penguins are back (yay!) for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy ~

Friday, September 17th, 2010 ~ Another week draws to a close with Friday celebrating all day on the driveway... it's Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival Weekend again ~ if you get a chance, visit the Hemlock Fairgrounds for your annual yarn and duck herding fix (love the duck herding). Also, be sure to set your alarm clocks so you are outside at midnight to view Jupiter, visiting these days 75 million km closer than on previous encounters, as it is the closest it will be to us until 2022 (may want to mark your 2022 calendars and day timers now so you don't forget): "The night of closest approach is Sept. 20-21st. This is also called "the night of opposition" because Jupiter will be opposite the sun, rising at sunset and soaring overhead at midnight. Among all denizens of the midnight sky, only the Moon itself will be brighter." But you don't have to wait till then, the view is still excellent now ~

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 ~ High winds and rain are due up on the driveway later today ~ and from other views it looks rainy with high wind warnings sprinkled all over the place. It's a good day to stay in and wander the cams (wearing your pilgrim hat as the Mayflower set sail for Virginia this date back in 1620 (winds blew them off course and they arrived in Cape Cod)). Or you can put on your rabbit ears as Birthday cake today is for Marvin P. Middlemark, born in 1919, inventor of many things including the Rabbit Ear Antenna for TVs and lesser known, but not lesser loved...his water driven potato peeler ~ And some cake too for the 102nd anniversary of the day former carriage-maker William Crapo "Billy" Durant founded General Motors (having their own issues with economic winds), in Flint Michigan. Be careful out there, and enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010 ~ Being served on the driveway this morning is the middle of the week ~ smack dab, as it were, on the middle of the month. It's also the birthday of a favorite mystery writer 'round these parts Agatha Christie, as well as the birthday of one Greg (D.N.) Rush ~ it's a mystery to us how anyone can be that far past middle age. Enjoy the views and with any luck the day (and views) will be better than middling ~

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 ~ If you live in one of the 7 states that are having primaries today... vote early, vote often. Here in NY we're entering the era of progress (according to some) by using only electronic scanning machines for the first time. Our beloved (and chad-less, confusion-less, etc etc etc) lever machines are no more. (a moment of silence from the some of us who aren't quite as sure it's a step forward). Voting or not today ~ enjoy the views ~ and....in case you hadn't heard....THEY'RE BACK!!!!! (the penguins that is) :)

Monday, September 13th, 2010 ~ Just because it's a rainy day and a Monday is no reason to get yourself down ~ the Aurora Cams have been updated (great during the day for cloud watching and check out their best shot archives for what you can catch Aurorawise) ~ the Old Faithful Link has been fixed, they have added new cameras and a streaming link (so we have too) ~ there are leaves to be peep'd and links galore (no, that is not driveway cam's stage name, but hmmmm, it could be) awaiting the start of your weekly viewing ~ *AND* most importantly for ignoring the rain and the Monday part, about 1/2 of the staff here at Driveway Cam International think there is a Penguin Back this morning!!!!! (the other half are a bit more skeptical)(let us know what you think). Enjoy the views ~

Sunday, September 12th, 2010 ~ A slow start to this Sunday morning, here's to keeping it that way. Don't rush, there are lots of views, no waiting ~

Saturday, September 11th, 2010 ~ It's a quiet morning on the driveway with just a couple of trips out (to the Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair) and back on this beautiful September day ~ hope everyone's day is as quiet and peaceful. [Leaf Peeping page was updated (it's a work in progress)(just like the leaves)] Enjoy the views ~

Friday, September 10th, 2010 ~ Working on the leaf peeping links for 2010 ~ just a smidge early, but leaves are starting to turn colors around the driveway and we don't want to be late... so the first pass for Leaf Peeping is below in the table and right here too if all that scrolling is way too much for a Friday (we understand). [And please don't panic, the 2010 Nests page is retired now, but always available for viewing on the retired links page.] A quiet day on the driveway should give you time to check in on all your other favorite views and to get a baseline view for future Leafing. Enjoy ~

Thursday, September 9th, 2010 ~ If you were to drive just south of Brookings Oregon and the Chetco River, then turn inland off of US 101 onto Lower Harbor Rd/CR-808/South Bank Chetco River Rd and drive five miles, turning right onto Mt Emily Rd/NF-1205 and going another 12.5 miles... you'd pass NF-260, and you'd find Bombsite Trail which would lead you off of the road one-half mile to the very site where, 68 years ago today, Japan bombed the US Mainland! Nobuo Fujita (pilot) dropped two World War II incendiary bombs that day, with the intent of starting a forest fire to draw the Navy from the Pacific to protect the West Coast. The plan didn't work (neither did the bombs (or those on the subsequent runs!) by some accounts). Can't make the drive? No problem ~ check in on how Brookings is faring since the shelling (?) with a click right here. And because the Oregon Coast is so pretty why not drop in on the views of the rest of it as well?

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 ~ Today is not only back-to-school day 'round the driveway, it's also International Literacy Day, designated by the United Nations, and first celebrated in 1966. The point is to make sure that literacy remains a high priority on the agendas of each country — and for the whole world at large (and drivewaycam can always use new readers too)(with thanks to Writers Almanac for the information). In the think globally act locally arena... while checking out the views today you can also google Literacy Volunteers to get information on how to help in your area. And since it's still National Library Card Sign Up Month, take a break from watching libraries online to visit yours in person ~

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 ~ Back to work! But don't forget to take in a few views when you can. And have some cake today for Luther Crowell born this day in 1840 ~ you may not know his name, but you know, and see, his work every day. He not only had over 280 printing press patents to his name, one of which created the first rotary folding machine that delivered newspapers complete and folded (couldn't get a patent on the machine that delivers them to the end of your driveway (but that's being worked on)) ~ he also designed the machine and got the patent (U.S. Patent No.123,811 issued 20 Feb 1872) for making the square-bottomed paper bag still found in the majority of grocery stores. (and to this day, nothing covers a school book like one of Crowell's bags)(always loved the ritual covering of the books.....) Enjoy the views ~

Monday, September 6th, 2010 ~ A very Happy Labor Day from our driveway to yours ~ should a parade, a barbeque, a picnic, a union label, or anything else for that matter, wander by today you'll see it here (along with all your other favorite views who are hoping you'll stop by for a visit).

Sunday, September 5th, 2010 ~ On this date back in 1698, Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards (and you thought our new sliced bagel tax was weird). Same date in 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, just 2 weeks *after* Voyager II was launched... which sort of makes sense (squint your eyes and shake your head) because apparently this date is also Be Late For Something Day! So enjoy your Sunday, Be Late for Something out there and enjoy the views ~ and if anyone knows why this date last year was brought to us by the number 33,289,150,146 please (oh please) let us know. (an inquiry has been levied (or is that launched?) by today's number 1,830,297,600 and the Numbers Verified Here Department finds itself without a clue)

Saturday, September 4th, 2010 ~ It's Saturday, in the park (and as it turns out also on the driveway), but it's not the 4th of July ~ it is however the next best thing as it's the 4th of September and the start of Labor Day Weekend. We hope everyone has a safe and fun long weekend. And when you aren't outside week-ending, c'mon in and Enjoy the views ~

Friday, September 3rd, 2010 ~ And just that fast it's Friday on the driveway, and the leading edge of either the last long weekend of Summer, or the first long weekend of Autumn (depending on how full your glass is)(and what's in the glass for that matter) ~ and it's a day that didn't even happen back in 1752 when September 14th came after September 2nd, because of the switch, here and in England, to the Gregorian Calendar. Winds are still beating up the Carolinas even as Earl is winding it's way towards Nantucket and points north east Luckily is it also winding down a little but will still hit as a Category 1 hurricane, so it's going to be a stormy day there, and along the coast. [Some of the East Coast Wave cams were knocked of commission because of Earl, but there are still plenty to watch.] Much less destructive, but we're expecting some afternoon thunderstorms 'round these parts too, so slickers on while enjoying the views ~

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 ~ The holiday weekend approaches and for most of the Eastern Seaboard so does Earl ~ the (currently) category 4 hurricane that is 'the largest to menace so much of the Atlantic coast since "Bob" in 1991'. We'll be keeping tabs on Earl's visit with the East Coast wave cams and NOAA, and hoping for the best for everyone in it's path. With tropical storms Fiona and Gaston chasing Earl, wave watching should be interesting for quite some time. A reminder for those of you not in the storm areas, it's day 2 of Library Card Sign Up Month and today would be the perfect day to make sure your card is in good working condition or to get one if you don't have one. Enjoy the views ~ and hang on to your hats as needed.

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010 ~ Welcome to September on the Driveway ~ September is always a busy time, what with it being National Library Card Sign Up Month, National Honey Month, and National Mushroom month (to name but a few). However, September 1st is also National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day, so let's start with that. Besides viewing today we need to celebrate all words in the English language that do not rhyme with any other words. So polish your Silver, take an Orange to lunch (no, don't have an Orange for lunch, that would just be mean) wear some Purple, give up your Angst (just for the day), scratch your Scalp as you ponder the vagaries of our language, and enjoy the start of this new Month that will stretch all the way down the driveway and out into autumn.....

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 ~Summer and August continue to roll on down the driveway today (August is off for parts unknown after today but the temperatures have decided to stick around awhile) ~ which makes it a perfect day for viewing and/or for dipping ones toes in a lake. It was 100 years ago today, Glenn Hammond Curtiss avoided dipping anything into the water and flew his biplane over Lake Erie from Euclid Beach Park, Cleveland (just a couple of miles from here) to Cedar Point, Sandusky. This record over water flight was at an altitude of between 400 and 500 feet, and the 70 mile trip took 78 minutes, nonstop (always good). There is a picture of Mr. Curtiss getting ready to take off that day ~ here and one just after his landing at Cedar Point ~ here. Keep your blue side up and enjoy the last views of August ~

Monday, August 30th, 2010 ~ Today is the anniversary of the day in 1963 that the "Hot Line" communications link (direct 2 way communication (although not a telephone)) was established between the White House and the Kremlin. While it was set up for use during times of crisis we'd like to think since August 30th is National Toasted Marshmallow Day (!) that the first communications back and forth might have been s'mores recipes. To celebrate, call the Kremlin (011-7-495-695-37-76) if you like today, or better yet, check out and try some of these S'mores Recipes. Here is a link where you can make your own s'mores online, over a virtual campfire even ~ an actual zero calorie s'more ~ If you decide on real s'mores, we recommend building the fire outside of the building that houses your PC (public service message # 314). Enjoy the views, and some toasted marshmallows ~

Sunday, August 29th, 2010 ~ In 2005 we were spending August 29th watching Katrina slam into New Orleans ~ today the view is better in New Orleans, while elsewhere hurricane Danielle, traveling north and east in the Atlantic is winding down along the way, but tropical Storm Earl is the one to keep an eye on it's eye, as it works on becoming a hurricane today. However, 'round these parts...you'll need sunglasses if you are keeping your eyes on the driveway ~

Saturday, August 28th, 2010 ~ Step right up and sit right down because your first, last, and only viewing opportunity of the driveway bedecked in the last Saturday of the month is here ~ Enjoy the view ~

Friday, August 27th, 2010 ~ The last Friday of the month is on tap on the driveway today, and it looks to be a lovely one ~ A little link change as Dinosaur Cam is on hiatus (and also on the retired links page). We have a new link premiering in it's spot: Lake (and pool) Cam. The camera changes it's point of view so it's a little more action than we're used to at that table location (the Brontosaurus only ever moved at night) but if you cut back on the caffeine (or whatever you're drinking) before diving in, you'll be fine. Enjoy the views ~

Thursday, August 26th, 2010 ~ It was 90 years ago, on this day in 1920, that the 19th Amendment was formally incorporated into the U.S. Constitution. With a stroke of a pen, over his morning coffee, the official proclamation was signed by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby, without ceremony, at his residence in Washington. While none of the leaders of the woman suffrage movement were present when the proclamation was signed, and no photographers or film cameras recorded the event, he is quoted as saying "I turn to the women of America and say: 'You may now fire when you are ready. You have been enfranchised.'"

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 ~ You may detect a little lineup change in the links below ~ Heliocorder Cam apparently had some sort of breakdown and has been retired until further notice. Don't panic, we've uncovered a link that will provide the same heart pounding adrenalin rush you've come to expect and depend upon... you'll want to pace yourselves as you check out and then work Ant Farm Cam into your viewing rotation. And a tip of the old fedora today to Allan Pinkerton, born this day in 1819, who is the man who, among other things, created the first detective agency in the US, began the secret service, hunted Jessie James, foiled a plot to assassinate Lincoln, and is responsible for the phrase Private Eye (which stemmed from his logo, the WE NEVER SLEEP eye painted on his building) ~ so let's keep an eye on things (less criminal) today people, investigate, and of course, enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 ~ Happy Birthday Da-Veed!!! (that's right, our own Bogdan turns another year older today) It was also on this day, in 1932, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly non-stop across the United States, traveling from Los Angeles to Newark, N.J., in just over 19 hours. (the rumors that Bogdan was there and watched her land in NJ are (probably) not true) And in unrelated news (at least Bogdan better not have had anything to do with it) it was on this day in 2006 that (only) 4% of the world's (then) 10,000 astronomers via the International Astronomical Union (IAU) took Pluto and changed it from a planet to a dwarf planet ~ Pluto 134340 ~ (we continue to boo in their general direction). ~ The moon is full tonight so enjoy the views and the shine ~

Monday, August 23rd, 2010 ~ A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Charlotte today! Hope it's a great day for you Chuk. We're thinking if you are looking for the perfect cake to have in her honor it has to be a Peanut Butter Banana Cake ~ It's also the 44th anniversary of when the world received its first view of Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon. While checking out possible landing sites for the Apollo missions, Lunar Orbiter 1 gave us this first image of ourselves on August 23rd 1966. For a slightly closer view of ourselves today, check out the pictures here (you may even catch the birthday girl's neighborhood on the 16:30 UTC (ish) pictures). Enjoy the views from whatever altitude you see them ~ From: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_623.html

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010 ~ Today is the 90th birthday of Ray Bradbury ~ there will be Dandelion Wine poured and sipped in his honor, and stories will be read. If you don't have any of his works you can read several short stories here: Hopscotch (starts mid page), There Will Come Soft Rains, The Fog Horn, or All Summer in A Day (3rd link from the bottom in the table, click to read online or download), the original Dandelion Wine short story ~ or better yet ~ get thee to a library or book store and give yourself a present for his birthday with one, any, or all of his books. Happy Birthday and a thousand and one Thank-yous Mr. Bradbury. And to the rest of us... Enjoy the views, the stories, and drink the day in ~

Saturday, August 21st, 2010 ~ Several trips out and, grid willing, an equal number back on this lovely Saturday on the driveway ~ in between views there is always a baseball game out there to watch, listen to, or follow online. (Fingers crossed Cincinnati makes it 8 in a row!) So feet up, relax, and enjoy the views ~

Friday, August 20th, 2010 ~ One of our favorite days in the galaxy of favorite days - it's the 128th anniversary of the day Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" was first performed in Moscow, it's the 114th anniversary of the day the dial telephone was patented in U.S.A. (not that all of our viewers even know what a dial telephone is) and it was 33 years ago this very day that we invited the universe to visit as Voyager 2 was launched ~ it's still going strong, and still sending data back from about 14 BILLION miles away!! (it's now long past Pluto (which was of course still a planet when Voyager left...)) Currently racing away from us at more than 78,000 miles per hour, it takes close to 13 hrs (at the speed of light mind you) for messages sent from Voyager II to be received on Earth) But we do love still getting postcards from it's trip! (click on picture for greeting details)

Thursday, August 19th, 2010 ~ Wednesday slipped by off camera but today it's wall-to-wall driveway viewing. If the exhilaration of the asphalt overwhelms, it's been known to happen, spend some time wandering the links. Today is the birthday of Ogden Nash and in honor of him, and one of his poems, you could spend the day oh so pleasantly looking at any number of beaches/oceans and shores on the links below. And take along a root beer float (which doesn't work well as a beach toy but does have a poetry all it's own) or maybe even a root beer float cupcake(!) as you wander, because it's also the birthday of Charles E. Hires who came up with a recipe for a combination of over twenty-five herbs, berries and roots that he used to flavor a carbonated soda water drink ~ Hires Root Beer ~ Enjoy the views and some root beer ~

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 ~ Dark is Dark 'round these parts, but even after the driveway is given over to ghosts.... there are some lovely other views out and about from drivewaycam links ~ Last night while wandering we found fog, daylight, sunsets, moon rises, and/or clear skies, from DC to Alaska. Also found that they grow their spiders VERY large in Montana (ck the last picture)! Clicking on any of them will give you a clearer view, mouse over to see where they are. Enjoy all the views all day (and night) ~

Monday, August 16th, 2010 ~ Whatever you think of the writing or business style of Hugo Gernsback, who was born on this date in 1884, he was certainly instrumental in getting Science Fiction started as a printed literary form. (the Hugo Awards for Science Fiction Achievement are named after him). In 1911, filling blank space in one of his magazines with his own story "Ralph 124C 41+", he introduced not only the term 'scientifiction' but filled the story with wild descriptions of "television (he is credited with introducing this word), fluorescent lighting, juke boxes, solar energy, fax machines, microfilm, vending machines, and a device we now call radar" ~ Don't know if he foresaw the invention of drivewaycam, but we like to think he would have enjoyed the views ~

Sunday, August 15th, 2010 ~ A quiet day on the driveway, with rain thinking about visiting ~ in honor of the birthday of Tor Bergeron (1891) we're sure. He's the Swedish meteorologist and cloud researcher who proposed the Bergeron Process, which is believed to be the primary process by which precipitation is formed. Seems like a good day to sit back, relax and enjoy Bergeron's Process and/or the views ~

Saturday, August 14th, 2010 ~ Heat advisories and Excessive Heat Warnings cover a large part of our viewing area (while that happens to be the planet (and some places beyond) we mean a bit more localized in this case, the continental 48 states, especially those concentrated between 80-100 degrees W and 30-40 degrees N ) ~ so take it easy out there people. Check out some of the cooler views, such as Alaska or Antarctica or an ice hotel. And to anyone who may be moving today ~ we send cool thoughts and recommend lots of ice. Ditto for those of you without A/C..... Here on the driveway it will be a mostly quiet day, with the possibility of some lawn mowing and a few trips out and then back. Stay out of the sun when you can and enjoy the views ~

Friday, August 13th, 2010 ~ As the story began, a bookseller met a librarian and among their shared interests in poetry, prose, belles-lettres, and the absurd, (not to mention in each others collection of tomes and manuscripts) they also found a shared interest in each other. A new chapter for the story is in order because on Tuesday the bookseller asked the librarian to marry him and the librarian said yes! Autumn 2011 is sure to be an exciting one and we are beyond delighted to introduce the newly engaged couple and hope you will join us in congratulating ~ Emily and James. click on the picture for more views that you may recognize them from, in their other appearances on driveway cam and on the family pics page

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 ~ A moment of silence for the folks who started back to school yesterday ~ but things are looking up for them (and us) as dust and debris of the Swift-Tuttle comet continue to sling by us in the Perseid Meteor Shower which peaks tonight (sadly here under continuingly cloudy skies): Forecasters say the shower will peak on Thursday, August 12th, and Friday, August 13th. You can see Perseids flitting across the sky at any time between about 10 pm on Thursday evening and sunrise on Friday morning. And, in honor of the well preserved and almost 90% complete skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in South Dakota back on this day in 1990 ~ a link to our favorite Dinosaur Cam. Enjoy the views ~ and if you are in the neighborhood tomorrow stop by for some big family doings...

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 ~ The birthday sheep are for Marty's Birthday today!!!!! We hope it's the start to a wonderful year for you Marty ~ Today is also the day, in 1903, the first U.S. patent for instant coffee was issued to Satori Kato of Chicago, Illinois (No. 735,777). He first introduced the product at the 1901 Pam-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY ~ and coffee in any form is an excellent addition to your Meteor Watching Tool Kit, because don't forget that the Perseid meteor shower, currently underway, peaks Thursday and Friday nights. They say the best time to look is during the dark hours before dawn, but any time starting at dark is good. The "earth grazers" (the ones with the longest tails) should be out between 9 and 11 PM. (start by looking NE). One set of tips for watching from David McDonald, director of education at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, N.H: "The meteors are best viewed with the naked eye and from the ground. Go outside, and lie down. Do not stand and cock your neck back." And, of course, there is recommended equipment: "The best thing is to really get a foam pad or a sleeping bag, lie on the grass or even your driveway. Have some hot chocolate handy, some coffee, some doughnuts -- those are very much meteor shower essentials." Enjoy the views here, and out there ~

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 ~ The Perseids Meteor Shower is about to peak ~ the number of meteors has been increasing (not that we'd know that here in the land of clouds) and will peak Thursday the 12th but if you find yourselves under cloudless skies any time this week, settle in and look up! Today is the birthday of the Smithsonian Institution (President James K. Polk signed the Act of Congress that established it on August 10, 1846). Besides all the great animal webcams they run here are 4 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum that seemingly were made for Driveway Cam viewers ~ they also have a very nice underwater reef cam at their Tropical Research Institute in Galeta. So cake all around, enjoy the views and the increase and diffusion of knowledge they bring ~

Monday, August 9th, 2010 ~ Saturday's blurb didn't get updated in a timely manner (it's in previously, below) and Sunday seems to have slipped by entirely (the staff will be dealt with) here at DrivewayCam International. Hopefully the new week will get things straightened out. Not so likely for the bell tower known as the (leaning) Tower of Pisa, which was begun on this date back in 1173 (and only 200 some years later, was finished)(you can't rush precision, just ask the staff here). Today is also the 80th Birthday of Betty Boop, who debuted in the animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes ~ You still look great Betty! Enjoy the views from whatever angle you can today ~

Saturday, August 7th, 2010 ~ Looking like a beautiful day on the driveway (humidity has wandered off we've decided not to go looking for it). Today is the birthday of John Heathcoat (1783) who invented the machinery for lace making. (His first factory in Nottingham was burned down by Luddites in 1816 (although it may have actually been a group of really angry lace knitters (knitting very fast on wooden needles can spark all kinds of results))). And, it is the 83rd anniversary of the dedication of the Peace Bridge linking Canada and the United States. When/if the cameras are working you can watch the Peace Bridge here (more than 4000 trucks alone cross it daily), or you can see the current still view here. Enjoy the views, knitting and/or counting trucks ~ (and the better weather, if you are having it too)

Friday, August 6th, 2010 ~ It's Friday ~ as well as being the birthday of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and Lucille Ball. Both quite poetic in their own ways. Here's to a Lucy kind of day as we wind up for the weekend ~ Enjoy the views ~

Thursday, August 5th, 2010 ~ Today is the birthday both Neil Armstrong (who is turning 80 today!) and of Wendell Berry ~ cake and ice cream all around! Here is a driveway cam birthday link for Wendell Berry from years ago. You can listen to him here, and if you haven't read any of Mr. Berry's writings, or writings by or about Mr. Armstrong, there is no time like the present to begin. A drivewaycam favorite poem here, and your library is filled with information on them, and writings by them, there. (or here too for more than state side libraries) ~

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 ~ The heat wave continues to batter all sorts of places on the map so stay cool, find some shade, and enjoy the views ~ (you can always check out the Antarctic and/or the Arctic to help you cool down) ~ Stay hydrated!

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 ~ Today is Martha Stewart's 69th birthday! If that doesn't call for cake what does? Perhaps the anniversary of the day in 14 hundred 92 Christopher Columbus set sail in command of three ships: the NiÑa, the Pinta, and the Santa MarÍa? (which means it's also oh-please-don't-get-that-song-stuck-in-my-head day)(all together now)(....and as they sailed the stormy seas on that historic day, from way up in the crows nest you could hear Luigi say ...please Mr. Columbus, turn the ship around... take me back I want to feel my 2 feet on the ground...why you tella Isabella that the world is round? Please Mr. Columbus turna the ship around.....) Enjoy humming the tune, and the views ~

Monday, August 2nd, 2010 ~ Busy day on the driveway ~ 3 trips out (and with any luck back) are in the works at the very least! Throw in that it is the anniversary of the first national Census back in 1790 - held under the general direction of Thomas Jefferson, the Secretary of State, marshals took the census in the original 13 States, plus the districts of Kentucky, Maine, and Vermont, and the Southwest Territory (Tennessee) - as well as being the birthday of Frédéric Bartholdi (1834) who was the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty - and you may have to pace yourself. You can take a break by keeping your eye to the august August sky ~ check out the trailer (!) (click picture below)(no, I'm not making this up) for the Perseids Meteor Shower ~ you'll love it (and here is the countdown clock in case you were looking for it). from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01-X_oj_j4A

Sunday, August 1st, 2010 ~ Sweet August doth appear....(R. Combe Miller) ~ These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.... (from Tuck Everlasting) ~ However you won't be sorry for the many reasons to start looking up in August (and laying in the grass on a hot summer night lends itself to that nicely) with Venus, Mars, and Saturn visiting within a few degrees of each other these first few 2 weeks of August. And then there is the Perseids meteor shower (always a favorite) peaking late in the evening on the 12th (thru to the morning of the 13th) ~ but that, and the Delta Aquarid and Alpha Capricornids meteor showers are all active early August so settle in. And, as always on this day, in honor of Herman Melville's birthday, please report any leviathan white cetacean sightings (on the driveway or anywhere else for that matter) and enjoy the views ~ last words to Anne Sexton:
Hesitate in August. Be shy. Let your toes tremble in their sandals.

Saturday, July 31st, 2010
~ Raise your glasses (and your cake) in honor of the last day of July on the driveway, and for the 40th anniversary of the day that the daily ration of Rum in the Royal Navy came to an end, the last "Up Spirits" was on July 31, 1970. (a moment of silence might be in order as well)

Friday, July 30th, 2010 ~ Get your last Friday of the month driveway viewing in now ~ 'cause we aren't going to have July to watch much longer. And, it's the last 30th, on a Friday, until September 2011 so get out there and enjoy this rare summer's day. While you're out there, find some blueberries to enjoy along the way as it's almost the end of National Blueberry Month as well. If you're in or going to Alberta you can catch the Blueberry Bluegrass Music Festival which starts today, as does the Blueberry Festival in Deerfield Vermont (this one has less music, but a lot more blueberries!). Wherever you are (or wherever you end up) Enjoy the views ~

Thursday, July 29th, 2010 ~ There is more celebrating to do today than can fit on one driveway ~ First and foremost NASA turns 52 today! If you are in the Southern Hemisphere (especially) you can celebrate with the Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower. Elsewhere we can all see Jupiter rising, check in the east near the horizon around 10:00 (it will be to the right of the moon which rises a bit later). Other celebrating for Rain Day which is here again (please, no wagering on weather) and, it is the birthday of Lawrence Hargrave the inventor of the Box Kite (he actually flew by attaching himself to one)(please do not attempt) And last, but certainly not least, on this day in 1924, the first U.S. patent for an ice cream cone rolling machine was issued to its inventor, Carl R. Taylor of Cleveland, Ohio! (Thanks Carl!) Besides watching the driveway we think the perfect way to celebrate today is to make Mars Bars Ice Cream cones (of course) to enjoy along with the views ~

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010 ~ The 4th and final hump day of July is upon the driveway ~ if you plan to picnic to celebrate (it could happen), we suggest waving if you pick the driveway for your picnic place. We also suggest some macaroni salad and chocolate cake which you could bring in some Tupperware, the invention (patent #2789607) of one Earl S. Tupper who was born on this date back in 1907. Not an immediate success, sales of his invention didn't take off until use of the Tupperware Party approach. Today, rumor has it, a Tupperware demonstration begins approximately every two seconds some place in the world with yearly net sales exceeding $1.2 billion. (another one is starting....now!). Also supposed to be a scorcher today (the 90's they say (maybe picnicking under the tree next to the driveway is a better idea)). So burp your lids in Earl's honor, stay as cool as you can and enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 ~ Slight correction, my calendar was wrong, yesterday's moon was not full but a waning gibbous (it was still beautiful). And today is Walk on Stilts Day (don't know why, it just is) so you may see stilts walking on the driveway when you aren't out walking on stilts yourself. From whatever height you find yourself, enjoy the views ~

Monday, July 26th, 2010 ~ It's a Monday, which usually hurts. But this one brings us (hopefully) clear skies for the full moon tonight, and a new "Huh?" today. (Monday's are so frequently filled with huhs? and this one didn't want to be left out, mouse over the picture for more). And, as it turns out, watching the driveway can make even a Monday more bearable at times. Today is also the 235th Anniversary of the US Postal System (with Benjamin Franklin becoming the first Postmaster General 235 years ago today) so ice-cream and cake all around, and when you aren't watching the driveway, you can always mail a letter ~

Sunday, July 25th, 2010 ~ Somehow the last Sunday of the month is upon us ~ going to take it slowly today so as not to rush July out of here. A couple of trips out, a couple of trips back, maybe a little rain and that should be the sum total of the excitement on the driveway for the day. So, settle back, relax, and enjoy the views ~

Saturday, July 24th, 2010 ~ It is Flamingo Fling day in Russell ~ wish we could be there (there is very little in life that beats flinging a flamingo). We hope all the flingers have a fabulous time. The rest of us will have to be content with watching flamingos (not a bad substitute, but we'd rather be in Russell) So, today's featured link is one of our favorites (from the table below) ~ Flamingo Cam!!! Enjoy the views and to you flingers in Russell, fling on, till the last flamingo is flung ~ (click on flamingo for a faux (but fabulous) flamingo foto)

Friday, July 23rd, 2010 ~ By some accounts, so we are told, today, back in 1904, the ice cream cone was invented by Charles E. Menches during the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. True or not, it's the perfect day for an ice cream cone (especially one filled with birthday-cake-ice-cream!) even if it's just in honor of a myth (let's face it, every day is perfect for ice cream). For some online ice cream cones (zero calories) you can stop in this shop, and for some ice cream cones that will make you use calories try this link. For some of the most outrageously delicious ice cream you can order online you'll want to go to Jeni's (they are incredible, and it's so much fun to get ice cream in the mail!). What ever your choice of views today ~ they'll look better if you watch them while eating an ice cream cone ~

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 ~ Hopefully the recent spate of storms bouncing about hasn't caused too much trouble for any of our viewers (a roofing job may be on hold, and some missing electricity in spots is what we've heard so far) ~ you can keep track of what's going on near (or far) at this site should an actual window be too far away to use easily. :) The July 4th and last year's Christmas pages are now updated, both are on the family page (click here, or in table below). And last, but not least, we're hanging around to say Happy Birthday to Alexander Calder, who would have been 112 today if only he could have, and who is the inventor of the mobile (no, not in the cell phone sense of the word, but in the type of kinetic sculpture constructed to take advantage of the principle of equilibrium, consisting of a number of rods from which weighted objects or further rods hang in balance to each other so that the rods remain more or less horizontal sense of the word). Enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 ~ If you are on our mailing list you heard about this yesterday ~ for the other 7,028,522,352+ of you (in case you don't know) NASA wants to put your Face In Space ~ It's a chance to go on a shuttle mission, albeit digitally and no doubt on a thumb drive. All you have to do is sign up, pick which of the last 2 missions you want to be on, upload your picture and it's done! It's easy to do, and those of us here who have already signed up chose the last mission (in case you want to join us). What's the point? Probably isn't one, just going along for the ride ~ all of which makes today a perfect day to watch the web cams at the launch site and of course the countdown clock. Enjoy the views ~ and click on the mission patch for more information on that mission ~ and please let us know what mission your face will be on

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 ~ It's First Men on the Moon Day: 41 years ago today Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first men ever (as far as we know) to land on the Moon! And shortly thereafter, Neil Armstrong became the first man to ever set foot on the moon, taking us all along with him on that giant step. ~ Google Apollo 11 and enjoy the views, the pictures, and the wonder for, or even against, our ever having gotten to the moon ~ meanwhile, many of us will be spending the day pondering when/if/how we'll ever get back there, or to Mars, or to ....

Monday, July 19th, 2010 ~ A little applause as Lexi-Loo turns a whole hand today! That's right; it's a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ms. Lexi who is turning 5 this very day!!! We hope it's a splendid day for her and for all of our viewers in her honor! We are working on getting pictures of the 4th of July posted and we did get the Is This Jessie? page up and running with pictures of Jessie's and friends (we think), caught on a webcam in Germany ~ Enjoy the views ~

Sunday, July 18th, 2010 ~ Another beautiful day graces the driveway, an excellent day for just about anything. Including bungee jumping (should that be your bent)(skipping the whole part on how you are bent after bungee jumping....) which is brought to us by today's birthday boy Robert Hooke. Back in 1660 he discovered the law of elasticity, known as Hooke's law (lucky coincidence eh?), which states 'the extension of a spring is in direct proportion with the load added to it as long as this load does not exceed the elastic limit', or more simply, 'as the extension, so the force'. Clock springs were a great side effect of Hooke's law but today it's most widely used in bungee jumping. Put your address in the location field here, pick camera 4 and you can bungee jump over your own house! (or anywhere else you like) Enjoy whatever ups and downs you view today ~

Saturday, July 17th, 2010 ~ It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood ~ and it is Happy Anniversary to Aunt Joyce and Roger!!! Hope it's a great day for you both!!! It's also the middle of National Ice Cream Month ...AND... National Horseradish Month ~ so, in the interest of detente, for one day only, they are appearing on drivewaycam together! Here are 3 (strangely, there were more) recipes for Horseradish Ice Cream with a prize to any one who tries any of them ~ Horseradish Ice Cream 1 ~ Horseradish Ice Cream 2 ~ and last but not least ~ Horseradish Ice Cream 3 ~ Might as well have the lazy days of summer be crazy too and while you are cooling down and enjoying the ice cream, enjoy the Ice cream views too (ice cream bar cam is in Greece so early morning viewing is best)(ice cream truck cam(!?!) when working starts up at 5:00 PM Eastern.)

Friday, July 16th, 2010 ~ Welcome Back Jessie! And welcome back to the driveway to all of our viewers ~ we have rain on tap for your viewing pleasure today and our little look back notes say that it was on this day back in 1790 that congress declared Washington DC the new capital city, in 1935 that the very first parking meter was installed(and even money says it was an hour later that the first parking ticket was issued), it was on this day back in 1951 that Catcher in the Rye was published *and* it was July 16th 1969 that 'America enters a new age of discovery' when Apollo 11 lifted off to take the first men to the moon (those were the days eh?) ~ whatever your views enjoy them all today ~

Thursday, July 15th, 2010 ~ An early posting ~ as this is typed Jessie and the group is no doubt on their way to the Frankfurt Airport (if not already there). And in just a few short hours from now (that would be 3:45 AM round these parts) they will be heading back from their amazing journey! For now, for the very last round of EJEJ (we're going to miss the game) here is the link to catch the flights back (enjoy the sun rise) and let the viewing begin!

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010 ~ Storm the Bastille it's Jessie's last full day on her jaunt!!! ~ check out the cameras in Rothenburg (we think we saw them there yesterday, pictures will be posted, you be the judge) both camera 1 and camera 2 are fun to watch. Then they are off to Frankfurt where they fly out tomorrow to return to Atlanta ~ so today is your last full day of EJEJ too. You can use this link and yesterday's map for lots of cameras in the Rothenburg/Frankfort area ~ there are many to choose from and you just never know... you might catch 'em on camera ~ enjoy the views! For you early risers and viewers (plus with the time difference to watch the flight back you have to start at around 3:45 AM (eastern)) ~ here is the link to catch the flights back (enjoy the sun rise) :)

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 ~ In some of the hottest weather Europe has known a heat wave visits Germany at the same time Jessie does. They go through Austria today to head to Germany as temperatures bounce around the 100's (hopefully cooling down some soon). No exact links today but they will be going to Dachau (here is a cam nearby for seeing the clouds where she'll be) and ending up in Rothenburg trying to stay cool ~ (possibly passing through (or near) Ausburg along the way. (where you'll note its a very moderate 83 degrees already)). Meanwhile here, it's Jim handoff day and water delivery day! So much to watch, so little time. (To check out more webcams in the general area Jessie will be traveling click here ~ Rothenburg being very close to Kunzelsau(!) (which is a Cammerer family town, with a camera on it's town center)) here is a picture of the webcam map, with Dachau,Rothenburg and Kunzelsau marked, click to enlarge

Monday, July 12th, 2010 ~ EJEJ (Espy Jessie's European Journey) takes us (and her) to Venice and the grand canal today! To the Bridge of Sighs, and St. Marks (that's a great view of St. Marks Square by the way) ~ with another view of the canal here, and of the skies over Venice here (and because it's just such a pretty place, another view here , one more view is here, with another here) ~ Enjoy espying and let us know if you catch her/them on camera!

Sunday, July 11th, 2010 ~ Today we'll be looking for Jessie in Austria as they tour Innsbruck and perform at St. Oswald's Church ~ Here are numerous Innsbruck cams, information on St. Oswald's where they will perform and an excellent view of the village square (really could catch them here should they wander by) as well as a couple additional Seefeld webcams here. Meanwhile, it's some kayaking, and missing the total solar eclipse here on the driveway (missing it because we don't live in the right geographical locale)(kayaking because we do) ~ Have an excellent day, enjoy the views and the hunt for Jessie ~

Saturday, July 10th, 2010 ~ Get out your GPS... do you know who (besides Klaus Tschuetscher) is at coordinates 7 08 N, 9 31 E?? If you aren't sure click here ~ if you are sure you can click there anyway and also be sure to click on any of these cameras to see if you can find her or just to check out the scenery and weather in the capital city. Camera one may offer the best sighting opportunities, but don't miss out on Camera two and for a lovely overall view there is Camera three. After leaving Liechtenstein Jessie and friends will be moving on to Austria, with more links tomorrow that may be the best chance to date for seeing them. Ready, set, enjoy the views ~

Friday, July 9th, 2010 ~ It's more Switzerland today; specifically Tasche, 4 (count 'em) cameras in Zurick, one here and one here, and another one here and finally this one ~ and they are visiting the Matterhorn as well! On the driveway we sadly will be bidding adieu to Lindsey and the remaining KY bunch (Amy, Bman, Haydon) as they head to points south and west and east. You can watch for Bman and Amy as they head home via this first link right after they leave (initial etd is 9:00AM), then along the thruway, and through some of Ohio as well. (It's a white car) ~ A great day of viewing ahead, enjoy ~

Thursday, July 8th, 2010 ~ It's Switzerland all day today (and tomorrow) with general links today, as well as one for the Chateau de Chillon they will be visiting, and more specific ones tomorrow for Tasche, Zurick, and the Matterhorn ~ Enjoy the views and happy hunting!

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 ~ Today's double (or is it triple?) play in the hunt for Jessie is Paris to Cannes to Switzerland!. Here is one other Cannes webcam and you can use any of the previous 2 days of Paris links ~ Here it's a trip to RIT today, maybe some more croquet and if it cools down some badminton. (it could happen) Stay cool, don't idle your engines and enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Mark!!!! Hope it's a good one for you Mark ~ enjoy the day and the whole year! The KY group gets a little thinner today as we say goodbye (for now) to Hannah and Lydia and Tyler who are the first 3 to head back down south. Had a wonderful time seeing them and hope they come back to visit again soon! :) In Paris it's Eiffel Tower/Notre Dame/St Severin's day for Jessie ~ Ah, Paris and of course Notre Dame (another view of it here maybe... not having much luck with the Paris webcams sadly. But you can get more than an eye full of the...) and the Eiffel Tower(close up) (with more Eiffel views here.)(this is the view over there, as the drivewaycam staff goes to bed over here. click picture for larger view)

Monday, July 5th, 2010 ~ Had a wonderful 4th ~ now can't wait to see how the 5th unfolds. And while I'm not sure what we'll be doing.... Jessie is spending July 5th in Paris where they'll be going to the Place Bastille, the Luxemburg Gardens and the Louvre ~ (insert greenwithenvy sigh here) ~ you can look for her along the way Here is a collection of links including Place Bastille and around ~ been having problems with the links but hopefully things will work fine and dandy for today's version of Where's Jessie? Have a great day and enjoy the views !

Sunday, July 4th, 2010 ~ A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to Ellie today our newest TEENAGER in the family! ~ Hope it's a Flag Flying sort of day Ellie and the start of a most wonderful year for you. Jessie leaves England today and heads to Calais and then Paris! Here is a webcam in Dover which is the city where they will catch the ferry to Calais. Couldn't find any webcams in Calais but here is one and here is another and they both are close to it. More Paris links tomorrow, and while this is not a webcam...here is where they are going to be eating tonight smack dab in the middle of the City of Lights! Happy 4th of July!

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010 ~ Today in London the sights include the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Cathedral, Parliament, and the Globe Theatre. Good places to look include the links listed here, and all the links from yesterday (see below, in previously). And here is a map of the web cams in case you want to look around some more. Today's best chance as we understand it: Big Ben; Trafalgar Square; Trafalgar Square Streaming; All of their Traffic Cams. We're off to Sodus today (might be able to spot us...) and after Putt Putt, pier walking and exhausting hours of power cruising with Wii yesterday we need the relaxation of the beach! Have a great Saturday and good luck finding Jessie ~

Friday, July 2nd, 2010 ~ Jessie's European Jaunt takes her around London today, with stops at Wesley's Chapel and you may see her on this cam as they visit the Victoria Embankment. Didn't find a webcam for Wesley's Chapel, but this link will give you a pretty good idea of the area ~ here are the London webcams we have for the continuation of this round of Where's Jessie which are other good places to look: Big Ben; Piccadilly Circus Up Close and Streaming; Piccadilly Circus; Piccadilly Circus Up Close. Possible Stops Anytime: Trafalgar Square; Trafalgar Square Streaming; Oxford Circus; Oxford Circus Streaming; Hyde Park Corner; Covent Garden; More Covent Garden/Belushi's; Abbey Road; Sussex Gardens; The Eye ~ and of course All of their Traffic Cams Meanwhile, on this side of the pond we are off to putt-putt and who knows what else today. Whatever your views ~ Enjoy.

Thursday, July 1st, 2010 ~ The white car gracing the driveway (on and off as we wander about) is the Early Kentucky Contingent ~ we'll be out and back, here and there, all day today. Meanwhile, Jessie lands (landed) in London noon'ish their time (6AM'ish our time) and while we don't know exactly what's on the schedule for today we know it's in London, the webcam capital of the world! So we have plenty of London Cams for trying to find her ~ many are ones with views good enough that it may actually be possible to catch a site of her! Save the picture if you do find her, let us know and we'll talk prizes! :) Big Ben; Piccadilly Circus Up Close and Streaming; Piccadilly Circus; Piccadilly Circus Up Close. Possible Stops Anytime: Trafalgar Square; Trafalgar Square Streaming; Oxford Circus; Oxford Circus Streaming; Hyde Park Corner; Covent Garden; More Covent Garden/Belushi's; Abbey Road; Sussex Gardens; The Eye ~ and of course All of their Traffic Cams We did some screen snaps of her flight just in case you didn't get to check in on it ~ you'll find them here. And now it's back to Running Round Rochester (for sighting opportunities here check out the links and click on Opus above, or click here)

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 ~ Dust off your eyes as Jessie is on her way to Europe and there is a prize for capturing her sur l'appareil de photo (so to speak) ~ today is round one of "EJEJ" (Espy Jessie's European Jaunt). They (the KY Ambassadors of Music Choir) are off to London first ~ and you can watch them cross the pond (ok, what you can actually do is track their progress, but it's still fun) by checking the flight links here. They get to London tomorrow around 7:30AM our time and we'll try to get links posted tonight since chances of getting them out there by 7AM are slim to none. Especially since...today is also the day that wave 1 of the KY Caravan arrives on the driveway!!! You can track their progress here, then here and the last leg to the driveway here. They are leaving around 9:00 AM our time so drag out your Ticonderogas to figure out where to look if a car leaving Louisville travels west-north-west at an average speed of 65 mph...... And, for your espying assistance, for the duration of the game we've posted the Jessie Time clock to help keep track of her time zone overseas for possible camera appearances. Happy Hunting ~ Note ~ solve for both directions (west-north-west distance to driveway is aprox. 4149.932 miles) (east-north-east distance, on the other hand, is aprox 501 miles) (oops). 2:28PM Tracking/viewing note ~ they are in Cleveland

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 ~ It's the penultimate day of June as well as the eve of all sorts of happenings on drivewaycam. A brand new game of 'Cross Continent Cam Catch' is about to begin tomorrow, and wanderers from far off lands are getting ready to hit the roads all over the place (many of them on their way to this very driveway!!) as the summer travel season kicks into high gear. So it's all things highway today, on the anniversary of the day in 1956 that then President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Act that made possible the modern interstate highway system in the U.S. ~ Enjoy the road, the views, and getting ready to take off on your journeys where ever you are headed ~

Monday, June 28th, 2010 ~ Seems like June just started and yet here we are at the last Monday of the month ~ (any one checked our universal velocity lately?) Speaking of zooming by... Today is the anniversary of the day in 1953 workers began assembling, by hand, the very first Corvette in Flint Michigan. The town may almost be gone(?), but the legend lives on. In their honor (Flint's honor that is) here are some views of downtown Flint, a shot over I-75 just north of Flint, and a web cam called the Flint Sky Cam that we think might be misnamed but who are we to argue? (it's been A LOT of years since we've seen the sky surrounding Flint). Out looking for Corvettes rolling by or in looking at your favorite sites, enjoy the views ~

Sunday, June 27th, 2010 ~ With the end of Skyscraper Month (aka June) drawing to a close, you might want to look up these drawings of skyscrapers, close up, or simply check out the Burj Khalifa (world's tallest building, currently), or any of the 25 that were contenders but never had or no longer have the title, and then take a peek at some the competition for that title currently under construction (click on a building's name, and then on the words building link for some amazing views of some amazing new buildings in the works). So grab some iced tea, (it's also National Iced Tea month and we don't want to play favorites) settle back and enjoy the views ~ (and please take your dramamine if you have a problem with heights.....)(taken *from* the Burj Khalifa)

Saturday, June 26th, 2010 ~ Overslept and didn't see the Lunar eclipse, or update the drivewaycam website notes.... can't fix the first, but this clears up the second. A little rain today makes us blue, so we are going to watch Avatar on this side of the driveway. A new game starts up next week as Jessie's Jaunt to Europe begins ~ watch for links, and mark your calendars as round one starts Wednesday. Have a lovely Saturday and enjoy the views ~

Friday, June 25th, 2010 ~ If you haven't left for work yet... it's Take Your Dog To Work Day apparently. This is supposed to promote pet adoption (guessing they don't mean of your dog?) ~ it will certainly promote new lines of inter-office communication at the very least. And, in what may be a twisted form of shuttle diplomacy but is certainly an entertaining aside, the day chosen by the dog folks is also National Cat(fish) Day as proclaimed by the great communicator himself Ronald Reagan. Last but not least ~ tomorrow is the Full Moon which will be celebrated with a Partial Eclipse just before dawn ~ if you are in the viewing area we are remarkably jealous as it should be excellent! From NASA: The eclipse will occur as the Moon is setting, prompting the "Moon Illusion" to magnify the event to truly beautiful proportions. (more information here) Enjoy the views ~

Thursday, June 24th, 2010 ~ It's here ~ Midsummer's Day [and/or St John's Day]. It's a day when hidden treasures are said to lie open in lonely places, waiting for the lucky finder ~ and we have all sorts of open lonely places where you can hunt online (try the highways of Montana if you have no luck at any other sites!) It's also Bannockburn Day when Robert the Bruce and his bravehearted band of soldiers won their most decisive battle. So put on your kilts while viewing, stay out of drafts and here are some open lonely cams in Scotland where you may just find some hidden treasures ~ you never know what you'll find here, and while indeed a very Fair Isle, it doesn't get more remote than this (it's as if they put the camera here just for us) and a body lest site whaur ye micht fin' a wee hidden treasure in plain secht. Enjoy th' views ~

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 ~ A very Happy (and hopefully delightfully madcap and/or magical) Midsummer Night's Eve all around. If you are up early tomorrow take note (and don't forget to take your towel) ~ From Writers Almanac: Midsummer dew was said to have special healing powers. In Mexico, people decorate wells and fountains with flowers, candles, and paper garlands. They go out at midnight and bathe in the lakes and streams. Midsummer Eve is also known as Herb Evening. Legend says that this is the best night for gathering magical herbs. Supposedly, a special plant flowers only on this night, and the person who picks it can understand the language of the trees.

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010 ~ Butterfly cam seems to have gotten stuck so it's been moved to the retired pages for now, and a new cam (which should bring joy in Russell) is in its place. And with summer and the longest viewing days officially here it's time to break out the summer viewing opportunity for Alaska and Iceland too (clocking in close to 24 hrs of light) for all you insomniacs out there. In other great summer views, the Yankees are in 1st place with Boston and Tampa Bay at their heels (longer days mean things are heating up all over the place) and Peggy's Cove (our lighthouse cam link) has had a summer makeover and has added some new links ~ for some cool viewing you can check out the incredible rise and fall of the tides at the Bay of Fundy (we recommend you wear a personal flotation device while viewing) (see their tide tables for times).

Monday, June 21st, 2010 ~ Welcome to summer ~ while sleeping (here anyway) the solstice arrived this morning at 7:28AM (EDT) and we're pleased as punch to have it here and to have the longest daylight viewing time we'll have all year ~ Today is also the 222nd anniversary of the U.S. Constitution being ratified and becoming the law of the land (fyi: New Hampshire was the ninth and last necessary state to ratify it). Put those 2 things together and there has to be a new quiz. (it's the law...check out article VIIII) Enjoy all (or as many of them as you can) of the daylight viewing hours that you have ~

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 ~ Enjoying or marked by joy or pleasure; felicitous: marked by good fortune; glad: eagerly disposed to act or to be of service; well expressed and to the point ~ Belonging to a male parent; a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization ~ The time for Earth to make a complete rotation on its axis; the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside! Which is to say ~ Happy Father's Day! ~

Saturday, June 19th, 2010 ~ Happy Birthday Karen!!! Hope it's a great day (and year!) for you ~ in honor of Karen's birthday the universe is currently hosting the Ophiuchid Meteor Shower due to peak tonight (predawnish tomorrow morning). This meteor shower lasts through early July if you don't have clear skies tonight. Meteors will originate from Ophiuchus (the Serpent Bearer), which is the only one of the 13 zodiacal constellations not designated as an astrological sign (perhaps a petition should be started?) and is most easily found on summer evenings. It stays near the southern horizon and is located opposite Orion in the sky. So grab your star guides, binoculars, something tasty to drink, and head on out to enjoy the view ~

Friday, June 18th, 2010 ~ It's Friday here, there, and everywhere across the universe (mostly)(okay, we're not entirely sure how they clock time over in Arp 220) ~ and given that, plus given they say it's the birthday of Paul McCartney, it's time for some cake. And ice-cream, as it's also the anniversary of the day back in 1928 that Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passenger. Of course, with the temperature supposed to be going up about 20 degrees 'round the driveway today, you may want to forget the cake and just concentrate on the ice cream while you watch the views go by ~

Thursday, June 17th, 2010 ~ It was 125 years ago today that the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbor ~ if you aren't able to go visit in person today you can check in on it here (has an annoying (but short) ad) and/or here (you may have to squint a bit but it's there). And you can visit and virtually get inside her head here! If you are lucky enough to actually get to visit today ... a) please oh please send us a picture and postcard and b) watch out for the steps ~ it's MC Escher's birthday and you just never know what might happen ~

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Uncle Ed today!!!!! And a happy Bloomsday to everyone ~ in honor of both (well, we couldn't locate an Uncle Ed cam sadly) it's our favorite pub in Dublin to watch. You might want to check out the trial link over the next couple of days as well... seems that Bman is visiting in Cincinnati and may just wander into view.

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 ~ A quiet (and sunny) day on the driveway leaving you lots of time to enjoy whatever views you fancy most ~ and as it is mid June, which means it's time to stop and smell (or in this case view) the roses if you haven't already, you might just fancy a Roses Cam :) ~ this is also a great one for cloud watching, equally as fun on a summer day. “It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes, And pleasant scents the noses.” Nathaniel Parker Willis

Monday, June 14th, 2010 ~ It's Flag Day today, in honor of the Stars and Stripes being officially adopted as our national flag on this day back in 1777, and we hope it's a banner day for everyone ~ (you're right, we should and will stop now) Enjoy the views ~

Sunday, June 13th, 2010 ~ And just that fast, it's Sunday on the driveway. The internal fog that hit yesterday seems to have wandered out giving the driveway a little fog to start the day ~ not quite up to the standards that we sometimes see on SF Fog Cam but fog none the less. Our version of Fog/Bridge cam is here because if you like watching the driveway, you'll love watching fog evaporate! Enjoy the views ~

Friday, June 11th, 2010 ~ (sorry turned on the camera but forgot to push the post...)Today is the birthday of Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910) ~ who, among other things, was co-inventor of the aqualung (never been scuba diving (but the song is hard to beat...)) In his honor some more ocean links. For your viewing pleasure today we have Sea Lions in San Francisco, and Sea Otters in Vancouver. Add those to the links from Tuesday (Octopus Cam, and Big Tank Cam, any of the wave sites, and of course kelp cam) and you can spend the day at/in/by or just watching the seas (as well as humming) ~ (or humming a version from 30 years earlier...)

Thursday, June 10th, 2010 ~ In honor of National Iced Tea Day today we suggest sitting on the veranda, sipping your favorite iced tea and enjoying the views ~ and maybe even mulling over that today is the 108th anniversary of the first patent for the (dreaded sometimes) glass window envelope. Those lovely envelopes that bring good tidings from all of our creditors (and that are ripped open to be thrown out rapidly and with a variety of emotions) were patented (U.S. No. 701,839) by Americus F. Callahan back in 1902. Better yet, forget the mulling, just enjoy the tea and the views ~

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 ~ It's one of those days where anything goes and rain is on the menu ~ at no charge. Of course if you want to send in a nickel or two, today would be the day...as it's the 108th anniversary of the opening of the first Automat, in Philadelphia in 1902 ~ Horn & Hart's had a long and varied history serving up to 800,000 people a day (the last one, a bakery cafe in NYC, closed in 2005). Famous for their 5 cent, never older than 20 minute, coffee they served 90 million cups a year ~ "the precise amount gushed from the mouth of a chrome dolphin's head (copies from a Pompeian fountain) at an exactly calibrated temperature". Other firsts today include the first breaths of Cole Porter, in 1891, who became, well became Cole Porter! You'll get a kick out of the list of his songs which should keep you humming all night and day... And now, Mesdames and Messieurs, it's time for watching the world go by so it's on with the views ~

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 ~ "Spirit" and "Swoop" (the names picked by the voting public (that's us)), the Columbus Falcons, are being banded today ~ pictures will be on their site. And of course all the other nests are hopping as well should you be looking for something to look at. (a small pause while grammarians roll their eyes and/or over in their graves). And it's World Oceans Day so we recommend when you are not looking up at the birds nests to take a look under and in the oceans (and at ocean life), on Octopus Cam (!), on Big Tank Cam (!), on any of the wave sites, and of course, on kelp cam! If you are near an ocean, we hope you can get out and splash a little, if not, enjoy the views ~ with more here on Oceans Day.

Monday, June 7th, 2010 ~ What with a new family member and all, we thought we might spruce up the area a bit... Granite Cam (a favorite) has been having quite a few problems of late so it's been moved to the retired links page for now and there is a new Butterfly cam in its place. Pace yourselves, it's a bit of a wild ride and more adrenalin producing than Granite Cam was. There is also a new trial site (previous one is on the retired links page as well) and as luck would have it it's National Chocolate Ice Cream Day ~ so ice cream all around as you check out the new, as well as your favorite old, links ~

Sunday, June 6th, 2010 ~ A very big ** W E L C O M E ** to the newest member of the family ~ Charles Michael Wartschlager (Chase to his friends), who kindly agreed to join us yesterday evening. Chase made his debut at 8lbs 11oz and 21 inches long. Every one is doing splendidly ~ pictures as soon as we can. That news makes today's rain hardly noticeable. . Another way to ignore the weather is to make a cake to celebrate... not only a happy-you're-here cake but it's also National Applesauce Cake Day (nope, didn't make that up). Whatever your weather (and whether you bake a cake or not) enjoy the views ~

Saturday, June 5th, 2010 ~ Today is Hello to Charlotte Day because it's the start of International Clothesline Week ~ during which, as we understand it, it doesn't matter if you hang your laundry outside or in, just give your drier a rest this week and enjoy your Right to Dry (!). If you can't enjoy that fresh air scent and feel on your clothes (it's illegal in all sorts of places amazingly, and causes great debate on both sides of the clothesline issue) you can watch online at Flickr, and/or catch the movie (due out this year) called 'Drying For Freedom'. And while we are pretty sure looking at laundry via a PC negates what Clothesline Week is all about...it's okay today because today is also the day the first personal computer (the Apple II) went on sale back in 1977... If you want to avoid the debate, and possibly even the police :) ....there are a multitude of indoor drying options, a couple here and here and for my siblings especially, should any wander by, check out this clothesline option ~ maybe one day we'll all be as green again as we were in Radlett ~

Friday, June 4th, 2010 ~ It's Friday! The first in June so far so let's get out there and make it a good one. We had a winner in the latest Quiz and the chicks are growing like weeds(?) every where you look. And in honor of the birthday of Socrates today, it would be wise to ejoy the views, and the start of the weekend ~ "The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." ~ Socrates

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 ~ Don't forget to vote on the names for the Columbus falcon chicks as well as vote for the 'Rochester Public Market' in the Best American Market Contest. And a reminder to all (especially all in Ohio), as the traveling season gets underway, that June is Lane Courtesy Month! If you aren't out driving today you might want to take a walk to commemorate the first American Walk in Space back on June 3rd in 1965 ~ that walk was taken by Major Edward H White II after he stepped out of Gemini 4 for a stroll. Walking or surfing, enjoy the views ~ “To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June” ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010 ~ Voting ends Monday June 7th for names for the Columbus falcons ~ be sure to vote here for your favorite of the suggested names. And while you are in a voting mood, if you don't have your own favorite Public Market please feel free to vote for Rochester's Public Market in the Best American Market Contest (Large Market category). To vote for it (or your favorite one) click here: X (marks the spot(to click)). To visit the market before you vote ~ c'mon up! X (now marks the spot(to visit)). As we head out into the views the last words go to birthday boy Thomas Hardy ~ "Try to learn something about everything and everything about something."

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 ~ June is busting out all over! From the driveway, to the mountains, to the prairies white with foam... no wait that can't be right? Well, let's hope not. In any case, no matter where you look today it's June. So get out there (or not if it's raining, although with 3(or 4)G and an umbrella....) and enjoy the views. There is also a new quiz to enjoy on this, the 152nd day of the year ~ “Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” Al Bernstein

Monday, May 31st, 2010 ~ Happy Memorial Day ~ and a very Happy Day to Ms. Pat as well! It's also the birthday day of another of our favorites, Walt Whitman. And, as it turns out, it is also the anniversary of the day in 1859 when the chimes of Big Ben rang for the first time. Enjoy the day, Enjoy the views ~ 'Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul.' Walt Whitman

Sunday, May 30th, 2010 ~ If you get to racing around (and around) today ~ put the brakes on and watch the driveway and it's environs. And if that doesn't help you slow down and smell the views (?) remember that it's also National Hug Your Cat Day which is supposed to promote health and long life in both cats and their humans. Clearly these people have never met the cats I have ....but if excitement and danger keep you feeling young then by all means hug your cat today! (or maybe they don't understand that hug means to embrace: squeeze (someone/something) tightly in your arms, usually with fondness (or in this case usually with armor)). A little video (with commercial, sorry) from Ellen on cats not to hug today ~

Saturday, May 29th, 2010 ~ Welcome to the Driveway and to Brannaman's Birthday!!!! Happy Birthday Bman!!! Bman is moving on from 13 to the new horizons of 14 today!! And in other moving news that's almost as hard to believe ~ it was 110 years ago today that the Otis Elevator company coin the word 'Escalator' for their moving staircase and it was 98 years ago today that the Ladies Home Journal fired 15 women employees for excessive moving as they were doing the "Turkey Trot" during their lunch hour. However you move today (in, to, from, out, over, on, or up) we hope it's a great day for you all (and especially for you Brannaman) ~ mind your steps and don't forget to stop and have some cake and ice-cream! (while celebrating today, please do not turkey trot on escalators)

Friday, May 28th, 2010 ~ First long weekend of the summer is knocking at the door ~ a little bit of summer cleanup here at drivewaycam. The volcanic island cam is out of commission so we've put in a new link for some equally lovely and action packed viewing of the Crazy Horse Monument. And there are more pictures posted on the spill cam picture page. That's more than enough excitement for one day ~ have a great Friday and weekend and Enjoy the views!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010 ~ The driveway sealing elves were out early this morning ~ if you missed them (as we almost did here) don't worry, we've got you covered (and not with sealing tar). But speaking of sealing, it was 80 years ago today that a patent was issued to Richard G. Drew, (U.S. No. 1,760,820) for a result of his studies in "pressure energizable adhesives, adhesive sheets or coatings, preferably water insoluble and normally non-drying" (i.e. masking tape to it's friends). It's also the 77th anniversary of the debut of The Three Little Pigs movie and the song "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?" (which you are now humming or whistling, right?) (no? well try this link) as well as being the 73rd anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge. (Busy busy day on the bridge already and it's only 7:30!) Enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 ~ If you thought yesterday's map was red... check it out today as most of us soar to the 90's (and beyond?). The shuttle Atlantis landed safely and for what is probably the last time this morning. Only 2 more shuttle flights are scheduled (which is beyond our comprehension and leaves us verklempt). A couple of new links have been added over the past few days ~ one for some southern coast views (catch 'em while you can?) and one for keeping an eye on the oil spill and the work on it. (which honestly makes for some incredible viewing on all sorts of levels) ~ they are in the 'seasonal' links section. Now before you get the vapors and collapse from the heat, take your monitor, a glass of something to drink with ice in it and find some shade to enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 ~ The space shuttle Atlantis is due back tomorrow morning at 8:48 a.m. ~ so tonight is the last night for double flybys this trip and the last night for a flyby of Atlantis ever. It was just (?) 49 years ago today, in 1961, that then President John F. Kennedy stated the goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the decade was out ~ luckily we did it then, since we can't now. (we can however watch the moon now) And it was 78 years ago today that Goofy made his debut in Mickey's Revue ~ but luckily he's still here and still enlightening us on all the important things. Stay cool and enjoy the views as the heat rolls in.

Monday, May 24th, 2010 ~ Time to stop what you are doing (even if it's watching the driveway!) and wish Jimbobillybob a very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very..... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! As he is turning 60 this very day! We'd love to let people know what was happening way back when he was born but as that was before recorded history (and the amber found from that time period hasn't been evaluated yet) we'll leave it at Have A Great Day Old Man And Now On To The Next Sixty ~ and we're off trying to go find rock paintings from Jim's past and will post them through the day as they are excavated! (click picture for more....)

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 ~ As summer fast approaches it's all things beach today ~ in honor of the beach and lawn chair patented 77 years ago today by Maz Wasserberg. There are plenty of good beach cams below (wave watching links, the trial link, and even the today at the beach cam) if you aren't able to actually visit a beach today. Sadly, today along with the good (links) we also get a link both bad and ugly as there is an online camera of the oil spill in progress. For more information here is a link to some pictures of the spill taken by LSU's Earth Scan Laboratory ~ along with the link to information about the ongoing response to the spill and the cleanup. And to end on a more hopeful note, Atlantis undocks from the ISS this morning so there will be double flybys to watch the next couple of days ~ check that link to check times for your location ~ (just in case you were wondering... Wasserberg's chair works for satellite watching too)

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 ~ Still working the kinks out and trying out different webcam software packages ~ we'll get there and will get full driveway coverage back as soon as we can (right now we can print or we can have the web cam running but not both) so please bear with us ~ Today is the 555th anniversary of the start of the War of the Roses, in St. Albans, as the white rose of the House of York clobbered the red rose of the the House of Lancaster ~ which began not exactly a garden party but rather a 30 year family squabble. If only they had taken the time to check out the views and let cooler heads prevail...

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 ~ Got those new computer blues...sure a new computer is exciting but getting everything from the old computer to play nicely with everything on the new computer (specifically at the moment dear old drivewaycam) is an interesting experiment in sobriety. At the moment the camera is clinging to the old PC so it's over there, and we're over here, and the good thing is none of this should (will?) interrupt your viewing on this lovely Thursday!

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010 ~ Hatchings are happening in Columbus ~ and you have a front row seat to both the nest, the ledge (and of course the driveway). In other animal news today is the 126th anniversary of the premiere of the Ringling Brothers circus in Baraboo, Wisconsin, as well as being the 474th anniversary of the day Anne Boleyn lost her head (after Henry had lost first his heart to her and then his mind (in general)). Not knowing what any of these things have to do with each other ~ it's back to watching for the newest Ohio falcons and for all of the wild life on or around the driveway ~

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 ~ Last view yesterday showed no chicks in Columbus yet but they are due to start hatching (if they haven't already) so stay tuned. Meanwhile, at some point recently, the Anne Frank's Tree cam went missing, so it's been replaced (for now) with a web cam of a bronze statue of a tree ~ no, I'm not making that up. And since today is the 30th anniversary of Mt. St. Helens erupting (in the same state that brings you the bronze tree cam no less) here is a link to the currently erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano cam. And of course a look at Mt. St. Helens (also always in the table below) and several other fun volcanoes to watch as well...

Monday, May 17th, 2010 ~ It's Monday and it's Wash Your Hands day (here on the driveway) in honor of the birthday of Edward Jenner (1794) discoverer of vaccination for smallpox as well as the man who gave us the word virus ~ it's also the day (in 1902) that the Antikythera mechanism (the earliest known analog computer - from the 2nd Century BC) was discovered. Seems a couple of millennia (or so) ago the Greeks were already laying the groundwork to bring you Driveway Cam... it only seems fair, in return, to bring a little bit of Greece to drivewaycam. Enjoy the views ~

Sunday, May 16th, 2010 ~ Wow - somehow I missed that the Preakness was yesterday! Just found that out. Hope you all had Lookin At Lucky ~ if not you can better your luck by checking out some of the views (and of course the driveway) that are out and about. Today's lucky view is a webcam for watching for leprechauns ~ let us know if you find one ~ and now, it's on to Sunday on the driveway...

Saturday, May 15th, 2010 ~ Saturday on the driveway ~ in 10 minute vignettes, at no extra charge. Enjoy ~

Friday, May 14th, 2010 ~ It's Friday and it's the opening day of the Lilac Festival and that's a hard combination to beat! It's also the 37th anniversary of the launch of America's first space station, Skylab. And, if the weather cooperates, today will be one of the last launches of any of our shuttles to the International Space Station as Atlantis is due to lift off for it's final voyage to the ISS at 2:20 pm EDT. (there is a launch clock at that site for all you other launch clock junkies). For other space news (and it's a great weekend of sky watching ahead) check out either SpaceWeather.com or NASA Science News. For all the driveway news and viewing ~ you are already here. Whether it's your head in the clouds, your feet on the ground, or your nose in the lilacs ~ Enjoy all the views ~

Thursday, May 13th, 2010 ~ A very happy Lilac Festival Eve ~ the festival runs from the 14th to the 23rd and we hope you can make it up for our fragrant festival. Today is also the birthday of Daphne Du Maurier and if you happen to be in Cornwall you should head over to the Daphne Du Maurier Festival which starts today. Last night I dreamt I watched the driveway at Manderley again... haven't found that webcam yet but if you can't make it to Cornwall you can at least watch for a fair-thee-well. Here are three of our favorites ~ one, two, and of course, seemingly made for drivewaycam, three. Enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 ~ Here we are smack dab in the middle of Children's Book Week and the Children's Choice Book Awards will be announced today. Check out the website for events in your area, or, if there are none, pack up the babies and grab the old ladies to head out to the library or a bookstore and read on ~

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 ~ According to Writer's Almanac it is the anniversary of the "disgusting" event introduced in London on this day in 1812. Both "riotous and indecent" it was "an indecorous exhibition" ~ whereupon, "without the slightest discomposure our sister and our wife are seized on by a strange man and subjected to violent embraces and canterings round a small-sized apartment - one can scarcely realize the horror which greeted the introduction of this wicked dance." That's right, that provocative and indecent pattern of step-step-close in 3/4 time with strong accent on the first beat... The Waltz... made it's way from the depraved dance halls of Europe to Britain. The Times of London felt it "a duty to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion." But the contagion ran amok, as contagions do, and the wicked dance made it's way to the US first appearing in 1834. Now, (quelle horreur) you can even learn to waltz online!! (but please note, when not dancing today, there are many less scandalous views to enjoy ~)

Monday, May 10th, 2010 ~ A very special * Happy Birthday * to Opal Mobley who is 91 today!! Happy Birthday Opal!!!!!! Much love and happiness in the years ahead ~ from all your friends at Driveway Cam ~ A picture from the 'way back' machine, from long ago (26 years or so) in a galaxy far, far, away (the planet of Ky). (and before you say anything, check your history books about the pre HD era, it was just blurrier back then)

Sunday, May 9th, 2010 ~ A very Happy Mother's Day to all of you who are mothers, or have graciously stepped in for, or as, mothers whenever needed ~ we hope you are all getting a day of relaxation, and that you are in fact, Queen for the Day (if not longer). As it turns out, today is also the day, back in 1949, that the very first launderette in Britain opened in Queensway, London. So links today to places other people may have to visit today, but (hopefully) not you! Laundromats far and possibly near(er) and even an industrial laundry (just because). And because you shouldn't have to get off the couch for anything today... a car you can drive remotely. If you have to lift a finger today, we hope it's only to click on a view. Enjoy ~

Saturday, May 8th, 2010 ~ The rain and lightening last night brought us the winds that are gathering today ~ 60-65mph gusts over sustained winds of 25-30mph could make for some interesting viewing. Check out local views by clicking on Opus above, or any of the links (the waves may be especially good viewing) from Chicago on east (with snow falling in Northern Michigan as a bonus!) Amazingly it's a high wind warning day that isn't trash day but still, anything could blow past the driveway so it's updates every 6 minutes today ~ hang on to your hats and enjoy the views.

Friday, May 7th, 2010 ~ Last year on this day we were celebrating Odd Day but what is even better is that this year we are celebrating today being FRIDAY! A hang on to your hats kinda day (what with the weather stomping it's way east). Given it's also the birthdays of Robert Browning and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, we say let's get this day going with a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants(?) and enjoy the views ~

Thursday, May 6th, 2010 ~ It's the 16th anniversary of the opening of The Chunnel ~ and if you don't have a ticket to travel the Channel Tunnel today you can visit it online, and in fact you can dig your way though the internet and visit all sorts of other tunnels too. Above or below ground ~ enjoy the views

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010 ~ Happy Op de vijfde mei! no wait ... Am 5. Mai? ... Le cinq mai? ... cinque maggio? ... no, that doesn't sound right... cinco de Maio? (getting closer)... oh! of course ... Feliz Cinco de Mayo!!!! (knew it was in there somewhere) Have a most enjoyable Cinco de Mayo today and Disfrute de las vistas ~

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 ~ Today is the birthday of Ms. Edda van Heemstra Hepburn-Ruston ~ but you can call her Audrey ~ so we are thinking of having Breakfast at Tiffany's, or at least watching it, to celebrate. (I'll put on the coffee if you pick up some crullers). It's also Star Wars Day (as in, "May the 4th be with you")... Groan all you want, we didn't make it up, but it does seem like the perfect reason to have a new quiz to celebrate. And who knows, maybe after Breakfast we'll stop by Tatooine (well, it's supposed to rain here today, so it's an excellent day for viewing links and movies) ~

Monday, May 3rd, 2010 ~ Sunday wandered on down the driveway off camera but it's a new week, with a rainy start, and it's almost live for your viewing pleasure. Hope everyone had a good weekend, and a winning derby ticket, but now it's back to some serious link hopping. And maybe some continent hopping... if you don't have anything to do today you might want to consider swimming the Hellespont, thus swimming from Europe to Asia just as Lord Byron did 200 years ago today (becoming the first known person to do so) (thanks to Writer's Almanac for the information and link). If you go, send us a postcard ~

Saturday, May 1st, 2010 ~ It is our distinct pleasure to welcome the newest adult (!?!?!? didn't know we had any) to the family by wishing Hannah a Happy 21st Birthday!!! We all wish you the best Hannah, today and in all the years ahead! In honor of her birthday Louisville has decided to run the Ky Derby today! So on the driveway there will be lots of running too ~ to the store for the thing we forgot , to the OTB, to the store again for that other thing and back to the OTB to place the groups bets ~ and then of course, though not on the driveway, will be the Run for the Roses. Juleps all around ~

Friday, April 30th, 2010 ~ Happy Arbor Day! Today is the 30th day of April, or the 120th day of the year, or the last day of the first month of the second quarter of the year, or 2455317 julian, or day on the Mayan long count calendar... and, since we're counting, there are 245 days left in the year with 238 days until Christmas. All of which can only mean ~ well, not a lot, given all of our attempts at counting time in the universe are situational, relatively speaking . The important thing is... it's Friday! Take some time to plant a tree, and enjoy the views ~

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 ~ It's here, the penultimate day of April, and chaos swirls around it. Well, according to some it swirls around us all, all the time, but we'll give in to it today. Note to selves, it's the little things you do today that result in big things down the road. So in respect of the sensitive dependence on initial conditions, and in respect of chaos in general, we are going to do as little as possible today for some huge results in the future. (Don't thank us, just join in) It was today's birthday boy, Henri Poincaré, the father of Chaos Theory, who said it best: "small differences in the initial conditions produce very great ones in the final phenomena". Sit back and enjoy the views of all the small differences on the driveway today ~

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 ~ Happy Last Wednesday of April ~ it's a full moon tonight, hope for clear skies all around. Until the moon rises, enjoy the views here ~

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 ~ Yep, that's snow. Not a lot, but snow none the less, a few flakes for your morning viewing it seems..... If it's too much for you, try the trial link, or an old favorite (pulled out of retirement for today) Hawaii's Volcano Cam, or any of the warmer links out there. Or stay warm gathering around the universe's birthday cake, for on this day in 4977 B.C., according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler, the universe was created. You can't argue with math. Well, okay, you can, and there is little doubt he got the year wrong, but no one (to date) has disputed the day! :) Enjoy and stay warm ~

Monday, April 26th, 2010 ~ Don't know what the town is up to today (see truck at end of driveway, plus lots of other equipment that's been moving about, and then there is all that noise....) but you can help us keep an eye on them as the last week of April (and National Poetry Month) gets underway. If the excitement of public works projects (especially mysterious ones) is too much there is always nest and/or link hopping ~ 10:00 update ~ seems they are replacing drain grates/curb/etc in the neighborhood

Sunday, April 25th, 2010 ~ Watching for the tree to bloom and the rains to come on this quiet Sunday ~ Less quiet down in Georgia it's Mike's birthday as he hits 49! Hope it's a great day for you Mike! Somewhat less quiet in the past, today is also the day in 1719 (!) that Robinson Crusoe was published, it's the day in 1792, in Paris, that the guillotine was first used on a human, the day in 1859 that ground was broken for the Suez Canal by Ferdinand vicomte de Lesseps, as well as the day in 1990 that the Hubble was placed in Orbit. All of which makes it the perfect day to curl up with your monitor (or a good book), with some cake and ice cream and enjoy the views ~ or of course... take a nap ~

Saturday, April 24th, 2010 ~ A rather recalcitrant computer today caused a very late start to the driveway viewing - but doesn't dampen at all the heartfelt HAPPY 30th BIRTHDAY to ALLISON!!!!!! :) We all hope it's a great day and the start of a fabulous decade for you!!! Cake, ice-cream, and a nod to the Hubble Telecope launched, to help in the celebrations, 20 years ago today ~ Enjoy all the views ~

Friday, April 23rd, 2010 ~ Once again it's time to brush up your Shakespeare and start quoting him (or a fair facsimile) now, as we celebrate the birthday of: Mr. W. Shakespeare, playwright and father of the Knock! Knock! joke ~ (Macbeth Act 2, scene 3, 1–8). In his honor we'll "Let every eye negotiate for itself And trust no agent" (Much Ado About Nothing (Act 2, scene 1, 157-158)) as we take in some views today that he shared (rumor has it), though he may have seen less traffic here perhaps, and even less chocolate here? With his musings no doubt on future web cam watching, the last words today go to William as we bid you all adieu and enjoy the views ~ O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world That has such people in't! (The Tempest Act 5, scene 1, 203–206)

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 ~ A very Happy Earth Day to everyone ~ If you can't get out to enjoy the planet you can certainly catch some amazing views of it (and it's trees) right here. Any of the air quality links, or the mountain links, or the snow watching links, or the leaf peeping links, or the ... any of the links for that matter can help you celebrate until you can actually get out there. One of our favorite tree links is here, from Germany, and just for today, a couple of new "tree" links ~ one in Green Tree Borough (PA) and one that has drivewaycam written all over it (!)(along with Clarks initials (of Lewis and Clark)) ~ a link to a live view of a bronze statue of a tree. Enjoy the views, and get outside to a real tree when you can.

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010 ~ On this side of the pond (and on the driveway) we slept through the 41 gun salute fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery at Hyde Park this morning, as well as the second one (an hour later)(they gave us a chance to be awake, they just don't know us very well) fired from the Tower of London ~ both in honor of the birthday of Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, Queen Elizabeth II. However, it's not too late for cake and pints all around as she turns 84! A very Happy Birthday Your Majesty, from all your friends at driveway cam.

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010 ~ Discovery is on it's way home, should be landing soon (it's just over Australia at the moment moving at mach 25). Meanwhile, it's a bit quieter here on the driveway today, leaving lots of time to wander the links..... Enjoy ~

Monday, April 19th, 2010 ~ An early start to the day on the driveway, even if it's a late start to getting the text updated here. Bad weather has the shuttle waiting to land until tomorrow. (7:33 AM in Florida or 9:00 AM in California if needed) But weather won't wave off what should be a good day for wandering the links ~

Sunday, April 18th, 2010 ~ A quiet (and bright) day on the driveway ~ lots of time for other views ~ Speaking of which, some lovely views may be available to some of us tomorrow morning. This note is from SpaceWeather.Com: SPACE SHUTTLE RE-ENTRY: On Monday morning, April 19th, space shuttle Discovery will make a rare "descending node" reentry over the continental United States. The returning spacecraft will pass over or close to many towns and cities en route to landing in Florida at 8:48 am EDT, including Fort Peck Lake, Montana; Pierre, South Dakota; Sioux City, Iowa; St. Louis, Missouri; Tupelo, Mississippi, Birmingham, Alabama, and Jacksonville, Florida. Observers along western parts of the ground track could see the shuttle blazing through pre-dawn darkness. As Discovery makes its way east, it will enter daylight and fade into the bright blue background. If you can't see the shuttle, however, you might be able to hear it. The shuttle produces a sonic double-boom that reaches the ground about a minute and a half after passing overhead. Check http://spaceweather.com for maps and more information.

Saturday, April 17th, 2010 ~ By popular request (hey, it only takes 1 person asking to be the most requested link ever... ) Saturday is going to the dogs ~ so here is yesterday's puppy link to start your weekend viewing. The Snow Watching link was moved to the retired page (in case you are looking for it) and in the interest of going green, we are recycling a previous special birthday link for today. Enjoy ~

Friday, April 16th, 2010 ~ Okay - because it's Friday, and it's a whole year before taxes are due again - it's time to celebrate! Today is dedicated to fun things like ~ getting to your local library for the pentultimate day of National Library Week, watching the clouds go by, and maybe best of all, watching puppies! Enjoy the views ~

Thursday, April 15th, 2010 ~ It's time to finish up those tax forms and head out to the Post Office if you haven't already. If you are done with all that ~ and in need of some viewing to take your mind off taxes one way or another... here are some links to libraries to watch in honor of National Library Week (to calm you down from the whole tax thing), as well as some pictures of Iceland's Volcano which erupted again yesterday and is closing airports today generally disrupting more than just the glacier it's under, or watch the Eyjafjallajokull volcano cam here (to catch up on non tax related events). Finally, you can check out all sorts of things you don't want to know about here (should you be on a what's worse than taxes quest) ~ (that link tends to work a little better with Firefox or Chrome or any non Internet Explorer browser). Okay, go mail your taxes, we'll be here when you get back ~

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010 ~ Today is National Library Workers Day!! Coming as it does on the Tuesday of National Library Week ~ so get thee to a Library, thank the workers there, and take a Library Worker to lunch!!! It's also Thomas Jefferson's birthday (1743), the day that Handel's Messiah made it's debut in Dublin (1742), and the day in 1796 that the first elephant brought to the US arrived in New York City... but celebrating all that would leave too little time for camera hopping, so after the library and lunch come on back and enjoy the views ~ "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." ~ Thomas Jefferson

Monday, April 12th, 2010 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Pebble today!!! That's right she hits stardate 4018 today, while in binary she's 111010, in hexadecimal she's 3a, in octal she's 72, and should she run into anyone speaking Saraveca or Gumatj today, she's 213. [let's hope she gets a nap in before she starts blowing out all those candles] :) Pebble, have a wonderful day and if you can find your glasses...enjoy the views!

Sunday, April 11th, 2010 ~ The cold and sunshine continue here (until the rains get here) and, by some lucky coincidence (and at no extra charge), there is weather no matter where you look today ~ North, or South, or East, or West ~ pick any view at all and there will be some weather there for you. Enjoy the show ~ (click picture for larger view)

Saturday, April 10th, 2010 ~ A cold but lovely day on the driveway as we sail through the weekend. Hopefully to an end better than that of the Titanic, which set sail on this date back in 1912. That link is to a pretty interesting site, and there are millions of them out there. In fact, googling Titanic Voyage could keep you reading for longer than the actual voyage lasted.... Taking a lesson from history let's slow down a little today, keep an eye out for icebergs on the path, and enjoy the views ~

Friday, April 9th, 2010 ~ The Happiest of Birthdays today to Kathy T ~ as we celebrate her birthday we also have to celebrate that this is the year of the Golden Anniversary of her reign as Miss Wright Drive!!! Coins should be minted! Drinks should be served!!! :) Hope it's a great year for you Kathy. Only slightly older is America's first tax-supported public library which opened this day in 1833 in Peterborough NH. Didn't find a webcam there but here is one close to Peterborough as well as a bevy of them in NH you can pick from. Enjoy the views ~

Thursday, April 8th, 2010 ~ How in the Sam Hill did it get to be Thursday already?!? We have one more day of passing thundershowers that might grace the driveway today, as well as a new trial site to add to your viewing pleasure. Enjoy ~

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 ~ Surf away people ~ today is the symbolic birthday of the internet back in 1969. Virtual cake all around! And daffodils are in bloom for the birthday of William Wordsworth (one of our very favorites) today [who luckily missed the internet and didn't write online, which means we still have his poetry to enjoy over 200 years later, on said same internet, without having to look for a machine that reads whatever previously popular currently outdated format it may have happened to get saved in][but I digress, and my head is starting to hurt a bit with implications]. If you don't have daffodils yet where you are, you can enjoy them online for a fare-thee-well, or plan on planting some so you have them next year ~ Grab a book of poetry and enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 ~ Forgot to include the link to the launch pictures yesterday so here it is today (it really was a pretty launch). We have rain upon the driveway today for your viewing pleasure ~ which makes it a good day for nest hopping. Will try to get the tote board updated (there seem to be about 4 eggs in the Stork's nest #1now) but the nests are always fun to visit (especially if it's a rainy day on your side of the driveway too). Enjoy the views ~

Monday, April 5th, 2010 ~ Missed the launch this morning (looked beautiful in pictures), and in keeping with their early morning times they will get to, and dock with, the ISS at 3:44 a.m. this Wednesday morning (going to miss that too). Did get to see Mercury and Venus last night which was also quite beautiful. One yang of the launch yin is that today is the 288th anniversary of the (re)discovery of Easter Island ~ and the cosmic mysteries there continue. (one mystery: why/how Easter Island, the earth's most remote inhabited land, has a "home page" ~ and, apparently, our luck, they've several web cams too!?) Enjoy the views, googling the mysteries and, with luck, an enigmatic Monday to us all ~

Sunday, April 4th, 2010 ~ Happy Easter to all ~ don't forget to check out Mercury and Venus tonight at sunset, and the shuttle launch tomorrow morning (6:21 am!?! ~ what are they thinking??).

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 ~ Chances are you'll talk on a cell phone today (or get a call from one), which is only fitting as today is the 37th anniversary of the first call ever made from a "portable phone". The call was made, on a phone that was 10 inches in height, 3 inches deep, an inch-and-a-half wide and weighed 30-oz, by inventor Martin Cooper. (We can thank Mr Cooper for all the great conversations we are now privy to, every where we go... (and we would if only we had his cell phone number!)). Today is also the birthday of Jane Goodall. Her chimpanzee cam requires a subscription, but you can watch chimps in her honor here on a chimpanzee cam in Washington State and on an excellent one in Washington DC (no, it's not Congress Cam, although I was tempted). Enjoy the views, give us a call, and hey ~ how about some banana birthday cake? ~

Friday, April 2nd, 2010 ~ April, despite the bad press it's gotten, is not the cruelest month...it is instead National Poetry Month, and National Frog Month! [We heard a chorus of them last night (more correctly we heard an army of them) a courtin'] ~ So it only seems right for the-link-of-the-day to be a little peek at some dwarf frogs, via frog cam. And for all things frog today, and in honor of the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen, you can read The Leap Frog here, or if jumping is more your style try here. And, having nothing to do with frogs, a return of: What's This?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010 ~ Today is the birthday of René Descartes who gave us (in 1637) "Cogito ergo sum" ~ I think therefore I am ~ or, in his native language is "Je pense donc je suis." We'll go with all things French today as it's also the 121st anniversary of the inauguration and opening of the Eiffel Tower, which you can check in on here. And since it's been 363 years since Decartes uttered those words we feel a small update is due at least 'round these parts. We know René would agree ~ "inviso ergo sum"; "je vois donc je suis"; I view therefore I am ~

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010 ~ If we had a better camera we would show you the moonshine falling on the driveway under what has been called....the Full Worm Moon (because of the ground thawing, earthworms appearing and the return of robins), the Full Crow Moon (because the cawing of crows means the end of winter), the Full Sap Moon (because it's the time to tap maple trees), the Full Crust Moon (because the snow cover gets a crust from repeated thawing and freezing) and (or) the Lenten Moon, the Chaste Moon, the Moon of Winds, the Moon When Eyes Are Sore from Bright Snow, the Big Famine Moon, the Windy Moon, the Sleepy Moon, and the Fish Moon ~ in any case it is considered to be the last full moon of winter and hopefully you'll get a clear view of it tonight. For today, it's a clear view of the driveway, all day ~

Monday, March 29th, 2010 ~ Not sure where Sunday went but that is no reason not to welcome Monday to the driveway. If you are dragging a bit today we suggest employing the "gravity assist" effect proposed by Bepi Colombo (Giuseppe Colombo) and first used by Mariner 10 to get to the first ever flyby of Mercury 36 years ago today. It goes something (!?) like this: While walking ~ approach, from an opposite direction, a person walking in the direction you want to go; walk behind and around them in a hyperbola (close)(but not too close) to finally head in the direction you ultimately seek, while they continue to move forward. Your speed will increase by 2x the speed they are moving! Their speed will decrease negligibly, unless you did get too close and then concern, not gravity, will slow them down. *** Do NOT use this method while driving ***

Saturday, March 27th, 2010 ~ Somehow, just this fast, it's the last Saturday of March. Which means, among all of the things that it could mean, things probable, virtual, and real, that it is time for Earth Hour. It starts tonight at 8:30. Might be an excellent time to enjoy some star gazing, or a game of tag in the moon light, or ... It's also day 1 of the Cherry Blossom festival in DC which you can (sort of) watch here if they ever turn it on, and of course prior to Earth Hour is always the perfect time to watch the driveway and enjoy the views ~

Friday, March 26th, 2010 ~ It's Friday, it's sunny, the first eagle egg hatched yesterday and it's a triple birthday day today ~ Joseph Campbell, Tennessee Williams and Robert Frost. And it's the 87th anniversary of the first BBC daily radio weather forecast. All in all an excellent start to the weekend....in England or where ever you are

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 ~ We here at drivewaycam are SO excited about the games tonight! Let the madness continue (which is almost always the case on the driveway one way or another). We're suggesting a Tomato Soup Cake (?!?) in honor of Cornell (and generally because it fits the madness theme so nicely). In addition ~ today is the birthday of Kenneth Linn Franklin who is the astronomer who discovered that the planet Jupiter emits radio waves ~ you can listen to "Radio Jupiter" live with an antenna and receiver (details here: http://www.radiosky.com/rjcentral.html), or listen to a recording of it here (long bursts) and here (short burst). Enjoy all the sights, sounds and flavors today ~

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 ~ Today is the birthday of Erik Weisz, the not-so-well-known-but-real name of Houdini, and in his honor we have escaped the water torture chamber we've been in for the past 2 days. It's also the birthday of Ub Iwerks, another not-so-well-known name but he is the animator who gave us Mickey Mouse. To further enhance your celebrations today we are also smack dab in the middle of National Bubble Blowers Week, and it's National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day! Pace yourselves ~ and if nothing else blow some bubbles today.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010 ~ Same weather, different day ~ there still seem to be 2 eggs at the eagles nest (click picture for larger view), but maybe the chick will join us today? If you catch sight of it please let us know. Meanwhile, we'll hope all this rain brings some spring like greening up ~

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 ~ Don't let Monday or the rain get you down. Eagle chicks are due in Colorado, the storks have an egg, there are rumors of 2 eggs in the Cleveland falcon nest, and the Ft. Wayne falcon nest cam is due back online today ~ hard to beat a line-up of viewing like that.

Sunday, March 21st, 2010 ~ Today is the 19th birthday of Lydia Elaine ~ Happy Birthday Lydia!!! We all hope it's an excellent year for you!!!! It's also the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach (O.S.) (who is some 306 years older than Lydia), so along with your cake and ice-cream (or maybe a banana milkshake), please enjoy a small concert for Lydia (and JS). (Lydia ~ Abbott's opened ~ so we are having the first of the season today in your honor!)

Saturday, March 20th, 2010 ~ The equinox is coming! The equinox is coming! And will arrive (we are told) at 1:32 (here in this time zone). Adjust your sundials, embrace your tilt, and dance around your henges (stone or otherwise) as Spring and the Vernal Equinox appear (simultaneously!!) on the driveway ~ (mouse over picture and sing along)

Friday, March 19th, 2010 ~ An excellent start to the Madness ~ looking forward to day two of round one and hope it's as entertaining. Also looking forward to the snow melting finally (we may start taking wagers on it) and to watching all the solar emissions that are supposed to be shining down on the driveway. If you're one of those who needs to know exactly how much will be shining down on the driveway (), the following should help (and if you don't have a calendar handy today (dn) is the 78th day of the year). Now, if only there were a calculation for the # of buzzer beating upsets there will be. Pencils ready? Then enjoy the views ~

Thursday, March 18th, 2010 ~ Brackets ready? (ours are not, yet, but will be shortly). In between games there is much to see as the snow in front continues it's crawl to oblivion (maybe yet another day of 60+ temps will end it?), the nests continue to buzz (first eagle hatchings due soon in CO and in WVa), ice continues to melt, and the dinosaurs continue to be extinct. It's a lot to keep up with but we have faith in our viewers ~ [and hope for Pine Bluff Golden Lions!] Here's to the start of a long weekend of Madness ~

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 ~ A very Happy (and top o' the) Birthday to Mike today!!!! And A very Happy St. Patrick's Day all around ~ best viewing bet of the day? You guessed it, our favorite pub in Ireland ~ O'Shea's (especially on St. Patrick's Day!) and the spot to watch for leprechaun's here. The PC is off celebrating today which will give you lots of time for watching the festivities on the green isle. Enjoy ~

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010 ~ Running late this morning on the driveway ~ the time change, the sunshine, the buzzards getting back to Hinckley yesterday, filling out brackets, all conspire to confuse and confound us here. (figured full disclosure was the best bet given it's Freedom of Information Day today, in honor of James Madison's birthday). Other free information you might enjoy ~ it's the 150th anniversary of the day that The Scarlet Letter was published. So take a puritan to lunch and be sure to have some cake for dessert (but just say no to the coconut)...

Monday, March 15th, 2010 ~ Hope you are all bewaring the ides that are out and about, what with it being the eighth day after the nones and all. One of the best ways to do that is to Nap ~ which works out perfectly because today is also National Napping Day! So enjoy the views (as the last vestiges of snow in the front fade)(well, they are bound to melt eventually) with your eyelids up or down today ~

Sunday, March 14th, 2010 ~ We've lost an hour but we're gaining brackets today ~ AND ~ it's Pi Day!!! Combine it with Albert Einstine's birthday (he absolutely loved rhubarb pie; we have it on good authority)(or maybe we made it up?)(we have the authority to do that) and it's an excellent day on or off the driveway. And since Pi is irrational, seems like a perfect time to be a little irrational as well. So enjoy the slice of the world you get through the views, your favorite pie (a la mode even) and calculating pi as far as you care to take it ~

Saturday, March 13th, 2010 ~ Rains and winds will bring the end to the snow in the yard ~ and who knows what blowing past and tumbling down the driveway. Don't forget to set your clocks ahead this evening as the days get longer by making tomorrow an hour shorter...that magic tonight brings the promise of madness tomorrow! Enjoy the views ~

Friday, March 12th, 2010 ~ It's that red letter day ~ Friday!!! And if you are feeling disembodied or find yourself wanting to hit the road today don't be alarmed... it's Jack Kerouac's birthday and it's also the day, back in 2002, that we first turned Yellow and have remained under the rainbow of the homeland security color coding since. (we're currently yellow in case you were wondering). But don't feel blue, we'll soon be a'wearing of the green, and Brackets, Daylight Savings, and Madness are just around the corner. So for today ~ Enjoy the views! Take in the tulips, the nests, the snow, and of course the beauty and the splendor of the driveway. (orange you glad you stopped by?) "What's in store for me in the direction I don't take?" Jack Kerouac

Thursday, March 11th, 2010 ~ Today, even as the temperature drifts towards 60, it is the birthday of Douglas Adams who armed us all with towels as we plow our way through the universe. On his 8th birthday the country celebrated by launching Pioneer V, for one of the first in-depth explorations of our solar system. While 141 years prior to his birthday the (pre)celebrations were the Luddite Riots that broke out in England on this date ~ Bottom line? Take your PC off line, grab a towel and take 'em both to lunch! "Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 ~ The melt goes on as we drift into temperatures in the 50's and plummet towards the equinox ~ we've renamed greenhouse cam back to Tulip Cam for the season and are working on getting the nesting links up-to-date today. They've taken the place of the snow links, which haven't been retired yet (it's only March after all) but have been moved up to the top to replace the Olympic links (which have been retired)

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 ~ Another sunny day here on day 3 of Celebrate Your Name Week which we are dedicating to Pebble, as day 3 is Unique Names Day! (it's also Panic Day but we're not going to combine the 2 here.) To add to the celebrations it's the 51st anniversary of Barbie's debut (800 million Barbie dolls have been sold since that day back in 1959 (that's a whole lot of Barbie body parts in land fills all over the planet...what will the archeologists think?)) and, worth an extra piece of cake, it's the 152nd anniversary of Albert Potts getting the first patent for a letter box! (before it was something to do with how you watch a video, a game you play, or an album you listen to) So amid all the melting, viewing, and festivities, go out and mail a letter in one today ~

Monday, March 8th, 2010 ~ A whole lotta melting going to be going on this week as we meander through the 40's... the sunshine and glare are still confusing drivewaycam (things are not nearly as red (or green) as they sometimes appear here). Enjoy the views ~

Sunday, March 7th, 2010 ~ A quiet day on the driveway, the perfect time to go out, find a playground, and play! Today is the birthday of Joseph Lee (back in 1862) who is the "Father of the American playground movement," as he introduced the first contemporary neighborhood playground in the U.S. [And before you run out to find your inner child... have a bowl of Cornflakes which were served for the very first time ever, on this day in 1897, by Dr. John Kellogg who served them to his patients at a mental hospital in Battle Creek, Mich.]

Saturday, March 6th, 2010 ~ Running late in getting the today's text updated - slowed down remarkably by a headache the size of Montana which is only fair I guess since today is the 111th anniversary of when the Patent Office in Berlin registered Aspirin, the brand name for acetylsalicylic acid, on behalf of the German pharmaceutical company Friedrich Bayer & Co. Unrelated to my headache (but do doubt he had a few in his lifetime) is the fact that it's also the anniversary of Michelangelo's birthday. Meanwhile it looks like drivewaycam will be needing an aspirin after staring into the sun/snow glare all day long! Enjoy the color confused views today ~

Friday, March 5th, 2010 ~ It's Lost Arts Day today on the driveway as it is the birthday of William Oughtred (love his name!) born back in 1575. [He is the English mathematician who not only gave us the wonder of "x" as the symbol of multiplication but who also invented the Slide Rule! Can't get enough sliding? Check out the Oughtred Society (how, I ask you, could I make this up?)] ** And ** it is the 47th anniversary of the day the Hula Hoop was patented!! [While I haven't found an online Hoop to use (!?) here is the link to the international Hooping community (should you be looking for it)]. Whatever lost art you X and O with today, enjoy the views ~

Thursday, March 4th, 2010 ~ Sunshine is still raining down on the driveway, and it's surrounding area, creating the unseen collapse of a thousand-ka-zillion teeny tiny crystals while we look at (but oh if we could only listen to) the results of all that snow metamorphism going on out there......

Wednesday, March 3rd 2010 ~ March continues to gambol it's way down the driveway here, while yet another storm is sweeping it's way to the Mid Atlantic bringing them rain and snow. Today we are celebrating both the weather and the birthdays of: Pierre Prévost, in 1751, [It was Monsieur Prévost who brought us an understanding of heat and it's radiation and his theory that cooling is the loss of heat, not the gain of cold] and of Alexander Graham Bell, in 1847,[(traditional) Inventor of the telephone] and last but not least of George Pullman, in 1831 [Inventor of the Pullman Sleeping Car on trains] ~ We recommend celebrating by taking a nap, with a blanket pulled up to minimize your cooling and with your phone turned off. Enjoy ~

Tuesday, March 2nd 2010 ~ If the sun does not shine And it's too wet to play Don't just sit in the house All the cold, cold wet day Don't sit there just wishing You'd something to do Grab a book, read a bit And of course catch a view ~ It's Read Across America Day today, celebrated on the birthday of Dr. Seuss , so let's get out there and read... read to yourself, read to someone younger than you and most of all be sure to read to some one older than you too!

Monday, March 1st, 2010 ~ A very Happy Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant (St. David's Day) to all. Pin your leeks on your lapel and prepare for the parades and your local Eisteddfod (really, why would we make this up when the world is so full of so many wondrous things?). There are parades all over Wales today to go along with the poetry recitations, and there are lots of web cams to check out. And while it's not Wales ~ there are also 2 Leek Webcams to watch, here and here. :) Today is also the anniversary of the day in 1872 when President Grant signed the bill creating the nation's first national park at Yellowstone ~ which has a lovely parking lot cam to watch along with the Old Faithful cams below. Fedda 'r golygfeydd ~

Sunday, February 28th, 2010 ~ A little more snow as we watch February drift on down the driveway for the last time this year, on what is also, happily, take a Double-helix to lunch day. It was 57 years ago today that Watson and Crick announced that they had figured out the double-helix structure of DNA, answering all manner of age old questions including "How do you tell the difference between a male chromosome and a female chromosome?" The answer is here, on this not so missing link. [But don't blame us, or your DNA if you do click on it](and (or) click picture to see completed puzzle)

Saturday, February 27th, 2010 ~ The snow is still beautiful (at least here in the burbs. In the city however, Em is not enjoying it collapsing the roof of her 3 story apartment building, just prior to this storm, and continuing to melt and run down the walls of her 2nd floor apartment). If you enjoy beautiful snow scenes and packing books, give us a call ~

Friday, February 26th, 2010 ~ Driveway cam is in the process of finding a new angle so that you can see our snow ~ Finally! It's everywhere, not a lot but more than we've gotten all year (at one time), and it's beautiful ~ hope you got some snow too! (however, if this is not your first big snow of the season and you you are sick of it... we've heard rumors... send it our way). Enjoy ~

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 ~ Our first snow storm of the season has started, with most of it due over night (check in tomorrow we may have actual plow-able amounts!?!), waiting we hope until Jim gets in this afternoon. Other area views available (as always) by clicking on Opus above, or traffic views etc for all affected areas (Mid-atlantic getting hit, again) which should make for entertaining viewing (also again, check out links from Feb 5th and 6th as well as other previous listings). We're almost giddy and will be off to the store shortly for some emergency brownie building supplies in case we get stranded (it's been so long since we've had any more than a trace of snow here that we may have sold all our plows to cities down south who need them...and we can't risk getting snowed in without brownies) And now, on with the snow ~

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 ~ While you are pondering snow today (or weather in general), you might also want to ponder this.... It's the birthday of Jacques de Vaucanson, born Feb 24, 1709 who is the inventor of the punch card (beloved hero of key hags everywhere), as well as the creator of several automatronic wonders ~ The Flute Player, The Tambourine Player and (driveway cam's favorite) The Digesting Duck . Enjoy the views (and google-ing Jacques!) ~

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 ~ Lots of waves, wind, rain, ice, and snow to watch from coast to coast (check out the links from Dec 8, 2009 as well as Feb 5th and 6th this year, in addition to all the traffic, snow, and other links). Here on the driveway we are supposed to get a couple inches of icy/rainy/slushy/snow-sort-of-stuff or maybe just rain. (The doppler 10,000 is never really sure). Since it's messy out there, let's just stay in our collective heres and enjoy the views ~

Monday, February 22nd, 2010 ~ Rumor is there should be snow showers (here) on and off all week (with our now (sadly) usual 1-3 inches) as another storm gears up to visit the east coast. So snow (maybe) almost anywhere you look, nests to visit, Olympics to watch, and George Washington's birthday to boot (his size 13's made that no easy task fyi) ~ it's a lot for a Monday morning, pace yourselves ~

Sunday, February 21st, 2010 ~ Some sunshine today to help wish Aunt Joyce a lovely birthday today!!!! Hope the sun in shining in Atlanta for you too!!!

Saturday, February 20th, 2010 ~ Saturday, in all it's splendor, here on the driveway and, we're guessing, where ever you are too! Enjoy the views ~

Friday, February 19th, 2010 ~ While we've been watching the snow and the Olympics and parades, the nesting season has gotten underway ~ the storks are back in at least 2 of the nests, the eagles this morning are keeping the snow off what looks like 2 eggs and the owl's nest now has 3 eggs! And a tip of the hat today to birthday boy Herman Snellen (born in 1834), inventor of the Sneelen Chart, that has helped many of us see some amazing views much more clearly ~

Thursday, February 18th, 2010 ~ Wednesday slipped by with only a few late afternoon shots of the driveway, but Thursday should be all driveway all the time. When you aren't out playing in the snow you might want to curl up with some hot chocolate and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ~ which was published on this day back in 1885 (which makes Huck 125 years old today!) And it's take a planet to lunch day as we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the discovery of the planet Pluto (we here at driveway still deny the authority of the International Astronomical Union to remove the Pluto's planet status). In honor of Pluto's -360F degree surface temperature we suggest some Pluto Pie instead of cake... Enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010 ~ We're getting some snow! Nothing to match the amounts farther south ~ those are pictures from as south as you can get in Indiana taken by our correspondent Hannah, who is traveling with Hanover College on a 4 year assignment. Thanks Hannah! Along with the glare from the snow, it's
a bronze, silver and gold kind of day. On this date, in 1923, Howard Carter first entered the sealed burial chamber of King Tutankhamen to find amazing treasures, including a bronze trumpet (one of the earliest examples of musical instruments in history); same date in 1878 the Bland-Allison Act became law which allowed for the return to minting of Silver Dollars in the US; and on this date, in 1984, Bill Johnson became the first American man to win an Olympic Gold medal in downhill skiing. Which brings us to another medal event here on the driveway ~ Alpine Snow Angeling ~ the Hanover team is showing great promise... Enjoy the views and the snow and send us some pictures, we love seeing them ~ click pictures for larger views

Monday, February 15th, 2010 ~ If you have today off to reflect on Presidents Washington and Lincoln ~ you'll probably enjoy the weather (for most of our viewers) that you're going to be getting today. If you are sick of winter storms... you can watch the driveway (yes, we're pouting here at drivewaycam international), or check in on Vancouver's weather (go for gold in the coveted Nordic Weather Watching event, which no viewer of drivewaycam has ever medaled in (though we don't understand how that is possible)). There are also the other Olympic events to watch, or Olympic naps to take to dream of log cabins, surrounded by cherry trees.... and of course there is a quiz or two a'waiting an answer....

Sunday, February 14th, 2010 ~ Happy Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year! Hope the Year of the Tiger is a great one for everyone ~

Saturday, February 13th, 2010 ~ Looking for a slightly smaller version of the floor from last nights opening ceremony...to put in my kitchen...to have whales swimming through randomly! Enjoy whatever is your favorite of the sports to watch and all the rest of the views on this lovely last day of the year of the Ox. We'll keep the schedule of events, and the link to check on traffic and Olympic Road closings there and the lovely view (especially at night) of Downtown. Haven't gotten the Mardi Gras Parade cam to work during a Parade yet...works like gangbusters otherwise... but hopefully it's worked for you and just as hopefully we'll be able to catch some of the festivities there too at some point ~ Enjoy ~

Friday, February 12th, 2010 ~ Olympic fever is finally upon us ~ and with Vancouver being 3 hours behind us (some of us?) it means it's the start of another excellent round of Olympic Insomniac Viewing! Working on getting a list of handy links together for 'round the clock watching (tv, webcams, online etc) but for now: the Opening Ceremony starts at 7:30 (ET) on NBC, here is the schedule of events, and here is a place to check on traffic and Olympic Road closings there (they have fabulous traffic cameras and have been added to our traffic links page), and a lovely view (especially at night) of Downtown (from someone's deck). Rumor has it you can watch the torch cross False Creek, via outrigger canoe, here at 1:00 (Vancouver time). In between that it's Mari Gras Parade weekend in the Quarter, prime viewing starts at 6:00 (ET) tonight, plus there is all that snow on the east coast to watch as well (Baltimore has had 16 MORE inches of snow so far than we have had all season). And it's Abraham Lincoln's birthday ~ don't know how we'll fit it all in today, but we're going to try. You may need a tonic to be able to keep up with and enjoy the views today but in any case ~ it's time to get started ... Let the Games Begin!

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 ~ A very Happy Birthday to Jessie today!!!! There is so much viewing going on today.....and most of it is covered in snow.... in her honor. We are having sunshine here and hope the sun is shining in Oldham County too for you Jessie ~ And for those of us not busy turning 17 today...check out any of the links over the past couple of weeks, and all the standard links for some amazing snow pictures from the various blizzards that have been pounding the East Coast and Mid Atlantic States.

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 ~ Short viewing day for the driveway but there is snow from Ohio to the coast (east) (mid atlantic to be precise), so every where you check should be interesting viewing. [We are getting our snow vicariously through DC, it seems, and points along the coast....] Check out the links from previous days, the traffic links, etc etc etc links ~ if you don't have to go out in it don't, stay in and enjoy the views. If you do have to go out in it, bundle up, be careful and enjoy!

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 ~ A quiet day on the driveway, in 10 minute increments, which, when watched with soft music playing in the background, can bring a bit of tranquility (and maybe even a nap!) to those who view it. Enjoy ~ but please, view responsibly... (required government labeling: do not view the driveway while operating an automobile or heavy machinery or engaging in other activities requiring mental alertness and coordination.)

Monday, February 8th, 2010 ~ The last Shuttle launch was a success (we heard) and for the next 13 days as Endeavour catches up to and docks with the Space Station (the docking is 12:09 (am) on Wednesday), you can check for outdoor viewing opportunities in your area here. Online watching here or on NASA TV. 3 spacewalks and the delivery of the final module of the US portion of the ISS ~ The Tranquility node which among other things will deliver a room with a view ~ are due before the shuttle heads home. In other viewing news...haven't seen the storks yet, the eagles are back cleaning up their nest but haven't seen them either, however caught our favorite owl's nest occupied this morning! ~ enjoy the views (and the new quiz)

Sunday, February 7th, 2010 ~ The Shuttle launch was scrubbed, with only 9 minutes left in the countdown ~ rumor is that it will launch tomorrow morning at 4:14 AM ~ meetings later today will confirm or modify that launch time. Set your alarms accordingly (and maybe if we all keep our fingers crossed for good weather.....). In the meantime, it was 46 years ago today the Beatles landed in the US for the first time, and 39 years ago today (no, that's not a mistype) that Switzerland granted women the right to vote. Both those firsts so amaze us there had to be a new quiz ~ Enjoy the views!

Saturday, February 6th, 2010 ~ We're jealous of and sorry for the mid-atlantic states getting clobbered! In fact for everyone getting all that snow ~ we are getting a little bit here but the driveway view is nothing compared to views in the storm. Check out the traffic cams in the snow areas (and here is a fun one for all of Ohio just added to the list), and here is an excellent camera in DC to go along with their traffic cams, and another good one in DC that shows live shots mixed with recent views. As well as any of the links below (or on the snow page) that are in the storm's path. It's snowing in PA, in Maryland on land and on the beach, in NJ, (more NJ) and in fact almost anywhere you look in the area - so bundle up and enjoy surfing and the views ~

Friday, February 5th, 2010 ~ Mardi Gras Parade Season is upon us - you can tune in tonight at 6:00 to catch the Krewe of Oshun Parade! And here is the schedule for all parade viewing. With the winter storm heading towards so many of our viewers ("many" like time, is so very relative)(and putting an S on viewer is perhaps optimistic ...) as well as towards the poor beleaguered east coast again, it's best to just put on your beads, gather up your beverages and snacks, settle in, and enjoy the views! (with some more wave watching in NJ, NC, SC, and a bit more NC)

Thursday, February 4th, 2010 ~ Today is the anniversary of the 2004 launch of Facebook (by M. Zuckerburg, and if you make a cake use the large pan, for the 350 million active Facebook members (!?)), and it's the birthday of 2 of our favorites, Charles Lindbergh (in 1902) and Clyde Tombaugh (in 1906). Clyde discovered Pluto (always a planet here on the driveway) and on his birthday we like to check in with New Horizons (the Pluto fly-by mission(that Clyde is on)) ~ now on day 1,476 with only 1,985 more days until it's closest approach to Pluto. (July 14, 2015 if you haven't marked your calendars yet). Meanwhile, 14 astronomical units closer to home, we have some sunshine on the driveway. Mei Lan and Tai Shan left for China this morning ~ we will miss seeing them, but there are still other Pandas to watch and links to enjoy....

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 ~ A very very Happy Birthday to the divine Ms. Em!!! All 10,959 days (which is also 263,016 hrs or 15,780,960 minutes, or... 946,857,600 seconds) since she first graced our presence have brought her (at lightening speed it feels like) to this, her 30th Birthday!?!?!! (can that possibly be right?) ~ We all hope it's a most wonderful year for you Em ~ and we are so glad that we are not aging at the same speed you are!! :) At various moments in her life Em realized she'd be turning 30 one day... this is one such moment caught on camera!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 ~ Halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, there is nothing to say but ~ Happy Groundhog's Day!

Sunday, January 31st, 2010 ~ The happiest of birthdays today to our good friend Ann (of the Fort Knox Ann's) ~ hope it's a wonderful day and year ahead for you Ann! The east coast is under gale warnings today which makes for dangerous wave watching in person, but a much safer variety is online. If the cold and storms are getting to you remember this...it's almost stork season! (okay, so there is still some snow there....but it's time to start checking in for their return!). And in Antarctica, the penguin chicks are basking in temperatures 30 degrees warmer than it is on the driveway..... Enjoy the views ~

Saturday, January 30th, 2010 ~ Today is the 220th anniversary of the first test at sea of the first lifeboat ~ built specially to rescue people from stormy seas ~ the "Original". And Yerba Buena is a town that certainly appreciates that technology ~ and that is celebrating it's 163rd anniversary, today, of being renamed ~ San Francisco. More than 165 shipwrecks and major accidents have occurred near the Golden Gate strait since the Spanish first sailed through it in 1775. While it looks like it may be clear today, you can watch for fog to roll in there on the links in the table below, and watch the cold and snow on a driveway just a few thousand miles east of there. Enjoy the views and here's to none of our viewers needing to use a lifeboat today...... (click for bigger views of this morning on the left, and a foggy day in October on the right)

Friday, January 29th, 2010 ~ It's the last Friday of the month, the largest full moon of the year is this evening, and while I thought it was the last day of viewing Mei Lan in Atlanta, we may actually have a few more days next week as she doesn't leave for China until the 4th ~ but the time of her departure (along with Tai Shan) draws near. We've had some snow brought in via the Arctic and Lake Ontario for your viewing pleasure and we'll leave you to the views with some closing words by today's birthday boys, Thomas Paine and Edward Abbey. "It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration" ~ Thomas Paine "What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree? The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse." ~ Edward Abbey

Thursday, January 28th, 2010 ~ The rumor (what some folks call a forecast) is 6-10 inches of snow today ~ could mean some plowing to watch! So updates every 6 minutes, just in case they are right. (however, in the interest of public safety, and with full knowledge of the accuracy of said rumors, driveway cam urges you not to hold your breath). And today is the 256th birthday of the word serendipity which will be much celebrated 'round these parts and links. Which makes it a perfect day for this drink (just as excellent, maybe more so, without the ice) and this site. So raise a mug and enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 ~ The artic is coming to town for a visit and both snow and temperatures are falling in anticipation. Bundle up, enjoy the views, and if you wander through the looking glass in search of white rabbits (and Lewis Carroll to wish him a Happy Birthday) send us a postcard! If you are not up for any adventures in wonderland try adventuring into Mozart (it's his birthday too) (and no, that's not the game link, but you can download a demo of one of the games here)(link removed) ~

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010 ~ It's a few-updates-Tuesday, but all the rest of the links are happy to step up and offer their views ~ all day today. You can click on Opus above, or any of the Rochester area links below to catch sight of what's happening around the driveway. Cold has moved back in all over the place so don't forget your hot chocolate or tea while you hop the links from ski jumps to beaches (those with snow and without) ~

Monday, January 25th, 2010 ~ For you non-weekend viewers (which actually encompasses a remarkable percentage of the world's population (at any given time)), there is a new quiz out there even while the previous quiz languishes. And while you are concentrating on that, and on the views, don't forget it's National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day! More than you could want to know at that link - bubble wrap to pop at this link as an old, but well used, retired link pays us a visit, and from the first link a pop the bubble wrap game [we suggest "chain reaction" and "small"] ~ Enjoy the views and let the popping begin...

Sunday, January 24th, 2010 ~ We can't retire last years quiz contest as the last quiz is still, sadly, unanswered. However, after a heated debate in the quizzler department (reports of EMTs being called in are slightly exaggerated), we are pleased to announce the start of this year's contest and first quiz of 2010. The weather is changing round the country, as are the mountains and moss if you watch long enough so settle in and enjoy the views (and the quiz(zes)) ~

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 ~ Not quite sure where Friday went...but a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Patti Beth today!!!!!! We all hope it's the start of a great year for you Patti!!! And, it's a beautiful Saturday on the driveway right now, so before the front hits, that is marching this way, please enjoy the views on this somewhat busy day. Several trips out and back, and who knows what else might wander by. Enjoy ~

Thursday, January 21st, 2010 ~ Just 53 years ago today NBC recorded and then later broadcast the second inaugural ceremonies of US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, making it the very first national broadcast of a previously recorded event. And only 21 years later, which would make it 34 years ago today, the Concordes took off (simultaneously) for their very first commercial flights ~ while just 8 years after that, making it 26 years ago today, Britain's first test-tube triplets were born. What do all those things have to do with each other? No idea, we'll have to ask the butterfly flapping around in Brazil. In the meantime, the Women in Blue Jeans Conference was cancelled due to the weather hitting the northern plains ~ but that's no reason we can't all put on our jeans and take in a few views to see if we notice what might be talked about 53 years from now... or at least take a look at some of the weather out there... in South Dakota, or Iowa, or where ever you look as you wander the links. Enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 ~ A few updates Wednesday on this side of the driveway leaves you lots of time to explore all your favorite links on that side of the driveway. Storms continue out west with California in the thick of it today. Along with the wave watching coastal views from yesterday, there are the regular California links below (along with the air quality links) to catch a glimpse at the weather out there.

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 ~ The sun's rotation could soon be bringing some Earth-directed solar activity our way out of sunspot 1039, storms are heading towards the West Coast as you read this prompting hazardous sea, high wind, and flood warnings from Alaska to Mexico, and it's Edgar Allan Poe's 201st birthday ~ so put on some sun block, batten up (or is it down?) your hatches, and when you aren't checking out coastal views, or hiding under the covers (a.k.a napping), enjoy some Poe ~ "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

Monday, January 18th, 2010 ~ Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day and the birthday of A.A. Milne making it a very good day for reflecting on ideas large and small..... Enjoy the views and the reflections ~

Sunday, January 17th, 2010 ~ A quiet Sunday on the driveway but more reasons for cake than you can shake a lightning rod or a can of spinach at (?). It's the 304th birthday of Benjamin Franklin, inventor of (to name but a few) swim fins, library chairs with fans and a musical instrument ~ the glass armonica. You can play one yourself, and hear one right here. It's also the 344th birthday of Antonia Valsalva (he named the Eustachian tube), the 111th birthday of Nevil Shute (author of 'On the Beach' among others), and it's the 81st anniversary of the first appearance of Popeye in a comic strip ~ good thing the driveway is probably going to be quiet today...

Saturday, January 16th, 2010 ~ Looks like it could be a sunny day of melting here on the driveway (and the grasses surrounding it). Hope the sun is shining in Massachusetts or where ever you are celebrating today. While everyone has their own list, if you want the festivities to last all day you can throw in that it was on this day in 1605 that the first edition of Don Quixote was published in Madrid, while 304 years later, on this date, Ernest Shackleton discovered the magnetic South Pole and exactly 43 years before that, Everett Hosmer Barney patented the all-metal screw clamp skate (which attached to normal shoes and were tightened with a key)(show of hands, who still has a skate key?) Happy Viewing ~

Friday, January 15th, 2010 ~ Hard to believe it's the 3rd Friday of the month (and so the year as well) already. Harder to believe that the British Museum first opened it's doors to the public on this date 251 years ago! From their site: "Entry was free and given to ‘all studious and curious Persons’. With the exception of two World Wars, the Museum has remained open ever since, gradually increasing its opening hours and moving from an attendance of 5,000 per year to today's 6 million." All you studious and curious persons out there not visiting the museum today please enjoy the curiosities and views of, or from, the driveway ~

Thursday, January 14th, 2010 ~ It's warmed up a bit...but it's still National Soup Month (!?), which makes every day this month "Take a Soup to Lunch Day". So break out your soup pot and dive in (not literally you understand)*. Here is the recipe hoping to get made on this side of the driveway today but whether you open a can, a box, or start from scratch (or start with a scratch for that matter) enjoy the views and a warming bowl of soup and arrange to make a donation to the Red Cross, of blood and/or money (it's also National Blood Donor Month) ~ they can certainly use both. * [Our lawyers insisted we qualify that statement due to an incident that can only be described as unfortunate]

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 ~ It's a very-few-driveway-views Wednesday as the PC is off to a meeting (and it's driver is running late). Enjoy the rest of the views and the warm-up that is happening in most places ~ but watch out for the melting that comes with the warmth!

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 ~ On this day back in 1876 Jack London was born ~ in honor of that and with the call of the wild type weather we've all been having it may be the perfect day to curl up with a blanket, a cup of your favorite hot beverage and tales from the Klondike in between views. If you've had enough of feeling like a child of the frost, London wrote tales of the South Pacific as well and you can escape there with the very same blanket and cup of joe ~ stay warm and enjoy the views whatever latitude you choose ~

Monday, January 11th, 2010 ~ Bundt cakes all around today for the 102nd Birthday of the Grand Canyon National Monument. On January 11, 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt declared the massive Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument. "Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is," he declared. "You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see." Another great sight, that changes much more frequently than the Grand Canyon, is watching the sunrise wandering across the country, and across drivewaycam links.... Click pictures for larger views of North Carolina, West Virginia, DC, Tennessee, Arkansas and Illinois this morning

Sunday, January 10th, 2010 ~ The deep freeze continues, but take heart all of you in the What's a Winter Coat zones ~ it's supposed to warm up at some point this week. Warm up is a relative term but it's coming. Meanwhile even Florida and residents there are included in this arctic blast ~ from the National Weather Service (just in case you have a visit to Mickey planned for next week): Williamsburg, Fl, next to Disney World, has a 7-day weather forecast that includes a wind chill warning, a hard freeze warning, a wind chill advisory, a freeze watch, and a fire weather watch. Europe is dealing with snow and freezing temperatures too and there really is snow almost everywhere you look so once again, bundle up and when you aren't making snow angels and sledding ~ enjoy the views....

Saturday, January 9th, 2010 ~ There is still snow almost everywhere you look (see snow depth picture below) ~ and there is a great site here for watching and seeing amazing near real time satellite images of the earth's landmasses if you want to broaden your view of snow coverage (the picture of England covered in snow that's been circulating is here). And if you are needing some warmer viewing ~ try out the new trial link below. Stay warm, send us your snow pictures (new ones posted last night), and enjoy the views.

Friday, January 8th, 2010 ~ Doesn't matter where you look - there is snow to watch! Send us your snow pictures to add to our collection and then spend the day playing in the snow or inside warm, with hot chocolate handy, and enjoy the views ~

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 ~ Freezing drizzle is due up this morning on the driveway (and around town) ~ not as much fun to watch as snow but better to be watching then out in it. And if you get to feeling zoned while watching it drizzle you can thank Sir Sandford Fleming ~ on this, the 183rd anniversary of his birthday. He was a leading railway engineer, the designer of Canada's first stamp and is known as the "Father of Standard Time" for having invented the standard time zones (after missing a train himself due to less than coordinated times). And there is no time like the present to enjoy the views ~

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010 ~ Driveway cam is in it's glory bringing you views of snow, the possibility of plows and the rumor of a package delivery ~ all in one day! Throw in that it's also the 74th anniversary of the world debut of Porky Pig (in the cartoon, "Gold Diggers of '49.") and it's a sparkling day no matter where the sun is hiding. (We are gaining a minute of daylight a day 'round these parts ~ up to 9 hrs and 9 minutes today. You can watch the days get longer here, out your window, or at this site.) Have a radiant day and enjoy the views ~

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 ~ Glorious, beautiful, fluffy, plowable snow!! After a snowy drive home ~ there is still plenty to watch on the driveway today with 6-10 more inches possible today. We're back, the cam is on, and the new year on the driveway is underway. Enjoy the views ~ :)

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 ~ While we are so jealous we could spit at all the snow happening up along the lakes and on the driveway we are also enjoying our visit to our old KY home so we are staying 1 more day. Pictures will be posted soon ~ in the meantime enjoy the views (and the new penguin chicks!) click on Opus above (or the traffic link below) to see views of the snow happening in the local spots around the driveway and Rochester in general

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 ~ It's Snowing!! And we are still in Kentucky?!?! How cool is that? (well it's low teens cool but that's besides the point) (Heard there was snow in NY too but for now....there is snow on the driveway (and maybe even a Ky Cam to show it off later today)(you never know)). Cake today for Isaac Asimov's birthday ~ so curl up with a robot (story or not) and enjoy the views ~

Friday, January 1st, 2010 ~ First view of the New Year was of a penguin chick in Antarctica! (a sure sign of a good year ahead). Enjoy recovering from last night and the first day of the New Year ~ (click for larger picture: some KY moon shine from the Blue Moon, the last group shot of '09 and a penguin chick)

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