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August 10, 2020

Switched my webhosting company for this site, to save money.

Went from paying $24.99 a month to $7.00 a month (plus a few small yearly fees).
Estimate I will be saving over $200 a year.
Site appears to be running just fine!  (Drop me a line if you see any issues that werenít there before.)
Also made a number of small corrections to links and images; all of site should be smooth sailing now.

July. 21, 2020

My NEW VIDEO is up on YouTube!!!

Ooops, thatís the same sentence I had written here three years ago. (You can tell that Iím not really cut out for blogging.)
Well in any case, there IS a NEW VIDEO that I just published on Friday, July 17, 2020.


Dr. Theorem - Invaders from Earth

Previous Dr. Theorem videos:

The Atomic Man


Spockís Brain

Other video:

A Voyage through the Universe

Completed February 2017, this video combines astronomical images from sources such as
the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes with electronic music. Somehow I have always thought that electronic music
and interstellar space go together. I found very high resolution images from NASA, the European Space Agency,
and other sources, allowing me to create continuous zooming of the images while retaining high definition.
(At 4:28 itís actually rather short considering the size of the universe.)

If you enjoy the videos, consider spreading the word.
Using the ďlikeĒ button is a kind thing to do.
Dr. Theorem is quite unknown, but I guess part of him likes it that way.
Nevertheless, even more videos are in the planning stage. Please stay tuned, as it were.
Going to YouTube and subscribing would do it!

In other news, my ďMusic for RecordersĒ CD is now included on this website.

Interesting because it is completely different than anything listed above!
The CD isnít in the pop/rock, electronic, or alternate rock categories, but can be found under acoustic compositions.
More information HERE.

Thanks for visiting my site!


Where does the name ďMessier 81Ē come from, you ask?  Iím glad you asked.
Messier 81 is one of the names astronomers give to the galaxy in the picture.
The name derives from a French astronomer named Charles Messier, who cataloged a number of such objects in the 18th century.
There's a great page about him HERE.

In fact, there is another fine site where you can see ALL of Messierís objects, from M1 to M101!
Click HERE to see it.

The small image of the galaxy at the top of these pages is one of the classic images produced in the 1940s and 1950s by Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories.
The large image on the welcome page is a much more recent one by NASA's space observatories. I took the liberty of adjusting its colors for aesthetic reasons. In actuality,
a good number of astronomical images in color do not represent the exact colors your eyes would see anyway.
There is a good, concise explanation of this here.


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