Sonoma XP

Sonoma XP

Sonoma XP

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April 16 2009 3:22 PM

Sonoma XP

I found out something of personal interest to me, though many of you probably won't care.

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Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

Reading Damn Cool Pics, one of my more favorite non-science/skeptic blogs, I found out that the the Windows XP background of the too-green hill -- the one called Bliss -- is a real place, and it's in Sonoma County, California not far from where I used to live.

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Windows XP bliss image

I know, big deal, right? But the thing is, I used to drive past that hill all the time! DCP links to the hill on Google Maps, and when I zoomed out I realized I used to drive past it to get to Napa, or to take the back way to Vallejo and Sacramento. I must have blown past it dozens of times and never once noticed it.

I like to notice things; it's part of being an amateur (and observational) astronomer. You never know what you might see... and I've seen really weird stuff in my time. I drive a lot, and I see a lot.

But I've seen the XP picture about a billion times too, yet never noticed the real thing, less than 100 meters outside my passenger window.

What else have I missed? What do we all miss?