Hey there. It’s your friendly neighborhood mad scientist/engineer/documentationalist/timelapsologist again, coming to you live from the tippity top of roof of our Silver Lake abode, where I got the bug to install my laptop and digicam in an attempt to capture what hopefully will be the building of another day’s “thunderhat” above and beyond the Verdugo Mountains centered out there in the distance as seen below:

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As you can see there’s nothing much happening but a lotta blue sky right now but I’m hopeful that as the hours march so will the cumulo-nimbussessess way out over the Antelope Valley as they have rather spectacularly the last few days. If the clouds come back and it all works out (meaning that the heat/direct sunlight doesn’t melt the camera, the tripod, the cabling, and the laptop — which it very well might, despite the rudimentary shading I erected) I should be able to post a timelapse movie compiled from images made every 30 seconds that will be a treat to watch as it slowly unfolds. Fingers crossed!

UPDATE (12:36 p.m.): I must’ve been reading my friend Frazgo’s mind because upon our return from grocery shopping I immediately went up top with an umbrella and rigged up some of the very shade he recommended in the comment that I just found when I came back down to upload pics of the set-up still fully functional, perhaps made a little more so by the extra sunscreen (after the jump):

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I was pleased to see clouds had indeed moved into the frame, but opted not attach an umbrella directly to the unsecurable tripod for fear of the breezes — however slight — might be just enough to tip it over.

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The laptop itself — still rocking, bless it’s little six-year-old G3 engine– is now elevated off the searing roof by the roll of duct tape and “protected” however flimsily by one of the two magical French umbrellas that stopped the Paris deluge the moment after we bought them on Rue Claire last May. Let’s see if its special powers are enough to beat back the searing rays of the sun.