Monthly Archives: April 2011

“Hang on, I love you”

The monstrous tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, spawned a series of amateur videos that take one’s breath away even while viewing from a comfortable, safe and sunny kitchen. This video, however, tops them all. It’s not of the terrifying … Continue reading

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Now THAT was pomp

I have just watched my first royal wedding. It would never have occurred to me to get up at oh-dark-thirty back in Oregon to watch a wedding in real time, and frankly it didn’t even occur to me to watch … Continue reading

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CERN explained (in comics!)

Ph.D. is one of my favorite comics, and this time artist Jorge Cham has outdone himself. He sat down with two physicists to talk about dark matter and what scientists hope to learn from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, … Continue reading

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More eating

My friend is now winging her way home, after two weeks of being stuffed to the gills with extremely good food — some of which, I’m proud to say, we produced right here in our home. Having a local butcher … Continue reading

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Eating our way across Portugal

We’re back home after a few days of wandering through the Alentejo region, stopping every few hours for yet another massive and delicious meal of Alentejana cuisine. So I thought I’d post a few images to make you hungry. In … Continue reading

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Sporadic post alert

My best friend has arrived for her visit, which means my postings will be sporadic for the next two weeks. In the meantime, it’s going to be fun to see my adopted country through new eyes. Having come from cool … Continue reading

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When they say “international,” they really mean international

Last month, Dart Music International staged a week-long free concert in Austin, Texas. Living up to the organization’s name, the concert featured six bands from six continents back to back, three days running. It also featured a global first: a … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

From the 27 March Astronomy Picture of the Day comes this stunning view of the largest canyon in our solar system: Valles Marineris on Mars. APOD explains: The grand valley extends over 3,000 kilometers long, spans as much as 600 … Continue reading

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Oregon Legislature April Fool’s prank

The legislature in my home state is the second-to-the-last place I’d ever look for humor. (The federal legislature is the last place.) But it turns out to have hosted one of the most elaborate political pranks ever pulled off — … Continue reading

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Tragedy in Brazil

Twelve children dead, many others grievously injured, by a psychopathic nutjob with a gun. I cringed while reading the awful details…and then I cringed for a whole different reason when I came across this quote: “It is a massacre, a … Continue reading

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