Monthly Archives: January 2012

Glass harp

It’s been a while since I posted something musical. As a child I drove my parents nuts by rubbing a wet finger around the rim of wine glasses. Stupidly, I taught my stepson this same technique (and then had to … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday: Blue Marble

This has been all over the astronomy/geek blogs since NASA released it last Thursday. It shows the potential of NASA’s newest Earth-observing satellite, the Suomi NPP, which photographed sections of the Earth on 4 January. The high resolution sections were … Continue reading

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Saturday picture show

The Atlantic’s In Focus (edited by Alan Taylor, formerly of The Big Picture) has two features on the wreck of the Costa Concordia. The first is of the wreck itself, as it happened and shortly afterward. There are some spectacular … Continue reading

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I saw a Jesus fish decal on the bumper of a car this morning. It caught my eye because that was the second Jesus fish I have seen in five years of living here. In the US, these decals are … Continue reading

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SOPA means…

After the global hullabaloo caused by the so-called “Stop Online Piracy Act,” which didn’t do much to stop online piracy but did a whole lot to protect the interests of certain large corporations with expensive teams of lawyers and lobbyists, … Continue reading

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Laranja ouro

Today I learned a Portuguese proverb: Laranja de manhã é ouro, à tarde prata, e à noite mata. Which translates to: “Orange in the morning is gold; in the afternoon, silver; and at night it kills.” The Portuguese love their … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

The Algarve has been a little too sunny lately, and I’m starting to crave a good rainstorm and the resulting temporary streams and waterfalls. As a substitute, here’s a lush scene from Mpumalanga, South Africa: Mac-Mac Falls, dropping the Mac-Mac … Continue reading

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iBooks Author and the freakout

Tech bloggers and columnists are having a freakout over Apple’s newly introduced iBooks Author, a program that allows authors to format e-books using interactive images, music, videos, and spoken recordings. It was designed largely for the textbook industry, and offers … Continue reading

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Saturday picture show

Here’s a little something to brighten up your monitor…an HD time lapse in Yosemite National Park. The glimpses of fall colors are marvelous. (via Bad Astronomy)

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A new canada-cy

In the “so insane you couldn’t make this shit up” reality show that is the Republican primaries, this week alone has seen Perry abandon ship (shortly after saying he was a fighter who would never give up because America needed … Continue reading

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