Monthly Archives: September 2013

Wallpaper Monday

Rolf Maeder and two friends took a drive from Sedona, Arizona up to the Grand Canyon for some sunset photography. The hazy air skunked their sunset efforts, so they started for home, hitting a few more viewpoints along the way. … Continue reading

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Cyclist Rui Costa has just brought home Portugal’s first ever Road World Championship in what has to be the most stressful finish to a road race I’ve ever watched. I’m still tense! He displayed brilliant tactics, steel nerve and incredible … Continue reading

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This looks like real sci-fi

I’ve been excited about seeing “Gravity” ever since the first trailer hit the web last spring and wowed everyone’s socks off. It opens with a deceptively peaceful scene of beauty, right before hurling the audience into the sheer terror of … Continue reading

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“Who did it?”

For some inexplicable reason, I apparently did not post this when it came across my desk, a lapse which needs immediate correction. Recently NASA declassified the entire transcript from the Apollo 10 mission — all 504 pages of it — … Continue reading

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Happiness is…

…having a live concert taking place right outside one’s living room window. It’s election week, and the efforts of various parties and candidate lists to look good to voters are reaching a high point. For the last two weeks, one … Continue reading

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It’s that time of year…

…for the annual Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Astronomy Photography of the Year exhibition. As usual, the entries are gorgeous. Example: Photographer David Kingham wrote: Last night I went out to Snowy Range in Wyoming in search of dark skies for the … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

A room with a view! Residents of this house in Hamnoy, Nordland (in Norway — see map here) probably don’t often see those mountains sporting snow-free slopes. Hamnoy is at a higher latitude than Iceland. But what a view. (Click … Continue reading

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The tombs of Pedro and Inês

Time at last for the final installment of the Alcobaça Monastery series! If you are just now joining us, the series started with a wallpaper, continued with a tour of the church, and then toured the monastery. But before I … Continue reading

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The Lady in Red

I made a reference to violinist Karen Briggs in an email today, and that was enough to send me looking for a video of her electric performance at the Acropolis. (This is why we love the internet.) Watching and listening … Continue reading

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Voyager factoids (and the Pale Blue Dot)

I promise this is the last Voyager post for the time being. But while I was researching the history of the program for Saturday’s post, I came across all of these cool factoids that either didn’t fit into the narrative, … Continue reading

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