Monthly Archives: December 2014

Christmas Eve shopping

Before Christmas this year, I let our son “buy” one of the gifts I’d gotten for my wife, because he didn’t have the slightest idea what to get her (nor any inclination to go out shopping, not that I can … Continue reading

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Cheerful graffiti

Normally I’m not a fan of graffiti, but this one, inked onto a boarded-up house in the historic center of Loulé, made me smile. It reads: When sadness knocks on your door, open it with a smile and say: “Excuse … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Tuesday

A slight departure from the norm, but this photo is so lovely I had to post it. This is sand…magnified at 250x. And looking at the coral and sea urchin spines, I’d guess sand from a tropical location. What beauty … Continue reading

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Saturday picture show

Here are a couple of videos to make your eyes wet or wide. The first warrants a tissue alert, because even if you’re not a dog lover, you’ll probably get sniffly to see a dog with genetic deformities become fully … Continue reading

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The Song

Most of us have indelible soundtracks accompanying our childhood and young adult memories. The music ranges from the popular radio of the time to commercial jingles, church hymns, TV show themes…and for me, a lot of it came from my … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

On Thursday, 11 December, the Grand Canyon experienced a “total cloud inversion.” If this sounds like something backwards, that’s because it is. Normally, temperatures are much higher in the canyon than above it (and it is not uncommon to have … Continue reading

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Feather art

Every now and then I stumble across an artist who makes me wish I had a metric ton of money. Because if I did, I’d have Chris Maynard’s feather shadow boxes all over my house. His home page states: Feathers … Continue reading

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Ooo. This is a gorgeous film, with imaginative and extremely detailed visions of what future Terrans might see if we ever get out of our gravity well and start living elsewhere in our solar system. The film alone is worth … Continue reading

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Peer-reviewed as “excellent”

This paper, containing nothing but these seven words (and the address of the main authors), was accepted for publishing by the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology. It was even peer-reviewed (by an anonymous reviewer, of course) as “excellent.” ***** … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

What distant planet is covered with ice and vast liquid oceans, is active enough for the ice to be constantly renewed (thus erasing impact craters and creating a mostly smooth surface), yet has gigantic cracks and ridges that imply convection … Continue reading

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