Random thoughts from an Internet Island…
Twice a year in Manhattan, New York, for about 20 minutes, the sunset aligns precisely with the city’s street grid to simultaneously illuminate both the north and south sides of every cross street. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson of the American Museum of Natural History popularized the phenomenon in 2002, naming it “Manhattanhenge.”
My sadness over the death of the space shuttle program is that I consider it the last bastion of scientific discovery in this country. Targeted research gets all the attention now, but great discoveries are rarely targeted. Penicillin and x-rays were not; the fact is most great discoveries were not, and can’t be. Frankly, it’s an area where the US had a great lead, and we’re abdicating it.
I realize scientific research without a specific target is hard to sell, yet it’s produced history’s greatest inventions. We can’t alway know what we’ll find, but answering questions is like pieces of a puzzle that eventually fit into something. Discovery is the act of standing on the shoulders of those that came before, and in this case we’re removing a very broad set of shoulders.
Sadly, I can take no solice in the money we’re supposed to be saving for better schools, lowering debt, improving infrastructure, etc. because our history has shown that’s not where it will go. Most of it will find it’s way into the bureaucracy and the pork they hand out.
The above is from a set of lantern slides — transparent images on glass that were projected onto a surface using a sciopticon “magic lantern” — from Egypt in the early 1900s.
Great pictures of a fascinating land, and in full color, see more at the above link.
What’s the most remote inhabited location on Earth? A place called Tristan da Cunha. The approximately 270 residents of this archipelago see a mail ship only once a year
First of all, her “sketches” aren’t like other people’s and her style is nothing less than the ultimate definition of pure. The fact that there isn’t one single erased line showing is just unearthly.
See more at the above link.
There are 40 night photos at the link, and it’s hard to imagine anyone not finding something they’re drawn to in this collection.
I can’t pick a favorite, but I chose the one above because it’s nice to see a cat on the Internet that isn’t LOL.
Sixteen photos in all. So sad.
Lovely shot, taken today.