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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Astronomy Tuesday

Another amazing image from Cassini.

That tiny point of light is Earth, seen between two of the rings of Saturn. (If you enlarge the image, you can just make out our moon to the left.)

Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday bird blogging

Oh where oh where can my baby be?

It's unfair that cardinals are so stunning to look at, and also have a beautiful song, full of whistles and trills that dip and swoop; if there were any equality in the animal kingdom, they'd squawk like bluejays.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

More signs of the times

Signs for science

The signs at the march were wonderful -- some of the ones I couldn't get clear pictures of:

   Newton, not Putin

   Got Plague? No? Thank a scientist!

   Unicorn Frappuccinos are magic. Everything else is science

It was a reminder that there are thousands of smart, funny, passionate people out there, and maybe we're not all doomed.

And even if we are, this is definitely the team I want to be on when we go down fighting.

March for Science

I had to work today, so couldn't march, but when I went out to grab some pizza for lunch I walked over to Broadway to take a look. The info online had said the march would go from 62nd Street down Broadway to 52nd Street, but despite the rainy weather the crowd extended in both directions as far as I could see from 51st Street -- at least 20 blocks long and maybe more.

Saturday reflections

Here's the dazzle of a spring afternoon on Fifth Avenue -- and our spring has been mostly lacking in dazzle so far -- with crowds of spring break tourists reflected in the windows of one of the glittery emporiums there.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Urban poetry

Here's a street in the modern part of Jaipur, with one of the ubiquitous tuk-tuks next to an ornamental screen.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Astronomy Tuesday

Galaxies in triplicate.

This is the Leo Triplet, three galaxies close enough to us to be visible through smaller telescopes and close enough to each other to make an attractive photograph.

Image Credit and Copyright: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo

Monday, April 17, 2017

Welcome to the working week

Another craftsman at the marble shop -- he creates the tiny pieces of stone that are used for the inlay. It's such delicate, demanding work that it can only be done in short shifts of 15-20 minutes before taking a break.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday bird blogging

One of the famous New York hawks circling the towers of Central Park West. If you enlarge the picture you can just see that she's courting, carrying a small branch in her mouth to indicate she's ready to build a nest.

I saw her sitting in a tree a little later, still holding the twig, but unfortunately she was behind the branches and I couldn't get a good picture of her.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

More Via 57

Bonus reflections

This is Via 57, a building by the very interesting Danish architect Bjarke Ingels -- the first project of his I remember hearing about was a clean energy power plant in Copenhagen with a ski slope on the roof.

It's a curving pyramid with an interior plaza, located in the architectural wasteland of the West Side Highway. I took this picture in the winter when the light was already fading, and haven't made it back yet.

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