Archive for February, 2015

anonsally replied to your post:anonsally replied to your photoset: Photo finish…Wow so that’ll…

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Wow so that’ll make it quite late our time. Will you stay up?

Hm. Doing some more in-depth sleuthing than I did before, it looks like Daylight Savings Time in New Zealand saves me an hour, so 9 p.m. there is only midnight in California, rather than 1:00 a.m.

Still pretty late for an old fogey like me, but I don’t have anything to do early Saturday, so yeah, chances are pretty good I’ll stay up for at least some of it.

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thegetty:White and gold? Or blue and black?

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

thegetty:

White and gold? Or blue and black?

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echojardini:I couldn’t remember if I the cat was inside or outside so she became, temporarily,…

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

echojardini:

I couldn’t remember if I the cat was inside or outside so she became, temporarily, Shrodinger’s cat

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dendroica:Warblers (Parulidae) (by BioDivLibrary)Illustrations…

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

dendroica:

Warblers (Parulidae) (by BioDivLibrary)

Illustrations of the American ornithology of Alexander Wilson and Charles Lucien Bonaparte :.
Edinburgh :Frazer & Co. ;1835..
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thegetty:Stormy English energy has come to the West…

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

thegetty:

Stormy English energy has come to the West Coast. 

Paintings by J.M.W. Turner are now on view at the Getty Center, and the accompanying catalog is just as rich and wonderful as the artworks.

Take a peek!

#NowReading is a series with @gettypubs that celebrates books, reading everywhere, and art.

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I Rode My Bike Through The Empty Streets On Christmas Day In London

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

crowleysdelicateass:

foodffs:

Palace of Westminster

Piccadilly Circus

Putney High Street

Trafalgar Square

China Town, Soho

King’s Road

Carnaby Street

Putney Bridge

The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square

Oxford Street

Piccadilly Circus Tube Station

Regent Street

A3211 Upper Thames Street Tunnel

Millennium Bridge & St Paul’s Cathedral

Southbank Skatepark

The Mall, Road to Buckingham Palace

what the fuck. this is amazing! my goal for next year then!

Perfect for filming low-budget post-apocalyptic zombie movies.

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anonsally replied to your photoset:Photo finish Each of ADOR, Mapfre, and…

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

anonsally replied to your photoset:

Photo finish Each of ADOR, Mapfre, and Dongfeng…

approximately when will it be over?

Assuming you’re talking about this leg, I did some rough figuring:

  • As of 1540 UTC today (Thursday), the leaders are about 360 nautical miles from the finish.
  • If they average 10 knots, that would put them in Auckland at 0340 UTC Saturday. In terms of local time, that would be 7:40 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) in California, or 3:40 p.m. Saturday in Auckland.

That estimate could be wrong in either direction; it depends on the wind. But within a few hours of that, hopefully?

The spectator fleet is going to be amazing. Auckland is called the “City of Sails” because the sport is so popular there, and a close finish on a Saturday afternoon with nice weather should maximize turnout.

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Sophie Ciszek, Team SCA, interviewed by Leighton OConner before…

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Sophie Ciszek, Team SCA, interviewed by Leighton OConner before the start of Leg 1. Source.

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Photo finishEach of ADOR, Mapfre, and Dongfeng have held the…

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Photo finish

Each of ADOR, Mapfre, and Dongfeng have held the lead in the last 24 hours. Ahead, there are light, patchy winds along the New Zealand coast. At the back of the fleet, it feels very much like the end of leg 1, with SCA energized and excited to have a chance of overtaking a competitor, while the competitor (Brunel in this case) struggles with disappointment.

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nprfreshair: kateoplis:Take the trainHave a nice weekend!

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

nprfreshair:

kateoplis:

Take the train

Have a nice weekend!

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marykatewiles: Parks & Rec AdventureThe story of this post…

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

marykatewiles:

Parks & Rec Adventure

The story of this post is…it’s a post about Parks & Rec!

seanpersaud and I are in denial about Parks & Rec ending (TOMORROW—say it ain’t so!). So we decided to pay a visit to some of our favorite places in Pawnee and commemorate how much they’ve meant to us through pictures.

See above:

JJ’s Diner (photos 1 & 2)

Pawnee City Hall (3 & 4)

The Pit, which is now being built upon and we are pretty sad about it (5)

Ann’s House (6 & 7)

The Smallest Park in Pawnee (8)

and April & Andy’s House (9 & 10)

Parks & Rec, we love you. You’ve meant the world to us, and to so many other people. We hate to see you go—so in the meantime, we’ll just be crying over these waffles. *sob*

(Thank you Christopher Higgins for taking the pics!)

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flightofthelbd replied to your post: “Sophie Ciszek of Team SCA, January 25, 2015. Source.”: I…

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

flightofthelbd replied to your post: “Sophie Ciszek of Team SCA, January 25, 2015. Source.”:

I haven’t been following this, but why wouldn’t she be able to do it?

She suffered a herniated disc in her back on leg 2, needed surgery, and is still recovering. There’s more detail in the linked video.

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Sophie Ciszek of Team SCA, January 25, 2015. Source.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Sophie Ciszek of Team SCA, January 25, 2015. Source.

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dendroica: SNR 0519-69.0 by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center…

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

dendroica:

SNR 0519-69.0 by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on Flickr.

When a massive star exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way, it left behind an expanding shell of debris called SNR 0519-69.0. Here, multimillion degree gas is seen in X-rays from Chandra (blue). The outer edge of the explosion (red) and stars in the field of view are seen in visible light from Hubble.Image Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO

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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

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quiet-nymph:Summer Hill Park, Victoria by robinnestridge

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

quiet-nymph:

Summer Hill Park, Victoria by robinnestridge

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

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Tonight’s dilemma

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Scroll past all Parks posts, because I’m only at the end of season 5,

OR

take a warm bath in all of it, because it’s not like it’s GoT.

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sylvia-morris:Reading Jon Klassen’s I want my hat back made me…

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

sylvia-morris:

Reading Jon Klassen’s I want my hat back made me want to experiment with Inkscape again – simple shapes but with added texture.

So my husband kindly made up a story for me (entitled I want moonsnacks) and I sketched while he told me the story and maybe I’ll illustrate the rest of it one day but, for now, here is a little giraffe staring longingly at the moon.

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I wasn’t complaining. I kind of like seeing the little colored boats zooming around cutting each other off. I don’t actually follow it, but there’s something pleasant about the graphics. I was just surprised the race was still happening. I didn’t know they were this long.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Ah, whew. Thanks for letting me know.

Yeah, it’s a long race. Pretty much the longest in the history of racing, I guess. Though there also are singlehanded versions like the Vendée Globe, where a solo sailor does it, and does it nonstop, which I suppose is arguably “longer”, for some definitions.

Interestingly (at least for me, given my current obsession with the performance of SCA), women have a history of doing quite well in the Vendée Globe. Ellen MacArthur came in second in the 2000-2001 race (to Michel Desjoyeaux, who sailed in this Volvo on MAPFRE on leg 1 before leaving the team). And then Sam Davies and Dee Caffari, both currently on SCA, came in fourth and sixth respectively (out of 30 entrants) in the 2008-2009 race, which also was won by Desjoyeaux.

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