Friday, February 23, 2007

Because I'm suffering from cabin fever...

... here are some pictures of flowers that I took last spring.

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And ok, this one is from last summer, not spring, but I'm putting it in anyway!
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If you want to see any of them in more detail, let me know. I'll give you the link to a higher resolution copy.

It's about friggin' time!

The second half of Twin Peaks is finally coming out on DVD! April 3rd, of this year. How long have we been hearing "in a few months" or "early next year"? I had all but given up hope. I'm so very excited about this!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Earth and stars

NASA Earth Observatory

This is pretty cool. A lot of interesting photographs and animations of, well, Earth.

Some pretty cool satellite images of earth. I particularly like the Ancient Observatories section.

Need some perspective? Take a look at how small we are...

Feeling a bit destructive? Or just want to see if you can knock the earth off of it's rotation? (If you do, let me know!) Try playing around with the Earth Impacts Effects Program. It's "an easy-to-use, interactive web site for estimating the regional environmental consequences of an impact on Earth. This program will estimate the ejecta distribution, ground shaking, atmospheric blast wave, and thermal effects of an impact as well as the size of the crater produced." It's all text based, but so fun!

The photo gallery from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Lots of really cool pictures of space.

And they finally feel like they have a pretty good idea what causes the Aurora Borealis.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Google, Terror Preparedness, New Money, and Mona Lisa

Have you all heard about this guy Aaron, who has a Really Good Idea? At least we think it's a Really Good Idea. No one really knows. Well, except for him, and a few people at Google. You see, he wanted to pitch this idea to Google, but to a real person, not a web form. So he flew to California, went to the Googleplex, and asked for a meeting. And he got it! Follow his story on Can Google Hear Me.

Unsure of what to do in case of a terror attack? Have you been to the Department of Homeland Security's website? Were you left confused by the vague pictures? This chart can help you understand them. Or at least give you a good laugh.

Did you hear that they're making new dollar coins? With the presidents on them? (Only the deceased ones though.) Check out the quite thorough Wiki page on the new dollar coin program.

Scholars are pretty sure that they've found Mona Lisa's grave. And that the mysterious half smile that has left people wondering for centuries? It was most likely the contented smile of a happily expectant mother who's thoughts are turned inward toward the child she is carrying.