Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Collectors Items

Wallet Of The Beholder

The piano from the movie, Casablanca, is available to the highest bidder. STORY

Apparently, Dooley Wilson didn’t actually play, As Time Goes By, on that, or any piano. He was a singer, actor, and a drummer. Sotheby’s estimates it will sell for around a million dollars.

The Earth As Art

Alluvial Fan In China - Photo credit; NASA

NASA has published a book of beautiful, artistic images of our home. It features 75 stunning images of Earth from the Terra, Landsat 5, Landsat 7, EO-1, and Aqua satellites. It is free, download the book as an iPad App, or as a PDF. NASA also offers a 158 page print edition that you can purchase HERE.

Good Economic Advice

Voyager 1

Image - NASA

Voyager 1's low-energy charged particle instrument detects the speed of the wind of plasma, or hot ionized gas, streaming off the sun. It detected the slowing of this wind, also known as the solar wind, to zero outward velocity in a region called the stagnation region.

The little spacecraft is expected to enter interstellar space in the next couple of months, or years. It is amazing, to me, that it is still sending scientific information back to earth that helps us to accurately measure and describe, the shape and substance of our solar system in relation to interstellar space.

Good For The Planet

Swarthmore students, and others across the country are demanding that their schools divest their portfolios of fossil fuel stocks and sell them. Naturally, there is resistance from some board members, but a senior from Swarthmore states it succinctly;

“When it comes down to it, the members of the board are not the ones who are inheriting the climate problem,” said Sachie Hopkins-Hayakawa, a Swarthmore senior from Portland, Ore. “We are.”

Read the New York Times coverage of this national movement away from fossil fuels and toward planet saving alternative energy. HERE

Monday Photo Op’s

It is raining again, tonight, so it is a good thing I took some pictures on Monday while the picture taking was good. It was nice to see the snow on lassen.

I was reading a magazine while I ate dinner, and I realized how limited the experience was without ‘links’ to further information, supportive articles, the subjects websites, and all the other things that make magazines such an immersive and fulfilling form of media, when they are read on the internet, or mobile app.

I made sure that today’s post has plenty of informative, and entertaining links for your enjoyment.

Today’s Video Smile;

Cool Hunting Video Presents: The International Banana Museum from Cool Hunting on http://vimeo.com">Vimeo


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