Saturday, July 31, 2010

A recent visit to the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial

It is a powerful place.









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Pompano (KPMP), North of Ft. Lauderdale
Shot from a commercial airliner
(from the archives)

Friday, July 30, 2010

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Bal Harbour, FL

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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Passing the time
Chinatown - NYC
from the archives

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Phil Plait’s Bad Universe coming to a Discovery Channel near you

Having been a fan of Phil’s for a long time, having met him and read his books, I couldn’t wait to hear about his “sooper sekrit” project he’s been working on for a long time. Last week he announced it but the trailer video had to be taken down for technical reasons. Now it’s fixed and back up. See for yourself.

Can’t wait to see this program.

Parental advisory

Elmore James – Dust My Broom

 

YouTube link

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Waiting

Monday, July 26, 2010

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Penn State graduation day 2010
from the archives

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Brian Cox on TED

As Phil Plait put it in his blog entry:

In April 2010, physicist and outspoken lover of science Brian Cox spoke at a TED meeting about the state of science funding in the UK and the world, and why we do science. Trust me, you need to find the 17 minutes today to watch this.

 

I do agree.

 

(YouTube link)

It takes talent

YouTube link

(Via Miss Cellania)

The history of the American Right

Told by dummies

YouTube link

(Via Unreasonable Faith)

Carl Sagan and our human conceit

 

YouTube link

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Royal Tern
Bal Harbour, FL

Friday, July 23, 2010

Biology, the Bible, and the First Amendment

A 1997 debate with Eugenie Scott about first amendment issues:

YouTube link

(Via Unreasonable Faith)

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Brown pelican
Bal Harbour, FL

Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Brown pelican
Bal Harbour, FL

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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Brown pelicans
Bal Harbour, FL

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

This is what this woman knows about science.

“We all know it wasn’t something that happened 20 years ago, but now is happening now”.

YouTube link

(Via Cynical-C)

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Royal Tern
Bal Harbour, FL

Monday, July 19, 2010

Can a Super Cub do STOL?

Awesome flying contest in Alaska.

YouTube link

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Green Heron
Bal Harbour, FL

Sunday, July 18, 2010

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Laughing gull

Saturday, July 17, 2010

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Antique car show in Tigre, Buenos Aires.
from the archives

Friday, July 16, 2010

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Cleaning the beach while talking on the phone.
Bal Harbour

Thursday, July 15, 2010

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Billboard tow-plane
from the archives

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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Frontier Airbus
La Guardia
from the archives

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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Green Heron

Monday, July 12, 2010

More LOLcats

funny pictures of cats with captions

LOLcats

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Miami Beach detail

Sunday, July 11, 2010

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Miami Beach
from the archives

Saturday, July 10, 2010

70 years ago today

The Battle of Britain began on 10th July 1940. To all those brave men and women.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk I, 19 Squadron – Official RAF photo, 1940 (from Wikipedia)

 

And this is one from Flight Simulator

Spit by Real Air in FSX

Rescued Baby Hummingbird Fed in Hand by Mother

This is an old one I found. I’ll let them tell the story:

An amazing story about a baby hummingbird that was found on a sidewalk.  He couldn't fly, so I took him under my wing.  At night, he would come home to our house for safety.  During the day, he was in the backyard of the house near where I found him.  About 4 days after I found him, I was holding him in my cupped hands when his mama came by to feed him.  She had seen me around, I guess, because she just flew over, perched on my hand and then fed him.  This happened a number of times, so I called a friend who is good with a video camera, and he came over to film some of the amazing goings on that I told him about."

There's more to this story, but that's enough info to give you some context for the video we posted to YouTube.

More Tim Minchin

YouTube link

(Via Pharyngula)

Is the universe 13 billion years old? 6,000? How can you tell?

Ethan Siegel tells you how in his wonderful piece How you can figure out the Age of the Universe!

Ethan Siegel is a theoretical astrophysicist at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

I follow his blog as he posts detailed explanations to everyday astronomical and astrophysical questions.

Just remember: The Universe doesn't care what you think of it,  and as the late Carl Sagan said: The Universe was not made for us.

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Independence Hall - Philadelphia

Friday, July 09, 2010

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

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Green Heron

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

One of the best jokes I heard

One of the greatest jokes of all time:

Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves me.” I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?”

He said, “Yes.” I said, “Are you a Christian or a Jew?” He said, “A Christian.” I said, “Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?” He said, “Protestant.” I said, “Me, too! What franchise?” He said, “Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?” He said, “Northern Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?”

He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.” I said, “Me, too!”

Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.” I said, “Die, heretic!” And I pushed him over.

-- Emo Phillips

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Green Heron at Bal Harbour jetty

Sunday, July 04, 2010

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Christ Church Burial Ground - Philadelphia
This is the cemetery where Benjamin Franklin is buried

Saturday, July 03, 2010

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Old town Philadelphia

Friday, July 02, 2010

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Grasshopper

Thursday, July 01, 2010

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Laughing gull passes by.
Gulls are a dime a dozen around here. I seldom shoot pictures of them as they are kind of boring, but they make for good BIF practice. This one was coming in very close and I thought it came out nicely.