Sunday, December 23, 2012
Friday, December 07, 2012
The closer I looked at it, especially east of the Rockies (i.e. away from where I live), the more I got lost, the less I could figure out where I was from the surrounding pattern.
California was easy, but then, I live here.
And the Gulf of Mexico outside the Mississippi River Delta, wow. Those are all lights from oil platforms, no?
Click through to Flickr to see this NASA image, and to find the giganto-version.
Monday, November 19, 2012
reason 100 to like our neighborhood: neighborliness
Originally uploaded by marymactavish.
Our next door neighbors are renters who have lived here for a long time. They really never go in their backyard, which is overgrown with random yard stuff including a couple of citrus trees and a big apple tree planted by the previous renters a long time ago.
Our neighbor across the street moved into his house when it was built, when he was a boy in the mid-fifties. He worked in local orchards, some in this block, for pocket money, but they're gone now.
Today I went out back to see why our guard-dachshund Fritzy was losing his head and found the across-the street neighbor in the next-door neighbor's yard (with permission) harvesting apples. He called me to the fence and gave me as many as I could hold.
They are so crunchy and sweet and huge.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
This must be one of the best Earth from the ISS pics ever
Originally uploaded by marymactavish.
Don Pettit, one of my favorite scientist astronauts, took the picture. It's (c)NASA, they usually allow sharing of their photos for (at least) noncommercial use with attribution.
It is, of course, a long exposure to get those star trails, the little blue flashes below are almost certainly lightning, which is flashing in and above the clouds constantly in at least a few places at any given time all over the earth.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Saturday, August 04, 2012
.... about our trip with the family, today, on Niles Canyon Historical Railway:
Geographilic bit bolded:
miche: So you spent the time pointing to native plants out the windows while Owen went ZOOOMZZZZZZ
mary: well yes ;) Casey followed the zoomz.
micheinnz: You guys are just SO adorkable, the four of you.
mary: all four grandparents also came along - was awesome :)
mary: must teach kid about native plants :) http://www.flickr.com/photos/42614915@N00/7713144724/
micheinnz: Okay then, the eight of you are SO adorkable.
mary: and just in case you thought you were joking http://www.flickr.com/photos/42614915@N00/7713242848/
Friday, June 22, 2012
I've got the toddler running me exhausted, and though I said I was going to post "sense of wonder" kind of things here, he's mostly wondrous about garbage trucks these days, so I'm trying to decide how to frame that.
In the meantime, there's this fascinating spread of language video. It's mostly visual, so not vision-impaired friendly, but works well without sound:
I love this sort of thing.
I note that on the phoneme map, though Africa has high diversity for the most part, Madagascar doesn't, which makes sense given it was mostly populated from southeast Asia.
Audrey, my family-member-for-whom-there-is-no-real-label, my son's other mother, my husband's other partner, gave me a membership with 23andme for my birthday this year, and it's fabulous and fun. I found out that the brownness on my mom's side of my family didn't come from Africa, South Asia, or the Americas, but my entire gene pile seems to be European. This doesn't really solve a mystery, as I still wonder why she was so brown, as was my grandmother, but it does clear up "where does the brown come from?" a bit, in that we know where it's not from, now.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Friday, May 04, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Saturday, April 07, 2012
Over nachtelijk Europa. Op deze momenten kun je ISS zien. Beneden nog/al donker, zon op het station. www.heavens-above.com of volg @twisst
Originally uploaded by André Kuipers.
I really don't know why my first thought was the campfire song, Barges:
"Out of my window looking through the night I can see the barges' flickering lights.
Silently flows the water to the sea and the barges too flow silently.
Barges, I would like to go with you, I would like to sail the ocean blue.
Barges, is there treasure in your hold? Do you fight with pirates brave and bold?
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
More of his pictures are here, including the huge goldmine right on the edge of the town of Kalgoorlie: pics
Friday, March 30, 2012
Exposed intruded mineral, like crackle glaze, detail
Originally uploaded by ww_whist.
Friday, March 09, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Here's a neat video from the air, from a little bitty airship, so you can see how lovely it is.
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Stephen Fry likes it, in part because it's near so many beautiful places:
That's one of my favorite things about Northern California in general: It's a short drive to the High Sierra, some of the most beautiful parts of California's coast, to farmlands, to really great urban advantages, to the Golden Gate Bridge, to science museums and art, because there is open space and nature everywhere -- visionaries began preserving it here more than a century ago -- and because we have the climate to enjoy it year-round. (That is true for most places depending on what climate you like; with my tendency to get really sick in hot humidity, I can't bear those climates in the summer.)
I don't want to live in San Francisco though. I have before, but now, I want a yard for my dog, and I want not to have my house actually touching other houses (it's just a fire danger worry, house fires there can displace a few families), and San Francisco proper gets a bit cold and windy for me off and on all year, what with water on three sides. And I'm a gimp, and SF has a lot of uphill and downhill.
But it's a nice place to visit, and I'm glad I get to do that a lot. I discover new things there on a regular basis, though I've been visiting for nearly 50 years, and I'm glad I get to raise my child so near such a treasure.