Friday, July 10, 2009


I'm going to call this geography because the view of the earth from the falling rockets is amazing:

I wonder (and one of you must know): How small is the bit of ocean do the engineers know the rockets will fall into? How far away are the retrieval ships, for safety?

I love the splash at the end, and how the cameras keep working.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

One of my all time favorite David Attenborough moments

You might have already seen the fabulous lyrebird of Australia

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

sense of place - Burney Falls

Burney Falls
Originally uploaded by Buck Forester.
I didn't take this, but I want to share it.

Here's how I commented on the picture on Buck's photostream:
I have visited those falls more times than I know, as my mom grew up in Modoc County and I grew up in Redding, and Mom took us to Burney as often as we could go, pretty much.

Sometimes I google around from photos, just because Burney Falls is sort of my church, it's one of my favorite places in the world, and just looking at photos is sometimes enough to help me feel cool and peaceful.

And this is the best picture of my wonderful falls that I've ever, ever seen. Thank you so much.

Obama on Mount Rushmore

As I post, the Park Service is cutting down the banner. But for awhile this morning, Greenpeace managed to hang a banner on the face of Mount Rushmore (without disfiguring the monument at all) to make a visible statement about climate change.

Whatever you think about them or their methods, and whatever I do (hint: for the most part, I approve), I like that they didn't damage the monument at all, and that they were so live and visible about it at the time.

From Ustream:

(Note: That really is supposed to be Obama's face on the banner, and it was even visible as such now and then behind ustream's less-than-clear streaming quality at the time. There's only so much live datastreaming from a remote location can pull off.)

....and now an update: Treehugger has added video. Please go check out their post, too.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Lego world

Lego world
Originally uploaded by
From Future Atlas:

If you loved me, you'd totally make me one of these.

Monday, July 06, 2009

The Joy of Work

The BBC gives us the North American beaver going about its daily business:

Sunday, July 05, 2009