Archives for the month of: March, 2011

Now begins that curious month of my life when I know every record, seed, standing, and game time for a sport. Let the March Madness begin!

I just put this in my face and it was fantastic.


ricotta and sour cherry ice cream on lemon rosemary (with lemon zest) cookies

be sure to rollover ‘notes’ to see photo captions!

We flew to Sydney and checked into the InterContinental, which was extremely nice. We had a view of the Museum of Sydney and the Royal Botanic Gardens. At dinner time we ran into Hector and Heidi and we all walked through Circular Quay to the German restaurant at the Rocks. We had a great time drinking and singing and Heidi said the apfelstrudel was some of the best she’d ever had. After dinner we walked back at a leisurely pace and took photos of the bridge, Opera House and big Chinese New Year tigers. Then Mom and I wandered across towards the Gardens and I got a few photos of the Conservatorium of Music.

Saw her at Aroma Coffee & Tea Co in Studio City. I was there with a bunch of friends and she walked in looking very Penelope Garcia (and totally adorable) with a guy I didn’t recognize. I tried to play it cool and probably failed.

cue to 0:47

via Rachel Maddow

My dinner:

my dinner

spinach salad w/toasted almonds, blueberries, cranberries and a giant ‘Almond Joy’ cupcake

update: see it unboxed

Floating by

the Americana fountain — Glendale, CA

I was watching the fountain show, eating some blood orange Pinkberry, enjoying the sun and feeling thankful for my life considering all the craziness happening in the world right now (Libya, Egypt, Japan) when this pretty flower floated past me.

You can now enjoy some French-language police action at You are listening to Montréal, the first international offering in a web mini-empire that includes four major US cities.More about the project here.

via Eric

by Tamas Ladanyi (click to embiggen)

As evening twilight faded on March 7, sky gazers around planet Earth enjoyed a beautiful pairing of young crescent Moon and brilliant planet Jupiter. Along with stars setting in the west, the two bright celestial beacons, Moon above and Jupiter below, leave short trails in this well-planned time exposure, a composite of 54 individual frames each 4 seconds long. On its final flight, the Space Shuttle Discovery and International Space Station form the second close pairing in the night skyscape. Still glinting in the sunlight in low Earth orbit, they gracefully trace overlapping arcs from lower right to upper left.

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via CoolPics

Felicia Day wrote a great post today about unexpected encounters with people who have been affected by something she’s written, done, or even tweeted. I don’t know if I’m super hormonal right now, or kind of wound up from a particularly sad part of the TV I just watched, or what, but Felicia’s post really got me thinking. It’s a great reminder that the amount of effort it takes to be supportive, kind, or to draw attention to a worthy cause, can reap wonderfully disproportionate results.

Even in our day-to-day lives there are so many things we can do to positively affect the people around us—an extra smile for the bus driver, asking the girl at the cash wrap how her day is going, letting a car into the lane in front of you, saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Pay it forward, as the saying goes. I am going to make it my mission to do one extra-kind thing a day, even if it’s as small as putting a supportive comment on Facebook, or putting extra feeling into it when I tell my mom ‘I love you’. Won’t you join me?

from Culinaut (click image to embiggen)

All of these photographs are so beautiful, I highly recommend looking at all of them over at the Atlantic. Here are a few selects (click to see larger versions):

The aurora australis provides a dramatic backdrop to a Scott Tent at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on July 14, 2009. (National Science Foundation/Patrick Cullis)

The Matusevich Glacier flows toward the coast of East Antarctica, pushing through a channel between the Lazarev Mountains and the northwestern tip of the Wilson Hills. Each of the smaller blocks measure nearly one kilometer across. After passing through the channel, the glacier has room to spread out as it floats on the ocean. On September 6, 2010, the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured this natural-color image. (NASA Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon)

Inside an ice cave near Ross Island on November 25, 2008. (National Science Foundation/Robyn Waserman)

Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) field team member Anna Bramucci throws hot water into the air to watch it turn to ice crystals and vapor on a -25 F (-32 C) day at Lake Fryxell field camp in Taylor Valley, Victoria Land on March 30, 2008. (National Science Foundation/Chris Kannen)

Adelie penguins along the ice edge in the Ross Sea, seen on January 12, 2010. (National Science Foundation/Robyn Waserman)

No CGI, no 3D models. A proposal for an IMAX film using only images taken by satellites:

More at Outside In.

via io9