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"Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them." — Leo Rosten:

“Some things are so unexpected that no one is prepared for them.”
— Leo Rosten

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 14:21:23 +0800




Corner of the walls in the foyer of the Central Branch of Greater Victoria Public Library, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The shadows and the reflection show the construction of the glass roof.

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:29:22 +0800


Don’t cling too much to preconceptions about who you are. Your identity is always evolving. Don’t be afraid to let yourself change and grow.

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 02:01:13 +0800



Everybody sees the Sun. Nobody’s been there. Starting in 2018 though, NASA launched the robotic Parker Solar Probe (PSP) to investigate regions near to the Sun for the first time. The PSP’s looping orbit brings it yet closer to the Sun each time around – every few months. The featured time-lapse video shows the view looking sideways from behind PSP’s Sun shield during its first approach to the Sun a year ago – to about half the orbit of Mercury. The PSP’s Wide Field Imager for Solar Probe (WISPR) cameras took the images over nine days, but they are digitally compressed here into about 14 seconds. The waving solar corona is visible on the far left, with stars, planets, and even the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy streaming by in the background as the PSP orbits the Sun. PSP has found the solar neighborhood to be surprisingly complex and to include switchbacks – times when the Sun’s magnetic field briefly reverses itself. The Sun is not only Earth’s dominant energy source, its variable solar wind compresses Earth’s atmosphere, triggers auroras, affects power grids, and can even damage orbiting communication satellites.

December 09, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191209.html

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 13:14:28 +0800


Whatever it is, it will pass.

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 09:26:26 +0800




Aniva lighthouse on Sakhalin, Russia

Mon, 09 Dec 2019 08:29:14 +0800


"I want to live my life, not record it." — Jackie Kennedy:

“I want to live my life, not record it.”
— Jackie Kennedy

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 14:21:23 +0800



Are meteors streaming out from a point in the sky? Yes, in a way. When the Earth crosses a stream of Sun-orbiting meteors, these meteors appear to come from the direction of the stream – with the directional point called the radiant.  An example occurs every mid-December for the Geminids meteor shower, as apparent in the featured image.  Recorded near the shower’s peak in 2013, the featured skyscape captures Gemini’s shooting stars in a four-hour composite from the dark skies of the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. In the foreground the 2.5-meter du Pont Telescope is visible as well as the 1-meter SWOPE telescope. The skies beyond the meteors are highlighted by Jupiter, seen as the bright spot near the image center, the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy, seen vertically on the image left, and the pinkish Orion Nebula on the far left. Dust swept up from the orbit of active asteroid 3200 Phaethon, Gemini’s meteors enter the atmosphere traveling at about 22 kilometers per second. The 2019 Geminid meteor shower peaks again this coming weekend.

December 08, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191208.html

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 13:14:33 +0800




Hermitage of St Bartholomew, Canyon of the Lobos River Natural Park, province of Soria, Castile and León, Spain. The hermitage was built in the beginning of the 13th century showing the transition from Romanesque to Gothic styles. The temple is located in a remote and quite location inside the Lobos River Canyon, a National Park.

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 08:29:15 +0800


Stay open to new ideas and experiences. Habits can become stifling.

Sun, 08 Dec 2019 03:56:30 +0800


"The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others." — Robert Baden-Powell:

“The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.”
— Robert Baden-Powell

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 14:21:22 +0800



In time stars trace lines through the night sky on a rotating planet. Taken over two hours or more, these digitally added consecutive exposures were made with a camera and wide angle lens fixed to a tripod near Orel farm, Primorsky Krai, Russia, planet Earth. The stars trail in concentric arcs around the planet’s south celestial pole below the scene’s horizon, and north celestial pole off the frame at the upper right. Combined, the many short exposures also bring out the pretty star colours. Bluish trails are from stars hotter than Earth’s Sun, while yellowish trails are from cooler stars. A long time ago this tree blossomed, but now reveals the passage of time in the wrinkled and weathered lines of its remains.

December 07, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191207.html

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 13:14:46 +0800




Nezara viridula (Southern green stink bug, brown winter forme), with, on the head, egg of Trichopoda pennipes.

Sat, 07 Dec 2019 08:19:18 +0800



This cosmic vista stretches almost 20 degrees from top to bottom, across the dusty constellation Taurus. It begins at the Pleiades and ends at the Hyades, two star clusters recognized since antiquity in Earth’s night sky. At top, the compact Pleiades star cluster is about 400 light-years away. The lovely grouping of young cluster stars shine through dusty clouds that scatter blue starlight. At bottom, the V-shaped Hyades cluster looks more spread out in comparison and lies much closer, 150 light-years away. The Hyades cluster stars seem anchored by bright Aldebaran, a red giant star with a yellowish appearance. But Aldebaran actually lies only 65 light-years distant and just by chance along the line of sight to the Hyades cluster. Faint and darkly obscuring dust clouds found near the edge of the Taurus Molecular Cloud are also evident throughout the celestial scene. The wide field of view includes the dark nebula Barnard 22 at left with youthful star T Tauri and Hind’s variable nebula just above Aldebaran in the frame.

December 06, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191206.html

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 13:14:53 +0800




Cape starling (Lamprotornis nitens) in Kruger National Park, South Africa

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 08:19:40 +0800


Value does not just come from money or productivity. There is creative value, spiritual value, psychological value. Our activities and pursuits should be balanced to account for all these different types of value.

Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:56:13 +0800


Validation comes from within.

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:51:25 +0800


"The first wealth is health." — Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“The first wealth is health.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 14:21:22 +0800



Beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6744 is nearly 175,000 light-years across, larger than our own Milky Way. It lies some 30 million light-years distant in the southern constellation Pavo and appears as only a faint, extended object in small telescopes. We see the disk of the nearby island universe tilted towards our line of sight in this remarkably detailed galaxy portrait, a telescopic view that spans an area about the angular size of a full moon. In it, the giant galaxy’s elongated yellowish core is dominated by the light from old, cool stars. Beyond the core, grand spiral arms are filled with young blue star clusters and speckled with pinkish star forming regions. An extended arm sweeps past a smaller satellite galaxy (NGC 6744A) at the lower right. NGC 6744’s galactic companion is reminiscent of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud.

December 05, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191205.html

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 13:14:43 +0800


Regardless of beliefs or background, people want similar things: to be loved, heard, protected, respected and viewed positively.

Remember this when dealing with people. Modern life makes it easy to judge and dismiss others, but everyone shares these fundamental needs.

Thu, 05 Dec 2019 00:01:10 +0800