Old school Easter eggs.

If you keep a log of the things that worry you, you can look back after a few months or even weeks and realize how silly 90% of them are.

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 15:13:18 +0800


"The undertaking of a new action brings new strength." — Richard L. Evans:

“The undertaking of a new action brings new strength.”
— Richard L. Evans

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 14:21:30 +0800



Grand tidal streams of stars seem to surround galaxy NGC 5907. The arcing structures form tenuous loops extending more than 150,000 light-years from the narrow, edge-on spiral, also known as the Splinter or Knife Edge Galaxy. Recorded only in very deep exposures, the streams likely represent the ghostly trail of a dwarf galaxy - debris left along the orbit of a smaller satellite galaxy that was gradually torn apart and merged with NGC 5907 over four billion years ago. Ultimately this remarkable discovery image, from a small robotic observatory in New Mexico, supports the cosmological scenario in which large spiral galaxies, including our own Milky Way, were formed by the accretion of smaller ones. NGC 5907 lies about 40 million light-years distant in the northern constellation Draco.

November 16, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191116.html

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 13:14:42 +0800




Altar at Holy Cross Church in Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 08:12:15 +0800


Calmness is the ultimate strength.

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 01:38:27 +0800


"Hindsight is always twenty-twenty." — Billy Wilder:

“Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.”
— Billy Wilder

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:21:29 +0800



A star cluster around 2 million years young surrounded by natal clouds of dust and glowing gas, M16 is also known as The Eagle Nebula. This beautifully detailed portrait of the region was made with groundbased narrow and broadband image data. It includes cosmic sculptures made famous in Hubble Space Telescope close-ups of the starforming complex. Described as elephant trunks or Pillars of Creation, dense, dusty columns rising near the center are light-years in length but are gravitationally contracting to form stars. Energetic radiation from the cluster stars erodes material near the tips, eventually exposing the embedded new stars. Extending from the ridge of bright emission at lower left is another dusty starforming column known as the Fairy of Eagle Nebula. M16 lies about 7,000 light-years away, an easy target for binoculars or small telescopes in a nebula rich part of the sky toward the split constellation Serpens Cauda (the tail of the snake).

November 15, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191115.html

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:14:59 +0800


It’s ok to say no. Know what you want to do and focus your energy on doing it. Being busy for the sake of being busy is a fast-track to confusion and inanity.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 10:18:42 +0800




View of a glacier from the top in Chugach State Park, Alaska, United States.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 08:12:22 +0800


To know yourself, you have to be honest about your strengths, weaknesses, wants and needs.

As you gain this knowledge, avoid committing to anything that isn’t a reflection of your truest self.

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:03:35 +0800


"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up." — Paul Valery:

“The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up.”
— Paul Valery

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:21:29 +0800


Forgive yourself and others. Holding onto that spite is a form of self destruction.

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 09:18:41 +0800


"Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light." — Helen Keller:

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.”
— Helen Keller

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 14:21:36 +0800



The small, dark, round spot in this solar close up is planet Mercury. In the high resolution telescopic image, a colorized stack of 61 sharp video frames, a turbulent array of photospheric convection cells tile the bright solar surface. Mercury’s more regular silhouette still stands out though. Of course, only inner planets Mercury and Venus can transit the Sun to appear in silhouette when viewed from planet Earth. For this November 11, 2019 transit of Mercury, the innermost planet’s silhouette was a mere 1/200th the solar diameter. So even under clear daytime skies it was difficult to see without the aid of a safe solar telescope. Following its transit in 2016, this was Mercury’s 4th of 14 transits across the solar disk in the 21st century. The next transit of Mercury will be on November 13, 2032.

November 13, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191113.html

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:14:25 +0800




View from below of Dynamic Mobile Steel Sculpture, an abstract sculpture from 1979 by Canadian artist George Norris (1928-2013). The statue is located in a foyer of the Central Branch of the Great Victoria Public Library (between Broughton and Courtney St), Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 08:11:31 +0800


Listen to people. Don’t just wait your turn to speak.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 01:08:09 +0800


"It is better to rust out than wear out." — Edwin Markham:

“It is better to rust out than wear out.”
— Edwin Markham

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:21:34 +0800



Some spiral galaxies are seen nearly sideways. Most bright stars in spiral galaxies swirl around the center in a disk, and seen from the side, this disk can be appear quite thin. Some spiral galaxies appear even thinner than NGC 3717, which is actually seen tilted just a bit. Spiral galaxies form disks because the original gas collided with itself and cooled as it fell inward. Planets may orbit in disks for similar reasons. The featured image by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a light-colored central bulge composed of older stars beyond filaments of orbiting dark brown dust. NGC 3717 spans about 100,000 light years and lies about 60 million light years away toward the constellation of the Water Snake (Hydra).

November 12, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191112.html

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:14:27 +0800




Ceiling fresco in the nave of Wilhering Abbey Church (Upper Austria) by Bartolomeo Altomonte: Assumption of Mary (1741)

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 08:12:09 +0800


"We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too." — Helen Hayes:

“We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to somebody too.”
— Helen Hayes

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:21:33 +0800