Want to try some amazing looking recipes? My FB and Flickr friend, Helga, just launched her new foodie site. Some great sounding ideas are there, especially for us Americans caught up in our Americanized versions of ethnic foods.
“Seeing this gradation and diversity of structure in one small, intimately related group of birds, one might really fancy that from an original paucity of birds in this archipelago, one species had been taken and modified for different ends”. -Charles Darwin
Wanted to post this on Darwin day, but forgot to… Better late than, well, you know.
HubbleSite – Books for Hubble and Webb. Free iBooks on the Hubble Space Telescope and James Webb Space Telescope for the iPad. I haven’t had a chance to check them out, but they are downloaded and waiting…
This picture show the current cosmological model based on a homogenous, isotopic, inflationary (accelerating) universe. You can see the big bang and subsequent rapid expansion and cooling. From there the cooling allows stars, galaxies and clusters to form as the Universe continues to cool and expand. The widening at the throat of the cone shows our current understanding that the Universe is going to expand faster and faster. As it does galaxies will recede away from us faster.
Excellent 17 minute quick overview of the history of astronomy replete with nifty animations gleaned and used well from documentaries. It also conveys (lightly) our understanding of where we are and just how small our place is the Universe… (with a teeny tiny touch of irreligiousity at the end). It should be mentioned that this is just a taste of the wonder that is Astronomy. But if you’re someone who probably wont pursue Astronomy further, it’s a great taste.
Obviously click on the link to see the whole comic or you wont see the irony in the clip below. War in the name of atheism – The Oatmeal. Interesting that the author brings up Hitler being a Christian. He was certainly into mysticism and WWII Wehrmacht soldiers wore “Gott mit uns” (God with us) on their belt buckles, so…
Anyone who has been to or is going to Machu Picchu should read this book. It is a well written, humorous journey around many of the most important sites from the Incan Empire following the footsteps of the man credited for it’s “rediscovery”, Hiram Bingham. You won’t get bogged down in science or history, but you may be energized (like me) to learn more. Mr. Adams writing style is similar to Bill Bryson’s and is very accessible. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.