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Living Museum in Newport News, VA.
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” Imagine … Living as one … Imagine living life in peace “
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The news emanating from Libya are quite disturbing
Imagine a perfect world with a positive déroulement of …
Photo of my daughter Sonia and her beau Alain as a metaphor for unity & peace
Imagine – Herbie Hancock featuring Pink , Indira.Arie , Seal
Herbie Hancock – The Imagine Prohect EPK part 1
"Music transcends so many of the barriers between people
It appeals to the what we have in common "
"A picture is worth a thousand words"
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Bad news for many Victorian farmers down near where my folks live. Years of successive droughts have left paddocks bare and many farmers too debt ridden to purchase feed for their dairy cows. Praying that these folks get several fat years. They could use it. Not just in Victoria either, but huge areas of NSW and other parts of the country as well. I’m glad we have several rural chaplains travelling throughout these areas as well as the Flying Padre in the outback.
Water, we don’t think about it much in the city. Except when a pipe bursts and we can’t fill the kettle for a couple of hours. But for many people and livestock in rural and outback Australia. It truly is a precious resource.
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“Askew” – a sculpture by Roxy Paine at North Carolina Museum of Art
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I spent a Saturday morning at the superb North Carolina Museum of Art. I hope to return several times, and to keep adding to a set that will show the range of the collections, the beautifully designed new building, and the outdoor sculpture park and greenway that connect it to North Carolina’s capitol city.
"Askew is part of a series of works described by Roxy Paine as “dendroids,” treelike forms with elaborate branching structures. The monumental sculpture has been installed in the Museum’s south garden, adjacent to the main entrance of the new building and visible from numerous vantage points both inside and outside the Museum. As Paine has stated, “I’ve processed the idea of a tree and created a system for its form. I take this organic, majestic being and break it down into components and rules. The branches are translated into pipe and rod.”
Paine visited the Museum in April of 2007 to get a feel for the environment and prepare for his site-specific work. He brought his ideas back to his rural studio in Treadwell, New York, where he built the sculpture in sections, over the course of a year.
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VISIONS: Seeing the Aurora in a New Light
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On the night of Feb. 6, 2013, a green aurora appeared in the Alaskan night sky. Conditions were finally right to launch VISIONS.
Credit: NASA/Goddard/Chris Perry
To read more about the VISIONS mission go to: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/visions-aurora.html
VISIONS: Seeing the Aurora in a New Light
A team of NASA scientists arrived in Poker Flats, Alaska at the end of January, 2013. The team is patiently waiting for the exotic red and green glow of an aurora to illuminate the sky. Instead of simply admiring the view, this group from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center of Greenbelt, Md., and The Aerospace Corporation of El Segundo, Calif. will launch a sounding rocket up through the Northern Lights. The rocket could launch as early as the night of Feb. 2, 2013, but the team has a two-week window in order to find the perfect launch conditions.
Armed with a series of instruments developed specifically for this mission, the VISIONS (VISualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral atom imaging during a Substorm) rocket will soar high through the arctic sky to study the auroral wind, which is a strong but intermittent stream of oxygen atoms from Earth’s atmosphere into outer space. The rocket will survive only fifteen minutes before splashing down in the Arctic Ocean, but the information it obtains will provide answers to some long-standing questions.
VISIONS is studying how oxygen atoms leave Earth’s atmosphere under the influence of the aurora. Most of the atmosphere is bound by Earth’s gravity, but a small portion of it gets heated enough by the aurora that it can break free, flowing outwards until it reaches near-Earth space. The atoms that form this wind initially travel at about 300 miles per hour — only one percent of the speed needed to overcome gravity and leave Earth’s atmosphere.
The principal investigator for VISIONS, Goddard’s Doug Rowland is providing images while the team prepares for launch.
VISIONS is a partnership between NASA Goddard and the Aerospace Corporation of El Segundo, Calif. The sounding rocket motors and payload support systems are provided by NASA Wallops Flight Facility, including NSROC, the NASA Sounding Rocket Operations Contract. The Poker Flat Research Range is operated by the University of Alaska under contract to NASA.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.
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strange way for celebs to exit
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Not that you need to think about it, but if you do, you’ll see that money and glory won’t make you live happily ever after. Some of the most bizarre deaths happened to those who had it all. Money, fame, men or women, TV time, radio time, red carpet appearances and also very strange ends.
It seems they just managed to live their lives to the fullest before leaving under strange circumstances. One thing is for sure, money and fame could not save them.
Natalie Wood (born Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko; July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was an American film and television actress best known for her screen roles in Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, and West Side Story. After first working in films as a child, Wood became a successful Hollywood star as a young adult, receiving three Academy Award nominations before she was 25 years old.
At age 43, Wood drowned near Santa Catalina Island, California at the time her last film, Brainstorm (1983), was in production with co-star Christopher Walken. Her death was declared an accident for 31 years; in 2012 after a new investigation the cause was reclassified as "undetermined".
During the making of her last film Brainstorm, Wood drowned while on a weekend boat trip to Santa Catalina Island, California, with her husband Robert Wagner, Brainstorm co-star Christopher Walken, and the boat’s captain, Dennis Davern. Many facts surrounding her drowning are unknown, because no one admitted seeing how she entered the water. Wood’s body was discovered by authorities at 8 am on November 29, 1981, one mile away from the boat, with a small inflatable dinghy found beached nearby. According to Wagner, when he went to bed, Wood was not there. The autopsy report revealed that Wood had bruises on her body and arms as well as an abrasion on her left cheek.
Later, in his book Pieces of My Heart, Wagner acknowledged that he had had a fight with Wood before she had disappeared. The autopsy also found that Wood’s blood alcohol level was 0.14%, and there were traces of two types of medication in her bloodstream: a motion-sickness pill and a painkiller, which increase the effects of alcohol. Following his investigation, Los Angeles County coroner Thomas Noguchi ruled her death an accident by drowning and hypothermia. According to the coroner, Wood had been drinking and may have slipped while trying to re-board the dinghy.
The case was reopened in November 2011 after the captain of the boat, Dennis Davern, told NBC News that he had lied to police during the initial investigation and that Wood and Wagner had had a fight that evening, and alleged that Wagner was responsible for her death.
Audio recordings were found in 2012 providing what would seem to be additional evidence toward that end. After nine months of further investigation, Los Angeles County Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, amended Wood’s death certificate and changed the cause of her death from accidental drowning to "drowning and other undetermined factors". The amended document includes a statement that the circumstances of how Wood ended up in the water are "not clearly established". The coroner’s office has been instructed by detectives not to discuss or comment on the case.
Wood was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Scores of representatives of international media, photographers, and members of the public tried to attend Wood’s funeral; however, all were required to remain outside the cemetery walls. Among the celebrity attendees were Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Fred Astaire, Rock Hudson, David Niven, Gregory Peck, Gene Kelly, Elia Kazan and Sir Laurence Olivier. Olivier flew from London to Los Angeles to attend the service.
On January 14, 2013, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office offered a 10-page addendum to Wood’s autopsy report stating that some of the bruises on her body may have been sustained before she went into the water and drowned, but that could not be definitively determined.
Douglas Trumbull, director of Brainstorm, quit directing after Wood’s death in 1981. In 2013, he explained that the uncertain circumstances of her death were the main reason for this decision. He has since decided to return to film making.
2014 Owner of yacht which Natalie Wood died on 28 years ago puts it up for sale claiming it’s ‘haunted’ by West Side Story star
The owner of the yacht where Natalie Wood spent her final moments has put it on the market after claiming the actress still haunts the decks.
Ron Nelson bought The Splendour in 1986, five years after the West Side Story actress mysteriously drowned off the coast of Catalina Island.
But now, 28 years later, he has revealed the force of Wood’s spirit is too strong, forcing him to get rid of it altogether.
The numerous ‘supernatural’ incidents include a number of ‘weird falls’, he told the National Enquirer.
‘It’s just like my feet came out from under me and I fell,’ he explained.
Another time a being sat on his bed: ‘Something sat down on the bed and then left.’
And during the recent Hurricane Ana, The Splendour became suspiciously waterlogged, he said.
In 2011, Nelson, a former United Airlines flight attendant, admitted to Hawaii’s KITV.com that ‘there’s been a lot of strange things that have happened on the boat.’
He even had the yacht blessed by two Hawaiian kahunas – a kind of shaman – to clean teh boat’s spirit.
But despite his efforts, he says, it is unbearable.
He hopes a museum will buy The Splendour to preserve it.
The stateroom contains many of the same tiles, the same blue bed remains in exactly the same spot and the initials WW are still etched into the captain’s seat.
Nelson bought the boat from Robert Wagner, Wood’s husband.
He carried out small renovations, before taking two friends on a trip to Catalina Island, where the actress died. He said it was a ‘last goodbye to Natalie’.
Afterwards, they made the two week trip to Hawaii where he has spent 10 years restoring the boat. He said he was now almost ready to begin chartering voyages.
He said he tried to keep his makeover as close to the original as possible, and has kept the stateroom with the blue bed, dubbed ‘Natalie’s Room’, and most of the tiles.
The initials WW are still etched onto the captain’s seat, just as they were when Wagner and Natalie owned the boat.
Nelson said the 60ft boat’s history was one of the reasons why he bought it, and told Hawaii’s KITV.com said: ‘I have read pretty much every article ever written about her death.’
41062-012: Mainstreaming Environment for Poverty Reduction in the Philippines
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Squatters continue to live atop Smokey Mountain despite health concerns regarding its unsanitary environment.
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“Bristol was shaken by a hurricane today”
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“Bristol was shaken by a hurricane today” said the Bristol Evening News on Friday the 16th of November 1928.
Its been a bit windy lately! No one disputes that the past three months have been very windy. But how does it compare with the past?
1928 The strongest gust recorded at Long Ashton in North Somerset was at 2:50 pm and reached just over 90 miles per hour. The Saturday edition of the Bristol Observer also carried the story stating that a terrific gale had roared across the region creating many “thrilling and alarming experiences.”
The paper went on to say that it was the most tremendous wind which Bristol had known for many years. The gale was driven by a deep depression which covered a large par“: of England, and on the previous day had caused mountainous seas in the English channel.
Two people were killed by falling trees, one, a man at St Werburghs, Bristol, the other a schoolgirl from Chippenham. Two further deaths were recorded later, one from Wrington where a youth on a “pony and trap” was killed by a falling tree and a further death at Warminster in Wiltshire.
“So violent was the gale that the water was blown along the top of Bristol’s harbour in sheets,” reported the local press.
For the first time in living memory the ferry at Mardyke steps, Hotwells, Bristol, was held up.
Two people in Eastville were buried by a blown down wall. Roo?ng and masonry was ?ung to the ground and the streets were showered with stones and tiles.
The Post Office sorting office on Temple Meads station, Bristol, was wrecked by the gale. The side of a house in Beaufort Road, Kingswood, was blown down and five successive chimneys in Gloucester Road, Bristol, were thrown to the ground.
The gales in the city also brought down trees at Westbury and Stoke Road on the Downs.
Five more are known to have been felled in Eastville Park, and on Frenchay Common 13 oaks were also brought down. At Nailsea an important “landmark” elm was uprooted and many light cars were blown across the road, and one was actually crushed in Brockley Combe. Many communications were also damaged with trunk and local telephone circuits broken.
Other gales were widespread throughout the region in the latter half of November when two gales struck the region on successive Fridays. As far away as Marlborough, the Natural History Society of the College reported gales of “extraordinary violence” which caused considerable damage including 30 trees which were felled across the Salisbury Road through the Savernake forest.
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JERUSALEM (April 15, 2013) – Fr. Antonio Medeiros at the eighth station on the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus encountered the Pious Women of Jerusalem. Cardinal Seán and a group of 29 priests of the Archdiocese of Boston have traveled on an Easter pilgrimage to the Holy Land this week, and they’re bringing the readers of TheGoodCatholicLife.com blog along with them.
On the last day of their pilgrimage, the pilgrims began by walking the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, the path through the streets of Jerusalem that Jesus walked with the Cross to the Crucifixion. After celebrating Mass, they thanked those who had taken care of them on their pilgrimage and prepared for their flights home. As they waited, news of the bombings at the Boston Marathon back home reached the pilgrims and they united themselves in prayer with those who were hurt, their families, and the emergency workers who rushed to care for them.
All this week, our colleague George Martell is traveling with the pilgrimage, embedded with the Cardinal and his priests so we can bring you photos, blogs, videos, and audio reports from the Holy Land from the pilgrims at such places as the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mount Carmel, the Sea of Galilee, the Church of the Transfiguration, Qumran, the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Upper Room, and more. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus with Cardinal Seán and the Archdiocese’s priests as an Easter retreat experience.
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A tribute to a fallen friend!
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This is one of last images taken with my dear friend the Sigma 24-70 2.8 EX DG macro lens because it met a untimely death today when it fell on a stone floor and now has a big crack on the body and also makes bad noises when i turn the zoom-ring!
I dont have any warranty time left and it would probably cost more to fix it then its worth.
Its not all bad news though, i can finally move on to only use prime lenses.
I am getting a canon 24 2.8 and the 35mm 2.0 lenses (2.8 and 2.0 because they have a attractive price compared to the just silly expensive prices that same faster L lenses has)
Another shot from my favorite spot in Gothenburg!
Explored 2010-01-08 #203
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