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CHEAT COC335New Control Panel For Member, Update and All Tutorial can Found Here : http://cheatcocc.blogspot.com  Thanks #teamb   reshared to help other find us2015-04-20 13:38:04501000
harish naidu121ADD (+harish naidu ) This circle to your circles and boost uop your G+ followers1)+1 post2)add me to your circles and wait for next half an hour3)inform me below in comments after all steps have been done2015-04-20 09:37:50249000
Tourej Ansari46,214This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you streamBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this #Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.I will thankful if you plus, Include me in your circles and share this circle!  #Columbus   #Ohio  2015-04-20 05:29:48248002
Daniel Gibbs23,607If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this #circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#while #benefitting #poor #and #vulnerable #farmers #The #studys #recommendations #ranged #from #improving #the #use #of #climate #information #in #local #planning #and #strengthening #weatherbased #agroadvisory #services #to #stimulating #diversification #of #rural #household #incomes #and #providing #incentes #to #in #to 2015-04-07 06:31:55486255
Benjamin Davis8,895This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!2015-03-20 17:32:39498151234
Colin Wilson21,691This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#Carson #City #Las #Vegas #October #New #Hampshire #NH #Concord #Manchester #June #New #Jersey #NJ #Trenton #Newark #December #New #Mexico #NM #Santa #Fe #Albuquerque #January #New #York #NY #Albany #New #York #July #North #Carolina #NC #Raleigh #Charlotte #November #North #Dakota #ND 2015-03-20 10:10:32376121327
Daniel Gibbs21,332Active users on Google+. Circle Share. If you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next #circleshare: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#MovieReview #Video #Review #AamirKhan #AnushkaSharma #PKmovie #MovieTrailer #YennaiArindhaal #Hindi #Online #Entourage #YouTube #Cinema #BollywoodMovies #Automotive #Cars #Ford #BMW #Auto #Ferrari #Driving #Toyota #WinterDriving2015-03-10 10:10:22469232549
Ravi Kumar (VTR)6,997Sharing few from my photographer circle..2015-01-30 08:12:09501010
Ralph Matthew Ramos0hi :) add me to your circle, i post a lot of fun staff #google   #googleshare   #circleshare  2015-01-25 06:29:35119000
Simon Weiner2,034Quality People Circle 9 #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles  #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia2015-01-06 12:06:093668414
Sport News95SHARE CIRCLE#sharecircle   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing #publicsharedcircles   #publiccircle   #sharingiscaring   #circles   #publiccircleshare   #publiccircles  2014-12-23 21:48:28501344
GuruOmBha0This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles#sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles#publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle2014-12-11 01:29:07495337
Sport News95Let's break 500 shares again and keep the momentum going! These are the best of the best engagers from all walks of life. Give yourself a little diversity and add these great people to your circles.➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Add the circle2) Plus the original post3) Share the circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)4) Comment on the original post when complete #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles #publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle #socialmedia #circleoftheday #circles #followers #gpluslist #publicsharedcircles #sharedcircleoftheday #Sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #Sharingcircles #topofthepeople #googlecircleshare #googleplus #sharingiscaring #sharingmeansthankyou #socialmedia 2014-12-08 21:18:09501536
John Sean6,104This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshar #news   #travel   #travelphotography   #update 2014-12-06 13:15:29493535679
sirilus kristiyo ami joyo0This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.*If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*2014-11-24 15:20:25493001
Robert Connor24,820This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.*If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle.If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!*#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlequeen 2014-11-24 11:21:22492182249
Michael Junghans10,859A big thank you. Great to be connected with you :-)Please share | +#sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circleshare   #circlesharing   #teamelite   #teamelitecircle   #teameliteengagercircle    #sharedcircle #cerchiacondivisa   #condividicerchia   #cerchiadiitaliani   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #circleshare  #bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare 2014-10-26 18:14:54501839
Dubie Bacino103,464ENGAGERS CIRCLE - Curated by +Dubie Bacino (11th Edition)This is a circle of truly amazing and creative individuals. Most people are the ones I've been interacting with for years here and on other social networks, mixed in with some new friends I've made recently. All people here are very active on Google+ and worth adding to your circles. They come from different countries and backgrounds, some of them are bloggers and social media professionals, others are artists, musicians, writers, photographers… They are not a shy group by any means. All you have to do is reach out and most of them will reciprocate the engagement. When it comes to #CircleSharing, my practice is to share only two of my circles every month: - ENGAGERS: this is a way of saying thank you to those who have interacted with me in some way (either by plussing, commenting, and/or sharing my posts, or by participating in my communities), and- INSPIRING: mainly photographers, but also other people who I find post original and interesting content.To get into my circles is real simple: either engage with my posts, or keep sharing quality content. If you want me to notice you, be active in one or all of my communities (see below).To connect with me - Opajdara, the best place is my xeeme page: http://xeeme.com/opajdara or http://www.opajdara.com/ -----------------------------------------MY PAGES AND COMMUNITIES(Feel free to join if any of the topics interest you)FRIEND FILERIf you need more shared circles, check out the ones posted by +Friend Filer.  If what you are looking for is to grow your audience, expand your reach on Google+ and connect with people on other social networks, I also recommend joining their community at http://bit.ly/1f6AUpH.MOON PHOTOGRAPHYTake a look at +Moonipulations, it's the place for all Moon lovers. Here you will find not only the photoshopped pics as the name indicates, but also the most beautiful moonscapes. If you want to jump in and share your photos,  join Moonipulations community: http://bit.ly/194vpSNROAD PHOTOGRAPHYThis is something I really love, to see an open road in front of me. If you feel the same, come join us and share your most beautiful road pics here: http://bit.ly/18rY1cnAERIAL PHOTOGRAPHYA place for those of us who like to see how earth looks from the sky. A refreshing change of perspective. Take a look for yourself: http://bit.ly/1mOSZA7MOTION PHOTOGRAPHYLook at the world around you - it's in constant motion. Stop for a moment and take a shot of it, then share it with us here:  http://bit.ly/1fI9xGqSHADOW PHOTOGRAPHYVisit the showcase of beautiful and creative shadow photography. Shadows can add a lot to a photograph. They can emphasize emotions, create surreal images, and be used in a variety of ways. If you are interested in exploring this fascinating interaction of darkn2014-09-15 13:15:24496153155198
Becky Collins16,373Young Adult Authors circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-13 05:03:59465129
Tessa Schlesinger21,767This is my inner core circle  - the people from whom I share frequently. Sometimes, if someone hasn't been posting for a while, I will put them into another circle. I divide my circles into:1. Inner core ; people whose posts I share more often than others.2. Engagers: people with whom I engage and visa versa.3. My science circle. Geeky info that I like to read.4. My temporary circle; when I try out new people.2014-08-30 16:22:3688535
Becky Collins13,270Space Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-17 07:18:063893010
César Bustíos Benites39,965My Favorites CircleIt's been a while since my last circle share, I just reached 40K followers and thought it would be a great moment for an update! This circle contains awesome and interesting people from different countries, they are the reason I enjoy so much being on G+. Follow them now, you won't regreat it ;-) #CircleShare   #PublicCircle   #TopCircles   #TopCircleShare   #PublicCircleShare  +Share Your Circle +Circle Distribution 2014-07-08 18:10:262639515
Chris Goldsmith4,303Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circles   #circleoftheday   #share   #sharecircle   #sharecircleoftheday   #sharedcircles  2014-06-24 13:22:16493109
Harry Day2,588Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circles   #circleoftheday   #share   #sharecircle   #sharecircleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #deal   #dx   #dealdxcom   #products   #cheap   #china   #freeshipping   #iphone 2014-06-24 13:10:494934116
Ryan Johnson7,499Check out my Circle Share➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Plus the original post2) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)3) Comment on the original post when complete#awesome         #awesomepeople         #chadwick         #circle     #circles     #circlesharing         #circleshare         #circleoftheday     #circleplus     #community   #followback     #followers       #gplus   #influence       #leadership     #public         #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles         #reshare         #reshared       #reshareday     #resharetags     #ripples     #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharewithyou         #sharing     #sharingcircle     #socialmedia   #theplus   #tcs     #team 2014-06-21 13:32:1942617724
John Nuntiatio (TodayNews)38,202#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small #smallcircle #photography #health2014-06-15 06:01:32319368
Who's Who in North Carolina on Google+482North Carolina | SHARED CIRCLE | Number 5 of 7Very important Google+ people, pages, communities, places & things in & about North Carolina. Circle by +Who's Who in North Carolina on Google+, Updated 06/09/2014NORTH CAROLINA#whoswho #northcarolina #googlepluscirclesnc #ncgooglepluscircle #ncgooglepluscircles #ncsharedcircle #ncsharedcircles #ncvip #ncvips #northcarolinasharedcircle #northcarolinasharedcircles #googlepluscirclenc #sharedcirclenc #sharedcirclencs #whoswhoinnc #vipsnc #vipnc +Bradford Lowry +Len Raleigh +Jesse Wojdylo +Randy Culler +Heather Barr +Henri Deschamps +Scott Dickson +Charles Payet +2014-06-09 13:59:29461039
Who's Who in North Carolina on Google+482North Carolina | SHARED CIRCLE | Number 1 of 7Very important Google+ people, pages, communities, places & things in & about North Carolina. Circle by +Who's Who in North Carolina on Google+, Updated 06/09/2014NORTH CAROLINA#whoswho #northcarolina #googlepluscirclesnc #ncgooglepluscircle #ncgooglepluscircles #ncsharedcircle #ncsharedcircles #ncvip #ncvips #northcarolinasharedcircle #northcarolinasharedcircles #googlepluscirclenc #sharedcirclenc #sharedcirclencs #whoswhoinnc #vipsnc #vipnc +Bradford Lowry +Len Raleigh +Jesse Wojdylo +Randy Culler +Heather Barr +Henri Deschamps +Scott Dickson +Charles Payet +2014-06-09 13:57:10491369
John Nuntiatio (TodayNews)36,868#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-20 19:22:35440234
Tessa Schlesinger20,569This is the circle of people I follow. I am not in it (so I'm not promoting myself). I follow them because they are interesting, sincere, have good stuff. Some of them have been here with me from day one.  They don't always interact every day, but I think it really depends on what you're looking for on G+. If you want people to interact with you, well, nobody can interact with everybody who adds them. There just isn't enough time to do that. On the other hand, if you'd like to read someone because they present informative, interesting, entertaining stuff, then this circle is interesting. I think it would appeal to atheists, agnostics, people who love beauty, travel, occasional humor, who are visual, intellectual, thinkers, humanist, and/or liberal. :)2014-05-08 15:31:52186503
Tourej Ansari16,188My new Worldwide circle of travelerPlease plus, comment add and share! These are people that will share and re-post your circles and other content you produce. This circle contains people who have Plussed my posts within the last few weeks.#CircleShare #SharedCircles #Circle #CircleOfTheDay #SharedPublicCircles #GooglePlusTips #Google+ #Google #teamelitecircle #Hearingaids #Hearing #PublicCircle #SocialMedia #Engagers #TeamElite #Circles #EliteInnerCircle #HearingLoss 2014-05-05 10:00:50483241545
Simona AN56,520 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                                         (^..^)ノ The   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノA cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays ~ English Proverb    You want a PAWESOME stream? Add CAT CIRCLE in your circles!This is a circle of awesome humans, smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and help each other!Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Everybody Wants To Be A Cat - The Cat Pack♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... Everybody wants to be... in   #CATCIRCLE     #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #CircleCurators   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to pet a cat!2014-05-03 20:34:55375653489
Simona AN55,775 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                                         (^..^)ノ The   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノA cat can be trusted to purr when she is pleased, which is more than can be said for human beings. ~ William Ralph Inge    You want a PAWESOME stream? Add CAT CIRCLE in your circles!This is a circle of great humans, smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and help each other!Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Everybody wants to be... in #CARCIRCLE  Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Brian Setzer - Everybody wants to be a cat♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song...  #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleCurators   #Take2Seconds  to pet a cat!2014-04-26 21:33:42375943490
Simona AN55,302 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           I didn't forget you!Happy Easter, love and light in your life!Cats are magical… the more you pet them, the longer you both will live. ~ Anonymous        (^..^)ノ The #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  You want a PAWESOME stream? Add CAT CIRCLE in your circles!This is a circle of great humans, smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and help each other!Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ 'Everybody wants to be a cat' performed by St. George's Hilltoppers♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song...Everybody wants to be... in #CATCIRCLE ! #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #hqspanimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CrazyCircle   #CircleOfTheDay   #CircleCurators   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to pet a cat!2014-04-19 15:24:57373863383
Simona AN54,703 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           Are cats lazy? Well, more power to them if they are. Which one of us has not entertained the dream of doing just as he likes, when and how he likes, and as much as he likes? ~ Fernand Mery        (^..^)ノ The   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  You want a PAWESOME stream? Add CAT CIRCLE in your circles!A circle of humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Alti & Bassi - Everybody Wants to be a cat - gli Aristogatti - Lyrics in description♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song...Everybody wants to be... in    #CATCIRCLE! #Caturday   #MyBelovedCats   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #CircleCurators   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to petting a cat!I apologize that at previous post I didn't could answer to all of you, as usual!2014-04-12 20:19:1437410933103
Simona AN53,928 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           A home without a cat - and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat - may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove title? ~ Pudd'nhead Wilson        (^..^)ノ The   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  You want a PAWESOME stream? Add CAT CIRCLE in your circles!A circle of humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ The Aristocats - Everybody wants to be a cat (movie ending)♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song...Everybody wants to be... in   #CATCIRCLE ! #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #CircleCurators   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-04-05 20:04:46370602393
Daniel Mihai Popescu42,089This is Cats 2, a growing circle :) #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle #maximumperformance (based on Cat Circle recently shared by +Simona AN , meaning that a little bit more than a third is taken from there, and if there are actually more than that, this is a pure coincidence)Just a "+1" will be enough, my friends and future friends :)2014-03-31 12:46:11386332841
Simona AN52,990 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           If there were to be a universal sound depicting peace, I would surely vote for the purr. ~ Barbara L. Diamond        (^..^)ノ The   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!A circle of humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. They are my favorites in Google+. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Alti & Bassi - Everybody Wants to be a cat - gli Aristogatti - Lyrics in description♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song...Everybody wants to be... in #CATCIRCLE ! #Caturday   #MyBelovedCats   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #CatLoversNetwork   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CaturdayEveryday   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  ... to cuddle a cat!2014-03-29 21:09:30368872889
Simona AN52,452 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals. ~ George Mikes        (^..^)ノ The #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!Here are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Everybody Wants To Be A Cat - The Aristocats Disney (Dave Oval Live Acoustic Guitar Cover)♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song...Everybody wants to be... in   #CATCIRCLE ! #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-03-22 21:59:23367633194
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006
John Nuntiatio (TodayNews)29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102
Simona AN50,576 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           Cats are always there when you need them, asleep, telling you with their body language that they don’t need you. ~ Jarod Kintz - "$3.33"        (^..^)ノ Weekly    #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!In this circle are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Aristocats: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat. Tiffany-Ensemble♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... #CATCIRCLE     #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  2014-03-01 23:17:33363922380
Simona AN49,852 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           A kitten is the delight of a household. All day long a comedy is played out by an incomparable actor ~ Champfleury" - "The Cat Past and Present"        (^..^)ノ Weekly   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!In this circle are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ WALT DISNEY & THE JAZZ - Everybody Wants To Be A Cat (From The Aristocats)♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... #CATCIRCLE   #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-02-22 20:13:15362863888
Cristian Teodoridis2,715And this is my circle with the top (professional) photographers on Google+. Enjoy!2014-02-18 18:34:27494023
Circle to Circle0Mega Mixx of top Engagers.  Great circle this week!#Circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-02-18 16:22:154704214
Circle Distribution0And then there was the RANDOMNESS #CircleOfRandomness 8.1 (8.2 will follow this circle share over the next couple of days).(Not to be confused with #CircleYouShare  which will be revamped separately, hopefully based on equal shares to individuals)Just because I think #YoureAwseome and/or new to G+ and need a little shove into the swing of things, I have included you in this random circle share.So yeah, if you're in this circle I'd like it if you shared it. Why? Because YOU deserve to be shared... so yeah, share it!#FriendsShareFriends   #SnowballEffect   #YoureAwesome    #AlteredDNAFsF #CircleOfRandomness   #CircleYouShare  #AlteredDNACircleSharingSupport Here: http://goo.gl/fWrJj52014-02-15 23:41:09500175103104
Simona AN48,882 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal - or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be. ~ Elizabeth Peters, "The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog"        (^..^)ノ Weekly   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!In this circle are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ The Ferries Everybody Wants To Be A Cat♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... #CATCIRCLE   #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #WildLifeInTheCity   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-02-15 20:36:23360853489
John Nuntiatio (TodayNews)26,956#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-02-10 11:45:51241639
Simona AN48,040 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           It is a difficult matter to gain the affection of a cat. He is a philosophical, methodical animal, tenacious of his own habits, fond of order and neatness, and disinclined to extravagant sentiment. He will be your friend, if he finds you worthy of friendship, but not your slave. ~ Théophile Gautier, "Ménagerie intime"        (^..^)ノ Weekly   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!In this circle are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages and their curators are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ OLD BLOOD - Everybody Wants to be a Cat♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... #CATCIRCLE      #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #CatsRule   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-02-08 21:05:593581033077
Simona AN47,158 /\„,„/\  ( =';'=)    /♥♥\   (.\.. . . /.)  *CAT CIRCLE*                           The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself. ~ William S. Burroughs, "The Cat Inside"        (^..^)ノ Weekly   #CATCIRCLE  for my best friends (^..^)ノ  Add these people in your circles to have a PAWESOME stream!In this circle are my favorite people on Google+, humans very smart, talented, sensitive, with a good sense of humor, who interact very well and could help each other. Specific cat-pages are included by default. If you want to be added or out just tell me!If you're notified, you're in CAT CIRCLE!Welcome Newcomers!♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Everybody Wants To Be A Cat - Piano Solo♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ Every week I try to find a new version for the welcome song... #CATCIRCLE     #Caturday   #OneCatADayKeepsTheDoctorAway   #MyBelovedCats   #CaturdayEveryday   #CatsBigAndSmallTheBest   #HQSPAnimals   #CatLoversNetwork   #CircleCaturday   #CircleOfTheDay   #ShareYourCircle   #Take2Seconds  to cuddle a cat!2014-02-01 21:15:223581034098

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2015-05-16 14:40:30 (397 comments, 446 reshares, 2318 +1s)Open 

This Camper May Look Odd, But Once You See Inside, You'll Wish You Owned One. ... "These days, camping is incredibly popular. From huge RVs to ultralight one-man tents, there's something for everyone in the great outdoors. Few people know that recreational camping's popularity owes to Henry Ford's own outdoor excursions, taken with friends such as Thomas Edison and a real estate agent named Edward Kingsford. These trips not only served to popularize camping among the wealthy, they also led to the creation of charcoal briquettes. Selling grills and charcoal directly through his dealerships, Ford neatly packaged the concept of camping, and forever tied it to the freedom he offered with his automobiles.

By the 1950s, Americans couldn't get enough of the outdoors, even if they liked to take a little bit of home with them. The Markies trailer certainly continues that... more »

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2015-05-16 14:40:30 (397 comments, 446 reshares, 2318 +1s)Open 

This Camper May Look Odd, But Once You See Inside, You'll Wish You Owned One. ... "These days, camping is incredibly popular. From huge RVs to ultralight one-man tents, there's something for everyone in the great outdoors. Few people know that recreational camping's popularity owes to Henry Ford's own outdoor excursions, taken with friends such as Thomas Edison and a real estate agent named Edward Kingsford. These trips not only served to popularize camping among the wealthy, they also led to the creation of charcoal briquettes. Selling grills and charcoal directly through his dealerships, Ford neatly packaged the concept of camping, and forever tied it to the freedom he offered with his automobiles.

By the 1950s, Americans couldn't get enough of the outdoors, even if they liked to take a little bit of home with them. The Markies trailer certainly continues that... more »

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2015-05-16 14:40:30 (397 comments, 446 reshares, 2318 +1s)Open 

This Camper May Look Odd, But Once You See Inside, You'll Wish You Owned One. ... "These days, camping is incredibly popular. From huge RVs to ultralight one-man tents, there's something for everyone in the great outdoors. Few people know that recreational camping's popularity owes to Henry Ford's own outdoor excursions, taken with friends such as Thomas Edison and a real estate agent named Edward Kingsford. These trips not only served to popularize camping among the wealthy, they also led to the creation of charcoal briquettes. Selling grills and charcoal directly through his dealerships, Ford neatly packaged the concept of camping, and forever tied it to the freedom he offered with his automobiles.

By the 1950s, Americans couldn't get enough of the outdoors, even if they liked to take a little bit of home with them. The Markies trailer certainly continues that... more »

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2015-05-23 00:16:33 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Mill Ends Park: World’s Smallest Park ... "Mill Ends Park in Portland, the United States, is only two feet in diameter and is really just a flower pot, but don’t say that aloud, especially in front of Portlandians. Since the last 40-odd years, the locals have been celebrating this tiny hole of earth as the world’s smallest park, and they have a certificate from the Guinness Book of Records to prove.

The site that would become the Mill Ends Park was originally scheduled for a light pole. When the pole failed to appear and weeds sprouted in the opening, Dick Fagan, a columnist for the Oregon Journal, decided to take matters into his own hands and planted flowers in the hole. Fagan's office in the Journal building overlooked the median in the middle of the busy thoroughfare that ran in front of the building.

Fagan wrote a popular column called Mill Ends (the rough,irreg... more »

Mill Ends Park: World’s Smallest Park ... "Mill Ends Park in Portland, the United States, is only two feet in diameter and is really just a flower pot, but don’t say that aloud, especially in front of Portlandians. Since the last 40-odd years, the locals have been celebrating this tiny hole of earth as the world’s smallest park, and they have a certificate from the Guinness Book of Records to prove.

The site that would become the Mill Ends Park was originally scheduled for a light pole. When the pole failed to appear and weeds sprouted in the opening, Dick Fagan, a columnist for the Oregon Journal, decided to take matters into his own hands and planted flowers in the hole. Fagan's office in the Journal building overlooked the median in the middle of the busy thoroughfare that ran in front of the building.

Fagan wrote a popular column called Mill Ends (the rough, irregular pieces of lumber left over at lumber mills), and he started using this column to describe the park and the various "events" that occurred there. It was Fagan who started calling the space as the "World's Smallest Park." The park was dedicated, two years later, on St. Patrick's Day in 1948.

Fagan continued to write whimsical stories about the park and the lives of its alleged residents – fairies called leprechaun, that he claimed only he can see. He told a story about how he looked out the window and spotted a leprechaun digging in the hole. He ran down and grabbed the leprechaun, which meant that he had earned a wish. Fagan wished for a park of his own, but since he had not specified the size of the park in his wish, the leprechaun gave him the hole. Fagan even named the head leprechaun, Patrick O'Toole.

Fagan died of cancer in 1969, but the park lives on, cared for by others. Mill Ends officially became a city park on St. Patrick’s Day in 1976, and the park continues to be the site of St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Over the years, contributions have been made to the park, such as the small swimming pool and diving board for butterflies, many statues, a miniature Ferris wheel, which was brought in by a normal-sized crane, and the occasional flying saucer. The events held here include concerts by Clan Macleay Pipe Band, picnics, and rose plantings by the Junior Rose Festival Court. During the December 2011 Occupy Portland event, a couple of plastic army men figures and small signs were placed in Mill Ends as a tongue-in-cheek flash mob demonstration. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/mill-ends-park-worlds-smallest-park.html___

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2015-05-23 00:12:49 (19 comments, 6 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

2016 Ford F-150 adds trailer backup-assist feature .,. THE GREATEST THING SINCE SLICED MOTOR OIL! Makes me want to buy a F-150 and a trailer ... "With Memorial Day weekend approaching, it's time to launch that boat or back the trailer into the designated camping spot.

Experienced towers know to steer the truck one way to get the trailer to go in the opposite direction. Not easy, but the maneuvers can be mastered with practice.

For the 2016 model year, Ford is adding a trailer backup assist feature to the F-150 for backing up your trailer.

It is a first for the segment, said Mike Bell, a vehicle dynamics engineer, and largely consists of software and a control knob on the dashboard.

Once activated, shift into reverse, take your hands off the steering wheel. Turn a knob in the direction the trailer needs to go and let the truck automatically steer it... more »

2016 Ford F-150 adds trailer backup-assist feature .,. THE GREATEST THING SINCE SLICED MOTOR OIL! Makes me want to buy a F-150 and a trailer ... "With Memorial Day weekend approaching, it's time to launch that boat or back the trailer into the designated camping spot.

Experienced towers know to steer the truck one way to get the trailer to go in the opposite direction. Not easy, but the maneuvers can be mastered with practice.

For the 2016 model year, Ford is adding a trailer backup assist feature to the F-150 for backing up your trailer.

It is a first for the segment, said Mike Bell, a vehicle dynamics engineer, and largely consists of software and a control knob on the dashboard.

Once activated, shift into reverse, take your hands off the steering wheel. Turn a knob in the direction the trailer needs to go and let the truck automatically steer it onto place.

The driver must still work the accelerator and brake, but the truck will limit speed while backing up if necessary. To navigate, the driver has the traditional side mirrors as well as the view from the rear camera projected onto the screen in the dashboard.

"The sensation is that you are driving the trailer," said Brad Hochrein, Ford chassis controls supervisor.

It takes a step out of the mental calculation, said Don Mattern, senior engineer who led the development of the feature for which Ford has five patents and another 10 pending.

"For the amateur truck tower, it is a big improvement in control and safety in helping you master the art of backing up a trailer which is quite intimidating for people," said analyst Dave Sullivan of AutoPacific.

Greg Dombrowski of Roseville is an avid fisherman who bought a 15.5-foot KingFisher in 1988 and has been towing and launching the same boat ever since.

"I have no problems backing in," said the veteran who was at a Trenton marina Tuesday. But he thought the backup assist is a "cool idea" and said he would pay $200 for the option so his less-experienced son could drive the truck and Dombrowski could get in the boat for a smoother launch.

There is some legwork to set it up. A sticker needs to be applied to the trailer that the backup camera on the truck can read. And the owner needs to take four measurements of the trailer and program them into the car's system. ..."

MORE: http://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/ford/2015/05/21/2016-ford-f150-trailer-tow-assist/27653885/___

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2015-05-21 17:20:00 (8 comments, 9 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

This 200-Trillion Watt Laser Produces Plasma Hotter Than The Sun ... "Invisible infrared light from the 200-trillion watt Trident Laser enters from the bottom to interact with a one-micrometer thick foil target in the center of the photo. The laser pulse produces a plasma — an ionized gas — many times hotter than the center of the sun, which lasts for a trillionth of a second. During this time some electrons from the foil are accelerated to virtually the speed of light, and some ions are accelerated to energies of tens of millions of volts.

In this time-integrated image, one sees many colorful plasmas that result from the collisions of energetic X-rays and particles with nearby surfaces. Various diagnostic devices located around the edge of the image are illuminated by the plasmas. The green light is caused by the second harmonic of the laser, and is produced by a nonlinearpro... more »

This 200-Trillion Watt Laser Produces Plasma Hotter Than The Sun ... "Invisible infrared light from the 200-trillion watt Trident Laser enters from the bottom to interact with a one-micrometer thick foil target in the center of the photo. The laser pulse produces a plasma — an ionized gas — many times hotter than the center of the sun, which lasts for a trillionth of a second. During this time some electrons from the foil are accelerated to virtually the speed of light, and some ions are accelerated to energies of tens of millions of volts.

In this time-integrated image, one sees many colorful plasmas that result from the collisions of energetic X-rays and particles with nearby surfaces. Various diagnostic devices located around the edge of the image are illuminated by the plasmas. The green light is caused by the second harmonic of the laser, and is produced by a nonlinear process taking place at the laser-plasma interface. Bits of debris from the target are seen as orange streaks of light, some of which ricochet from the surrounding environment, and some of which produce a colorful dance of twisted braids as they spin in flight. ..."

[Los Alamos National Laboratory]

http://gizmodo.com/this-200-trillion-watt-laser-produces-plasma-hotter-tha-1705993216#___

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2015-05-21 17:14:05 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

US Air Force Launches X-37B Space Plane on 4th Mystery Mission ... " The robotic X-37B space plane launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket today (May 20) at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can see a video of the X-37B space plane's launch at http://bit.ly/1dmH4qA .

Most details about the space plane's orbital activities are classified, so it's unclear what exactly the X-37B will be doing as it zooms around Earth, or how long it will remain aloft. But Air Force officials have said that mission number four — known as Orbital Test Vehicle-4 (OTV-4) — will concentrate less on the X-37B itself and more on the gear the spacecraft is carrying to orbit.

... Also on board the Atlas V were 10 miniscule "cubesats," including the LightSail solar sail that was developed by the nonprofitPlaneta... more »

US Air Force Launches X-37B Space Plane on 4th Mystery Mission ... " The robotic X-37B space plane launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket today (May 20) at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can see a video of the X-37B space plane's launch at http://bit.ly/1dmH4qA .

Most details about the space plane's orbital activities are classified, so it's unclear what exactly the X-37B will be doing as it zooms around Earth, or how long it will remain aloft. But Air Force officials have said that mission number four — known as Orbital Test Vehicle-4 (OTV-4) — will concentrate less on the X-37B itself and more on the gear the spacecraft is carrying to orbit.

... Also on board the Atlas V were 10 miniscule "cubesats," including the LightSail solar sail that was developed by the nonprofit Planetary Society. LightSail aims to prove out key solar-sailing technology ahead of a more ambitious orbital trial next year.

The Air Force owns two X-37B spacecraft, both of which were built by Boeing's Phantom Works division. Each space plane is just 29 feet long by 9.5 feet tall (8.8 by 2.9 meters), with a wingspan of 15 feet (4.6 m) and a payload bay the size of a pickup-truck bed. To put those dimensions into perspective, both X-37Bs could fit inside the payload bay of NASA's now-retired space shuttle orbiter.
The X-37B launches vertically and lands horizontally, on a runway, as the space shuttle did.
The secrecy surrounding X-37B missions has led to speculation in some quarters that the craft is some sort of space weapon — that it's designed to inspect and/or cripple hostile nations' satellites, for example. But Air Force officials have long refuted that notion, saying the X-37B is simply testing out technologies for reusable vehicles and future spacecraft. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29448-x37b-space-plane-launches-fourth-mission.html___

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2015-05-21 16:00:39 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

keep making a few log entries even when bands are bad ;-)

keep making a few log entries even when bands are bad ;-)___

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2015-05-21 13:39:36 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

US Air Force Launches X-37B Space Plane on 4th Mystery Mission

* ... " The robotic X-37B space plane launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket today (May 20) at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can see a video of the X-37B space plane's launch at http://bit.ly/1dmH4qA .

Most details about the space plane's orbital activities are classified, so it's unclear what exactly the X-37B will be doing as it zooms around Earth, or how long it will remain aloft. But Air Force officials have said that mission number four — known as Orbital Test Vehicle-4 (OTV-4) — will concentrate less on the X-37B itself and more on the gear the spacecraft is carrying to orbit.

... Also on board the Atlas V were 10 miniscule "cubesats," including the LightSail solar sail that was developed by the nonprofit Planetary Society. LightSail aims to prove out key solar-sailing technology ahead of a more ambitious orbital trial next year.

The Air Force owns two X-37B spacecraft, both of which were built by Boeing's Phantom Works division. Each space plane is just 29 feet long by 9.5 feet tall (8.8 by 2.9 meters), with a wingspan of 15 feet (4.6 m) and a payload bay the size of a pickup-truck bed. To put those dimensions into perspective, both X-37Bs could fit inside the payload bay of NASA's now-retired space shuttle orbiter.
The X-37B launches vertically and lands horizontally, on a runway, as the space shuttle did.
The secrecy surrounding X-37B missions has led to speculation in some quarters that the craft is some sort of space weapon — that it's designed to inspect and/or cripple hostile nations' satellites, for example. But Air Force officials have long refuted that notion, saying the X-37B is simply testing out technologies for reusable vehicles and future spacecraft. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29448-x37b-space-plane-launches-fourth-mission.html___US Air Force Launches X-37B Space Plane on 4th Mystery Mission

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2015-05-21 13:38:15 (8 comments, 28 reshares, 54 +1s)Open 

US Air Force Launches X-37B Space Plane on 4th Mystery Mission ... " The robotic X-37B space plane launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket today (May 20) at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can see a video of the X-37B space plane's launch at http://bit.ly/1dmH4qA .

Most details about the space plane's orbital activities are classified, so it's unclear what exactly the X-37B will be doing as it zooms around Earth, or how long it will remain aloft. But Air Force officials have said that mission number four — known as Orbital Test Vehicle-4 (OTV-4) — will concentrate less on the X-37B itself and more on the gear the spacecraft is carrying to orbit.

... Also on board the Atlas V were 10 miniscule "cubesats," including the LightSail solar sail that was developed by the nonprofitPlaneta... more »

US Air Force Launches X-37B Space Plane on 4th Mystery Mission ... " The robotic X-37B space plane launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket today (May 20) at 11:05 a.m. EDT (1505 GMT) from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can see a video of the X-37B space plane's launch at http://bit.ly/1dmH4qA .

Most details about the space plane's orbital activities are classified, so it's unclear what exactly the X-37B will be doing as it zooms around Earth, or how long it will remain aloft. But Air Force officials have said that mission number four — known as Orbital Test Vehicle-4 (OTV-4) — will concentrate less on the X-37B itself and more on the gear the spacecraft is carrying to orbit.

... Also on board the Atlas V were 10 miniscule "cubesats," including the LightSail solar sail that was developed by the nonprofit Planetary Society. LightSail aims to prove out key solar-sailing technology ahead of a more ambitious orbital trial next year.

The Air Force owns two X-37B spacecraft, both of which were built by Boeing's Phantom Works division. Each space plane is just 29 feet long by 9.5 feet tall (8.8 by 2.9 meters), with a wingspan of 15 feet (4.6 m) and a payload bay the size of a pickup-truck bed. To put those dimensions into perspective, both X-37Bs could fit inside the payload bay of NASA's now-retired space shuttle orbiter.
The X-37B launches vertically and lands horizontally, on a runway, as the space shuttle did.
The secrecy surrounding X-37B missions has led to speculation in some quarters that the craft is some sort of space weapon — that it's designed to inspect and/or cripple hostile nations' satellites, for example. But Air Force officials have long refuted that notion, saying the X-37B is simply testing out technologies for reusable vehicles and future spacecraft. ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29448-x37b-space-plane-launches-fourth-mission.html___

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2015-05-21 13:24:29 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Buzzkill: 10 Sweet Abandoned Apiaries & Busted Beehives ... "Honey, I’m not home! These abandoned apiaries and busted beehives once dispensed sweet liquid gold but now lie deserted, de-pollenated and depopulated.

Fancy some honey? The charming red brick building housing The Altamaha Apiaries in Gardi, Georgia dates from 1900 and originally served as a post office / general store. At some point a local family took over the property and set up an apiary. Now gently deteriorating and festooned with flowering vines – descendants of those that once provided fancy pollen, perhaps – The Altamaha Apiaries no longer offers honey but serves instead as a favorite photographic subject for abandonment addicts. ...:

SEE THE OTHER NINE: http://weburbanist.com/2015/05/10/buzzkill-10-sweet-abandoned-apiaries-busted-beehives/

Buzzkill: 10 Sweet Abandoned Apiaries & Busted Beehives ... "Honey, I’m not home! These abandoned apiaries and busted beehives once dispensed sweet liquid gold but now lie deserted, de-pollenated and depopulated.

Fancy some honey? The charming red brick building housing The Altamaha Apiaries in Gardi, Georgia dates from 1900 and originally served as a post office / general store. At some point a local family took over the property and set up an apiary. Now gently deteriorating and festooned with flowering vines – descendants of those that once provided fancy pollen, perhaps – The Altamaha Apiaries no longer offers honey but serves instead as a favorite photographic subject for abandonment addicts. ...:

SEE THE OTHER NINE: http://weburbanist.com/2015/05/10/buzzkill-10-sweet-abandoned-apiaries-busted-beehives/___

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2015-05-21 11:24:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Millennials Marching to the Quickening Metronome of Moore’s Law ... "Silicon Valley historian Michael S. Malone, author of the 2014 book The Intel Trinity, explores what Moore’s Law means to younger generations as the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of Gordon Moore’s observation, which has governed the increasing pace of technology innovation in our lives.

Moore’s Law essentially states that the number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months.
Fifty years ago, Dr. Gordon Moore set out to graph the rapid rate of improvement in semiconductor chip performance…and ended up discovering the heartbeat of the modern world. It’s an accelerating rhythm that generations of digital natives feel without knowing its source.

What Moore first illustrated in an April 19, 1965 article in Electronics magazine didn’t becomeknown as “Moore... more »

Millennials Marching to the Quickening Metronome of Moore’s Law ... "Silicon Valley historian Michael S. Malone, author of the 2014 book The Intel Trinity, explores what Moore’s Law means to younger generations as the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of Gordon Moore’s observation, which has governed the increasing pace of technology innovation in our lives.

Moore’s Law essentially states that the number of transistors incorporated in a chip will approximately double every 24 months.
Fifty years ago, Dr. Gordon Moore set out to graph the rapid rate of improvement in semiconductor chip performance…and ended up discovering the heartbeat of the modern world. It’s an accelerating rhythm that generations of digital natives feel without knowing its source.

What Moore first illustrated in an April 19, 1965 article in Electronics magazine didn’t become known as “Moore’s Law” until a decade later. It remained a topic of interest mostly inside the semiconductor industry until the late 1980s, when implications of the law began to spread into the rest of the electronics industry. By the beginning of the 21st century, the impact of Moore’s Law hit everyday discourse, as we saw how technology help land a man on the Moon or how personal computers have become a critical tool for learning and career building.

Moore’s Law has followed this extraordinary trajectory not because of novelty, fad or promotion but because it has proven to be the most effective predictive tool — of new chip generations, technology innovation and even social and cultural changes — of the last half-century.

It has accomplished this in the face of disbelief, doubts about its durability even by Moore himself. No, it isn’t really a scientific law, but more like a social contract between the chip industry and the world economy. ..."

MORE: http://iq.intel.com/millennials-marching-to-the-quickening-metronome-of-moores-law/?dfaid=1&crtvid=0&dclid=1-1873234-8703601-117640207-290517283-0___

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2015-05-21 11:03:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This is an Octobasse. It Makes a Cello Look Like a Violin ... "
This is the Octobasse, it was invented in 1850 by French violin maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. It has three strings and stands roughly 3.48 meters tall (11.4 ft). Because of the extreme fingerboard length and string thickness, the musician plays it using a system of hand and foot-activated levers and pedals.

In this video we get an up close and personal with the octobasse that is on display at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. "

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/octobasse-makes-cello-look-like-violin/

This is an Octobasse. It Makes a Cello Look Like a Violin ... "
This is the Octobasse, it was invented in 1850 by French violin maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. It has three strings and stands roughly 3.48 meters tall (11.4 ft). Because of the extreme fingerboard length and string thickness, the musician plays it using a system of hand and foot-activated levers and pedals.

In this video we get an up close and personal with the octobasse that is on display at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. "

http://twistedsifter.com/videos/octobasse-makes-cello-look-like-violin/___

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2015-05-20 22:50:12 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The Wall of Tears, Galapagos Islands ... "The Galápagos Islands are best known for their diverse flora and fauna. The islands were made famous by Charles Darwin whose keen observation on the island, during the voyage of the Beagle, eventually led to the development of his theory of natural selection and evolution. Today, the islands and their surrounding waters is a protected national park and a biological marine reserve, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But the islands also has a dark history.

In 1832, the Galapagos Islands were annexed by Colonel Ignacio Henandez and the archipelago became part of the Republic of Ecuador. Soon after, penal colonies were established on the island due to it’s remoteness and isolation from the mainland that made any escape nearly impossible. Prisoners from the mainland were transferred to the islands and were forced to work in agricultural fields.Th... more »

The Wall of Tears, Galapagos Islands ... "The Galápagos Islands are best known for their diverse flora and fauna. The islands were made famous by Charles Darwin whose keen observation on the island, during the voyage of the Beagle, eventually led to the development of his theory of natural selection and evolution. Today, the islands and their surrounding waters is a protected national park and a biological marine reserve, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But the islands also has a dark history.

In 1832, the Galapagos Islands were annexed by Colonel Ignacio Henandez and the archipelago became part of the Republic of Ecuador. Soon after, penal colonies were established on the island due to it’s remoteness and isolation from the mainland that made any escape nearly impossible. Prisoners from the mainland were transferred to the islands and were forced to work in agricultural fields. The first colonists were exiled soldiers sent away from home for taking part in a failed coup attempt on the mainland. But the awful living conditions resulted in number of revolts and by 1952, the settlement had failed.

A number of attempts were made to settle on Galapagos Islands but none were successful. Manuel J. Cobos, who brought prisoners and indentured laborers to work on his sugarcane fields and coffee plantation, were killed by his own workers. Another José Valdizán, who obtained a 12-year contract from the government of Ecuador to extract orchil from Galapagos, died during an uprising in 1878.

Towards the end of the Second World War, the Ecuadorian government established another brutal penal colony on the island of Isabela. In 1946, 300 prisoners were transferred to Isabela and were forced to build a pointless stone wall as a form of punishment. The prisoners had to walk long distances to the quarry, cut out large volcanic rocks and then carry them back to the site. Many prisoners died in suffering. Finally, in 1958 the prisoners revolted leading to the guards being killed and many prisoners dying. The government closed the Isabela penal colony a year later.

The remains of the futile wall, some 100 meters long, can still be seen close to Puerto Villamil today, standing as testament to a period of cruelty and torture. It has been named the “Wall of Tears”. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/the-wall-of-tears-galapagos-islands.html___

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2015-05-20 22:43:04 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Spiders Rain Down on Australian Town ... URK! ... "While raining cats and dogs is only a metaphor, raining spiders is a reality in Australia. The latest arachnid shower took place last week in a town called Goulburn, in New South Wales, approximately 195 km south-west of Sydney, where millions of tiny spiders rained down from the sky and blanketed the countryside with their webs. Unlike the rare frog rains and fish rains, that’s not entirely understood, arachnid showers is a well documented phenomenon called “ballooning” which is used by spiders and some other invertebrates to migrate from one pace to another.

During a “ballooning” event, the spiders will climb up as high as they can, stand on raised legs with its abdomen pointed upwards and release several silk threads into the air. These strands form triangular shaped parachutes that allow them to be carried away by thewind hund... more »

Spiders Rain Down on Australian Town ... URK! ... "While raining cats and dogs is only a metaphor, raining spiders is a reality in Australia. The latest arachnid shower took place last week in a town called Goulburn, in New South Wales, approximately 195 km south-west of Sydney, where millions of tiny spiders rained down from the sky and blanketed the countryside with their webs. Unlike the rare frog rains and fish rains, that’s not entirely understood, arachnid showers is a well documented phenomenon called “ballooning” which is used by spiders and some other invertebrates to migrate from one pace to another.

During a “ballooning” event, the spiders will climb up as high as they can, stand on raised legs with its abdomen pointed upwards and release several silk threads into the air. These strands form triangular shaped parachutes that allow them to be carried away by the wind hundreds of miles to a new territory. In windless conditions, the Earth's static electric field may also provide lift.

The vast majority of these spiders die during the journey, eaten by predators or killed by harsh weather conditions. But a small fraction survive to set up a new colony. Once they land, the spiders disappear into the ground and the threads, made of protein, disintegrate until there is no evidence that anything has happened.

According to Robb Bennett, a research associate in entomology at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, it's unclear what spurs these ballooning events, though it’s sometimes associated with heavy rainfall. The astonishing spectacle usually occurs in May or August in Australia, right after rainfall. It is rare because it requires an unusual weather pattern for this time of year, which is when spiders are hatching.

Such ballooning events, however, aren't unique to Australia. They also occur in the Northern Hemisphere where ballooning spiders have been spotted in the United States and Britain. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/spiders-rain-down-on-australian-town.html___

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2015-05-20 15:57:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

JIAYUGUAN FORTRESS ... The western-most fortress on the Great Wall of China has gone from a strategic stronghold to a kitschy tourist carnival ... "The Jiayuguan Fortress could either mark the beginning or the end of the Great Wall (depending on which direction you started from) and serves as a post to guard against the wild west of the East. In ancient times, it was seen as a strategic military post, and is shrouded in a wide variety of legends.

Today, however, visitors will encounter a very different kind of feeling. Workers in thin tinfoil-like armor march around in formation, while carnival-like games offer a chance to "hit the Mongolian'" with a bow and arrow. Vendors offer short camel rides and cannons perch atop the fortress, aiming at empty desert. In short, where once there were lonely sentinels, now there is merchandise--goods that, in the past, may have been... more »

JIAYUGUAN FORTRESS ... The western-most fortress on the Great Wall of China has gone from a strategic stronghold to a kitschy tourist carnival ... "The Jiayuguan Fortress could either mark the beginning or the end of the Great Wall (depending on which direction you started from) and serves as a post to guard against the wild west of the East. In ancient times, it was seen as a strategic military post, and is shrouded in a wide variety of legends.

Today, however, visitors will encounter a very different kind of feeling. Workers in thin tinfoil-like armor march around in formation, while carnival-like games offer a chance to "hit the Mongolian'" with a bow and arrow. Vendors offer short camel rides and cannons perch atop the fortress, aiming at empty desert. In short, where once there were lonely sentinels, now there is merchandise--goods that, in the past, may have been treasures brought along that very Silk Road journey.

That being said, there is still a feeling of vastness and desolation, looking out into the desert from the fortress. To get the best sensation of being on one end of the Great Wall, travel out to the wall itself. There, in the quiet desert, the wall peters out, and is replaced by barren wasteland. And from that distance the kitschy fortress looks a bit more like the imposing bulwark it must have been at one time. ..."

MORE: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/jiayuguan-fortress___

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2015-05-20 15:24:24 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Chuck Norris Delivers Punch of Support for Space Shuttle Exhibit ... " HOUSTON — Chuck Norris Fact no. 905: Before NASA employed a 747 jetliner to ferry the space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back.

That may or may not be true, but Chuck Norris did help land a punch of support for Space Center Houston's new exhibit of the historic original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and replica orbiter Independence at a high society gala held on Friday (May 15) in Houston.

The martial artist and actor, who has inspired a popular list of satirical "facts" about his strength and masculinity, was among the celebrities, astronauts, aerospace executives, and Houston elite who attended the center's first "Galaxy Gala." In addition to Norris, actor Gary Sinise of "Apollo 13" and "Forrest Gump" fame, performed with his&quo... more »

Chuck Norris Delivers Punch of Support for Space Shuttle Exhibit ... " HOUSTON — Chuck Norris Fact no. 905: Before NASA employed a 747 jetliner to ferry the space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back.

That may or may not be true, but Chuck Norris did help land a punch of support for Space Center Houston's new exhibit of the historic original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and replica orbiter Independence at a high society gala held on Friday (May 15) in Houston.

The martial artist and actor, who has inspired a popular list of satirical "facts" about his strength and masculinity, was among the celebrities, astronauts, aerospace executives, and Houston elite who attended the center's first "Galaxy Gala." In addition to Norris, actor Gary Sinise of "Apollo 13" and "Forrest Gump" fame, performed with his "Lt. Dan Band," closing out the jubilant evening. ..."

http://www.space.com/29435-chuck-norris-space-shuttle-exhibit.html
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2015-05-20 15:22:06 (11 comments, 6 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Chuck Norris Delivers Punch of Support for Space Shuttle Exhibit ... " HOUSTON — Chuck Norris Fact no. 905: Before NASA employed a 747 jetliner to ferry the space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back.

That may or may not be true, but Chuck Norris did help land a punch of support for Space Center Houston's new exhibit of the historic original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and replica orbiter Independence at a high society gala held on Friday (May 15) in Houston.

The martial artist and actor, who has inspired a popular list of satirical "facts" about his strength and masculinity, was among the celebrities, astronauts, aerospace executives, and Houston elite who attended the center's first "Galaxy Gala." In addition to Norris, actor Gary Sinise of "Apollo 13" and "Forrest Gump" fame, performed with his&quo... more »

Chuck Norris Delivers Punch of Support for Space Shuttle Exhibit ... " HOUSTON — Chuck Norris Fact no. 905: Before NASA employed a 747 jetliner to ferry the space shuttles, Chuck Norris carried the orbiters on his back.

That may or may not be true, but Chuck Norris did help land a punch of support for Space Center Houston's new exhibit of the historic original Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and replica orbiter Independence at a high society gala held on Friday (May 15) in Houston.

The martial artist and actor, who has inspired a popular list of satirical "facts" about his strength and masculinity, was among the celebrities, astronauts, aerospace executives, and Houston elite who attended the center's first "Galaxy Gala." In addition to Norris, actor Gary Sinise of "Apollo 13" and "Forrest Gump" fame, performed with his "Lt. Dan Band," closing out the jubilant evening. ..."

http://www.space.com/29435-chuck-norris-space-shuttle-exhibit.html
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2015-05-20 13:53:44 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Husky Walks on Water After Heavy Rainfall Covers This Frozen Lake ... "After a heavy rainfall covered this crystal clear, frozen lake; Russian photographer Fox Grom took some incredible snaps of his two beautiful huskies out on the water. The weather was calm, creating a mirror like reflection of the sky above and the illusion of the dogs seemingly walking on water.

The stunning photos were taken in northwestern Russia, near the town of Kirovsk in Murmansk Oblast. Geographically, Murmansk Oblast is located mainly on the Kola Peninsula almost completely north of the Arctic Circle and is a part of the larger Lapland region that spans over four countries. ..."

MORE PHOTOS: http://twistedsifter.com/2015/05/husky-walks-on-water-after-rain-covers-frozen-lake/

Husky Walks on Water After Heavy Rainfall Covers This Frozen Lake ... "After a heavy rainfall covered this crystal clear, frozen lake; Russian photographer Fox Grom took some incredible snaps of his two beautiful huskies out on the water. The weather was calm, creating a mirror like reflection of the sky above and the illusion of the dogs seemingly walking on water.

The stunning photos were taken in northwestern Russia, near the town of Kirovsk in Murmansk Oblast. Geographically, Murmansk Oblast is located mainly on the Kola Peninsula almost completely north of the Arctic Circle and is a part of the larger Lapland region that spans over four countries. ..."

MORE PHOTOS: http://twistedsifter.com/2015/05/husky-walks-on-water-after-rain-covers-frozen-lake/___

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2015-05-20 13:36:04 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Ducks Get Their Own Lane in Britain ... "Ducks and ducklings can appear in the most unlikely places, such as in the middle of a busy street walking single-file or nesting under balconies or in the middle of ball fields. They usually stay near water bodies such as ponds.

England and Wales has more than 2,000 miles inland waterways, along which run narrow towpaths that are barely wide enough for cyclists and pedestrians. And then, there are ducks. The charity organization Canal & River Trust who is responsible for maintaining these waterways have installed temporary "Duck Lanes" along the waterways in London, Birmingham and Manchester. The move is part of the "Share the space, drop your pace" campaign that encourages cyclists and pedestrians to be more considerate of surrounding wildlife.

... This is true not only for Britain’s towpaths, but allp... more »

Ducks Get Their Own Lane in Britain ... "Ducks and ducklings can appear in the most unlikely places, such as in the middle of a busy street walking single-file or nesting under balconies or in the middle of ball fields. They usually stay near water bodies such as ponds.

England and Wales has more than 2,000 miles inland waterways, along which run narrow towpaths that are barely wide enough for cyclists and pedestrians. And then, there are ducks. The charity organization Canal & River Trust who is responsible for maintaining these waterways have installed temporary "Duck Lanes" along the waterways in London, Birmingham and Manchester. The move is part of the "Share the space, drop your pace" campaign that encourages cyclists and pedestrians to be more considerate of surrounding wildlife.

... This is true not only for Britain’s towpaths, but all pavements in general. It's everyone's responsibility to stay alert and watch out for walkers or bikes coming in the opposite direction. Last year, the Chinese city of Chongqing opened a “cellphone lane” for people who are too engrossed on their smartphones to see where they are going and frequently bump into other pedestrians. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/ducks-get-their-own-lane-in-britain.html___

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2015-05-19 19:39:02 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

WORLD’S TALLEST GREEN FACADE ... "The 381-foot-tall One Central Park in Sydney, Australia, incorporates two unique technologies: A hydroponic garden made up of 383 species that hugs the building’s exterior, and 42 heliostats, mirrors that passively direct solar energy away from apartment windows and onto shaded spaces. Notes the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat: “The project presages a future in which biomimicry is no longer a radical concept in architecture.” An efficient power plant also reduces the tower’s energy consumption by 25 percent compared to a similar size conventional building. ..."

http://bestofwhatsnew.popsci.com/one-central-park-sydney

WORLD’S TALLEST GREEN FACADE ... "The 381-foot-tall One Central Park in Sydney, Australia, incorporates two unique technologies: A hydroponic garden made up of 383 species that hugs the building’s exterior, and 42 heliostats, mirrors that passively direct solar energy away from apartment windows and onto shaded spaces. Notes the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat: “The project presages a future in which biomimicry is no longer a radical concept in architecture.” An efficient power plant also reduces the tower’s energy consumption by 25 percent compared to a similar size conventional building. ..."

http://bestofwhatsnew.popsci.com/one-central-park-sydney___

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2015-05-19 17:55:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Visit to the New Asheville Outlets ... ASHEVILLE NC -- They converted an old mall -- Biltmore Square -- into an outlet mall. It opened last week but I didn't get there until yesterday evening. Not impressed EXCEPT for the Beef Jerky Outlet. Will return to check it out in detail. ... Otherwise, pretty pedestrian (pun, as ever, intended). And, despite only days after the grand opening, essentially deserted. Who's idea was it to take away the roof in an area as rainy as this one? I think that will come back to bite them.

#Asheville #mall #outlet  

Visit to the New Asheville Outlets ... ASHEVILLE NC -- They converted an old mall -- Biltmore Square -- into an outlet mall. It opened last week but I didn't get there until yesterday evening. Not impressed EXCEPT for the Beef Jerky Outlet. Will return to check it out in detail. ... Otherwise, pretty pedestrian (pun, as ever, intended). And, despite only days after the grand opening, essentially deserted. Who's idea was it to take away the roof in an area as rainy as this one? I think that will come back to bite them.

#Asheville #mall #outlet  ___

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2015-05-19 16:43:46 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

THE A. D. WHITE LIBRARY ... The library of every book lover's dreams ... "The A.D. White Library, at Cornell University, might be the template from which all dream libraries are made. Three stories tall, it's criss-crossed with walkways decorated with curling metal flourishes and filled with arched enclaves of books.

Andrew Dickson White was the co-founder and first president of Cornell, and he had a thing for books. When he donated his collection to the school, he had amassed about 30,000—the additional of which increased the school's own collection of 90,000 books by a third. White's collection included books on witchcraft, abolition, and revolution. There were 4,000 books just on architecture—at the time, it was the largest collection of architectural books in the country.

The task of creating a space to house this collection went to Cornell'sfir... more »

THE A. D. WHITE LIBRARY ... The library of every book lover's dreams ... "The A.D. White Library, at Cornell University, might be the template from which all dream libraries are made. Three stories tall, it's criss-crossed with walkways decorated with curling metal flourishes and filled with arched enclaves of books.

Andrew Dickson White was the co-founder and first president of Cornell, and he had a thing for books. When he donated his collection to the school, he had amassed about 30,000—the additional of which increased the school's own collection of 90,000 books by a third. White's collection included books on witchcraft, abolition, and revolution. There were 4,000 books just on architecture—at the time, it was the largest collection of architectural books in the country.

The task of creating a space to house this collection went to Cornell's first architecture graduate, William Henry Miller (who designed a number of the campus' other buildings). Originally, the soaring hall housed only White's books, although eventually they were transferred to the campus' other libraries. But the space retains its original fantasy library qualities—it even plays a key role in Fool on the Hill, a 1988 comic fantasy novel set at Cornell. ..."

MORE: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-a-d-white-library___

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2015-05-19 16:36:22 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Europe's Largest Pipe Organ ... When a medieval fire claimed the original St. Stephen’s Cathedral, it sparked a pattern of unquenchable organ building ... "The St. Stephen’s Cathedral of today was built in 1682, but the original version of the church had already burned to the ground by 1662, taking with it the parish's first organ.

As is the case for most of the world’s giant organs, the organ at St. Stephen’s took shape gradually over the course of centuries. The contemporary version consists of five separate organs in varying tonal styles amounting to 17,774 pipes, 223 registers, and four chimes. Each portion of the organ was built separately, possesses its own unique tone, and can be played as a standalone instrument by way of its own console.

The obvious centerpiece of the cathedral is the main organ, being the largest of the five with a stunning casebuilt i... more »

Europe's Largest Pipe Organ ... When a medieval fire claimed the original St. Stephen’s Cathedral, it sparked a pattern of unquenchable organ building ... "The St. Stephen’s Cathedral of today was built in 1682, but the original version of the church had already burned to the ground by 1662, taking with it the parish's first organ.

As is the case for most of the world’s giant organs, the organ at St. Stephen’s took shape gradually over the course of centuries. The contemporary version consists of five separate organs in varying tonal styles amounting to 17,774 pipes, 223 registers, and four chimes. Each portion of the organ was built separately, possesses its own unique tone, and can be played as a standalone instrument by way of its own console.

The obvious centerpiece of the cathedral is the main organ, being the largest of the five with a stunning case built in 1733 by Joseph Matthias Götz. A tiny Echo Organ in the middle nave vault section of the church is more demure in its charms, compensating for its modest size by producing sound through the "Heiliggeistloch" (or Holy Ghost opening) in the ceiling.

A lone, general console found in the western loft unites these disparate musical instruments into a single organ unlike any other in Europe. From this seat, a master organist can play all five organs individually or as one giant Franken-organ, producing a cacophony of sound by means of electric key action and a programmable setter capable of storing more than 4,000 settings. Mathematically speaking, the variety of ways to coax and combine range and tone from this instrument is nearly infinite.

Though St. Stephen’s ceded the title of world’s largest church organ to that of the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles in the 1990s, when it comes to matters of musical grandeur united across space and time, the organ at St. Stephen’s remains nonpareil.  ..."

MORE: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/europes-largest-pipe-organ___

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2015-05-19 14:29:24 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Pushing the Boundaries of Human Flight in the Skies of Dubai ... "Yves “the Jetman” Rossy and his protege, Vince Reffet, push the boundaries of human flight in the skies above Dubai. Filmed in glorious 4K! ..."

Pushing the Boundaries of Human Flight in the Skies of Dubai ... "Yves “the Jetman” Rossy and his protege, Vince Reffet, push the boundaries of human flight in the skies above Dubai. Filmed in glorious 4K! ..."___

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2015-05-19 14:24:04 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

So True

via the Shirk Report

So True

via the Shirk Report___

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2015-05-19 14:20:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Just a Turtle Riding a Crocodile ... I understand the dismount is the tricky part ... "Spotted at the Prague Zoo by reddit user iond, we see a triumphant turtle riding a crocodile, a Gharial to be exact. What a great capture."

http://twistedsifter.com/2015/05/turtle-rides-crocodile-at-prague-zoo/

Just a Turtle Riding a Crocodile ... I understand the dismount is the tricky part ... "Spotted at the Prague Zoo by reddit user iond, we see a triumphant turtle riding a crocodile, a Gharial to be exact. What a great capture."

http://twistedsifter.com/2015/05/turtle-rides-crocodile-at-prague-zoo/___

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2015-05-19 14:18:00 (9 comments, 17 reshares, 77 +1s)Open 

Stunning Glass Blown Animal Sculptures by Scott Bisson  ... :Scott Bisson is an amazing glass artist based in Philomath, Oregon. The artist’s handmade, glass blown animal sculptures are amazing works of art and can be found in numerous galleries and homes around the world. On his website’s about page, Bisson provides a glimpse into his journey in glass:
 
Scott began his journey in glass in Philomath, Oregon when he was seventeen. Bending glass tubing over a flame in a high school chemistry class piqued his interest and unknowingly a lifetime obsession and career began. After several years as a hobbyist, Scott made the acquaintance of Skip Horton and later Buzz Williams. With their guidance and tutoring, glass became Scott’s livelihood and ruling passion. For the next four years, Scott led a dual existence as a flame worker and furnace worker. In 1994, Scott took a class at thePilchuc... more »

Stunning Glass Blown Animal Sculptures by Scott Bisson  ... :Scott Bisson is an amazing glass artist based in Philomath, Oregon. The artist’s handmade, glass blown animal sculptures are amazing works of art and can be found in numerous galleries and homes around the world. On his website’s about page, Bisson provides a glimpse into his journey in glass:
 
Scott began his journey in glass in Philomath, Oregon when he was seventeen. Bending glass tubing over a flame in a high school chemistry class piqued his interest and unknowingly a lifetime obsession and career began. After several years as a hobbyist, Scott made the acquaintance of Skip Horton and later Buzz Williams. With their guidance and tutoring, glass became Scott’s livelihood and ruling passion. For the next four years, Scott led a dual existence as a flame worker and furnace worker. In 1994, Scott took a class at the Pilchuck School of Glass with the world famous Robert Mickleson. This was truly a turning point. According to Scott, “Pilchuck opened my eyes and imagination to what was truly possible and I have never recovered.” In 2004 he studied and lived in Murono, Italy under the direction of Cesare Toffolo.
 
Scott has now been blowing glass for nineteen years and is currently represented in close to 80 galleries spanning the United States. He specializes in borosilicate flame-work and translates his love of nature into whimsical representations of the world he sees. ..."

MORE ANIMALS: http://twistedsifter.com/2015/05/glass-blown-animal-sculptures-by-scott-bisson/ ___

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2015-05-19 13:10:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Catherine of Aragon ... "Catherine of Aragon (Castilian: Catalina; 16 December 1485 – 7 January 1536) was Queen of England from 1509 until 1533 as the first wife of King Henry VIII; she was previously Princess of Wales as the wife of Prince Arthur.

The daughter of Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon, Catherine was three years old when she was betrothed to Prince Arthur, heir apparent to the English throne. They married in 1501, and Arthur died five months later. In 1507, she held the position of ambassador for the Spanish Court in England, becoming the first female ambassador in European history. Catherine subsequently married Arthur's younger brother, the recently succeeded Henry VIII, in 1509. For six months in 1513, she served as regent of England while Henry VIII was in France. During that time the English won the Battle of Flodden, an event inwhi... more »

Catherine of Aragon ... "Catherine of Aragon (Castilian: Catalina; 16 December 1485 – 7 January 1536) was Queen of England from 1509 until 1533 as the first wife of King Henry VIII; she was previously Princess of Wales as the wife of Prince Arthur.

The daughter of Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon, Catherine was three years old when she was betrothed to Prince Arthur, heir apparent to the English throne. They married in 1501, and Arthur died five months later. In 1507, she held the position of ambassador for the Spanish Court in England, becoming the first female ambassador in European history. Catherine subsequently married Arthur's younger brother, the recently succeeded Henry VIII, in 1509. For six months in 1513, she served as regent of England while Henry VIII was in France. During that time the English won the Battle of Flodden, an event in which Catherine played an important part.

By 1525, Henry VIII was infatuated with Anne Boleyn and dissatisfied that his marriage to Catherine had produced no surviving sons, leaving their daughter, the future Mary I of England, as heiress presumptive at a time when there was no established precedent for a woman on the throne. He sought to have their marriage annulled, setting in motion a chain of events that led to England's schism with the Catholic Church. When Pope Clement VII refused to annul the marriage, Henry defied him by assuming supremacy over religious matters. In 1533 their marriage was consequently declared invalid and Henry married Anne on the judgement of clergy in England, without reference to the Pope. Catherine refused to accept Henry as Supreme Head of the Church of England and considered herself the King's rightful wife and queen, attracting much popular sympathy.

Despite this, she was acknowledged only as Dowager Princess of Wales by Henry. After being banished from court, she lived out the remainder of her life at Kimbolton Castle, and died there on 7 January 1536. Catherine's English subjects held her in high esteem, and her death set off tremendous mourning among the English people.

The controversial book The Education of Christian Women by Juan Luis Vives, which claimed women have the right to an education, was commissioned by and dedicated to her. Such was Catherine's impression on people that even her enemy, Thomas Cromwell, said of her, "If not for her sex, she could have defied all the heroes of History." She successfully appealed for the lives of the rebels involved in the Evil May Day, for the sake of their families.

Catherine also won widespread admiration by starting an extensive programme for the relief of the poor. She was a patron of Renaissance humanism, and a friend of the great scholars Erasmus of Rotterdam and Thomas More. ..."

MORE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine_of_Aragon___

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2015-05-19 13:01:07 (3 comments, 8 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

Tiny Solar Sail 'Cubesat' Launching with X-37B Space Plane on Wednesday ... I've been fascinated with solar sails ever since, as a boy, reading "The Lady Who Sailed the Soul", the story of Helen America and Mr. Gray-no-more by Cordwainer Smith ... " A tiny solar-sailing spacecraft will hitch a ride on the rocket that blasts the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane into orbit on its latest mystery mission tomorrow (May 20).

The robotic X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to launch tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT) atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster will also loft 10 tiny "cubesats," including a spacecraft called LightSail, which is about the size of a loaf of bread.

LightSail is part of the nonprofit Planetary Society's effort to develop and advance solar... more »

Tiny Solar Sail 'Cubesat' Launching with X-37B Space Plane on Wednesday ... I've been fascinated with solar sails ever since, as a boy, reading "The Lady Who Sailed the Soul", the story of Helen America and Mr. Gray-no-more by Cordwainer Smith ... " A tiny solar-sailing spacecraft will hitch a ride on the rocket that blasts the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane into orbit on its latest mystery mission tomorrow (May 20).

The robotic X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to launch tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT) atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster will also loft 10 tiny "cubesats," including a spacecraft called LightSail, which is about the size of a loaf of bread.

LightSail is part of the nonprofit Planetary Society's effort to develop and advance solar sail technology. Solar sails harness solar radiation pressure, which imparts a tiny but continuous push that can accelerate a spacecraft to tremendous speeds over time ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29438-lightsail-solar-sail-x37b-space-plane.html___

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2015-05-19 13:00:28 (7 comments, 27 reshares, 111 +1s)Open 

Tiny Solar Sail 'Cubesat' Launching with X-37B Space Plane on Wednesday ... I've been fascinated with solar sails ever since, as a boy, reading "The Lady Who Sailed the Soul", the story of Helen America and Mr. Gray-no-more by Cordwainer Smith ... " A tiny solar-sailing spacecraft will hitch a ride on the rocket that blasts the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane into orbit on its latest mystery mission tomorrow (May 20).

The robotic X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to launch tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT) atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster will also loft 10 tiny "cubesats," including a spacecraft called LightSail, which is about the size of a loaf of bread.

LightSail is part of the nonprofit Planetary Society's effort to develop and advance solar... more »

Tiny Solar Sail 'Cubesat' Launching with X-37B Space Plane on Wednesday ... I've been fascinated with solar sails ever since, as a boy, reading "The Lady Who Sailed the Soul", the story of Helen America and Mr. Gray-no-more by Cordwainer Smith ... " A tiny solar-sailing spacecraft will hitch a ride on the rocket that blasts the United States Air Force's X-37B space plane into orbit on its latest mystery mission tomorrow (May 20).

The robotic X-37B spacecraft is scheduled to launch tomorrow at 10:45 a.m. EDT (1445 GMT) atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The booster will also loft 10 tiny "cubesats," including a spacecraft called LightSail, which is about the size of a loaf of bread.

LightSail is part of the nonprofit Planetary Society's effort to develop and advance solar sail technology. Solar sails harness solar radiation pressure, which imparts a tiny but continuous push that can accelerate a spacecraft to tremendous speeds over time ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29438-lightsail-solar-sail-x37b-space-plane.html___

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2015-05-19 12:52:09 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

White Sands Desert, New Mexico ... been there! ... "About 26 km southwest of Alamogordo and just south of the White Sands Missile Range, in the state of New Mexico, the United States, is an immense area of snow-white sand. But unlike other desert, the sand here is not composed of quartz, but gypsum crystals.

Gypsum is one of the most common mineral compounds found on Earth but is rarely found in the form of sand, as it easily dissolves in water. Gypsum is often found in hot springs and in lake and sea water, and can occur as deposits when the water evaporates. And that’s precisely how the gypsum dunes at White Sands were formed.

The Tularosa Basin, where White Sands is located, is a shallow basin surrounded by the Sacramento and San Andres Mountains. About 100 million years ago, rainwater and melt water came from the mountains dissolving gypsum from the sedimentary rocksa... more »

White Sands Desert, New Mexico ... been there! ... "About 26 km southwest of Alamogordo and just south of the White Sands Missile Range, in the state of New Mexico, the United States, is an immense area of snow-white sand. But unlike other desert, the sand here is not composed of quartz, but gypsum crystals.

Gypsum is one of the most common mineral compounds found on Earth but is rarely found in the form of sand, as it easily dissolves in water. Gypsum is often found in hot springs and in lake and sea water, and can occur as deposits when the water evaporates. And that’s precisely how the gypsum dunes at White Sands were formed.

The Tularosa Basin, where White Sands is located, is a shallow basin surrounded by the Sacramento and San Andres Mountains. About 100 million years ago, rainwater and melt water came from the mountains dissolving gypsum from the sedimentary rocks and the concentrated solutions were washed down the mountainsides, and accumulated in Lake Lucero in the Tularosa Basin. As the water evaporated away it left behind a layers of crystallized gypsum.

Weathering then reduced these crystals to fine, sandy grains, which were carried farther up the basin by the winds, and deposited in what is now the White Sands. Lake Lucero is today a dry bed but its lowest portion occasionally fills with shallow water after recent rains.

The White Sands cover an area of over 700 square kilometers with dunes that often reach as high as 15 meters. It is the largest gypsum dune field in the world. The dunes are constantly changing as they are moved by the steady southwest winds.

Unlike other desert sands, gypsum crystals do not absorb heat from the sun rays due to which they are cool to the touch. One can easily walk upon the sand with bare feet, even in the hottest summer months, which makes it suitable for sand boarding. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/white-sands-desert-new-mexico.html___

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2015-05-19 11:44:13 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

How a key opens a lock most of us do this every day

How a key opens a lock most of us do this every day___

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2015-05-19 11:41:07 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Yukitsuri: The Japanese Snow Suspenders ... "During the winter months, many Japanese gardens sprout strange conical structures that rise above the trees like a crown. They are called Yukitsuri or “snow suspenders”, and their purpose is to protect the branches of the trees and shrubs from the crushing weight of snow.
There are various ways of constructing yukitsuris, but the most common technique involves erecting long bamboo poles near the trunk of the tree, and then lowering ropes from the top of the pole to be attached to the branches. The ropes prevent the branches from sagging, and eventually breaking, under the weight of the snow that accumulates on top. As many as 800 ropes can be used on a single tree.During the winter months, many Japanese gardens sprout strange conical structures that rise above the trees like a crown. They are called Yukitsuri or “snow suspenders”, andtheir p... more »

Yukitsuri: The Japanese Snow Suspenders ... "During the winter months, many Japanese gardens sprout strange conical structures that rise above the trees like a crown. They are called Yukitsuri or “snow suspenders”, and their purpose is to protect the branches of the trees and shrubs from the crushing weight of snow.
There are various ways of constructing yukitsuris, but the most common technique involves erecting long bamboo poles near the trunk of the tree, and then lowering ropes from the top of the pole to be attached to the branches. The ropes prevent the branches from sagging, and eventually breaking, under the weight of the snow that accumulates on top. As many as 800 ropes can be used on a single tree.During the winter months, many Japanese gardens sprout strange conical structures that rise above the trees like a crown. They are called Yukitsuri or “snow suspenders”, and their purpose is to protect the branches of the trees and shrubs from the crushing weight of snow.

There are various ways of constructing yukitsuris, but the most common technique involves erecting long bamboo poles near the trunk of the tree, and then lowering ropes from the top of the pole to be attached to the branches. The ropes prevent the branches from sagging, and eventually breaking, under the weight of the snow that accumulates on top. As many as 800 ropes can be used on a single tree.

Like many Japanese craftsmanship, yukitsuri is a combination of function and beauty. The ropes are splayed out from the top at even intervals, like rays encircling the trees, their lengths harmonizing perfectly with the heights of the branches. At night, some gardens place lamps under the trees that throw light up on the branches and onto the ropes, highlighting the thick strands. With snow falling softly around it creates a particularly beautiful winter scene.

Although the exact origin of yukitsuri is unknown, the practice is believed to have started in the Edo period (1603-1868). It is generally accepted that farmers in Northern Honshu began the practice to protect apple trees weighed down by fruit and late-autumn snowfall. It was not until the Meiji era that yukitsuri arrived in Ishikawa, where aesthetics merged with function to create the now iconic image of trees encased by rays of rope.

Yukitsuri is a common sight in Kanazawa and Kenrokuen Garden during the winter months. Yukitsuri can also be seen in Hibiya Park, Jindai Botanical Garden, Yoyogi Park and Inokashira Park in Tokyo. Although Tokyo no longer receives much snow, yukitsuris are still erected as a symbol for the coming of winter.

The process of attaching yukitsuri ropes begins in early November and takes about one month to complete. The ropes are kept up until early March, when the snow melts. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/yukitsuri-japanese-snow-suspenders.html___

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2015-05-18 14:18:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Meikleour Beech Hedges: World’s Largest Hedge ... The Meikleour Beech Hedge is located right besides A93 Perth-Blairgowrie road, about 18 km north of Perth and 6 km south of Blairgowrie, in Scotland. This solid wall of beech trees is 36 meters tall at its northern end and 24 meters tall at its southern end, with an average height of over 30 meters, which makes it the tallest hedge in the world, as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. It is also longest hedge in the world - 530 meters, more than half kilometer or one third of a mile long. Despite its monumental proportion, the hedge is easy to miss because to the untrained eye it looks like a tall, well-kept row of trees.

The hedge was planted in 1745 by Robert Murray Nairne and his beloved wife Jean Mercer, on the estate of the Meikleour House, which lies half a mile to the west of the hedge and whose eastern boundary it defines.T... more »

Meikleour Beech Hedges: World’s Largest Hedge ... The Meikleour Beech Hedge is located right besides A93 Perth-Blairgowrie road, about 18 km north of Perth and 6 km south of Blairgowrie, in Scotland. This solid wall of beech trees is 36 meters tall at its northern end and 24 meters tall at its southern end, with an average height of over 30 meters, which makes it the tallest hedge in the world, as recognized by the Guinness Book of Records. It is also longest hedge in the world - 530 meters, more than half kilometer or one third of a mile long. Despite its monumental proportion, the hedge is easy to miss because to the untrained eye it looks like a tall, well-kept row of trees.

The hedge was planted in 1745 by Robert Murray Nairne and his beloved wife Jean Mercer, on the estate of the Meikleour House, which lies half a mile to the west of the hedge and whose eastern boundary it defines. This was the year of the Jacobite Rising, a political movement in Great Britain that aimed to restore the Roman Catholic Stuart King James II and his heirs to the thrones of England.

Nairne was a Jacobite sympathizer, and upon learning that Bonnie Prince Charlie was in Scotland, rallied to join him in the fight against the English and Scottish troops. The following year, the Jacobite uprising came to a decisive end at the Battle of Culloden where they suffered a crushing defeat. Amongst the Jacobites killed in at Culloden was Robert Murray Nairne.

Devastated by her husband’s death, his wife Jean decided to let the newly planted beech hedge grow up to heaven in memoriam of her lost husband and friends.

Meikleour House today has been turned into a rented villa, and is managed by the Meikleour Trust who also maintains the hedge. The hedge is trimmed every 10 years by a team of four men using hydraulic lift and hand-held cutting equipment, a process that takes six weeks to complete. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/meikleour-beech-hedges-worlds-largest.html___

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2015-05-17 16:55:54 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Hidden away writing this afternoon ... in the old darkroom, no more ham radio for me untll I get another 2,000 words done. Bands are dead anyway. ;-)

Hidden away writing this afternoon ... in the old darkroom, no more ham radio for me untll I get another 2,000 words done. Bands are dead anyway. ;-)___

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2015-05-17 15:33:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Why Colonize Mars? Sci-Fi Authors Weigh In ... Settling Mars could help humanity escape and mitigate the problems our species is facing here on Earth, several science-fiction authors said.

Writer Tom Ligon, who publishes mostly in the magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact, pointed out that Mars has many hazards, but no rattlesnakes, earthquakes, terrorists or wars.

"It's hard to have forest fires over there," he said May 7 during a panel discussion at the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, which was hosted by the nonprofit Explore Mars Inc. "The volcanoes are extinct, geologically pretty quiet. Mars is actually, in a lot of ways, a lot safer than Earth."

Further, exploring the Red Planet could help solve some of the resourceproblems facing our own planet, novelist Michael Swanwick added.

"We all are running out of a lot of... more »

Why Colonize Mars? Sci-Fi Authors Weigh In ... Settling Mars could help humanity escape and mitigate the problems our species is facing here on Earth, several science-fiction authors said.

Writer Tom Ligon, who publishes mostly in the magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact, pointed out that Mars has many hazards, but no rattlesnakes, earthquakes, terrorists or wars.

"It's hard to have forest fires over there," he said May 7 during a panel discussion at the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, which was hosted by the nonprofit Explore Mars Inc. "The volcanoes are extinct, geologically pretty quiet. Mars is actually, in a lot of ways, a lot safer than Earth."

Further, exploring the Red Planet could help solve some of the resourceproblems facing our own planet, novelist Michael Swanwick added.

"We all are running out of a lot of different minerals, some of which our civilization depends on," said Swanwick, who has won the Hugo and Nebula awards for his work. "Strange[ly] enough, there is the possibility of copper going extinct. There is a science-fiction idea for you."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29414-mars-colony-science-fiction-authors.html___

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2015-05-17 15:32:16 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Why Colonize Mars? Sci-Fi Authors Weigh In ... Settling Mars could help humanity escape and mitigate the problems our species is facing here on Earth, several science-fiction authors said.

Writer Tom Ligon, who publishes mostly in the magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact, pointed out that Mars has many hazards, but no rattlesnakes, earthquakes, terrorists or wars.

"It's hard to have forest fires over there," he said May 7 during a panel discussion at the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, which was hosted by the nonprofit Explore Mars Inc. "The volcanoes are extinct, geologically pretty quiet. Mars is actually, in a lot of ways, a lot safer than Earth."

Further, exploring the Red Planet could help solve some of the resourceproblems facing our own planet, novelist Michael Swanwick added.

"We all are running out of a lot of... more »

Why Colonize Mars? Sci-Fi Authors Weigh In ... Settling Mars could help humanity escape and mitigate the problems our species is facing here on Earth, several science-fiction authors said.

Writer Tom Ligon, who publishes mostly in the magazine Analog Science Fiction and Fact, pointed out that Mars has many hazards, but no rattlesnakes, earthquakes, terrorists or wars.

"It's hard to have forest fires over there," he said May 7 during a panel discussion at the Humans to Mars Summit in Washington, which was hosted by the nonprofit Explore Mars Inc. "The volcanoes are extinct, geologically pretty quiet. Mars is actually, in a lot of ways, a lot safer than Earth."

Further, exploring the Red Planet could help solve some of the resourceproblems facing our own planet, novelist Michael Swanwick added.

"We all are running out of a lot of different minerals, some of which our civilization depends on," said Swanwick, who has won the Hugo and Nebula awards for his work. "Strange[ly] enough, there is the possibility of copper going extinct. There is a science-fiction idea for you."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29414-mars-colony-science-fiction-authors.html___

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2015-05-17 15:02:35 (9 comments, 6 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

The Mystery of Puma Punku’s Precise Stonework ... "Puma punku is the name of a large temple complex located near Tiwanaku, in Bolivia, and is part of a larger archaeological site known as Tiahuanacu. The temple’s origin is a mystery, but based on carbon dating of organic material found on site, archeologists believe the complex may have been built by the Tiwanaku empire - one of the most important civilization prior to the Inca Empire – that flourished between 300 and 1000 AD.

The most intriguing thing about Puma punku is the stonework. Puma punku was a terraced earthen mound originally faced with megalithic blocks, each weighing several tens of tons. The red sandstone and andesite stones were cut in such a precise way that they fit perfectly into and lock with each other without using mortar. The technical finesse and precision displayed in these stone blocks is astounding. Noteven ... more »

The Mystery of Puma Punku’s Precise Stonework ... "Puma punku is the name of a large temple complex located near Tiwanaku, in Bolivia, and is part of a larger archaeological site known as Tiahuanacu. The temple’s origin is a mystery, but based on carbon dating of organic material found on site, archeologists believe the complex may have been built by the Tiwanaku empire - one of the most important civilization prior to the Inca Empire – that flourished between 300 and 1000 AD.

The most intriguing thing about Puma punku is the stonework. Puma punku was a terraced earthen mound originally faced with megalithic blocks, each weighing several tens of tons. The red sandstone and andesite stones were cut in such a precise way that they fit perfectly into and lock with each other without using mortar. The technical finesse and precision displayed in these stone blocks is astounding. Not even a razor blade can slide between the rocks. Some of these blocks are finished to 'machine' quality and the holes drilled to perfection. This is supposed to have been achieved by a civilization that had no writing system and was ignorant of the existence of the wheel. Something doesn’t add up.

... The stones are of mammoth proportion. The largest of these blocks is 25.6 feet long, 17 feet wide and 3.5 feet thick, and is estimated to weigh 131 metric tons. Due to their size, the method by which they were transported to Puma punku has been another topic of interest since the temple's discovery. Chemical analysis reveal the red sandstone blocks were transported up a steep incline from a quarry near Lake Titicaca roughly 10 kilometers away. The smaller andesite blocks that were used for stone facing and carvings came from quarries within the Copacabana Peninsula about 90 kilometers away from across Lake Titicaca.

Based on circumstantial evidences, it can be argued that Puma punku was never built by the Tiwanaku, but by a civilization that was more advanced. Perhaps the carbon dating results were wrong due to contamination of the samples, or that Puma punku was built by another civilization that came across the ocean, built the complex and left. Some believe that Puma punku couldn’t have been built without help from alien beings.

The complex is in complete ruins today with huge blocks of granite lying around on top of each other. The site appears to have been destroyed by an earthquake, perhaps accompanied by a tidal wave from Lake Titicaca. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/the-mystery-of-puma-punkus-precise.html___

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2015-05-17 13:52:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Amateur Radio Helping Nepal | The Emergency Radio Net 14.205Mhz

"This video is an effort to show the world how important ham radio communications are to the survival and relief of people trapped in a disaster zone. These operators have worked for hours upon hours to pass messages into and out of Nepal."

Amateur Radio Helping Nepal | The Emergency Radio Net 14.205Mhz

"This video is an effort to show the world how important ham radio communications are to the survival and relief of people trapped in a disaster zone. These operators have worked for hours upon hours to pass messages into and out of Nepal."___

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2015-05-17 13:44:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Amateur Radio Helping Nepal | The Emergency Radio Net 14.205Mhz

"This video is an effort to show the world how important ham radio communications are to the survival and relief of people trapped in a disaster zone. These operators have worked for hours upon hours to pass messages into and out of Nepal."

Amateur Radio Helping Nepal | The Emergency Radio Net 14.205Mhz

"This video is an effort to show the world how important ham radio communications are to the survival and relief of people trapped in a disaster zone. These operators have worked for hours upon hours to pass messages into and out of Nepal."___

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2015-05-16 14:45:06 (1 comments, 13 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

NASA Pluto Probe Begins Search for New Moons, Rings ... "A NASA spacecraft speeding toward Pluto is casting a wary eye on the dwarf planet system, looking for anything that could trip it up in the homestretch of its historic mission.

NASA's New Horizons probe, which is set to perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14, has begun hunting for possible rings and undiscovered moons, in an effort to identify potential hazards near the dwarf planet. The campaign began Monday (May 11) and involves roughly weekly observations with the spacecraft's long-range camera through July 1, mission team members said.

"You know how Curiosity had its 'seven minutes of terror?'" said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, referring to the NASA Mars rover's harrowing "sky... more »

NASA Pluto Probe Begins Search for New Moons, Rings ... "A NASA spacecraft speeding toward Pluto is casting a wary eye on the dwarf planet system, looking for anything that could trip it up in the homestretch of its historic mission.

NASA's New Horizons probe, which is set to perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14, has begun hunting for possible rings and undiscovered moons, in an effort to identify potential hazards near the dwarf planet. The campaign began Monday (May 11) and involves roughly weekly observations with the spacecraft's long-range camera through July 1, mission team members said.

"You know how Curiosity had its 'seven minutes of terror?'" said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, referring to the NASA Mars rover's harrowing "sky crane" landing in August 2012. "Well, we call this 'seven weeks of suspense.'" ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29415-pluto-moons-rings-search-new-horizons.html___

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2015-05-16 14:44:42 (23 comments, 59 reshares, 334 +1s)Open 

NASA Pluto Probe Begins Search for New Moons, Rings ... "A NASA spacecraft speeding toward Pluto is casting a wary eye on the dwarf planet system, looking for anything that could trip it up in the homestretch of its historic mission.

NASA's New Horizons probe, which is set to perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14, has begun hunting for possible rings and undiscovered moons, in an effort to identify potential hazards near the dwarf planet. The campaign began Monday (May 11) and involves roughly weekly observations with the spacecraft's long-range camera through July 1, mission team members said.

"You know how Curiosity had its 'seven minutes of terror?'" said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, referring to the NASA Mars rover's harrowing "sky... more »

NASA Pluto Probe Begins Search for New Moons, Rings ... "A NASA spacecraft speeding toward Pluto is casting a wary eye on the dwarf planet system, looking for anything that could trip it up in the homestretch of its historic mission.

NASA's New Horizons probe, which is set to perform the first-ever flyby of Pluto on July 14, has begun hunting for possible rings and undiscovered moons, in an effort to identify potential hazards near the dwarf planet. The campaign began Monday (May 11) and involves roughly weekly observations with the spacecraft's long-range camera through July 1, mission team members said.

"You know how Curiosity had its 'seven minutes of terror?'" said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, referring to the NASA Mars rover's harrowing "sky crane" landing in August 2012. "Well, we call this 'seven weeks of suspense.'" ..."

MORE: http://www.space.com/29415-pluto-moons-rings-search-new-horizons.html___

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2015-05-16 14:40:30 (397 comments, 446 reshares, 2318 +1s)Open 

This Camper May Look Odd, But Once You See Inside, You'll Wish You Owned One. ... "These days, camping is incredibly popular. From huge RVs to ultralight one-man tents, there's something for everyone in the great outdoors. Few people know that recreational camping's popularity owes to Henry Ford's own outdoor excursions, taken with friends such as Thomas Edison and a real estate agent named Edward Kingsford. These trips not only served to popularize camping among the wealthy, they also led to the creation of charcoal briquettes. Selling grills and charcoal directly through his dealerships, Ford neatly packaged the concept of camping, and forever tied it to the freedom he offered with his automobiles.

By the 1950s, Americans couldn't get enough of the outdoors, even if they liked to take a little bit of home with them. The Markies trailer certainly continues that... more »

This Camper May Look Odd, But Once You See Inside, You'll Wish You Owned One. ... "These days, camping is incredibly popular. From huge RVs to ultralight one-man tents, there's something for everyone in the great outdoors. Few people know that recreational camping's popularity owes to Henry Ford's own outdoor excursions, taken with friends such as Thomas Edison and a real estate agent named Edward Kingsford. These trips not only served to popularize camping among the wealthy, they also led to the creation of charcoal briquettes. Selling grills and charcoal directly through his dealerships, Ford neatly packaged the concept of camping, and forever tied it to the freedom he offered with his automobiles.

By the 1950s, Americans couldn't get enough of the outdoors, even if they liked to take a little bit of home with them. The Markies trailer certainly continues that tradition, even if it was designed half a world away.

Created by Dutch designer Eduard Bohtlingk in 1985, the Markies camper masquerades as an unassuming box. When the sides come down, it's soon apparent that this is no ordinary trailer.

Vinyl awnings and clever, collapsible furniture allow this camper to expand into a comfortable, fashionable home away from home. ..."

MORE: http://www.wimp.com/insidecamper/?utm_medium=cpm&utm_source=fba&utm_content=insidecamper&utm_campaign=traffic/___

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2015-05-16 14:36:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

HEUBLEIN TOWER ... This lovely hilltop tower was specifically built to withstand 100 MPH winds ... "Poking out from the peak of Talcott Mountain in Simsbury, Connecticut like a spike to heaven, the Heublein Tower is a historic spire that was built sturdy enough to withstand winds of over 100 miles per hour. 

Built in 1914, the European-styled tower was created by Gilbert Heublein, a manufacturing magnate who made his fortune in steak sauce and vodka. The tower was intended to be a summer retreat for his family, which he had built after romantically promising his wife that he would one day build her a castle on the peak. In addition to hosting Heublein's family on holiday, the tower was also visited by a number famous persons including President Dwight Eisenhower. 
Designed in a Bavarian style, the 165-foot tall tower was not just nice to look at, it was immensely sturdy asw... more »

HEUBLEIN TOWER ... This lovely hilltop tower was specifically built to withstand 100 MPH winds ... "Poking out from the peak of Talcott Mountain in Simsbury, Connecticut like a spike to heaven, the Heublein Tower is a historic spire that was built sturdy enough to withstand winds of over 100 miles per hour. 

Built in 1914, the European-styled tower was created by Gilbert Heublein, a manufacturing magnate who made his fortune in steak sauce and vodka. The tower was intended to be a summer retreat for his family, which he had built after romantically promising his wife that he would one day build her a castle on the peak. In addition to hosting Heublein's family on holiday, the tower was also visited by a number famous persons including President Dwight Eisenhower. 
Designed in a Bavarian style, the 165-foot tall tower was not just nice to look at, it was immensely sturdy as well. The tall tower was based around a quartet of massive steel girders that were sunk into the bedrock. This helped protect the structure from the high winds that assailed the peak.

In addition to its unflappable construction, the tower is also home to the first elevator in the state. Huh.  

Today the tower is open to visitors as a museum that can only be reached by a hiking trail. It may look like an inaccessible fairytale tower, but the Heublein Tower is actually very open.  ..."

MORE: http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/heublein-tower___

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2015-05-16 13:05:03 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The Stunning Secret of Politehnica Metro Station, Bucharest ... "The Politehnica metro station in Romania’s capital city of Bucharest, near the Politehnica University of Bucharest, sees relatively little traffic, but is still used by thousands of subway passengers each day. Its pink marble floors are trodden over by the feet of thousands of students of the Politehnica University and those of the Faculty of Journalism of the University of Bucharest, as well as the workers of the Apaca textiles factory and the employees of Vodafone Romania, whose headquarter is located nearby.

The station’s marble floors are stained with odd patterns, not usually seen in marble slabs. Yet, aside from the occasional casual glance, few passengers have paid any real attention to these markings. Fewer have stopped to gaze at and appreciate these shapes and fewer still have pondered on its mystery. Manywou... more »

The Stunning Secret of Politehnica Metro Station, Bucharest ... "The Politehnica metro station in Romania’s capital city of Bucharest, near the Politehnica University of Bucharest, sees relatively little traffic, but is still used by thousands of subway passengers each day. Its pink marble floors are trodden over by the feet of thousands of students of the Politehnica University and those of the Faculty of Journalism of the University of Bucharest, as well as the workers of the Apaca textiles factory and the employees of Vodafone Romania, whose headquarter is located nearby.

The station’s marble floors are stained with odd patterns, not usually seen in marble slabs. Yet, aside from the occasional casual glance, few passengers have paid any real attention to these markings. Fewer have stopped to gaze at and appreciate these shapes and fewer still have pondered on its mystery. Many would stop dead in their tracks if you are to tell them they are treading on 80-million-year-old fossils.

The Politehnica subway station was built in 1983, during the country’s communist rule, and it was decorated with limestone slabs harvested from the Apuseni Mountains. At that time nobody knew that the strange, beautiful shapes visible on the slabs are nothing but fossils of prehistoric beings. Many still don’t know about it. A Romanian history blogger shared the following picture describing the stone floors as “ornamental” and “decorative” with no inkling of the marble’s true origin. A search for “Politehnica station fossils” on one of the most popular image sharing website Flickr, draws a blank.

Most of these fossils belong to a group of organism called rudists, that lived in shallow marine environments from the Late Jurassic to the Late Cretaceous periods. The Apuseni Mountains were created during this time period due to the convergence of the Tisia and the Dacia microplates. As the plates collided, the mountain rose from the sea carrying all marine animals living in the shallow waters. Over millions of years their exoskeleton and bodies became fossilized in limestone.

A geology professor from the University of Bucharest said that all metro stations in Bucharest are covered with slabs of limestone containing fossils from different geological periods. Unfortunately, the state of preservation, density and visibility of these fossils are lower than those in the Politehnica metro station. Geologists agree that the fossils embedded in the marble slabs of the subway station has immeasurable scientific value.

According to a 2014 article published on Romania-Insider.com, Bucharest metro operator Metrorex plans to install interactive screens inside the station highlighting the station’s history and explaining the different fossils that will allow passengers and visitors to take “interactive paleontology classes inside the metro station.” ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/the-stunning-secret-of-politehnica.html___

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2015-05-15 19:37:53 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes – An Alaskan Oddity ... "The Kobuk Valley National Park, in Alaska, is one of the most remotely located national parks in the world. Situated on the edge of the arctic circle, this park has no roads that lead to it. The only way to reach it is by foot or sled, or by chartered air taxis. No wonder, it is one of the least visited in the National Park System. Enclosed within the 1.7-million-acres park, lies the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, one of Alaska's true oddities, and a vestige of the immense continental glaciers that once covered much of North America.

The Kobuk Valley National Park contains, not one but three active sand dunes: the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, the Little Kobuk Sand Dunes and the Hunt River Dunes, that together cover 20,000 acres of land, but at one time covered as many as 200,000 acres immediately after the retreat of Pleistoceneg... more »

The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes – An Alaskan Oddity ... "The Kobuk Valley National Park, in Alaska, is one of the most remotely located national parks in the world. Situated on the edge of the arctic circle, this park has no roads that lead to it. The only way to reach it is by foot or sled, or by chartered air taxis. No wonder, it is one of the least visited in the National Park System. Enclosed within the 1.7-million-acres park, lies the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, one of Alaska's true oddities, and a vestige of the immense continental glaciers that once covered much of North America.

The Kobuk Valley National Park contains, not one but three active sand dunes: the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, the Little Kobuk Sand Dunes and the Hunt River Dunes, that together cover 20,000 acres of land, but at one time covered as many as 200,000 acres immediately after the retreat of Pleistocene glaciation. The dunes were believed to have formed by the grinding action of glaciers and subsequent deposition of sand by glacial-outwash streams emptying into what was once a large lake in the Kobuk valley, some 150,000 years ago. The 25-square-km Great Kobuk Sand Dunes constitute the largest active sand dunes found in the Arctic.

Wind have sculpted the sand into dunes that rise as high as 100 feet and are stabilized by the area's vegetation. Although the dunes are located close to the Arctic Circle, summer temperatures there can soar to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The rest of the park is wetlands formed by the Kobuk River that runs through the park. A great variety of wildlife is found in the Kobuk Valley, including grizzly and black bears, moose, foxes and other small fur-bearing mammals, wolves, and numerous waterfowl. The Western Arctic caribou herd, the largest in Alaska at 490,000 animals, travels through the park during its migration from its calving grounds on the northern slopes of the Brooks Range to where the herd winters south of the range.

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2014/06/the-great-kobuk-sand-dunes-alaskan.html___

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2015-05-15 16:56:28 (5 comments, 7 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Johnny Cash, Science Fiction Writer ... "I went out walking under an atomic sky where the ground won't turn and the rain it burns like the tears when I said goodbye." -- Johnny Cash  

Johnny Cash, the legendary Man in Black, wrote science fiction stories while in the Air Force in the 1950s under the pen name of  'Johnny Dollar and evidently sold several to various magazines. One story written by him during this period, "The Holografik Dancer" was included in a book by his daughter in 2001.

Johnny Cash, Science Fiction Writer ... "I went out walking under an atomic sky where the ground won't turn and the rain it burns like the tears when I said goodbye." -- Johnny Cash  

Johnny Cash, the legendary Man in Black, wrote science fiction stories while in the Air Force in the 1950s under the pen name of  'Johnny Dollar and evidently sold several to various magazines. One story written by him during this period, "The Holografik Dancer" was included in a book by his daughter in 2001.___

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2015-05-15 16:36:16 (6 comments, 14 reshares, 163 +1s)Open 

The Great Wall of Gorgan ... "The Great Wall of Gorgan is a series of ancient defensive fortifications located near Gorgan in the Golestān Province of northeastern Iran, at the southeastern corner of the Caspian Sea. At 195 km long, the wall is second only to the Great Wall of China as the longest defensive wall in existence, but until recently, nobody knew who had built it. Theories ranged from Alexander the Great, in the 4th century BC, to the Persian king Khusrau I in the 6th century AD. Archeological evidence and scientific dating now suggest that the wall was built in the 5th or 6th century AD, by the Sassanian Empire. This makes the wall over a thousand years older than the Great Wall of China, and even more impressive is the fact that it’s more solidly built than the early forms of the Great Wall.

The wall is made from tens of millions of standardized red bricks made fromth... more »

The Great Wall of Gorgan ... "The Great Wall of Gorgan is a series of ancient defensive fortifications located near Gorgan in the Golestān Province of northeastern Iran, at the southeastern corner of the Caspian Sea. At 195 km long, the wall is second only to the Great Wall of China as the longest defensive wall in existence, but until recently, nobody knew who had built it. Theories ranged from Alexander the Great, in the 4th century BC, to the Persian king Khusrau I in the 6th century AD. Archeological evidence and scientific dating now suggest that the wall was built in the 5th or 6th century AD, by the Sassanian Empire. This makes the wall over a thousand years older than the Great Wall of China, and even more impressive is the fact that it’s more solidly built than the early forms of the Great Wall.

The wall is made from tens of millions of standardized red bricks made from the local loess soil and fired in kilns, as opposed to a mixture of earth, brick, wood and stone. These red bricks have given the wall the nickname “Red Snake”.

The length of the wall is not exactly known for its western terminal was flooded by the rising waters of the Caspian Sea, while to the east it runs into the unexplored mountainous landscape of the Elburz Mountains. But the wall was at least 195 kilometers long and 6–10 meters wide. A canal, 5 meters deep, with a continuous gradient ran alongside most of the Wall, conducting water from a reservoir constructed in the highlands down into the Caspian basin. Aside from functioning as a water supply, the canal served as a defensive moat. Along the length of the wall there were built as many as 30 fortresses spaced at intervals of between 10 and 50 km. Researchers estimate that some 30,000 soldiers could have been stationed along its length.

Today, much of the ancient wall lies in ruins, having been eroded over time leaving little more than a scar across the landscape. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/the-great-wall-of-gorgan.html___

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2015-05-15 16:28:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The Dark Humor of Sapanta’s Merry Cemetery ... "Making jokes about dead people is considered disrespectful and traditionally frowned upon, but not in the small Romanian town of Sapanta. The villagers here have learned to embrace death with humor, as evident from the brightly colored tombstones in the local cemetery with epitaphs that often contain short funny rhymes full of wit and poking fun at the dead, telling their life stories or revealing their dirty secrets. 

The tradition was started by the village carpenter Stan Ioan Patras who was tasked with building the crosses and tombstones out of oak. After attending the traditional three-day-long funerals villagers would gather at the local watering hole to drink and tell stories about the deceased. Patras started turning these stories into brief poems and began carving them onto the oak slabs. He scrawled his first verse on a tombar... more »

The Dark Humor of Sapanta’s Merry Cemetery ... "Making jokes about dead people is considered disrespectful and traditionally frowned upon, but not in the small Romanian town of Sapanta. The villagers here have learned to embrace death with humor, as evident from the brightly colored tombstones in the local cemetery with epitaphs that often contain short funny rhymes full of wit and poking fun at the dead, telling their life stories or revealing their dirty secrets. 

The tradition was started by the village carpenter Stan Ioan Patras who was tasked with building the crosses and tombstones out of oak. After attending the traditional three-day-long funerals villagers would gather at the local watering hole to drink and tell stories about the deceased. Patras started turning these stories into brief poems and began carving them onto the oak slabs. He scrawled his first verse on a tomb around 1935. He continued creating them until his death in 1977, and is estimated to have built in excess of 800 limerick-filled tombs. After his death, his apprentice Dumitru Pop has taken over and has been continuing this unique tradition ever since.

Nowadays, when someone in the village dies, the family comes to Dumitru Pop and asks him to create a cross, which he hand-carves from oak in the small workshop behind his house. He paints the oak slab blue and decorates it with floral borders and a riot of colors. He then paints an image depicting the person's life and composes a poem. Pop alone decides what the picture will portray and what the verse will say. His poems often have a touch of dark humor, telling witty stories of infidelities, indiscretions and a fondness for alcohol. ..."

MORE: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/05/the-dark-humor-of-sapantas-merry.html___

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2015-05-14 15:04:38 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Berlin 1900 in colour!!!!

Berlin 1900 in colour!!!!___

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2015-05-14 14:53:20 (23 comments, 22 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

Evaluating NASA’s Futuristic EM Drive ... "A group at NASA’s Johnson Space Center has successfully tested an electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive in a vacuum – a major breakthrough for a multi-year international effort comprising several competing research teams. Thrust measurements of the EM Drive defy classical physics’ expectations that such a closed (microwave) cavity should be unusable for space propulsion because of the law of conservation of momentum.

EM Drive:

Last summer, NASA Eagleworks – an advanced propulsion research group led by Dr. Harold “Sonny” White at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) – made waves throughout the scientific and technical communities when the group presented their test results on July 28-30, 2014, at the 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

Those results related to experimentaltesting of an EM... more »

Evaluating NASA’s Futuristic EM Drive ... "A group at NASA’s Johnson Space Center has successfully tested an electromagnetic (EM) propulsion drive in a vacuum – a major breakthrough for a multi-year international effort comprising several competing research teams. Thrust measurements of the EM Drive defy classical physics’ expectations that such a closed (microwave) cavity should be unusable for space propulsion because of the law of conservation of momentum.

EM Drive:

Last summer, NASA Eagleworks – an advanced propulsion research group led by Dr. Harold “Sonny” White at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) – made waves throughout the scientific and technical communities when the group presented their test results on July 28-30, 2014, at the 50th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

Those results related to experimental testing of an EM Drive – a concept that originated around 2001 when a small UK company, Satellite Propulsion Research Ltd (SPR), under Roger J. Shawyer, started a Research and Development (R&D) program.
The concept of an EM Drive as put forth by SPR was that electromagnetic microwave cavities might provide for the direct conversion of electrical energy to thrust without the need to expel any propellant.

This lack of expulsion of propellant from the drive was met with initial skepticism within the scientific community because this lack of propellant expulsion would leave nothing to balance the change in the spacecraft’s momentum if it were able to accelerate.
However, in 2010, Prof. Juan Yang in China began publishing about her research into EM Drive technology, culminating in her 2012 paper reporting higher input power (2.5kW) and tested thrust (720mN) levels of an EM Drive.

In 2014, Prof. Yang’s papers reported extensive tests involving internal temperature measurements with embedded thermocouples.
It was reported (in SPR Ltd.’s website) that if the Chinese EM Drive were to be installed in the International Space Station (ISS) and work as reported, it could provide the necessary delta-V (change in velocity needed to perform an on-orbit maneuver) to compensate for the Station’s orbital decay and thus eliminate the requirement of re-boosts from visiting vehicles.  Despite these reports, Prof. Yang offered no scientifically-accepted explanation as to how the EM Drive can produce propulsion in space.

... However, Paul March, an engineer at NASA Eagleworks, recently reported in NASASpaceFlight.com’s forum (on a thread now over 500,000 views) that NASA has successfully tested their EM Drive in a hard vacuum – the first time any organization has reported such a successful test. ..."

MORE: http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2015/04/evaluating-nasas-futuristic-em-drive/___

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