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Vicky Veritas

Vicky Veritas 

Saving the world, one map at a time.

Occupation: Senior Geosystems Specialist

Location: Silicon Valley, California

Followers: 11,916

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Google for Work4,926,582Learn how an international hotel management company with a portfolio of over 50 boutique hotels and resorts uses Google Drive to power growth and innovation across their business.  Commune Hotels and Resorts is a San Francisco-based hotel management company with a portfolio of transformative, boldly innovative boutique hotel, and resort brands including Joie De Vivre, Thompson Hotels, and Tommie.  Commune has a distributed, global team that needed simple, mobile-friendly tools to collaborate and share information quickly. Hear from Mike Blake, CIO, about how Commune uses Google Drive to speed up site development, acquisitions and sales. Ask questions before and during the event by clicking the Q&A button. Join the live broadcast at 11 am Pacific on Tuesday, August 12. We will also share the recording after the event.Enabling Teams with Google Drive2014-08-12 20:00:00772  
Google Lunar XPRIZE643,558This Hangout will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 ( #Apollo45 ) by looking forward---what are the Apollo sites like today? What could be in store for their future? What was it like to be involved with Apollo, and what does it mean for space going forwards? Robert Brand of @118275274570132603581, an Apollo insider, and Google Lunar XPRIZE Judge Derek Webber, a charismatic expert on Apollo legacy, will be discussing the past with host Dr. Pamela Gay as we shed light on adventures for the future.Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Hangout 006: Exploring Apollo Now2014-07-23 03:00:0086  
Andrij “Andrew” Harasewych473,522http://www.redbullstratos.com/ The countdown has begun for Felix Baumgartner's epic jump from the edge of space. Supported by a team of experts, Felix will ascend in a helium balloon to an altitude of 120,000 ft / 36,576 m where he will take a leap of faith into the unknown in an attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound during freefall. To follow the progress of this mission - launch date set for the week of 8th October 2012 - and to find out where and when to tune in to watch Red Bull Stratos rewrite history live please RSVP and join the Event. #science   #redbull   #stratos   #sciencesunday   #spacesunday   #skydiving  @109783903175191665261 @107778888097122544837 @101602715616829342034 @105379671042990608528Red Bull Stratos Mission - LIVE2012-10-14 14:00:00661  
Fraser Cain992,159Join us once again as we connect several telescopes into a live Google+ hangout and stream the night sky into your computer. The Moon won't rise until after we wrap up, so it should be a wonderful dark night with great seeing. Most of the planets are down, but Jupiter might make an appearance right at the end of the evening if we're lucky. If you want to get notifications of these events, make sure you circle the @100902337165997768522 on Google+. #vsp-oct13Virtual Star Party - Oct. 7, 20122012-10-08 04:30:00538  
Fraser Cain992,159*If you want to get a reminder of the Virtual Star Party, you need to confirm that you're going.* *Are you going? Click "Yes"* Every week we connect up multiple telescopes into a @100902337165997768522, and showcase the night sky, right here on Google+. We'll point our telescopes at any planets, Moons or deep sky objects up at the time - even the Sun! We'll also have Ph.D. astronomers on hand to explain the science behind what we're looking at. We'll even take requests. _I'm attaching last week's episode so you can get a sense of what this is all about_ If you want to be notified about future broadcasts, make sure you add the @100902337165997768522 to your circles. #virtualstarparty-sep23Virtual Star Party - Sept. 23, 20122012-09-24 04:30:00425  
Fraser Cain992,159It's time again for another Virtual Star Party. Join us in a Google+ Hangout on Air and see a live view from multiple telescopes broadcasting their view of the night sky. You can even make requests.Virtual Star Party - August 12, 20122012-08-13 05:30:00108  
Fraser Cain992,159To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004843  

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2016-08-19 13:15:50 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

A hummingbird’s nest.

Most reshares: 5

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2016-08-22 12:58:55 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

During World War II, Capt. Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — created a small booklet explaining how to prevent mosquito bites. More great maps at VisualLoop!

More on Dr. Suess' work here: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2012/08/20/159382005/dr-seuss-on-malaria-this-is-ann-she-drinks-blood

Thank you, +Visual Loop 

Most plusones: 44

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2016-08-19 13:15:50 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

A hummingbird’s nest.

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2016-08-26 13:26:14 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

I have a new favorite word.

Thank you, +Anthony Russo 

Word of the Day - mirabilia: marvels; miracles. http://www.dictionary.com/wordoftheday/2016/08/25 at Dictionary.com___I have a new favorite word.

Thank you, +Anthony Russo 

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2016-08-26 13:21:00 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Laston Kirkland, a man who always looked towards the future. He is probably there waiting for us to catch up. Remembering you.

I'm sorry to hear that +Laston Kirkland has passed away a couple of weeks ago due to illness. With nearly 4000 posts in just over 5 years on G+ he always gave an entertaining and optimistic outlook on life. I feel honored to have had him circle me back when i finally discovered his frequent, short but witty, snip-bits of technological wonderment. He has left a fine legacy of future visions for his partner and children to enjoy for years to come, as well as for the rest of us to continue to savor. He will be missed.

Here he proudly holds a freshly printed copy of The Tomorrow Project Anthology. (see PDF, Ch. 5, "Mapping People" by L. Kirkland)

http://tomorrow-projects.com/2012/02/tomorrow-project-anthology/___Laston Kirkland, a man who always looked towards the future. He is probably there waiting for us to catch up. Remembering you.

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2016-08-26 11:56:16 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

The key is we.

Thank you, +Fragile Oasis 

Our hearts are where humanity is tested. #TheKeyIsWe___The key is we.

Thank you, +Fragile Oasis 

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2016-08-26 00:51:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spell-bound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.
~ Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

The bridge in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite, one of my favorite spots in the world, in celebration of 100 years of US National Parks!

The Mole was bewitched, entranced, fascinated. By the side of the river he trotted as one trots, when very small, by the side of a man who holds one spell-bound by exciting stories; and when tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.
~ Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

The bridge in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite, one of my favorite spots in the world, in celebration of 100 years of US National Parks!___

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2016-08-26 00:40:33 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

International artist Martin Haake makes extraordinary pictorial maps, all conveniently curated in a lovely "City Atlas." Find more of Haake's beautiful maps here: https://goo.gl/j34Isz

Thank you, +Tam McDonnagh!

___International artist Martin Haake makes extraordinary pictorial maps, all conveniently curated in a lovely "City Atlas." Find more of Haake's beautiful maps here: https://goo.gl/j34Isz

Thank you, +Tam McDonnagh!

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2016-08-26 00:24:21 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Take a ferry across the bay, walk across the Golden Gate, ride a Cable Car, and visit the Painted Ladies, but whatever you do, do not miss the Exploratorium, the world's best science museum for children of all ages. Martin Haake's gorgeous pictorial map of San Francisco brings the fun to life.

Thank you, +Tam McDonnagh!

San Fran___Take a ferry across the bay, walk across the Golden Gate, ride a Cable Car, and visit the Painted Ladies, but whatever you do, do not miss the Exploratorium, the world's best science museum for children of all ages. Martin Haake's gorgeous pictorial map of San Francisco brings the fun to life.

Thank you, +Tam McDonnagh!

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2016-08-25 16:08:34 (5 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Celebrating the National Parks Service Centennial with hundreds of the most beautiful maps of America's best idea.

Celebrating the National Parks Service Centennial with hundreds of the most beautiful maps of America's best idea.___

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2016-08-25 13:13:20 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Taz Mopula never ceases to enlighten. Happy Thursday, Plussers!

___Taz Mopula never ceases to enlighten. Happy Thursday, Plussers!

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2016-08-25 12:49:07 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

What I hope is that the term 'Anthropocene' will be a warning to the world.
~ Paul Crutzen, Dutch Nobel prize-winning atmospheric chemist who first coined the term and wants to focus attention on the consequences of our collective action—and on how we might still avert the worst.

The International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), the bureaucracy that governs geologic time, is searching for the "Golden Spike," a clear marker in the stratigraphic record to mark the beginning of the Anthropocene, "The Age of Humans."

I have my preference.

What I hope is that the term 'Anthropocene' will be a warning to the world.
~ Paul Crutzen, Dutch Nobel prize-winning atmospheric chemist who first coined the term and wants to focus attention on the consequences of our collective action—and on how we might still avert the worst.

The International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS), the bureaucracy that governs geologic time, is searching for the "Golden Spike," a clear marker in the stratigraphic record to mark the beginning of the Anthropocene, "The Age of Humans."

I have my preference.___

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2016-08-24 12:30:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

WALL-E End Title Sequence: Art, Hope and Inspiration

Did you think that your feet had been bound
By what gravity brings to the ground?
~ Peter Gabriel, Down to Earth, Wall-E End Titles

For me, more than anything else, Wall-E is a movie that speaks directly to the cynics, the apathetic, and to anyone who has lost touch with the fundamental urge toward creativity and expression, with the sheer joy and heights of emotion that art can bring. Just watching the closing credits is inspiring, as they move through the style of cave drawings, Greek and Roman art, Seurat, Van Gogh, all the way up through 8-bit video game-style graphics. It drives home the message that the world is full of inspiration, sometimes where we least expect to find it.
~ Bridget McGovern, Tor.com, Wall-E: Pixar's Lasting Tribute to the Power of Art

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WALL-E End Title Sequence: Art, Hope and Inspiration

Did you think that your feet had been bound
By what gravity brings to the ground?
~ Peter Gabriel, Down to Earth, Wall-E End Titles

For me, more than anything else, Wall-E is a movie that speaks directly to the cynics, the apathetic, and to anyone who has lost touch with the fundamental urge toward creativity and expression, with the sheer joy and heights of emotion that art can bring. Just watching the closing credits is inspiring, as they move through the style of cave drawings, Greek and Roman art, Seurat, Van Gogh, all the way up through 8-bit video game-style graphics. It drives home the message that the world is full of inspiration, sometimes where we least expect to find it.
~ Bridget McGovern, Tor.com, Wall-E: Pixar's Lasting Tribute to the Power of Art

From: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/06/wall-e-pixars-lasting-tribute-to-the-power-of-art

"Something beautiful.

Jim Capobianco’s end credits to Andrew Stanton’s WALL·E are essential; they are the actual ending of the film, a perfect and fantastically optimistic conclusion to a grand, if imperfect idea. Humanity’s past and future evolution viewed through unspooling schools of art. Frame after frame sinks in as you smile self-consciously. It isn’t supposed to be this good but there it is. This is art in its own right. Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman’s song, “Down to Earth” indulges you with some incredibly thoughtful lyrics and, from the Stone Age to the Impressionists to the wonderful 8-bit pixel sprites, you are in the midst of something special.

In a great and successful attempt to preserve our likeness through the lens and canvas of art history, Jim Capobianco, Alex Woo and many others have rendered something epic; art without sublimation and an imprint of hope."

the main goal of the credits was to finish the story. To communicate that the humans were going to be okay. They would survive...
~ Jim Capobianco, Title Sequence Director and Animator, Pixar Animation Studios

From: http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/walle/

See also: http://www.pixartalk.com/pixarians/jim-capobianco/

"Down to Earth" is a song, sung and produced by Peter Gabriel featuring the Soweto Gospel Choir. The lyrics were written by Peter Gabriel. The music was composed by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman. [...] The song was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 66th Golden Globe Awards and the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 81st Academy Awards"

From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Down_to_Earth_(Peter_Gabriel_song)
#walle #downtotheearth___

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2016-08-23 12:11:32 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

The views of lofty mountains, of gigantic trees, of falls of water which seem to descend from heights in the heavens and break into mists before they reach the ground, are indescribably unique and beautiful. Nothing in the way of landscape can be more impressive or picturesque.
~ Exhibition Review of Carleton Watkins Yosemite Valley photographs by The New York Times, Fine Arts Section, December 12, 1862

Thank you, +annie bodnar 

National Park Service at 100: The Prehistory of the Parks

There is no shortage of things to see in America’s national parks. Whether the view is of dappled Acadia or striated Zion, they all share one thing: somebody recognized that it was special enough to set aside for us all. First you have to see, and then you can save.

That’s worth keeping in mind on Aug. 25 as the U.S. National Park Service celebrates the 100th anniversary of the act that established it. The parks are celebrating with much fanfare: all 412 of them have free admission on the big day and throughout the following weekend. The Postal Service is issuing commemorative stamps to celebrate and the U.S. Mint is making special coins.

Yet America’s majestic national parks actually predate Woodrow Wilson’s signature 100 years ago. It was 1864 when the bill came across Abraham Lincoln’s desk to grant “Yo-Semite Valley” and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the State of California “for public use, resort, and recreation”—the first time in recorded history that a government had set aside land for public enjoyment rather than profit.

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thanks +Susan Allen ___The views of lofty mountains, of gigantic trees, of falls of water which seem to descend from heights in the heavens and break into mists before they reach the ground, are indescribably unique and beautiful. Nothing in the way of landscape can be more impressive or picturesque.
~ Exhibition Review of Carleton Watkins Yosemite Valley photographs by The New York Times, Fine Arts Section, December 12, 1862

Thank you, +annie bodnar 

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2016-08-22 12:58:55 (4 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

During World War II, Capt. Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — created a small booklet explaining how to prevent mosquito bites. More great maps at VisualLoop!

More on Dr. Suess' work here: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2012/08/20/159382005/dr-seuss-on-malaria-this-is-ann-she-drinks-blood

Thank you, +Visual Loop 

During World War II, Capt. Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — created a small booklet explaining how to prevent mosquito bites. More great maps at VisualLoop!

More on Dr. Suess' work here: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2012/08/20/159382005/dr-seuss-on-malaria-this-is-ann-she-drinks-blood

Thank you, +Visual Loop ___

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2016-08-22 11:39:05 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Do you know why teachers use me? Because I speak in tongues. I write metaphors. Every one of my stories is a metaphor you can remember.
~ Ray Bradbury, Born in 1920, Bradbury would be 96 today.

The Illustrated Man

Published in 1951, The Illustrated Man is a book of dark and fantastic short stories by science fiction great, Ray Bradbury. Each story is tied together through the plot device of the illustrated man's tattoos, each one coming to life and telling a different story if you gaze upon them long enough. Don't look away. You might even glimpse your own demise.

"What seems to be the trouble?" I asked.

For answer, he unbuttoned his tight collar, slowly. With his eyes shut, he put a slow hand to the task of unbuttoning his shirt all the way down. He slipped his fingers in to feel his chest. "Funny," he said, eyes still shut. 'You can't feel them but they're there. I always hope that someday I'll look and they'll be gone. I walk in the sun for hours on the hottest days, baking, and hope that my sweat'll wash them off, the sun'll cook them off, but at sundown they're still there." He turned his head slightly toward me and exposed his chest. "Are they still there now?"

After a long while I exhaled. "Yes," I said. "They're still there."

The Illustrations.

"Another reason I keep my collar buttoned up," he said, opening his eyes, "is the children. They follow me along country roads. Everyone wants to see the pictures, and yet nobody wants to see them."

He took his shirt off and wadded it in his hands. He was covered with Illustrations from the blue tattooed ring about his neck to his belt line.

"It keeps right on going," he said, guessing my thought. "All of me is Illustrated. Look." He opened his hand. On his palm was a rose, freshly cut, with drops of crystal wake among the soft pink petals. I put my hand out to touch it, but it was only an Illustration.

As for the rest of him, I cannot say how I sat and stared, for be was a riot of rockets and fountains and people, in such intricate detail and color that you could hear the voices murmuring small and muted, from the crowds that inhabited his body. When his flesh twitched, the tiny mouths flickered, the tiny green-and-gold eyes winked, the tiny pink hands gestured. There were yellow meadows and blue rivers and mountains and stars and suns and planets spread in a Milky Way across his chest. The people themselves were in twenty or more odd groups upon his arms, shoulders, back, sides, and wrists, as well as on the flat of his stomach. You found them in forests of hair, lurking among a constellation of freckles, or peering from armpit caverns, diamond eyes aglitter. Each seemed intent upon his own activity, each was a separate gallery portrait.

"Why, they're beautiful!" I said.

How can I explain about his Illustrations? If El Greco had painted miniatures in his prime, no bigger than your hand, infinitely detailed, with all his sulphurous color, elongation, and anatomy, perhaps he might have used this man's body for his art. The colors burned in three dimensions. They were windows looking in upon fiery reality. Here, gathered on one wall, were all the finest scenes in the universe the man was a walking treasure gallery. This wasn't the work of a cheap carnival tattoo man with three colors and whisky on his breath. This was the accomplishment of a living genius vibrant, clear, and beautiful.

"Oh, yes," said the Illustrated Man. "I'm so proud of my Illustrations that I'd like to burn them off. I've tried sandpaper, acid, a knife . . ."

The sun was setting. The moon was already up in the East.

"For, you see," said the Illustrated Man, "these Illustrations predict the future."

More on The Illustrated Man here: http://www.raybradbury.com/books/illustratedman-hc.html

And here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Illustrated_Man

And: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24830.The_Illustrated_Man

Image by science fiction illustrator, Dean Ellis: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/ellis_dean

Image from: http://wonderful-strange.tumblr.com/post/72563135408/boomerstarkiller67-the-illustrated-man-art-by

#theillustratedman     #raybradbury    #deanellis     #sciencefiction   ___Do you know why teachers use me? Because I speak in tongues. I write metaphors. Every one of my stories is a metaphor you can remember.
~ Ray Bradbury, Born in 1920, Bradbury would be 96 today.

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2016-08-21 17:21:59 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Taxibot! Taxibot!

For small and medium-sized cities, it is conceivable that a shared fleet of self-driving vehicles could completely obviate the need for traditional public transport.
~ International Transport Forum, on how self-driving cars and "taxibots" could change life in cities.

More here: http://oecdinsights.org/2015/05/13/the-sharing-economy-how-shared-self-driving-cars-could-change-city-traffic/

The pdf is a must read: http://www.itf-oecd.org/sites/default/files/docs/15cpb_self-drivingcars.pdf

Thank you, +Noble and +Sergio Bassan 

“Futuristic Simulation Finds Self-Driving ‘Taxibots’ Will Eliminate 90% Of Cars, Open Acres Of…” @ferenstein https://medium.com/the-ferenstein-wire/futuristic-simulation-finds-self-driving-taxibots-will-eliminate-90-of-cars-open-acres-of-618a8aeff01___Taxibot! Taxibot!

For small and medium-sized cities, it is conceivable that a shared fleet of self-driving vehicles could completely obviate the need for traditional public transport.
~ International Transport Forum, on how self-driving cars and "taxibots" could change life in cities.

More here: http://oecdinsights.org/2015/05/13/the-sharing-economy-how-shared-self-driving-cars-could-change-city-traffic/

The pdf is a must read: http://www.itf-oecd.org/sites/default/files/docs/15cpb_self-drivingcars.pdf

Thank you, +Noble and +Sergio Bassan 

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2016-08-21 16:56:23 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

I must hike this! See Google Maps for the trailhead: https://goo.gl/n0BZYP Did you know about this +Amarpreet Singh?

I must hike this! See Google Maps for the trailhead: https://goo.gl/n0BZYP Did you know about this +Amarpreet Singh?___

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2016-08-21 16:35:37 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

You think you have won! What is light without dark? What are you without me? I am a part of you all. You can never defeat me. We are brothers eternal!
~ The Lord of Darkness, played by the phenomenal Tim Curry in the 1985 film, Legend.

If you haven't heard Jerry Goldsmith's original score (read the fascinating article), it is available on Google Music: https://goo.gl/BCYvw1

Thank you, +Scott Kreidler!

___You think you have won! What is light without dark? What are you without me? I am a part of you all. You can never defeat me. We are brothers eternal!
~ The Lord of Darkness, played by the phenomenal Tim Curry in the 1985 film, Legend.

If you haven't heard Jerry Goldsmith's original score (read the fascinating article), it is available on Google Music: https://goo.gl/BCYvw1

Thank you, +Scott Kreidler!

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2016-08-20 17:49:31 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Crowdsourcing Music Using the Frequencies of the Universe

"ALMA Sounds is an initiative that seeks to interpret and decode the frequencies of the Universe, transforming them into sounds that can then be used by artists around the world to compose, share and create a community united around a search that has captivated humans for thousands of years."

So cool! Thank you, +Omar Loisel!

___Crowdsourcing Music Using the Frequencies of the Universe

"ALMA Sounds is an initiative that seeks to interpret and decode the frequencies of the Universe, transforming them into sounds that can then be used by artists around the world to compose, share and create a community united around a search that has captivated humans for thousands of years."

So cool! Thank you, +Omar Loisel!

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2016-08-20 13:52:39 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Matter transmission and Science Fiction's boldest invention. Beam me up, Scotty!

Thank you, +Winchell Chung!

___Matter transmission and Science Fiction's boldest invention. Beam me up, Scotty!

Thank you, +Winchell Chung!

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2016-08-20 13:42:02 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Crash landing on Titan, posted by +Massimo - on that other social place. From: http://futurism.com/epic-video-landing-titan-saturns-moon-released-nasa/

Crash landing on Titan, posted by +Massimo - on that other social place. From: http://futurism.com/epic-video-landing-titan-saturns-moon-released-nasa/___

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2016-08-20 13:25:57 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Something doesn't belong in this picture, and it isn't the spaceship.
#badgeography   #HongKongIsNotChina  

Something doesn't belong in this picture, and it isn't the spaceship.
#badgeography   #HongKongIsNotChina  ___

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2016-08-20 13:10:56 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

This is a composite of satellite images, microwave mapping and CGI. No, it's not a real image from space - but it is still a gorgeous image of the coldest and most ice-covered continent on Earth.

This is a composite of satellite images, microwave mapping and CGI. No, it's not a real image from space - but it is still a gorgeous image of the coldest and most ice-covered continent on Earth.___

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2016-08-19 13:15:50 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Tiny miracles happen everyday. Happy Friday, Plussers.

Thank you, +David McKeever 

A hummingbird’s nest.___Tiny miracles happen everyday. Happy Friday, Plussers.

Thank you, +David McKeever 

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2016-08-19 12:18:03 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

"The newly discovered galaxy is named GN-z11 and can be seen in the telescope's latest snap . . . but there's a catch. Since light takes an unbelievable amount of time to travel through the universe, the image we're seeing is not of GN-z11 in its present state, but rather how it looked 13.4 billion years ago."

Via +Massimo - on that other social place.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

"The newly discovered galaxy is named GN-z11 and can be seen in the telescope's latest snap . . . but there's a catch. Since light takes an unbelievable amount of time to travel through the universe, the image we're seeing is not of GN-z11 in its present state, but rather how it looked 13.4 billion years ago."

Via +Massimo - on that other social place.___

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2016-08-19 02:28:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Cotopaxi | Alexander von Humboldt | Frederic Edwin Church

"The form of Cotopaxi is the most beautiful and regular of the colossal summits of the high Andes. It is a perfect cone, which, covered with an enormous layer of snow, shines with dazzling splendor at the setting" of the sun, and detaches itself in the most picturesque manner from the azure vault of Heaven. This covering of snow conceals from the eye of the observer even the smallest inequalities of the soil no point of rock, no stony mass, penetrates this coating of ice, or breaks the regularity of the figure of the cone. The summit of Cotopaxi resembles the Sugar-loaf (Pan de Azucar) which terminates the Peak of Teyde; but the height of its cone is six times the height of that of the great volcano of the Island of Teneriffe. It is only near the brink of the crater we see ledges of rock, that are never covered with snow,... more »

Cotopaxi | Alexander von Humboldt | Frederic Edwin Church

"The form of Cotopaxi is the most beautiful and regular of the colossal summits of the high Andes. It is a perfect cone, which, covered with an enormous layer of snow, shines with dazzling splendor at the setting" of the sun, and detaches itself in the most picturesque manner from the azure vault of Heaven. This covering of snow conceals from the eye of the observer even the smallest inequalities of the soil no point of rock, no stony mass, penetrates this coating of ice, or breaks the regularity of the figure of the cone. The summit of Cotopaxi resembles the Sugar-loaf (Pan de Azucar) which terminates the Peak of Teyde; but the height of its cone is six times the height of that of the great volcano of the Island of Teneriffe. It is only near the brink of the crater we see ledges of rock, that are never covered with snow, and that look at a distance like stripes of the darkest hue; the great steepness of this part of the cone, and the crevices from which issue currents of heated air, are probably the causes of this phenomenon. The crater, like that of the Peak of Teneriffe, is surrounded by a small circular wall, which, examined with a good telescope, looks like a parapet. This is more distinctly seen on the southern declivity, when the beholder is placed either on the Lion mountain (Puma- Urcu), or on the banks of the small lake of Yuracoche."
Researches, concerning the institutions & monuments of the ancient inhabitants of America, : with descriptions and views of some of the most striking scenes in the Cordilleras by Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859, Published 1814
https://archive.org/details/researchesconcer01humb

Image - Cotopaxi by E. Church
"Church took two trips to South America, and stayed predominantly in Quito, Ecuador, the first in 1853 and the second in 1857. One trip was financed by businessman Cyrus West Field, who wished to use Church's paintings to lure investors to his South American ventures. Church was inspired by the Prussian polymath geographer Alexander von Humboldt's Cosmos (about “the Earth, matter, and space”) and his exploration of the continent in the early 1800s; Humboldt had challenged artists to portray the "physiognomy" of the Andes. After Humboldt’s Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America was published in 1852, Church jumped at the chance to travel and study in his icon’s footsteps (literally, as he stayed in Humboldt’s old house) in Quito, Ecuador."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederic_Edwin_Church

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2016-08-18 13:16:35 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Just as the skies over Mordor darkened and thickened in the climactic days of Tolkien's epic, our skies too are shadowed by the tide of carbon from the unrestrained burning of fossil fuels. But like faithful stewards we must meet such challenges on behalf of the values of ecological and social balance. And we may discover our hope, as did Frodo and Sam, not in the armories and pennants of Gondor but rather in the green shoots that continue to grow, even under the shadow of the monolith.
John Elder, Foreword of Ents, Elves, and Erador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien by Matthew Dickerson and Jonathan Evans

Friends and foes of the environment of Middle Earth, via +Visual Loop 

More here: https://goo.gl/UBYLIJ

Just as the skies over Mordor darkened and thickened in the climactic days of Tolkien's epic, our skies too are shadowed by the tide of carbon from the unrestrained burning of fossil fuels. But like faithful stewards we must meet such challenges on behalf of the values of ecological and social balance. And we may discover our hope, as did Frodo and Sam, not in the armories and pennants of Gondor but rather in the green shoots that continue to grow, even under the shadow of the monolith.
John Elder, Foreword of Ents, Elves, and Erador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien by Matthew Dickerson and Jonathan Evans

Friends and foes of the environment of Middle Earth, via +Visual Loop 

More here: https://goo.gl/UBYLIJ___

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2016-08-17 22:44:41 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Yep, and I hope I'm not on the bottom :-) Bet this brings you a smile, Plussers!

Thank you, +Lynn Keller​ and +Donald Petersen​

What the Grand Canyon would look like if everyone in the world was piled in there.
(this is a weird day so I'm just going with it)

http://good-mag.co/grandcanyontrip___Yep, and I hope I'm not on the bottom :-) Bet this brings you a smile, Plussers!

Thank you, +Lynn Keller​ and +Donald Petersen​

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2016-08-17 18:14:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Wordless on Wednesday

Imagine you are a young pilot in WWII and your plane is failing off the southern coast of Japan. While descending you scout the coastline with this map in hand. It's easy to store and pull out, brightly colored, waterproof and sturdy. Perhaps it was in a pouch, maybe it was in the lining of your jacket. This was a pilot's lifeline, the "flyers silk" map which were used throughout the war. #oldmapgallery #antiquemaps #worldwartwo #oldmaps___Wordless on Wednesday

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2016-08-17 13:21:54 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

David Katoatau uplifts a doomed country. Powerful Olympics matter.

The Saddest Olympic Celebration http://trib.al/34qqA0R___David Katoatau uplifts a doomed country. Powerful Olympics matter.

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2016-08-17 13:06:52 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

See See TV

Thank you, +Sean Cowen 

Wicked Cool Animated GIF

London has as many as a million CCTV cameras. But why capture a crime on video if no one can identify the perpetrator?

I'm not posting this for the story, though that is interesting all on its own. I'm posting this ultra-cool animated gif, since it stopped me in my tracks and made me start thinking of compelling art.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/22/londons-super-recognizer-police-force

ILLUSTRATION BY NICOLAS ORTEGA; ANIMATION BY ALEJANDRO USSA___See See TV

Thank you, +Sean Cowen 

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2016-08-17 12:51:02 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

The world of the future will be an even more demanding struggle against the limitations of our intelligence...
~ Norbert Weiner, the founding father of cybernetics, "the science or study of control or regulation mechanisms in human and machine systems, including computers."

Thank you, +Daniel Estrada 

I am a mathematician
Norbert Wiener, 1956

> We are swimming upstream against a great torrent of disorganization, which tends to reduce everything to the heat death of equilibrium and sameness described in the second law of thermodynamics. What Maxwell, Bolzmann and Gibbs meant by this heat death in physics has a counterpart in the ethic of Kierkegaard, who pointed out that we live in a chaotic moral universe.

In this, our main obligation is to establish arbitrary enclaves of order and system. These enclaves will not remain there indefinitely by any momentum of their own after we have once established them. Like the Red Queen, we cannot stay where we are without running as fast as we can.

We are not fighting for a definitive victory in the indefinite future. It is the greatest possible victory to be, to continue to be, and to have been. No defeat can deprive us of the success of having existed for some moment of time in a universe that seems indifferent to us.

This is no defeatism, it is rather a sense of tragedy in a world in which necessity is represented by an inevitable disappearance of differentiation. The declaration of our own nature and the attempt to build an enclave of organization in the face of nature's overwhelming tendency to disorder is an insolence against the gods and the iron necessity that they impose.

Here lies tragedy, but here lies glory too.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norbert_Wiener
Full text: https://goo.gl/0CQXz (quote starts pg. 324)___The world of the future will be an even more demanding struggle against the limitations of our intelligence...
~ Norbert Weiner, the founding father of cybernetics, "the science or study of control or regulation mechanisms in human and machine systems, including computers."

Thank you, +Daniel Estrada 

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2016-08-17 02:23:13 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Red sprites, blue jets, and elves.

Thank you, +Friends of NASA​

Red Sprites, Blue Jets and Lightning: View 3 from China
On Aug 13, 2016, to watch the Perseid meteor shower I went to a place so-called Shi Keng Kong, which is the highest mountain peak in the Guangdong province of China. I was using a fisheye lens to shoot in a northeasterly direction to try to capture Perseid meteors. There was a big cloud approaching from the east. We could see lightning and hear thunder. Suddenly we saw a flash, a blue and purple color, erupting from the top of the cloud at a very fast speed. It looked like a tree with branches and grew upwards very fast. It lasted just one second. So awesome! I was so lucky to capture such 'Sprite Lightning'—a Gigantic Jet! When inspecting the photo carefully I found there are Red Sprites and Blue Jets. What an amazing event!"

Researchers are particularly interested in newly-discovered lights that occur in the upper atmosphere during thunderstorms called red sprites, blue jets and elves. Sprites last 20 milliseconds at most, and to capture them on camera is a real challenge. They received their name because of their elusive nature. Blue jets are found up to 50 km altitude with Red Sprites occurring between 60-80 km altitude.
(Source: European Space Agency)

Credit: Phebe Pan
Location: Yangshan, Qingyuan, Guangdong, China
Image Date: August 13, 2016

+Andreas Mogensen 
+European Space Agency, ESA 
+NASA's Earth Observatory 
+NASA Goddard 

#Astronomy #Space #Science #Earth #Stars #Sprites #Jets #Lightning #Photography #Astrophotography #Panorama #Art #Yangshan #Qingyuan #清远 #Guangdong #广东省 #China #中国 #SolarSystem #Cosmos #Universe #STEM #Education ___Red sprites, blue jets, and elves.

Thank you, +Friends of NASA​

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2016-08-16 13:23:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Because Sarah is super. Thank you +Fusion Performance Training and +Cheryl Martin!

Congrats to Sarah Robles the first weightlifter to medal since 2000 (Cheryl Haworth).

Going 6/6:
118, 122, 126
151, 155, 160

http://www.teamusa.org/usa-weightlifting/Features/2016/August/14/Sarah-Robles-Takes-Bronze-at-Olympic-Games

#olympicweightlifting   #weightlifting  #USA #USAweightlifting  #medals   #olympian  ___Because Sarah is super. Thank you +Fusion Performance Training and +Cheryl Martin!

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2016-08-16 12:51:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau on the Big Island of Hawai'i hides scars from many traumatic events including a massive landslide and resulting tsunami, and the arrival of Europeans a la Captain Cook. Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, brings us the stories.

Why would someone put up with an instant death penalty for little sins? In the context of the gods, you could bring on lava flows, earthquakes and tsunamis that could destroy your society.___Pu'uhonua o Honaunau on the Big Island of Hawai'i hides scars from many traumatic events including a massive landslide and resulting tsunami, and the arrival of Europeans a la Captain Cook. Our favorite Geotripper, +Garry Hayes, brings us the stories.

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2016-08-16 12:05:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Don't forget about our Rambles. We will be back on the road soon!

Grand Canyon - Stop 130:  John Wesley Powell and the Great Unconformity

Everywhere there are side gulches and cañons, so that these gulches are set about ten thousand dark, gloomy alcoves. One might imagine that this was intended for the library of the gods; and it was. The shelves are not for books, but form the stony leaves of one great book. He who would read the language of the universe may dig out letters here and there, and with them spell the words, and read, in a slow and imperfect way, but still so as to understand a little, the story of creation.

~ John Wesley Powell, Exploration of the Colorado River of the West and Its Tributaries, pg.s 193, 194 at http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm/ref/collection/Powell/id/365

On May 24th, 1869, at the age of 35, one-armed Civil War vet and geologist John Wesley Powell led a team of eleven men into uncharted territory, the vast unknown area around the lower Colorado River. Four boats loaded with provisions, guns for hunting, and scientific instruments to map the terrain were lowered into the river. Powell set out to follow the Colorado though the Grand Canyon despite having no knowledge of what lay ahead. 

“Following the twisting, tortuous river, negotiating the rough and dangerous waters, the whirlpools and rapids, Powell’s expedition made its way down through the high plateaus of eastern Utah. They were carried through the heart of colossal, soaring rocks; they exploded through canyons and over falls, roaring down the cataracts, or when possible portaging around them. Sometimes they glided around bends that revealed vistas stupendous and sublime; other times they drifted in the deep noontime shadow cast by towering canyon walls. They clambered up the cliffs, measuring and surveying.”

Before the journey ended, the party lost a boat, a third of the food, and 3 men. Despite the hardships, the intrepid explorers made one of the most important geological journeys of all time, and although Powell did not realize the significance, discovered one of Earth's greatest mysteries.
 
Traveling down the Colorado, the Canyon carves its way through older and older layers of rock. Powell discovered that near the very bottom of the Grand Canyon there is a place where the 575 Mya Tapeats sandstone (Cambrian) rests (unconformably) upon the highly metamorphosed rocks of the 1.7 Bya Vishnu schist (Precambrian). This gap in time (although Powell did not realize it), represents over a billion years missing from the rock record. 

This “Great Unconformity” is so large that it represents a quarter of the entire time the Earth has existed. In those billion years continents shifted, mountain ranges were formed and eroded away, oceans filled and drained, massive volcanic eruptions occurred, and life itself evolved from simple single-celled organisms to highly complex organisms. But every rock that represents those events has been eroded completely away.

Please enjoy this beautifully written and wonderfully illustrated blog, Written In Stone by Dr. Jack Share, who explains how to read the “stony leaves” that Powell spoke of and explains the true mystery of the Great Unconformity and the geology of the Grand Canyon with accompanying pictures : http://written-in-stone-seen-through-my-lens.blogspot.com/2012/01/great-unconformity-of-grand-canyon-part.html

On August 30, 1869, ninety one days after they started, the Powell expedition reached the end of its journey. They had filled in the last blank spot on the nation's map. Powell became a hero, giving public lectures and speeches, and popularized the Grand Canyon with an illustrated account of his journey (link at the top of post). By the early 1880s, he was the director of the Smithsonian and the new US Geological Survey where he worked tirelessly to protect the lands around the Grand Canyon and the Native Americans who lived there.

In 1902, a year after Powell’s death, President Theodore Roosevelt visited the Grand Canyon and declared it to be "a natural wonder absolutely unparalleled in the world . . . one of the great sights every American should see."  Thanks to Powell and Roosevelt, today the Grand Canyon and its Great Unconformity is part of the Grand Canyon National Park (http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm), preserved and protected so that all can see its beauty and learn the secrets written in the leaves of stone.

Read more about John Wesley Powell’s explorations and life here: http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2012/05/17/john-wesley-powell-soldier-explorer-scientist/

18 miles across at its widest point, 277 miles long, and more than a mile deep, the Grand Canyon can be seen from space. Image from: http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/grand-canyon-from-space/

This post is inspired by the 1886 children's geographic game, Rambles Through Our Country. By the time the game was published in 1886, Powell’s illustrations, pictures, and stories would have captured the world’s imagination and is thus a very worthy stop on our Rambles.

The game involves a gameboard, a book or key to the stops, and some kind of spinner. Find the gameboard here: http://goo.gl/7ORK1E  and the book here: https://goo.gl/u96JE3 To spin, use the random number generator at: https://www.random.org/ and set the maximum number to 4.

I rolled a 1 on our makeshift  teetotum and moved from Prescott, Arizona - Stop 129 to the Grand Canyon - Stop 130. Your spin, +The Cloberth!

#ramblesthroughourcountry   #johnwesleypowell #thegrandcanyon #thegreatunconformity___Don't forget about our Rambles. We will be back on the road soon!

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2016-08-15 16:54:12 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

It was in 1955 that I bought my first camera, and this was the beginning of a long association with photography. Intrigued by the unusualness of the Australian landscape, I became a landscape photographer with a strong bias for aerial photography, which I felt captured the vastness of the outback best — each flight became a flight of discovery.
~ Richard Woldendorp, appointed the Order of Australia 2012, "for service to the arts as an Australian landscape photographer. "

Thank you, +Maptia​​.

It was in 1955 that I bought my first camera, and this was the beginning of a long association with photography. Intrigued by the unusualness of the Australian landscape, I became a landscape photographer with a strong bias for aerial photography, which I felt captured the vastness of the outback best — each flight became a flight of discovery.
~ Richard Woldendorp, appointed the Order of Australia 2012, "for service to the arts as an Australian landscape photographer. "

Thank you, +Maptia​​.___

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2016-08-15 13:08:55 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Evliya Çelebi, the seventeenth-century Turkish writer and traveler, and "a camel-riding, highfalutin hobo who roamed the earth praising Allah out of one side of his mouth and telling dirty jokes out of the other."

A great tale of one of the tallest tale-tellers in history. Thank you dear +Irina T. 

08|14|2016___Evliya Çelebi, the seventeenth-century Turkish writer and traveler, and "a camel-riding, highfalutin hobo who roamed the earth praising Allah out of one side of his mouth and telling dirty jokes out of the other."

A great tale of one of the tallest tale-tellers in history. Thank you dear +Irina T. 

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2016-08-15 12:47:23 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

The stunning power of flash floods and what to do if you suddenly find yourself in one. +Dana Hunter of +Scientific American gives us flood survival tips in this great blog.

Thank you, +Dana Hunter!

(I'm contacting various emergency management agencies to see if I can get a solid response on the car question, but in light of the fact that so many flash floods are going on in the United States over recent weeks (with more in the forecast), I'm going to go ahead and publish this here. An updated version will make an appearance on Rosetta Stones next week. If you have any safety tips to add, let me know!)


The eleven European tourists exploring Antelope Canyon on a fine summer day in 1997 probably never considered drowning in a desert slot canyon to be a possibility. They may have known that water carved those sandstone walls into fantastical curves and angles. But it wouldn't have seemed like an ongoing process. Why would anyone be thinking of water, standing on dry sand, with shafts of sunlight spearing through from the narrow opening above? Despite it being the height of the Arizona monsoon season, it wasn't raining.

It started with the sandy silt on the canyon floor leaping six inches into the air. Tour guide Pancho Quintana and his group heard a roar so loud it drowned out screams. The solid rock walls shook. They began running, trying to find a place to climb out. And then they were hit by a wall of water that filled the canyon to a depth of eleven feet. Bodies were thrown into the walls. People might find a grip for a few seconds before debris or other bodies hit them and tore them away, tumbling them down the canyon. Pancho was the lucky one: despite the water and rock tearing off his clothes and skin, he managed to get a foot wedged in a crevice. The rest of the people with him, his tour group and another, were swept out of the canyon and into Lake Powell. Some of their bodies have never been found.

How? How could water suddenly appear from nowhere and end almost a dozen lives in a few minutes?

People who grew up in the high deserts of Arizona were well aware of the potential for disaster. We were warned about flash floods from the time we were little. We knew that those dry washes and canyons could end up filled with water without warning. We knew that the sun could be shining and the ground bone dry where we were, while a thunderstorm dumping water a hundred miles away could be sending a sudden flood our way. We knew. That knowledge didn't always save us.___The stunning power of flash floods and what to do if you suddenly find yourself in one. +Dana Hunter of +Scientific American gives us flood survival tips in this great blog.

Thank you, +Dana Hunter!

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2016-08-15 12:27:35 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

The wonderful hand-drawn maps of Travis Folk where Old World and New World meet.

Thank you +Kristin Milton and +Donald Petersen!

As much as I love the technology that makes it easy to map things, fast - stories like this about creating maps with a strong sense of place are wonderful.___The wonderful hand-drawn maps of Travis Folk where Old World and New World meet.

Thank you +Kristin Milton and +Donald Petersen!

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2016-08-15 12:17:49 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

The saltiest place on Earth, isn't where you think it is. An interesting article from BBC - Earth on salt and where the largest salt deposits are.

From +Massimo - on that other social place.

The saltiest place on Earth, isn't where you think it is. An interesting article from BBC - Earth on salt and where the largest salt deposits are.

From +Massimo - on that other social place.___

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2016-08-13 14:13:02 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Obviously with Elon Musk’s plans, we don’t have billions of years to shape the atmosphere if he is planning to move life there in the coming years, and Mars has less than 1 percent of the atmosphere of Earth. But I begin to think about photosynthesizing microbial mats [stromatolites] and how they have prevailed for billions of years; it’s a kind of resilience and longevity that our species hasn’t yet achieved. Perhaps we should look to these microbial communities to generate oxygen on the Red Planet at a small scale.
~ Erica Suosaari, Bush Heritage Australia, who studies the stromatolites of Shark Bay, Western Australia to better understand their oxygen producing capabilities, and how to recognize them can help in the search for life on other planets.

Thank you, +Winchell Chung!

Obviously with Elon Musk’s plans, we don’t have billions of years to shape the atmosphere if he is planning to move life there in the coming years, and Mars has less than 1 percent of the atmosphere of Earth. But I begin to think about photosynthesizing microbial mats [stromatolites] and how they have prevailed for billions of years; it’s a kind of resilience and longevity that our species hasn’t yet achieved. Perhaps we should look to these microbial communities to generate oxygen on the Red Planet at a small scale.
~ Erica Suosaari, Bush Heritage Australia, who studies the stromatolites of Shark Bay, Western Australia to better understand their oxygen producing capabilities, and how to recognize them can help in the search for life on other planets.

Thank you, +Winchell Chung!___

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2016-08-13 14:00:30 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

[A globe] can help you dream of things, [a globe] can help you imagine things. The only thing in life that's a necessity is food and water, but if I was going to surround myself with things that meant something to me, a globe would be high on that list.
~ Peter Bellerby, featured on CNN's Great Big Story

Well done, +Bellerby Globemakers!

CNN's Great Big Story came to visit us just 2 weeks ago and filmed a lighthearted look at our studio - let us know what you think :)___[A globe] can help you dream of things, [a globe] can help you imagine things. The only thing in life that's a necessity is food and water, but if I was going to surround myself with things that meant something to me, a globe would be high on that list.
~ Peter Bellerby, featured on CNN's Great Big Story

Well done, +Bellerby Globemakers!

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2016-08-13 01:53:04 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 







"The product of some 18 months of reporting, it tells the story of the catastrophe that has fractured the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq 13 years ago, leading to the rise of ISIS and the global refugee crisis. The geography of this catastrophe is broad and its causes are many, but its consequences — war and uncertainty throughout the world — are familiar to us all."

An in-depth look by the NY Times at the anatomy of upheaval in the Middle East told first-hand by six whose lives, countries, and families were torn apart by war. Journalism at its best, and an excellent, if very long read.

Thank you, +M Casado 

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"The product of some 18 months of reporting, it tells the story of the catastrophe that has fractured the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq 13 years ago, leading to the rise of ISIS and the global refugee crisis. The geography of this catastrophe is broad and its causes are many, but its consequences — war and uncertainty throughout the world — are familiar to us all."

An in-depth look by the NY Times at the anatomy of upheaval in the Middle East told first-hand by six whose lives, countries, and families were torn apart by war. Journalism at its best, and an excellent, if very long read.

Thank you, +M Casado 

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2016-08-12 13:17:04 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
~ Jorge Luis Borges

Thank you, +Jenny Winder 

21 libraries every book lover should visit in their lifetime___I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
~ Jorge Luis Borges

Thank you, +Jenny Winder 

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2016-08-12 12:58:15 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Coober Pedy, leading supplier of gem-quality opal, has to be one of the most interesting towns in the world. Built mostly into the sandstone bedrock, Coober Pedy's residents manage life in one of the most barren and hostile environments in the world.

Here is a good article from Amusing Planet that brings you all the comforts of home in Coober Pedy: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/06/coober-pedy-australian-town-that-lives.html

Fascinating, +Michael Turtle. Thank you.

Lunch underground at the mining town of Coober Pedy in South Australia. Because of the high temperatures here in summer (more than 45 degrees!), lots of people live beneath the surface.

Coober Pedy is today's stop on The Ghan train journey with Great Southern Rail. It's a strange place, isolated and barren. But that's what gives it such an interesting character!!

#TheGhan #JourneyBeyond #travel #australia___Coober Pedy, leading supplier of gem-quality opal, has to be one of the most interesting towns in the world. Built mostly into the sandstone bedrock, Coober Pedy's residents manage life in one of the most barren and hostile environments in the world.

Here is a good article from Amusing Planet that brings you all the comforts of home in Coober Pedy: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/06/coober-pedy-australian-town-that-lives.html

Fascinating, +Michael Turtle. Thank you.

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2016-08-11 12:54:33 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Unless we dream the best dreams of which we are capable, the future will be poorer than it might be
~ Brian Stableford, British science fiction writer who has published more than 70 novels.

Thank you, +Dennis D. McDonald 

___Unless we dream the best dreams of which we are capable, the future will be poorer than it might be
~ Brian Stableford, British science fiction writer who has published more than 70 novels.

Thank you, +Dennis D. McDonald 

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2016-08-11 03:47:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

For Laston. A man who always looked towards the future. He is probably there waiting for us to catch up. Til then, dear friend.

These things are getting better. Futures coming. Faster than you think.___For Laston. A man who always looked towards the future. He is probably there waiting for us to catch up. Til then, dear friend.

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2016-08-09 13:00:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

The Toraja face a long journey to the afterlife, and +Bellerby Globemakers walks us through in this fascinating post on one of the most unique ethnic groups of Indonesia. Catch Part 1 of 5 here:https://goo.gl/ln0m3i

Thank you, +Bellerby Globemakers!

[Part 2 of 5 #GlobeFacts Indonesia] The Toraja have a strong belief in the afterlife, and the process from death to burial is a long one

When a person dies, the body is typically washed and kept in the #tongokonan while it awaits its funeral and subsequent burial. In poorer families, the body may simply be kept in another room of their own home

Since the Toraja funeral ceremony is typically an extravagant affair requiring all relatives to be present no matter how far away they may be, and bodies are usually entombed within coffins placed within burial caves painstakingly carved into limestone cliffs, weeks or even months can pass between death and burial

This time is required for all arrangements to be made, relatives to be gathered, and for money to be saved in order to pay for the expensive funeral and burial. This is not unusual, nor is it particularly unpleasant for villagers. In Toraja society it is believed that the process of death is a long one, as the soul gradually makes its way to the afterlife, known as Puya; the Land of the Souls

During this waiting period, the corpse is still treated somewhat as if they are still alive, as the soul is believed to linger nearby awaiting its journey to Puya. The body is dressed, groomed and cleaned regularly, and even offered meals every day, just as if it were still a living member of the family. It is not even unusual for guests to thank the corpse for being a gracious host. When all arrangements have been made and all are present, the funeral ceremony begins

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#globemakers #ppco #indonesiafacts___The Toraja face a long journey to the afterlife, and +Bellerby Globemakers walks us through in this fascinating post on one of the most unique ethnic groups of Indonesia. Catch Part 1 of 5 here:https://goo.gl/ln0m3i

Thank you, +Bellerby Globemakers!

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2016-08-09 12:52:41 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

We are being showered by Perseids. Courtesy of +Massimo - on that other social place.

More info at: http://www.imo.net/live/perseids2016/

We are being showered by Perseids. Courtesy of +Massimo - on that other social place.

More info at: http://www.imo.net/live/perseids2016/___

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2016-08-08 13:08:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Shopping in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a colorful experience. Thank you, +Mike Pegg!

___Shopping in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a colorful experience. Thank you, +Mike Pegg!

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