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Astronomy Shots of the Year

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This slideshow was beautiful. Beautiful and amazing.  5 minutes and 55 seconds worth of wonder rendered right here in my living room.

The fireflies, which always make me think of summers in the mountains, make this one my favorite:

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September 24, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Storm King

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On the drive up to Providence Charity and I made a one night trip to Storm King Art Center

We. Loved. It.

The day was beautiful, sunny, and cool.  The grass was unbelievably lush.  The sprawling, rolling, property is flanked by mountains and punctuated with huge pieces of color and design.

There are more installations and wonders there than I can tell here (and some really strange things).  I’m grateful we stopped.  It was really cool.

If you ever get the chance to stop by as you’re avoiding NYC traffic to come see us…

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July 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm

RISD Musuem

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Yesterday we got a private tour of the RISD museum from one of my sister’s college friends.  Wow.  I’ve always wanted to live in DC so I could go to the National Gallery and just look.  This is surprisingly close with Van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Degas, and Surat in the impressionist section.  Plus quite a few interesting antiquities (largest wooden Buddha in the western hemisphere and an Egyptian mummy) and some amazing early American paintings and pieces… including the most expensive desk ever sold.  $21 million anyone?  In the 1970s!

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July 18, 2012 at 7:08 am

Drones in America

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This week’s New Yorker contemplates the future of life with drones as regular part of American life.  What will this mean for our privacy, both from the government and from each other?

The technology is amazing.  Hummingbird shaped drones that get attacked by other hummingbirds because they’re so life like.  And then there’s the swarm below.  So far these guys only function in the lab… but they’re coming… and I kinda want one!


Less fun but more technically wondrous.  How awesome would it be to work in this research lab?!

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May 12, 2012 at 8:23 am

Evidence of Weight Loss

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Two inches smaller for each suit.

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May 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Signs from Providence

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Yet another reason we’re really excited about what this new place will have to offer.  One hour to Boston3.5 to New York City.  By train or by car.  Very excited!

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April 18, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Kew: Wonder of the World

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Charity and I spent this very rainy afternoon wandering through the giant conservatories of Kew Gardens.

I never expected there to be so many flowers blooming in the dead of winter but they were there: deep purples, bright pinks and reds, radiant whites.

And so many amazing textures and shapes . . . rough and smooth, spiky and round, patterns of stripes and squares, giant radiating fronds and more.  Trees 60 feet tall (indoors!) or 270 years old.

Pretty much three straight hours of wow.

It’s hard to think of a more impressive display of God’s creation.  Plus it was all surrounded by the amazing Victorian greenhouses.

I could easily spend two days there every season for a year.  What a place.




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January 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm