As explained by the Smithsonian Institute. Which of all the US, (American, or is it USA?) organisations is right up there with NASA as an all time favourite of mine. Many years back I spent a blissfully happy time exploring its Air and Space Museum. I had seen images or copies of grand breaking aircraft, etc. They had the originals. Awesome. But anyway, the video is… illuminating, and rather funny. How we are seen, by some at least, from the other side of the pond.
A lovely scale model of the solar system, using the scale of one pixel to the diameter of the moon, roughly the distance between London and Tehran.
Do note the shortcuts to the planets, the strange little hieroglyphs along the top of the page. Saves a lot of scrolling!
I have had a visitor from India! How fantastic. I have been using the Internet for over twenty years now and yet, still it amazes and excites. (As perhaps it should!)
“To every complex problem, there is a simple solution.
And it is usually the wrong one.”
I cannot now recall where I first heard this. And I have no idea who first said it. Perhaps sadly, I have nonetheless found it to be so often true.
A Google Engineer’s take on mindfulness, emotional intelligence and well-being.
Chade-Meng Tan, known as Meng, was one of Google’s earliest employees, and is based on a course he runs at Google. An engineer he wanted to create a blend of mindfulness and emotional intelligence that would appeal to an more engineering focused audience.
“OpenLearn aims to break the barriers to education by reaching millions of learners around the world, providing free educational resources and inviting all to sample courses that our registered students take – for free!”
What more could you want, credibility and no fee :)
They have a huge range of courses covering almost every subject area I can think of. They are to be fair sometimes taken from now retired versions of full price courses; yet for all that they are still really useful. A free certificate of participation appears to come with most of them too.
And the humongous tortoise? A course on evolution, so Darwin – Galápagos – giant tortoises 😊
Writing a blog on the history of coffee!! :)
In all honesty and fairness, I set out to write a blog on the history of coffee. A bit ambitious perhaps, but I will decide how to best approach it and look for that soon! I have been reading alot of books on coffee including two rare copies that I have from William Ukers (printed in the 1890’s). The guy was a huge coffee historian and buff.
For now, their is a poem that I came across written in 1587 by Sheik Ansari Djezeri Hanball Abd-al-Kadir. Yes, that is the guys whole name! You really can’t make this stuff up. In any case maybe such long name instilled a way with words upon the young Sheik. Enjoy!
“Oh Coffee, you dispel the worries of the Great, you point the way to those who have wandered from the path of knowledge. Coffee is the drink of the friends of…
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The name came up in an Enigma puzzle, a kind of crossword. And it is a lovely word, and decades since I last heard it.
It is a beautiful animal too.
You’ll never see crows in the same way again. An extraordinary adventure into crow intelligence.