Sunday, May 07, 2017

Cool Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Some Beautiful Pictures

Jet wash in the morning mist


Unusual cloud.  Now we know how to look like angels!

          An ice cave solely illuminated by a torch!

Ladybug in the morning dew!

Cloud: What an incredible picture!

                        Rain - view from an airplane

One in a million!

The "Tsunami of Clouds!"

A magical place in Austria - Grer See

       A rare and wonderful atmospheric phenomenon - "Fire Rainbow"
      This optical effect in the atmosphere is only manifested with the
                        appear ance of a horizontal rainbow - localized on a
         background of light - where high cirrus clouds are located

        Waterfall Rainbow was created by the refraction of light in water droplets.

 Morskoi sand under a microscope with a 300-fold increase.

Beautiful Shii  mineral, also known as "The Rose of the Inca."

The view from the height of 8000 meters.

Splash - from a stone thrown into the water in front of a sunset.

In rare cases, you can see a completely circular rainbow
(known as a 360) from the plane.

The crystal clear ice of Baikal, Russia.

Blooming Lotus.

Lavender fields at dawn.

Frame-fire: The reflection of the setting sun in her hair!

Winter Wonderland!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Poetry in Motion: Lady Liberty by Nathalie Handal

There are still a few of these posters around, although I snapped a photo of this one on November 16, 2015:

Lady Liberty by Nathalie Handal

              All stars lead to this city,

she's an angel unfolding midnight

         a river of invisible trumpets

              and sidewalks of moons,

                              she's the blues

                        drunk on the light

                  commuting with love

                                on a sailboat
                                  that's found

                         the perfect island.

~ ~ ~

Visit the MTA Poetry in Motion page here.

Bios of the poet and the artist whose work in the subway that serves as the backdrop for the poem above, which was one of only two released in 2015, appears on the site here. You can also click on the Poetry in Motion tag at the bottom of the post to see prior BillyBlog posts about the series.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Random Facts Edition

Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can
be recycled an infinite amount of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.

Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.

If you stop getting thirsty , you need to drink more water. When a human body is
dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

The song Auld Lang Syne is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.

Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent. Drinking a glass of water before you eat may help digestion and curb appetite.

Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's
heated above 450F.

The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.

The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.

Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.

The University of Alaska spans four time zones.

The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself.

In ancient Greece , tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage.
Catching it meant she accepted.

Warner Communications paid 28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday, which was written in 1935!

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.

A comet's tail always points away from the sun.

The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was
intended to prevent.

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in
some medicines.

The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in
armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.

In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.

Strawberries and cashews are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.

The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.

Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.

Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy.

Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a
vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.

Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.

For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed
at lift-off.

The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cool Shit My Aunt Sends Me: Emerson said that "Beauty is God's Handwriting" - he was so right

Sky Art By God
Absolutely Amazing!
1.      Line of building towers flanking from a thunderstorm.
2.      Sun setting behind cumulus clouds.
3.      Cloud to cloud to ground lightning.
4.  Mammatus "clouds boiling upside down", on top of a flanking down draft.
Mammatus, also known as mammatocumulus (meaning "mammary cloud"),
Is a meteorological term applied to a cellular pattern of pouches hanging
Underneath the base of a cloud.
5.    Massive single cell severe tornadic thunderstorm.
6.  Downdraft of precipitation from a young cumulonimbus cloud.
The initial downrush happening as the rest of cell is still forming and building.
7.      Leading edge of a flanking downdraft of a thunderstorm.
8.      Another great mammatus – extremely unstable air.
9.  Sunset on dissipating thunderstorms.
Could have two cells rotating in opposite directions, rare,
But meteorologically possible, like two egg beaters.
10.  Sunset dissipating thunderstorm.
11.  Volcanic eruption creating a circular outflow boundary.
12.  Somewhat disorganized or dissipating thunderstorm.
Most of it already downward collapsed with the rain shield being dominant.
13.  Single cell thunderstorm with cloud to ground and cloud to cloud lightning,
Some being imbedded inside the cells.
14.  Tornadic vortex w/lightning, multi-layer outflow boundaries.
15.  Row of thunderstorms, and more beautiful cloud to cloud and cloud to ground lightning.
16.  Cloud to ground lightning in the rain shield in dissipating thunderstorms.
17.  Single cell "super cell” thunderstorm with mammatus.
18.  More great cloud to cloud and cloud to ground lightning.
19.  Tower cumulus building into a thunderstorm.
20.  A tornado funnel near the ground.
Probably already on the ground, but not enough moisture or debris/dirt to see it on the ground.
Surface dirt starting the kick up.
21.  Circular outflow boundaries with storm cell rotation.
22.  Lots of cloud to ground lightning (assuming the dark is mountains).
23.  A large tornado on the ground.