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Transit of Venus (Telescope), viewed with eclipse glasses

Venus Transit!!!!!

This Venus Transit story begins with Christmas, I suppose. I was presented with a huuuuuge box — actually a few huge boxes. I had NO idea what was inside them; they intimidated the hell out of me. It was a telescope. Wow! A total surprise. There’ve been some great nights viewing this year. And, for […]

Path of the Annular Eclipse in Western United States

How to view Sunday’s Annular Eclipse

This Sunday, May 20, there’s an annular eclipse — a ring-around-the-moon not-quite-a-total eclipse. I’m traveling to an area where it’s as total as possible this weekend (the SW corner of Utah), but here’s instructions for how when to view it where you are. The Exploratorium has a how to view it post. The Goddard Space […]

Windowfarms

Windowfarms

Windowfarms.org launches its how-to site, Our.Windowfarms.org. So! very! cool! A while back, during my sick July days (respiratory crud [nearly] all month long, oh joy), I found a site called Windowfarms. So cool. R&DIY — Research and Develop It Yourself, a project spearheaded by Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray. A New York City grow your […]

Releasing Hubble from the Shuttle

I’ve been following but not blogging (till now) the Space Shuttle and Hubble telescope progress (I’ve been tweeting it, tho). I just watched this video taken from the Shuttle crew window of the release of the Hubble telescope, which is back in “flagship condition” and is expected to remain in operations until 2020. (we’ll call […]

Cool High Schools (the perfect follow on)

Cool High Schools (the perfect follow on)

15 Cool High School College and University Building Designs. How’d you like to do your learning in an environment like one of these? This is the perfect follow on to the previous post about how buildings and environment affect mood, creativity, and work.

WriteGirl is coming to Pasadena!

WriteGirl is coming to Pasadena!

WriteGirl is coming to the Pasadena Playhouse Sunday, May 3 for a playwriting workshop and a special 6pm benefit performance– PlayWriteGirl. WriteGirl is an L.A.-based non-profit that pairs professional women writers with teenage girls to mentor them in their writing and self-expression. I’m a volunteer. WriteGirl offers monthly workshops, each focusing on a different writing […]

YouTube videos we talked about at Happy Hour

Of course we mentioned Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent (here’s another recording from 10 years ago — Cry Me A River)… Belgian train station: Liverpool Train station: I’m sure these were inspired by this Frozen Grand Central scene, by Improv Everywhere: Also by Improv Everywhere: Scenes from a mall And the Best Game Ever. […]

Web Magpie: Shiny, magnetic, kewl.

Magnetic curtains. A kind of bendable buddy shape-it-yourself window covering. Post is dated January 2008; someday they’ll go into actual production. WANT. [via TNH’s Particles]

High above Spain

This is so cool. Boston.com’s Big Picture has photos from a weather balloon that floated high above the ground in Spain. On February 28th, a team of four Spanish teenage students and their instructor from IES La Bisbal school in Catalonia launched a weather probe they designed and built themselves. Their helium-filled balloon carried a […]

A Day in the Life of Abbey Road

Your Thursday Morning Giggle: “Blame Ringo (A Day in the Life of Abbey Road)” Direct YouTube link