Friday, July 31, 2009

Loving the Birds


God loved the birds and invented trees
Man loved the birds and invented cages

- Jacques Deval -

Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid

me in the deck
This is a Stealth Blackbird Bomber

USS Intrepid is one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. She is the fourth US Navy ship to bear the name. Commissioned in August 1943, Intrepid participated in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations, most notably the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Decommissioned shortly after the end of the war, she was modernized and recommissioned in the early 1950s as an attack carrier (CVA), and then eventually became an antisubmarine carrier (CVS). In her second career, she served mainly in the Atlantic, but also participated in the Vietnam War.

Her notable achievements include being the first US aircraft carrier to launch aircraft with steam catapults, and being the recovery ship for a Mercury and a Gemini space mission. Because of her prominent role in battle, she was nicknamed "the Fighting I", while her often ill-luck and the time spent in dry dock for repairs earned her the nickname "the Dry I". Decommissioned in 1974, in 1982 Intrepid became the foundation of the Intrepid Sea-Air Space Museum in New York City.

Source: Wikipedia

Wise Words

"The cure for anything is salt water:

sweat, tears, or the sea."

- Isak Dinesen-

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Palestine: Don't forget them!

I'm always praying for you. It's not much, but is the best I can do!
Ana Cristina

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Great Blue Hole in Belize

The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize, in Central America. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 100 km (62 miles) from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is circular in shape, over 300 metres (984 ft) across and 125 metres (410 ft) deep. It was formed as a limestone cave system during the last glacial period when sea levels were much lower. As the ocean began to rise again, the caves flooded, and the roof collapsed. Believed to be the world’s largest feature of its kind, the Great Blue Hole is part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

This site was made famous by Jacques Yves Cousteau in 1971, who declared it one of the top ten scuba diving sites in the world. This is a popular spot amongst recreational scuba divers, who are lured by the opportunity to dive in crystal clear water and meet several species of fish, including giant groupers, nurse sharks and several other types of reef sharks.

Source: Wikipedia

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Smart Cars

Smorvette

Smaudi A3 AWD

Smamborghini

Smorsche

Smerrari

What a naugthy and rebel laptop!


There were no posts here yesterday, because I had to reformat my laptop and reinstall all my stuff!
Computers misbehaving makes me crazy!
I think my pc hates me!
But I hate him too!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Calvin and the Math

Chamaleon


BUNGLON, in Indonesia

Blind Boy


Don't know arabic? ...

Super mother

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The longest total solar eclipse

On 2009 July 22, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses half the Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in India and crosses through Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and China before curving south across the Pacific Ocean. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes most of eastern Asia, Indonesia, and the Pacific Ocean.

A total solar eclipse is a spectacular natural phenomenon and many people travel to remote locations to observe one. In ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes. Total solar eclipses can be frightening for people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear in the middle of the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.It occurs when the sun is completely obscured by the Moon. The intensely bright disk of the Sun is replaced by the dark silhouette of the Moon, and the much fainter corona is visible. During any one eclipse, totality is visible only from at most a narrow track on the surface of the Earth.

It is never safe to look at a partial or annular eclipse, or the partial phases of a total solar eclipse, without the proper equipment and techniques. Even when 99% of the Sun's surface is obscured during the partial phases of a solar eclipse, the remaining crescent Sun is still intense enough to cause a retinal burn, even though illumination levels are comparable to twilight.... Failure to use proper observing methods may result in permanent eye damage or severe visual loss.

Eclipse maps and data courtesy of Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson, "Total Solar Eclipse of 2009 July 22" (NASA/TP-2008-214169)


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Reflections


"The world is your mirror and your mind is a magnet.

What you perceive in this world is largely a reflection of your own attitudes and beliefs.

Life will give you what you attract with your thoughts think.

Act and talk negatively and your world will be negative.
Think and act and talk with enthusiasm and you will attract positive results."

- Michael Lebeuf -

Monday, July 20, 2009

40 Years Moon Landing

My head is always up on the moon...

Hand washing to prevent Influenza

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Aye-Ayes... ugly but charming!

Daubentonia madagascariensis


Aye-ayes are the largest nocturnal primate in the world, and they live in eastern Madagáscar. They are also the only primate thought to use echolocation, which they use to find grubs up to 2cm deep in a tree.Their lifespam in the wild is unknown, but in captivity they can live for up to 23 years. Their habitat are rainforests, dryforests, mangrooves and bamboo thickets. Head and body length: 40cm, Tail length: 40cm, Weight: 2kg.


Aye-ayes are particularly adept at finding wood-boring larvae. They tap on wood with their middle finger, listening for hollow spaces. They then extract the larvae with their specially-adapted thin finger. They also feed on seeds, fruit, nectar and fungi. Aye-ayes live alone or in pairs. Males have much larger ranges than females, and they overlap those of the females. They are nocturnal, and construct elaborate sleeping nests to sleep in during the day. Aye-ayes are arboreal and move quadrupedally.


The Aye-aye is an endangered species not only because its habitat is being destroyed, but also due to native superstition. Besides being a general nuisance in villages, ancient Malagasy legend said that the Aye-aye was a symbol of death. It is viewed as a good omen in some areas, however, but these areas are a minority.


Researchers in Madagascar report remarkable fearlessness in the Aye-aye; some accounts tell of individual animals strolling nonchalantly in village streets or even walking right up to naturalists in the rainforest and sniffing their shoes. Therefore, it is no wonder that displaced animals often raid coconut plantations or steal food in villages.


However, public contempt goes beyond this. The Aye-aye is often viewed as a harbinger of evil and killed on sight. Others believe that should one point its long middle finger at you, you were condemned to death. Some say the appearance of an Aye-aye in a village predicts the death of a villager, and the only way to prevent this is to kill the Aye-aye. The Sakalava people go so far as to claim Aye-ayes sneak into houses through the thatched roofs and murder the sleeping occupants by using their middle finger to puncture the victim's aorta.


Incidents of Aye-aye killings increase every year as its forest habitats are destroyed and it is forced to raid plantations and villages. Because of the superstition surrounding it, this often ends in death. On the other hand, the superstition can prevent people from hunting them for food.