Saturday, 28 April 2007
15 descriptions of hot-air balloon photos. For over a hundred more (and the photos themselves) see eballoon.org's picture gallery here
1. A gathering of a large number of hot air balloons all taking off simultaneously.
2. The hot air balloons flying over the road in the ski resort.
3. Another Alpine hot air ballooning photo, this time of a great swarm of balloons all taking off together.
4. The hot air balloons taking off over a cable car.
5. The balloons envelope casting a shadow on to the ground in the snow.
6. Birds eye view picture of a hot air balloon on the ground, taken from a balloon above.
7. Balloon flying over the Alps in a Swiss resort.
8. A hot air balloon landing marker on the ground which is used in much the same way as a heli-pad, a cross to mark the spot where the balloon should land.
9. A selection of different company balloons (Canon etc) flying over the Swiss Alps.
10. A helicopter being used to transport the envelope and basket back to resort. In Alpine ballooning, the helicopter will have to be used as it is impossible to drive in the snow.
11. The basket and envelope being dropped off back at the starting point.
12. A bunch of hot air balloons waiting for take off at the Alpine Balloon Meet in Switzerland.
13. Hot air balloons flying over the Swiss Alps.
14. Serene, quiet beauty as a hot air balloon flies over the Alps of Switzerland.
15. Alpine Balloon Meet in Chateau D Oex, Switzerland.
Posted by Cath at 17:02
Thursday, 26 April 2007
A list of NASA's links to the amazing sounds "gathered during the exploration of the Saturnian system."
Sounds of Enceladus (QuickTime 678 KB)
Radar Echoes from Titan's Surface (Wav file 400 KB)
Speeding Through Titan's Haze (Wav file 400 KB)
Bizarre Sounds of Saturn's Radio Emission (Wav file 127 KB -- 13 seconds)
Eerie sounds of Saturn's Radio emissions (Wav file 718 KB -- 73 seconds)
Posted by Cath at 01:38
Monday, 23 April 2007
List of recent news from the world of Saturn. For more stories (as well as views and movies), visit Saturn Today, "Your Daily Source of Saturn News" here (or give them a ring...)
[Sunday, April 22, 2007] The Cassini spacecraft gazes upward at the face of giant Saturn, seeing beyond the equator to where ring shadows fall across the bluish northern latitudes.
[Saturday, April 21, 2007] A group of friends gazes upward at Saturn through a telescope in a suburban backyard, seeing a tiny, bright-white dot, precisely-ringed, on a black background the size of a coin.
[Friday, April 6, 2007] Cassini spacecraft view shows details of Saturn's outer A ring, including the Encke and Keeler gaps. The A ring brightens substantially outside the Keeler Gap.
[Friday, April 6, 2007] Infrared view from high above Saturn's ringplane highlights the contrast in the cloud bands, the dimly glowing rings and their shadows on the gas giant planet. The overall effect is stirring.
[Monday, April 2, 2007] The Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the multiple strands of the ever-changing F ring, also sighting Atlas at its station just beyond the A ring edge.
[Wednesday, March 28, 2007] Cassini takes in a sweeping view of Saturn's south polar region as the planet's shadow masks the rings and bright, icy Mimas looks on from left.
[Wednesday, March 28, 2007] A serene orb of ice is set against the gentle pastel clouds of giant Saturn. Rhea transits the face of the gas giant, whose darkened rings and their planet-hugging shadows appear near upper right.
Posted by Cath at 15:49
Here is a poem (a list of lines) by Robert Browning.
All, that I know
Of a certain star
Is, it can throw
(Like the angled spar)
Now a dart of red,
Now a dart of blue
Till my friends have said
They would fain see, too,
My star that dartles the red and the blue!
Then it stops like a bird; like a flower, hangs furled:
They must solace themselves with the Saturn above it.
What matter to me if their star is a world?
Mine has opened its soul to me; therefore I love it.
Posted by Cath at 02:39
Here is a list of Saturn's moons. For more information about Saturn and its many moons visit NASA's Saturn page here
36. S/2004 S7
37. S/2004 S8
38. S/2004 S9
39. S/2004 S10
40. S/2004 S11
41. S/2004 S12
42. S/2004 S13
43. S/2004 S14
44. S/2004 S15
45. S/2004 S16
46. S/2004 S17
47. S/2004 S18
48. S/2004 S19
49. S/2006 S1
50. S/2006 S2
51. S/2006 S3
52. S/2006 S4
53. S/2006 S5
54. S/2006 S6
55. S/2006 S7
56. S/2006 S8
Posted by Cath at 02:10
Saturday, 21 April 2007
Two Picnic Luncheons for Twenty Persons - Summer
(From Mrs Beeton's Household Management, 1891)
5 lbs of Cold Salmon
1 Quarter of Lamb
1 Large Galantine of Veal
3 Boiled Chickens
2 Pigeon Pies
2 Fruit Tarts
2 Jellies, 2 Creams
1 gallon of Strawberries
3 lbs of Grapes
1 lb of Cheese
1/2 lb of Butter
4 loaves of Bread
8 lbs of Cold Boiled Beef
2 Veal Pies
3 Roast Fowls
2 lbs of Tomatoes
2 Fruit Tarts, Custard
1 Lemon Sponge
1 gallon of Strawberries
4 lbs of Cherries
1 lb Cheese
1/2 lb of Butter
4 loaves of Bread
1lb of Biscuits
Items for both picnics
Posted by Cath at 17:25
Thursday, 19 April 2007
Either hot or cold
Have it with a bun
I love it every day
Just once in a while, you
For more information about the lochs, as well as "13,000+ Scottish-related links and 3,700 Web page features on Scotland and the Scots" visit the aptly named Rampant Scotland here
Largest Lochs (By Area)
Loch Lomond - 27.5 square miles (71.1 square km)
Loch Ness - 21.8 square miles (56.4 square km)
Loch Awe/Etive - 14.9 square miles (38.5 square km)
Loch Maree - 11.0 square miles (28.6 square km)
Loch Morar - 10.3 square miles (26.7 square km)
Loch Tay - 10.2 square miles (26.4 square km)
Loch Shin - 8.7 square miles (22.5 square km)
Because of its depth, Loch Ness is the largest loch by volume of water.
Longest and Deepest
Deepest Loch - Loch Morar, Lochaber (1077ft/328m deep)
Longest inland loch - Loch Awe, Argyll (25 miles/41km long)
Longest sea loch - Loch Fyne, Argyll (approx 44 miles/71km long)
Posted by Cath at 00:17
Tuesday, 17 April 2007
To re-fill your pot with fascinating and fragrant tea facts visit Darjeeling News here
FOP - Flowery Orange Pekoe
GFOP - Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
TGFOP - Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe
FTGFOP - Fine Tippy Golden Orange Pekoe
SFTGFOP - Super Fine Tippy Golden Orange Pekoe
SFTGFOP-1 - Super Fine Tippy Golden Orange Pekoe (top grade)
BOP1- Broken Orange Pekoe One
GFBOP - Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe
BPS - Broken Pekoe Souchong
GBOP - Golden Broken Orange Pekoe
FBOP - Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe
BOP - Broken Orange Pekoe
TGOF - Tippy Golden Orange Fannings
GOF - Golden Orange Fannings
OF - Orange Fannings
YH - Young Hyson
FYH - Fine Young Hyson
GP - Gun Powder
H - Hyson
FH - Fine Hyson
Posted by Cath at 15:29
Monday, 16 April 2007
To have your own number spelled, visit here and type it in!
57843984578923847894358738945782938578439875295984787678789782334: fifty-seven vigintillion, eight hundred and forty-three novemdecillion, nine hundred and eighty-four octodecillion, five hundred and seventy-eight septendecillion, nine hundred and twenty-three sexdecillion, eight hundred and forty-seven quindecillion, eight hundred and ninety-four quattuordecillion, three hundred and fifty-eight tredecillion, seven hundred and thirty-eight duodecillion, nine hundred and forty-five undecillion, seven hundred and eighty-two decillion, nine hundred and thirty-eight nonillion, five hundred and seventy-eight octillion, four hundred and thirty-nine septillion, eight hundred and seventy-five sextillion, two hundred and ninety-five quintillion, nine hundred and eighty-four quadrillion, seven hundred and eighty-seven trillion, six hundred and seventy-eight billion, seven hundred and eighty-nine million, seven hundred and eighty-two thousand and three hundred and thirty-four
Posted by Cath at 19:03
Sunday, 15 April 2007
For these phrases and more, as well as accompanying musical notation, visit the 10 Level Yodel Course here
Posted by Cath at 16:54
Saturday, 14 April 2007
From a high-rollin' and rammin' collection here
Lil Miss Dangerous
Safe Auto Minimizer
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
Friday, 13 April 2007
When difficult mathematics meets intricate dance, you get unsolved problems in belly-dancing...
1. The Twin Eyebrow-Raise Conjecture
2. Goldbracelet’s Conjecture
3. Existence of Quasi-Perfect Veil-Tosses
4. Infinitely Many Regular Shimmies
5. Snake-Arms Existence and Smoothness
Snip peeps while Cricket grooms his head.
Snip peeps several times in a row while Cricket grooms his head.
Short squeak by Snip during head grooming.
Cricket and Snip are both in a tube hammock, and one of them squeaks twice.
More short squeaks...
Widget gives "chevron-shaped" squeak during altercation with Snip.
Widget squeaks during altercation with Snip
Snip squeak-churrs during altercation with Widget
Three long squeaks by Snip during intense altercation with Widget
Double shriek by Widget, during petting when he didn't want to be petted.
Long squeaks, broken long squeaks, squeak-churrs, then shrieks from Widget during an attempt to give him medicine orally by syringe (no, he wasn't hurt, just furious).
Widget chatters during agonistic encounter with Snip
Longer sequence of Widget chattering, with simultaneous ultrasonic vocalizations by Snip
Snip emits series of Distress Ultrasonic Vocalizations during intense nose-off with Widget (inaudible to human ears)
To listen to these sounds and more visit here
Occasionally, after years of faithful service, it comes time for a Crayola color to retire. Since 1903, when Crayola launched its first eight colors, there have been two sets of retirements, one in more glamorous circumstances than the other...
Colors that retired in 1990 (these colors were enshrined in the Crayola Hall of Fame)
Colors that retired in 2003 (these colors were booted off by consumers - who also named new colors - to mark Crayola's 100th anniversary)
For more fascinating facts about the history of Crayola colors see here
Posted by Cath at 00:40
Thursday, 12 April 2007
A selection of Blogger-powered blogs recently named as "interesting and noteworthy" by Blogger.
Fire in my Kitchen
London Underground Tube Diary
Tokyo Girl Down Under
New Scientist Technology Blog
AOL Hot Searches
Swing, Jazz and Blues
World Vegetarian and Vegan News
the thinking blog
the breakfast blog
Just Another Tech Blog
For more visit Blogs of Note
Posted by Cath at 02:06
Wednesday, 11 April 2007
For answers visit the website here
Ann asked: Is there such a thing as nothing?
Lawrence asked: What is it for an argument to be sound? Can arguments be valid but not sound or sound but not valid?
Laura asked: What is most 'real', the chair you are sitting on, the molecules that make up the chair as you are sitting on it, or something else? Why?
Anos asked: What are the three stages which contributed to the change of life from the state of nature to the present society according to John Jacques Rousseau?
Maria asked: What is the definition of love from a philosopher's point of view?
James asked: What is the comparison between Aristotle and the Stoics on the importance of externals?
Kassandra asked: Do we need a solar system?
Richard asked: Please explain the epistemological difference between 'real' and 'true'.
Anders asked: Is it possible to make sense of explaining a word like 'meaning'? If so, how can one try to explain (or understand) it?
Posted by Cath at 04:11
List of roughly translated Hungarian tongue-twisters, from the 1st International Collection of Tongue-twisters here
Sour-cherry seed! Are you a cultivated sour-cherry seed, or a wild sour-cherry seed?
I saw a bearded hamster. It was lapping syrup. If a hamster is lapping syrup, it will be seized with a hamster-clamp.
Black bull hoofs are knocking on the checquered stone floor of the pharmacy.
You committed this fake crime, you!
Give me a mouthful of wall, said the wall eating wooden horse.
There is going to be a party on Sunday, if it is raining there won't be one, if it isn't there will be one.
A tiny vole poked the tummy of another tiny vole, then the tiny vole who got his tummy poked also poked the tummy of the tiny vole who had poked his tummy.
The whisky-mixer Mr. Whisky, doesn't serve mixed whisky.
Two piles of bald worms plus two piles of bald worms equals four piles of bald worms.
Posted by Cath at 02:02
Tuesday, 10 April 2007
List of items recently found by shoppers using froogle.com.
cat litter box
sharp lcd tv
usb cd writer
mickey mouse toaster
king size mattress
adidas track jacket
organic baby food
Monday, 9 April 2007
A list of fruit fly genes. To see more visit FlyNome, "a database of drosophila nomenclature" here
bag of marbles
glass bottom boat
ken and barbie
out of sync
Sunday, 8 April 2007
A list of quilting designs, from a large collection here.
A Bevy of Bags
Aged Amish Schoolhouses
A Yankee Doodle Trip Around the World
Christmas In Ohio
Country Checkered Board
Fair and Square
Floating Stars Over Moosehead Lodge
Fresh Apples From the Country
Glow in the Dark Tote
Grandma's Stars in Victorian Roses
Green Mountain Star
Homespun Christmas Stockings
Jack in the Box
Jewels Tossed in a Stormy Sea
Log Cabin Stars on Mistletoe Mountain
Miniature Wedding Ring
Paws and Pinwheels
Pinwheels on Paradise
Road to Tennessee
Secret Garden A Haven for Geese
Simple Attic Windows
Stars in My Garden
Swing in the Center
This and That in Redwork
Trip Around a Paint Box World
Underground Railroad Miniature