When I grow up I want to be an astronaut

October 27th, 2014

Chris Hadfield: What I learned from going blind in space (TED talk).

Chris Hadfield (official homepage, Wikipedia entry) was the first Canadian to walk in space and was inspired to become an astronaut when he watched the Apollo 11 lunar landing as a nine-year-old.

“We did not free ourselves from England’s cruel yoke to have static pie.”

October 14th, 2014

The Awl: A Field Guide to the True American Diner”. By John Leavitt.

“The True American Diner is a casual sit-down restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner—all three meals—all day, often for all twenty-four hours of it. Time has no meaning in the presence of eggs, steak and hash browns.
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Dessert is pie, and if displayed in a glass case at the end of the counter, it must rotate. We did not free ourselves from England’s cruel yoke to have static pie.”

Reading the article made me want to fly to the US and have breakfast in a diner right this instant. I guess the next best thing would be to listen to this episode from This American Life again: 24 Hours at the Golden Apple (transcript).

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And a good morning to you too!

October 9th, 2014

Sometimes nature puts up quite a show.

This morning, 7:34am, view to the east:

Less than twenty minutes later, view to the west:

There was a complete double rainbow, but sadly my camera has neither enough of a wide angle nor the sensor to capture the whole beauty of it. Here’s a closeup of the Southern end:

What a way to start the day, right? Even strange weather like heavy rains at a temperature of 22°C (72°F) has its upsides.