Archive for the 'Around the World' Category

Solar eclipse in the US

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

npr speachial series skunk bear: 5 Safe Ways To View The Eclipse. (YouTube, 3min)

“Watching an eclipse? Save your eyeballs – rig up a sweet viewing set-up with some help from this video.

Read more about safe eclipse viewing from npr here.”

“People lined up for the polio shot like it was an iPhone!”

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Vaccines. (YouTube, 27:14 min)

“The benefits of vaccines far outweigh the minuscule risks, but some parents still question their safety. John Oliver discusses why some people may still feel uncertainty about childhood vaccinations.”

What time is it?

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

A Day in the Life of a (mostly) Human Sundial.

“Als Schulprojekt der Astronomie-AG des Progymnasiums Rosenfeld haben wir für einen Schultag eine lebende Sonnenuhr realisiert. Jeder sollte für 10 min Gnomon einer Sonnenuhr sein. Alle 20 s wurde ein Foto aufgenommen und somit der Tag von 8 bis 16 Uhr zugebracht. […] Man achte im Video auch auf die Turmuhr zum Vergleich (alles MESZ).”


“The astronomy club of the secondary school in Rosenfeld (Germany) made a living sundial for one day. Everyone was the gnomon for 10 minutes. A photo was taken every 20 seconds throughout the day from 8am to 4pm. […] Note the time on the clock tower for reference (all times CEST).”

Link via Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Waddling like a duck

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Have you ever heard of a dance called Pantsula?

Take a look at this: Pantsula Dance 2013 – filmed by Streetcorner Films (YouTube, 4:37min) or this: Pantsula dancers! South Africa (YouTube, 4:52min).

The Soweto Skeleton Movers pantsula jive South Africa street performers – Breakin’ Convention 2016 (YouTube, 11:12min) take this dance to another level.

There are a lot more videos in this Pantsula Dance South Africa channel.

If you want to learn the Pantsula yourself, watch this Pantsula Dance Tutorial by “Life In Progress” (YouTube, 3:07min).

Gone Fishing

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

André and I went on a trip to Scotland earlier this months, here are a few impressions.

Ruined house at Loch Assynt:

Stoer Lighthouse:

Sunset at Stoer Lighthouse:

Cliff near Quiraing on the Isle of Sky:

View from atop Quiraing on the Isle of Sky:

Landscape on the Isle of Lewis (and Harris):

View from the summit of Braeriach, the third highest mountain of Britain (after Ben Nevis and Ben Macdui):

It seems that our webserver also took some time off during our trip, but my trusty admin has since fixed the problem, and now I’m back and Serendipita is up and running again.