Photos by Igor Siwanowicz –

Photo’s by Igor Siwanowicz. Stunning, amazing. I have never seen little creatures being photographed with so much love before.

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Alain Sechas

Today I visited the hospital with my kid, and the main square in the building we had to visit was embellished with this art piece of Alain Sechas. We loved looking at it (the art piece, not the hospital visit, of course.)

Susan Boyle – Britains Got Talent 2009 Episode 1 – Saturday 11th April | HD High Quality

Anna1 has send me a YouTube video of Susan Boyle, not this one, another one. Thank you very much Anna1 🙂 I’d never heard of this lady, so I looked her up, and found this video. Her audition for Britain’s got talent 2009, episode 1. Watch it, and learn the lesson: looks and age are not good criteria for judging people 🙂

Direct on YouTube: or this one, even more touching, with a little interview before and after:

Emergence of Advertising in America, 1850-1920 – Duke Libraries

Duke University Libraries offer a very interesting database with lots of interesting works of arts. “The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 – 1920 (EAA) presents over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States. The materials, drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, provide a significant and informative perspective on the early evolution of this most ubiquitous feature of modern American business and culture.” Found on gladsdotter’s pages.

NASA Earth Observatory : Home

NASA’s Earth Observatory Website. Found on Gladsdotter’s pages.

Two examples:

Atafu Atoll, Tokelau, Soutern Pacific Ocean:
“At roughly eight kilometers wide, Atafu Atoll is the smallest of three atolls and one island (Nukunonu and Fakaofo Atolls to the southeast and Swains Island to the south are not shown) comprising the Tokelau Islands group located in the southern Pacific Ocean.

(…) The typical ring shape of the atoll is the result of coral reefs building up around a former volcanic island. Over geologic time, the central volcano has subsided beneath the water surface, leaving the fringing reefs and a central lagoon that contains submerged coral reefs. Erosion and soil development on the surfaces of the exposed fringing reefs have formed tan to light-brown beach deposits (southern and western sides of the atoll) and allowed vegetation to take root (northern and eastern sides of the atoll).

(…) The approximate elevation of Atafu Atoll is only two meters above the tidal high-water level. Vulnerability to tropical cyclones and potential sea level rise make the long-term habitability of the atoll uncertain.”

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Plankton bloom surround Chatham Islands:
“On November 15, 2008, a bloom of plant-like organisms known as phytoplankton encircled the Chatham Islands, which are in the southern Pacific Ocean about 800 kilometers east of New Zealand. Like plants, these organisms contain chlorophyll and other light-harvesting pigments for photosynthesis. The pigments change the way the surface of the ocean reflects and absorbs sunlight, creating colorful swirls that trace the location of the bloom. The very bright blue color of the bloom in the east suggests that it contained a kind of phytoplankton called coccolithophores. These plankton have a chalky (calcium carbonate) coating that is very reflective.”