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Break Time!

Take a look at these beautiful satellite images primarily from the European Space Station via

Electric blue-colored plankton blooms swirl in the North Atlantic Ocean off Ireland in this Envisat image. While individually microscopic, the chlorophyll they use for photosynthesis collectively tints the surrounding ocean waters, providing a means of detecting these tiny organisms from space with dedicated ‘ocean color’ sensors, like Envisat’s Medium.

Plankton Bloom via Envisat via

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The Spanish city of Barcelona is pictured in this image captured on Sept. 13, 2010, by Japan’s ALOS satellite.

Barcelona 10-10-13

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This Landsat image of Oct. 3, 2011, shows the Mississippi River Delta, where the largest river in the United States empties into the Gulf of Mexico. In this false-color image, land vegetation appears pink, while the sediment in the surrounding waters are bright blue and green. (USGS/ESA)

Mississippi Delta 10-9-13

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I don’t know where to stop!

See all of the 52 photos here.

October 9, 2013 at 6:04 PM Leave a comment

Jets Queue Up to Land at London’s Heathrow Airport

This is a cool video:

Via CargoSpotter on Youtube:

This is my first video from London Heathrow. This video shows how short the distances between approaching planes at LHR are. Thanks for watching and I hope you like it.

I like it!

Love how the planes zoom into place and then slow down and glide in.

They way they’re buffeted by the wind makes them look like they’re toys attached to strings.

October 28, 2012 at 3:40 PM Leave a comment

Put It Into Perspective


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We saw the blue color from miles away. It was an iceberg made of dense ice, an impossible color beneath a leaden sky. I went to the bridge and cajoled the captain to take us in for a closer look. Astonishingly, he did.

As we approached this tower of blue, we spotted the penguins sitting on top. They were Chinstraps who had chosen this iceberg as the place to suffer through their annual molt, that

awkward time every year when penguins must grow new feathers to replace their old ones. It is a time when they cannot swim, and cannot eat, and essentially can’t do anything but stand around for weeks looking miserable.Yet although these may have been unhappy penguins, I was delighted to have them to provide a sense of scale for this magnificent iceberg. It was only after we sailed away that I began to wonder: “how did they get up there in the first place?”
Me too.

August 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM Leave a comment

One Amazing Animal

Mother Nature must have been in a very, very good mood when she designed the mantis shrimp:

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The mantis shrimp is one of the most incredible creatures found in our oceans. Over millions of years, it has equipped itself with an arsenal to rival that of any other organism, besting the limits of human technology on more than one front.

Firstly, it packs the biggest punch of any predator, with a sophisticated muscle mechanism allowing speeds in excess of 50mph to be attained. Couple this wit

h the ability to create extreme low pressure behind it’s extended arm, causing the water to spontaneously boil, no prey stands a chance. This action releases intense energy, enough to break sheets of glass.
That is not all. The mantis shrimp has the most sophisticated and extensive eyes of any known creature. With their unique shape and composition, the shrimp can see in most directions simultaneously, as well as observing more of the spectrum than us humans, both at the infra-red and ultra-violet ends. This excellent asset, coupled with the killer punch, makes the mantis shrimp one of the most effective predators in the world, as well as being one of the most beautiful.
The mantis shrimp has my full respect.  And yes, it sure is beautiful.  Mother Nature has a way with color that I envy.

August 16, 2012 at 4:05 PM Leave a comment

Ouch! Divorce Cakes

Check out these “divorce cakes.”  Woohah.  Vicious, but understandably so I guess:

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More photos here.

August 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM Leave a comment

This is Not a Photograph

I’m rubbing my eyes. My brain can’t comprehend that these are d-r-a-w-i-n-g-s:

Many of portraitist Paul Lung’s subjects are his and his friends’ pets, which he draws with extreme care — sometimes taking upwards of 90 hours — using mechanical pencils.

Here are some of the cats he’s drawn over the last few years:

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Lung must love what he does to have the patience to spend up to 90 hours on one drawing.

Good for him and good for us because we get to see the amazing, amazing results.


August 8, 2012 at 5:18 PM Leave a comment

Drunk Soccer Fans Cheer Woman as She Parallel Parks

It’s break time folks!

Ever feel embarrassed when it takes you three or four tries to get it right when you’re parallel parking?  Then you’ll love this. It’s hilarious.  (Best viewed with volume on high-ish.)

A woman trying to park her enormous car, encouraged by German football fans.
This was recorded in Münster after Germany’s win against Argentina at the World Cup 2010.


July 18, 2012 at 1:26 PM Leave a comment

Taco Bell to the Rescue

OMG, this has got to be my Break Time! post for the day.  I know, I know, I’m doing exactly what Taco Bell wanted but I can’t help it, it’s a fun story:

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Taco Bell took the notion of delivery service to a whole new level recently, helicoptering in a truck laden with 10,000 tacos to a small Alaskan town after learning that residents had been teased with false hopes of a restaurant opening.

What began as a feud between two area residents morphed into a full-fledged PR marketing opportunity on Sunday, when the world’s largest Mexican-style fast food chain deployed a helicopter from Anchorage to airlift in a truck full of tacos to the town of Bethel, population 6,200, according to local newspaper the Alaska Dispatch.

Throngs of local residents watched from the sidelines as a full-sized truck harnessed to a chopper was dropped gently in a community center parking lot. As soon as as the all-clear was given, thousands of people — adults and children — rushed the truck and gorged on the chain’s wildly popular Doritos Locos Tacos.

Last month, feuding pranksters papered the town with flyers and banners advertising the arrival of Taco Bell — what would have been a milestone for residents given that the only fast food chain is a Subway.

Read more and watch a video of the helicopter bring in the truck here.
I can kind of relate.  When I was a kid I loved, loved, loved Taco Bell.  My family vacationed in Colorado where they had Taco Bells, but we lived in Flint, Michigan were, at the time, they didn’t.  I craved Taco Bell all winter.

July 5, 2012 at 5:05 PM Leave a comment

Ugandan Amusement Park Made of Thousands of Recycled Plastic Bottles

It’s break time as well as time for a dash of hope and inspiration:

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Ugandan artist and teacher Ruganzu “Bruno” Tusingwire has created an amazing recycled amusement park for Ugandan children that is made from thousands of repurposed plastic bottles. The amusement park was designed for kids growing up in the slums who have limited access to safe areas for play and education. Tusingwire’s design gives the children a physiological and emotional lift through recreation, and the curious use of materials and inventive structures have sparked new ways for the children to learn from and engage with their environment. The project was just awarded the first 2012 TED Prize at the TEDxSummitin Doha, Qatar.

More info and images here.

June 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM Leave a comment

Morning Photo

I periodically check NASA’s “Image of the Day” site because they post cool photos there.  This is today’s.  It’s called “Blue Marble 2012 — Arctic View.”


(Image: NASA/GSFC)

Fifteen orbits of the recently launched Suomi NPP satellite provided the VIIRS instrument enough time (and longitude) to gather the pixels for this synthesized view of Earth showing the Arctic, Europe, and Asia.

Suomi NPP orbits the Earth about 14 times each day and observes nearly the entire surface. The NPP satellite continues key data records that are critical for climate change science.



June 20, 2012 at 7:32 AM Leave a comment

Stray Dog Follows Cyclists 1,056 Miles Across the Himalayas

It’s break time folks!

Meet a fluffy, homeless little white dog now named Xiao Sa who was sitting by the side of the road in China one day when a group of cyclists came by and gave him a drumstick.  No dummy, the dog figured the cyclists were good guys so he followed them for 20 days, over ten mountains, and for 1,056 miles into Tibet.

Needless to say, they’re all best buds now and the cyclists are going to keep him.

Great story:



June 5, 2012 at 4:46 PM Leave a comment

The Answer to Everything: Rub Some Bacon On It!

I’m a bacon person through and through. I.  Love.  Bacon.  So when I came across this video last night I knew it was meant to be my break time! post today.




May 30, 2012 at 3:40 PM 1 comment

A Piglet and a Dog — What More Could You Want?

It’s break time!

May 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM 2 comments

Cool House

OK folks, it’s break time and today we have a cool house to look at:

“Respect nature and the rest will follow” was the design philosophy behind the conch-shaped Casey Guest House in Florida. A small structure overlooking Sarasota Bayand a small oak forest, the guest house is constructed out of wood and sits very lightly among the surrounding mangrove trees.

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For a slide show and more info, go here.

May 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM Leave a comment

Terrifying Glass Floored Bathroom

Would you have a problem using this bathroom?

Terrifying: The bathroom of this stunning new penthouse in Guadalajara, México, is situated on top of an unused 15-story elevator shaft. (Via

Ah! I would.  That’s insane.  I couldn’t do it.  Just looking at the picture makes sort of shake.

More photos and info here.

May 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM 1 comment

Tiny Cute Things

I don’t know why I like looking at tiny things but I do and BuzzFeed has complied 86 photos of tiny cute things.  Check them out.  Good way to wind down on a Friday afternoon.

Here are three of my faves:

Tiny Donut Cheerios

Tiny Bug Memorial

Tiny Teddy Bear

Again, here’s the link.


April 27, 2012 at 5:15 PM 1 comment

Edible Furniture-Shaped Treats

Check out these darling edible furniture treats:

Ryosuke Fukusada and Rui Pereira brought Milan Design Week visitors a special treat this year as they served up bite-sized delectable treats that took the form of lamps, tables and chairs. Dubbed Sapore dei Mobili(Taste of Furniture) the tastefully designed cakes were made using a special press – Fukusada and Pereira created the project to provide commentary on the way the contemporary furniture industry mass produces items and products to be consumed. The team offered the sweet pastries to passersby, grabbing everyone’s attention and helping visitors “fill-up” on furniture without having to go out and buy anything new.

Great idea.


April 26, 2012 at 4:04 PM Leave a comment


I love 60s “soul music” and just about everything Motown.

Here’s Aretha Franklin singing “Respect” (in a time before there were music videos).

Turn your volume way up and dance!

April 14, 2012 at 7:55 PM Leave a comment

More Grilled Cheese Ideas

What with today being National Grilled Cheese Day, there are grilled cheese sandwich ideas flying around all over the place.  SeriousEats has a slide show with 21 varieties, like this absolutely decadent looking thing:

Want to impress your dinner date? Whip up a couple of French Melts. That's a big ol' pile of sweet, caramelized onions (see here for an easy technique to speed up the process) melted with a fat slab of Comté cheese. It's like French onion soup in an easy-to-pick-up, extra-buttery package. Set the table cloth and pull out the fine china, dear, tonight I'm wearing pants to the table!

I feel like running to the store for the ingredients right now.  Yumee!

Go here for more.


April 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM 2 comments

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

Okay, it’s break time folks and it’s also National Grilled Cheese Day!  I lllooooove grilled cheese sandwiches.

Check out this BuzzFeed compilation of 40 ways to expand your grilled cheese recipe box.  Some good ideas there  These are my faves:

The “jalapeno popper grilled cheese sandwich:”

I would probably use Anaheim chilis.  I think jalapenos, especially if they’re really hot, would wipe out the flavor of the cheese.

Barbecue bacon grilled cheese:

This isn’t a very appetizing picture.  I’ve made grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon several times (talk about a heart attack on a plate) and unfortunately, they are delicious.

April 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM 2 comments

There’s Advertising and Then There’s Advertising

Whoever thought this up is a genius:


April 11, 2012 at 1:51 PM Leave a comment

Dubai Says Screw Global Warming

If you have almost endless money I guess you can afford to waste it:

One might think that emirs of Dubai would learn from their past mistakes after Dubai’s artificial ‘The World’ archipelago surrendered its sands to the sea, but sinking islands and rising tides have yet to flag the Arab emirate’s ambitions of world building. Aerial photographs recently revealed that Dubai has been hard at work creating a new island – one shaped exactly like Dubai’s city center, but 1/3 the size. That’s not all – closer inspection of the photos shows that a smaller island shaped like Dubai is located off the coast of that island, and an even smaller Dubai-shaped island lies off the coast of that one!

So far, as many as ten mini Dubai islands have been spotted in the Persian Gulf, although we can only assume that an infinite number of replica islands are being planned and worked on. When questioned about Dubai’s new self-reflexive archipelago, the emirate’s constitutional monarch Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stated: “When you consider the cultural and economic success of Dubai, it only makes sense to replicate our model again and again. It’s not like we’re running out of money or anything.

What a dumb thing to do.

It looks pretty from space but I don’t think I’d want to buy a home on one of those islands.

More photos and info here.

April 2, 2012 at 3:53 PM Leave a comment

Calling all Gardeners — Great Idea for Gardening With Shipping Pallets

It’s break time — time to think about gardening.  Woohoo!

I like most of this idea:   Shipping Pallet Garden Wows Visitors at the Canada Blooms Garden Festival.

Check out the photos (link above).  This is the part of the project I love:

(1)  Turning pallets into a garden wall, like this:

You wouldn’t necessarily have to use this many pallets; you could use one or two.  You could paint them if you wanted or let them weather.  I imagine them used either as a planting platform maybe up against a fence, with potted plants stuck randomly among the slats and/or as a privacy screen, again with plants scattered about.

And (2), I love the look and feel of this “room:”

Again, this could be modified but I can see how using pallets to frame a seating area in a corner of the garden (or even smack dab in the middle) would be so cozy.  Imagine vines growing all over the wood.

I’m going to have to think on this and see if I can figure out how to do something with pallets in my yard.

Really like the look and the possibilities.

March 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM 2 comments

Fiona, a Blind, Lonely, Trash Pile Dog Comes to Know What it’s Like to be Loved

It’s break time folks.  Time for the the story of Fiona:

March 26, 2012 at 7:28 PM Leave a comment

A Dog’s Eye View of a Walk

For break time! today folks we have Riley the Corgi taking a walk up Runyan Canyon in Los Angeles set to the catchy tune, Here’s to Now by Ugly Casanova.

It’s delightful.

(H/t Liz.  Via.)

March 22, 2012 at 4:30 PM Leave a comment

Cool New Photos of the Titanic

The April, 2012 issue of the National Geographic contains cool new photos of the Titanic, like these before and after photos of a spa area:

Photograph by Byron Collection, Museum of the City of New York

Photograph by Discovery Channel, Mosaic by Ken Marschall


See the slide show here.

March 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM Leave a comment

How Do You Break This to the Wife?

March 20, 2012 at 1:55 PM Leave a comment

Local Fox Reporter Caught Sleeping on the Job

Break time (no pun intended).

Poor guy:

March 8, 2012 at 5:45 PM 2 comments

Break Time! Cute Dog Alert

OK folks, it’s break time.  Take 47 seconds out of your day and watch a darling dog play with a battery-powered mouse and then look adorably bewildered when it stops working.



March 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM Leave a comment

Ice Wave Frozen in Time

OK folks, it’s break time.  Time to take 57 seconds (you can do it!) out of your day to check out this spectacular, humongous hunk of ice filmed in the Antarctic.  It looks like a huge wave that froze instantly as it was curling in mid-air.



February 23, 2012 at 5:28 PM Leave a comment

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