Where am I hiding?

October 1, 2014

hidden doorway bookcaseA door hidden within a wall of bookcases at Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk, owned by the National Trust. It is decorated with real book spines, with tongue in cheek titles that reference events and people from the history of Oxburgh.

from bookshelf roundup

hidden bookcase

Thanks to Katie for this hidden doorway in a bookcase leading to a hidden stairway and more bookcases!

buffalo trace secret door

This bookcase at Buffalo Trace Bourbon Distillery in Frankfort, KY, reveals a hidden doorway that leads to  . . .

buffalo trace aging room

the Aging Room.  If you have the opportunity to take the Bourbon Tour, don’t miss Buffalo Trace.




What am I catching?

September 30, 2014

red leaf

Today is Catch Your 12 Leaves Day

The tradition (my tradition, anyway) is to try to catch 12 leaves before they reach the ground.  This will give you good luck in the coming 12 months.

But it is not as easy as it sounds.

It helps to find a big tree with a lot of big leaves that are just ready to let go.  It also helps if it is a windy day.  It helps most of all if you are really agile!

Here’s a map of peak leaf peeper times.





What signs for the times am I reading?

September 29, 2014

gmo crops




What am I sappy cat blogging?

September 26, 2014

What am I watching?

September 24, 2014


Reblogged from The Art in Science:

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio produced this video demonstrating how the earths tides ebb and flow around the world. It doesn’t include narration or annotation because, they explain, ‘The goal was to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience’.

The visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through December 2007 – these figures are plotted into a computer that takes in shed loads of data and outputs pretty things like this – I love when computers do that. The computational model is called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, Phase II (ECCO2 for short).

It can calculate ocean flow at all depths but this particular video shows only surface flows. NASA describe it as a ‘high resolution model of the global ocean and sea-ice. ECCO2 attempts to model the oceans and sea ice to increasingly accurate resolutions that begin to resolve ocean eddies and other narrow-current systems which transport heat and carbon in the oceans’.

The dark areas under the ocean  show the the undersea bathymetry (basically the opposite of topography). The bathymetry and land topography are exaggerated to enhance the contrast – bathymetry by 20 times and topography by 40 times.


What am I noting on tattoo Tuesday?

September 23, 2014

equinoxesInfographic from Live Science


According to UTC (Coordinated Universal Time – or sort of Greenwich Mean Time – also Zulu Time), summer ended and autumn began at 2:29.  That would make it 22:29 EDT on Monday, September 22, where I reside. (Why UTC and not UCT or CUT?)

Approximating Earth’s orbit around the sun to be an ellipse with semimajor axis of 1 au and eccentricity of 0.0167, the distance Earth travels in one year is 940 million kilometers (584 million miles).  The average speed of the Earth around the sun is 18.5 miles/second. – ref: Wikipedia

And the tattoo:

autumn leaf tattoo


What am I watching?

September 22, 2014


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