This baby owl hit our window. Gave us this look the whole time - Imgur
YOUR FORCEFIELD DISPLEASES ME
AS DOES YOUR INTERIOR DECORATING
Google+ demonstrates deforestation and other man-made climate disasters with satellite images
May 18, 2013
It’s one thing to talk about deforestation, disappearing habitats, and shrinking glaciers and water resources, and another thing entirely to demonstrate it with actual satellite imagery. And thanks to Landsat images and the Google Earth Engine, we’re getting a glimpse at some key locations across the planet as they are changed by the hands of man. A series of interactive timelapse GIFs that use Landsat satellite data to display massive changes to the Earth’s surface could be a potent tool for motivating individuals and organizations to take action on key issues.
Google’s Animated GIFs of Earth Over Time focuses our attention on key features of our planet, such as the Amazon rainforest, the coal beds of Wyoming, the Columbia Glacier, the Aral Sea, and the deserts of Saudi Arabia.
Today, we’re making it possible for you to go back in time and get a stunning historical perspective on the changes to the Earth’s surface over time. Working with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NASA and TIME, we’re releasing more than a quarter-century of images of Earth taken from space, compiled for the first time into an interactive time-lapse experience. We believe this is the most comprehensive picture of our changing planet ever made available to the public.
Some of the visualizations are kind of subtle, and need to be put into context to really hit home (such as the massive increase in irrigated areas in Saudi Arabia, which affects local water supplies, or the urban sprawl of Las Vegas, which also puts increased demands on local resources), but some of them, such as this one documenting the rapidly disappearing rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon, speak for themselves:
Explore a global timelapse of our planet, constructed from Landsat satellite imagery. The Amazon rainforest is shrinking at a rapid rate to provide land for farming and raising cattle. Each frame of the timelapse map is constructed from a year of Landsat satellite data, constituting an annual 1.7-terapixel snapshot of the Earth at 30-meter resolution.
- Google Earth Engine
These interactive time-lapse images can be manipulated by pausing or zooming in to them, as we’ve come to expect from Google Earth, and may serve as a pivot point for those who are on the fence about the effects that our booming population and its increased demand for resources has on our Big Blue Marble.
Des Moines is ranked 8th on the 20 Best Cities in America to be Young, Broke and Single list
Two outta three ain’t bad! I am not single (but I liketa PARTY! and DSM is rad for that)
5:30 AM: Wake up, let dog out
8:30 AM: Wake up, put on overalls, pet the cat who THINKS he’s a housecat but isn’t really, do chores, come inside, get back in bed
10:30 AM: Go out, hunt eggs, scare the ducklings by bringing them outside, eat peas out of the garden, pick some rosemary, make a duck-egg-and-rosemary egg thing, get back in bed
11:00-2:30: Doze, look at the internet, pet the dog, eat strawberries out of the field
3:30-4:30: Pet cats, water ducks, verbally harass chickens, eat more peas and strawberries, wander around, give everyone new water, practice chicken impression.
Is “Professional Farm Sitter” an actual job title?
A book I would like to read eventually: Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities
The Slatgrill Scout! Packs flat, grills food! Via Book of Joe
Green Roofed Home with ladders for the goats. robinlaureltree.blogspot.com via http://www.inspirationgreen.com/green-roofs-in-the-country.html
Many many green roofs. There are even more where these came from.
new haircut. new haircut. i did it myself. idc idc idc
(and i can part it and the shaved area is magically covered)
i love it
YEAH home haircut club!
“A few years ago, a friend shared with me his strategy for decluttering his home. He and his wife lived in a duplex and decided to gather every single thing they had and put it in the bottom level of the duplex. They moved upstairs, lived in just the top level, and as they needed something, they would go downstairs, find it, and bring it up. Little by little, they repopulated their life with only what was necessary.”
Moving Upstairs, by Jack Cheng
One of my 2013 New Year’s resolutions was to fill my home with fresh flowers on the regular. My aesthetic preference in arranging flowers leans towards the non-fussy, uncomplicated variety which is lucky because, as anyone who has purchased a dozen roses or other fancy bouquet may know, fresh blooms can cost. Since I like to indulge in simple luxuries like flowers, but don’t want to break the bank—I came up with some quick, easy tips for making floral arrangements on the cheap!
Tip 1: Visit your local grocery store
Most grocery stores have pre-made bouquets of mixed stems that can be purchased for just a few dollars. Usually filled with sturdy blooms, these bouquets are meant to hang tough for more than just a few days. Get even more bang for your buck by separating your store-bought bundle into multiple tiny arrangements. Divide your bouquet and group stems together that are alike in color, size or texture. If there is a standout bloom in your bunch, consider placing it in a vase by itself. Also, ditch that weird filler fern—it’s a surefire indicator of a pre-fab arrangement.
Tip 2: Take a second look
Carnations and baby’s breath have gotten a bad rap and don’t get as much play as they used to, but they are pretty inexpensive and with not much work can become a striking centerpiece. When bunched together by themselves, these flowers become less about the individual bloom and more about the impact of the bouquet as a whole. So, how about a mod arrangement and play on proportions with a full bundle of monochromatic carnations placed in a squat vase? Or a big handful of baby’s breath spilling out of a blue Mason jar. Not so bad anymore, eh?
Tip 3: Scout your yard
If you’ve already got a green thumb, chances are your backyard is scattered with fresh flowers and plants. Got ornamental grasses or ferns? Even some fresh herbs can be lovely. A grouping of various greens with different textures can make a stunning impact. Choose a few different colors, heights and sizes for the best result.
Tip 4: Find the right container
Just about anything purchased at the store or found in your yard will look great when put in the right vessel. You certainly don’t need a fancy vase. Save an interesting wine bottle from the recycling and scrub off the label. Visit your favorite thrift store to find a new-to-you kitschy fave. Even that chipped teacup could become the perfect home for a peony in bloom.
Tip 5: Shape it
An arrangement that’s all one height can look a little funny. Go for a shape that is balanced with your vase. You can arrange the flowers in your hand or right in the vase. Typically, tall blooms go in the center and the shorter ones towards the outside, but you don’t have to follow the rules. Don’t be afraid to adjust stem length (being sure to cut on the diagonal if you do!). Fill in holes or gaps with extra sprigs. To keep the shape, you can tie the bundle together with a bit of string or a rubber band. Hide it by wrapping a leaf around the outside.
Tip 6: Don’t forget your friends
A simple floral arrangement can be a beautiful gift. Whether you purchase it from the store, or assemble it from your yard, a few extra touches will make it standout. If you purchased from the store, cut off the cellophane wrapping. Soak a few paper towels in water and wrap around the ends of the stems. Using a piece of brown Kraft paper and some ribbon, wrap up your bouquet. You can also arrange your flowers in a container you don’t mind not seeing again. Tie a color-coordinating ribbon around the neck of the vase and you’re set!
Some DONT’S when making your next arrangement
- Don’t forget to freshen the water in your vase.
- Don’t aim for perfection! Loose and free-form is better than stiff and stuffy.
- Don’t pick wildflowers while on a hike in the woods. It’s illegal and you’d be destroying a natural resource.
- Don’t raid your neighbors yard. How would you feel if someone snipped your prized lily just as it was opening?
Or we can talk about art. I have another blog where I talk about art.
Household tools I love, from Amazon: