This is the Moon.
But imagine for a second that the Moon switched places with other planets. This is what you would see (subject to staying alive, of course):
THIS IS TERRIFYING.
THIS IS AWESOME.
Puffy patterns of mammatus clouds
Out of all the cloud types, only one kind derives from the Latin term for “udder”: Mammatus clouds. And when you see them, this meteorological name makes a whole lot of sense. They billow downwards in a pattern of distinctive lumpiness that peg them as fascinating subjects to photograph. Keep tuned in to weather reports for thunderstorms, because these puffy clouds usually indicate intense storms to come and you might find a rare opportunity to capture them.
Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.
“This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. Harrison is working on construction and permit drawings now and expects to break ground this summer.
The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. Not only is this forest Seattle’s first large-scale permaculture project, but it’s also believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.
so amazing! some people in my agroecology worked on this project in the fall. i’m sure that if anyone in the seattle area is interested in volunteering now, your help would be greatly appreciated. :))
Key guns, 1600s
‘Jailers’ keys were apparently filled with gun powder to create a primitive gun that could be detonated if there was any trouble when opening a cell door. We found several original versions that back up this claim, dating from the 17th century and of various complexity.’
Myna Bird Holds Conversation in Japanese
This amazing bird mimics Japanese with uncanny skill. The boys at Rocket News were kind enough to provide a translation.
Abe-chan: Good morning!
Owner: Good morning to you.
Abe-chan: I’m a good boy, aren’t I?
Owner: You sure are. Abe-chan, I’m going out. Can you look after the house?
Owner: Really? You’re amazing. Be good, Abe-chan.
Abe-chan: OK, I will.
SHIT BIRDS ARE AWESOME
mynas are everywhere here
dude crows and mynas can also sound like the devil js
The Byodo-In Temple is a beautiful 10th century temple near Kyoto, Japan. This version of it, entitled Reflection Model (Perfect Bliss), was built between 2010 and 2012 using Japanese cypress, the same material used to build the real thing back in 1053. It is currently on exhibit as part of the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Queensland, Australia.