February 26, 2016

Catching up

Hubby broke a bone, I had a weeklong subbing gig, we're knee deep into redecorating, laying carpet, painting, so I haven't  been here for a bit. It has been a wet, wet (but tepid) January. I'll be needing some sun soon. Very. Soon.

Some updates:

I'm not going to Bangkok soon...if ever...but if  you are planning a trip there, you must read Girl in Florence honeymoon summary of days in Bangkok. Lots of cool information and photos.

Perhaps it's more likely that you'll be in Florence one of these days, or love reading about your favorite Italian places. You will enjoy Georgette's Girl in Florence blog for vicarious pleasures.

Ciao I'm Georgette! A curious American digital marketing strategist, Freelance writer and a certifiable ‘Tuscan Texan’ living and breathing all things Florence. I blog about scooting around Europe & Italy and sharing local spots I love. Slow food, anything with ginger & beagle mentions make their home here. Keep in touch with my adventures with your favorite glass of vino and join the fun!

And she recommends the maps of Nancy Chandler which led me to her memorial site. Nancy died suddenly mid 2-15 and left a legacy of great maps of Hanoi, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai. Read about Nancy's interesting life and the art legacy she leaves  here.

Copyright Nancy Chandler

And speaking of the alphabet a bit ago,  here's a very unique one!

"These glorious grains of sand gently groomed by the grinding power of the Pacific Ocean."
Reading the ABCs from Space
By Adam VoilandDesign by Jesse Allen & Paul PrzyborskiDecember 15, 2015
A few years ago, while working on a story about wildfires, a V appeared to me in a satellite image of a smoke plume over Canada. That image made me wonder: could I track down all 26 letters of the English alphabet using only NASA satellite imagery and astronaut photography?

With the help of readers and colleagues, I started to collect images of ephemeral features like clouds, phytoplankton blooms, and dust clouds that formed shapes reminiscent of letters. Some letters, like O and C, were easy to find. Others—A, B, and R—were maddeningly difficult. 
He remarks that his collection is almost "Seusslike" and adds links to find out more about each geographical place. 

And a reminder: There's always something new at Almost-Daily Amazing on my web site, and the archive holds all those Amazings before.  Click on the chair in right panel to head on over.

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