Friday, January 04, 2008
I'm still supporting Edwards, with Obama as my second choice.
But this photograph, which I swiped off the front page of the WAPO, is just stunning. If he's elected, at least my eyeballs won't bleed every time he's on mah teevee.
And that would be a good thing.
photo credit: Win McNamee, Getty Images
Thursday, January 03, 2008
The Boomerang Nebula.
This symmetric cloud dubbed the Boomerang Nebula was created by a high-speed wind of gas and dust blowing from an aging central star at speeds of nearly 600,000 kilometers per hour. The rapid expansion has cooled molecules in the nebular gas to about one degree above absolute zero - colder than even the cosmic background radiation - making it the coldest known region in the distant Universe. Shining with light from the central star reflected by dust, the frigid Boomerang Nebula is believed to be a star or stellar system evolving toward the planetary nebula phase. This Hubble image was recorded using polarizing filters (analogous to polaroid sunglasses) and color coded by the angle associated with the polarized light. The gorgeous result traces the small dust particles responsible for polarizing and scattering the light. The Boomerang Nebula spans about one light year and lies about 5,000 light years away toward the constellation Centaurus.Courtesy of Astronomy Picture of the Day. The image is from Hubble, of course
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Indulge me a moment for singing the praises of my lovely young niece, who is becoming an extraordinary artist. No, that's not her in the graphic of the woman- that's a portrait of her great grandmother. (Who, incidentally, was a famous theatre actress in the 30's and 40's)
She's come up with an interesting and original technique of collage, where she essentially paints with paper. Of course I'm prejudiced, but I find her work to be both beautiful and compelling. I love the texture and the colors. And I guess I'm not the only one- she's having her first professional gallery show in February.
(Original art is paper and gesso on canvas).