Monday, March 08, 2010

It was a big quake

Concepcion, Chile, from The Big Picture. Click to see a larger image.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Photojournalism from the Planet of Slums

Scavenging at a dumpsite near Jakarta, Indonesia. From the Big Picture.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Two sides of the Venice Carnival: From the Big Picture

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A great Canadian work of art

I have said elsewhere that I am a sucker for great ephemeral works of art, for instance (some) Olympic opening ceremonies.

Last night's pagentry was not perfect, but it had perfect moments.

My first reaction, sparked by the beginning act featuring representatives of First Nations, was to think, almost seriously:

"I hear that Jack Vance is blind, but I have a feeling he may have scripted this anyway. He sees things more vividly with his inner eye than most of us with the outer ones."

But really it was better than that; not the creation of a 92-year-old American I admire very much, but of much younger Canadians I don't know with dazzling technical skills and first-class creative ideas. And performers who could dance energetically for an hour straight! And fly!

Even if you saw it on TV, you owe it to yourself to see the Big Picture presentation, to remind you, and see details you might have missed.

Image: One of those perfect moments. I had a hard time choosing.

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Thursday, February 04, 2010

Spartans?

For an explanation and more pics, go here.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Fun with ice in Switzerland

For once, this is not the Snow and Ice Festival in Harbin, China. See this and more at the Fire and Ice portfolio at the Big Picture.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

NGC 4921

From the Hubble Advent Calendar, 2009. Of course, you should click on this to see the much bigger version, or go to the Big Picture site. This is for December 17.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

NGC 6302

Friday, December 04, 2009

Re-creation and the Olympic torch -- from The Big Picture


Top: Priestesses at Olympia light the torch.
Then: Vikings keep it burning at L'Anse aux Meadows.

Too cool.

More here.
Or click on the pics.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

NGC 2818

Click on the pic, from this year's Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Watching the chapandaz

The chapandaz are the players of buzkashi, or according to this Big Picture photo feature, "Only the best players, [who] get close to the carcass in the competition." This rider is watching the action -- will he dive into the melee?

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

This is your planet -- Pushkar Fair, Rajasthan, India


Pictures of the great annual camel and livestock fair from The Big Picture.

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Monday, November 02, 2009

Giant kites for celebrating the Day of the Dead in Guatemala

Click for a full-sized picture at The Big Picture.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Saturn!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, 2009

The Big Picture has a great portfolio of Fall pictures. This one is from Highlands, New York on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009. Click for a larger view.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

This (among many other things) is Communist China, 60 years on



The National Grand Theatre, lit and surrounded by water.

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Ramadan crescent moon, Amman, Jordan

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Robot in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Greenland today



Another photo collection on one of the wilder parts of the world -- less population than the Nipissing District.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Memories of Catal Huyuk

Not very much like it, but this does make me think of the Neolithic city. And reminds me of Dave Nichols.

It's actually a neighborhood on the outskirts of Kandahar.

From the Big Picture, In Afghanistan, Part Two. Don't miss Part One.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Why helicopters -- and other things -- often break and crash in Afghanistan

Fortunately for those aboard, this Chinook just redistributed the dust.

From the Big Picture's In Afghanistan, Part Two.

And Part One is here.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Here's one for Will McLean

The caption from The Big Picture:
Astronaut Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 mission commander, floats safely to the ground after an accident during a training session on May 6th, 1968. The Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) exploded only seconds before while Armstrong was rehearsing a lunar landing at Ellington Air Force Base near the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC).
According to Craig Nelson, the author of Rocket Men, Armstrong went right back to work, and when someone made a fuss about his near-death experience, said "It's always a sad day when you lose a machine."

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A photo collection celebrating the 40th anniversary of Lunar Landing Day


From The Big Picture. Buzz Aldrin, with Neil Armstrong, photographer, reflected in his visor.

Clic the pic for larger versions.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Baghdad: 50 degrees C and a sandstorm outside


Just one remarkable picture from the latest installment of The Big Picture.

Well there is this shot of the crater left by that bombing in Kirkuk:



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Friday, June 26, 2009

The Big Picture hits it out of the park

Again!



This image:
Mount Fuji from space.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Machaut: a 14th century poet/composer remembered on Mercury


A towering talent, Guillaume Machaut dominated French poetry and music in his time. (Bigger than the Beatles?) This is a new, more detailed view of the crater on Mercury named after him, taken by the MESSENGER probe, part of a new picture collection on the Big Picture.

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Friday, June 05, 2009

Remembering the 20th anniversary of the Tien An Men crackdown in Hong Kong

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Saturn seen through the haze of Titan's upper atmosphere

From the Cassini spacecraft and The Big Picture.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

The stars rotate above Cape Cornwall

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

More from Kyrgyzstan

Friday, January 30, 2009

Remember that "obscure country (per capita)?"

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Under sail

...at the Big Picture. Need I say more?

Image: Wild Oats IX off Tasman Island.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

This is your planet


As so often, The Big Picture has some spectacular space photography -- this time of planet Earth. I never knew how much of our land surface looks like Mars.

Image: Irrigated landscape south of Khartoum.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Meanwhile, back in Gaza

Monday, January 05, 2009

Ice and snow


The Big Picture has a winter feature
including many photos of the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in Manchuria, a favorite event of mine (not that I've been there).

Image: Crabapples in Antrim, New Hampshire, December 12.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hoag's Object

An unusual galaxy, documented by the Hubble, included in The Big Picture's Advent Calendar, 2008.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Kindergarten graduation in Baghdad

Those exotic Iraqis. So different from us. So incomprehensible.

From the last installment of the Big Picture's "best of 2008" collection.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Vancouver in the fog

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Viking-era celebrations might have looked like this

But this is actually the 2008 Up Helly Aa celebration in Shetland, an annual celebration vikingized in 1878.

This is one picture from installment one of the Big Picture's "best of 2008" collection. Here is an astonishing Aussie contribution that has nothing to do with war or natural disaster.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

An ancient Saharan petroglyph of a captive giraffe

One surviving bit of the culture of the last wet era in Saharan history, from The Big Picture (click to see the "big picture," or go here to see a whole collection of Saharan archaeology pics.)

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Hubble telescope Advent calendar

The Big Picture started running yesterday an Advent calendar of astronomical delights from the Hubble. Since I missed the initial announcement, there are now two offerings here.

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Monday, October 06, 2008

Stunning

No fantasy, this Icelandic landscape of volcanic origin is part of an amazing exhibition of photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above, some of which -- 38 wonderful views -- can be seen at The Big Picture. DO NOT MISS IT!

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

It's not to the death...


...but sometimes it feels like it anyway.

Pictures of Olympic fencing
from The Big Picture.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

America, America


On the plus side (from the wonderful The Big Picture).

And on the other, chilling souls across the USA and beyond:


Brad DeLong.

Dymaxion World.

John Cole at Balloon Juice.


I wish I could say, "That is all."

Update: Here's a comment to that Balloon Juice post.

I don't know why I can't link to Balloon Juice but it referred to this.

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