Wednesday, May 19, 2010

NASA's Aqua Satellite Sees Sunglint on Gulf Oil Slick

At 3 p.m. EDT on May 18, NASA's Aqua satellite swept over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill from its vantage point in space and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument captured sunglints in a visible image of the spill.

The visible image showed three bright areas of sunglint within the area of the gray-beige colored spill. Sunglint is a mirror-like reflection of the sun off the water's surface. In calm waters, the rounded image of the sun would be seen in a satellite image. However, the waves in the Gulf blurred the reflection and created an appearance of three bright areas in a line on the ocean's surface.

According to the May 18 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) web update of the Deepwater Horizon incident, "satellite imagery on May 17 indicated that the main bulk of the oil is dozens of miles away from the Loop Current, but that a tendril of light oil has been transported down close to the Loop Current."

The May 18 NOAA update also noted that "NOAA extended the boundaries of the closed fishing area in the Gulf into the northern portion of the loop current as a precautionary measure to ensure seafood from the Gulf will remain safe for consumers. The closed area is now slightly less than 19 percent of the Gulf of Mexico federal waters."

Image credit: NASA/Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team
Text credit: Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center


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Tunnel Vision

Monday, May 17, 2010

Organic geometry

People for bikes

We’re all united by a shared passion: bikes. Bikes keep us healthy, carry us from point A to point B, save us from high gas prices, and make our air cleaner and our roads less congested. Bikes fill our lives with adventure and excitement, relaxing our minds and energizing our souls. is dedicated to channeling that passion to improve the future of bicycling. Our goal is to gather a million names of support, to speak with one, powerful voice—to make bicycling safer, more convenient and appealing for everyone.

Simply put, we believe that life is far more enjoyable when it’s experienced on two wheels. We believe that by coming together, we can make our world a better place to ride.



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Time to ride

Spring is been here for a while now. Riding is back in full swing and I will be posting more regularly about my adventures and pleasures of bike commuting. In the past couple months I saw a slew of new bike websites pop up and will share those here.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

"You Are There" for a cable car ride in San Francisco.

ORIGINAL: 104 YEAR OLD FILM CLIP This is a real treasure!!!! About 7 minutes long "You Are There" for a cable car ride in San Francisco. This film was "lost" for many years. It was the first 35mm film ever. It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car. The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely amazing! The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there. How many "street cleaning" people were employed to pick up after the horses? Talk about going green! Great historical film! Watch the scampering as Joe Public races away from autos, horses, cable cars and bicycles. This film, originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out exactly when it was shot. From New York trade papers announcing the film showing, to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even knows who owned them and when the plates were issued!). It was filmed only four days before the Great California Earthquake of April 18th 1906 and shipped by train to NY for processing. Amazing, but true!

Thanks Anna for sharing this.


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A Moment in Time - I found myself

Here it is, my contribution to the amazing Moment in Time project from the NYTimes Lens blog. Check out all these amazing photos from around the globe.

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Monday, May 10, 2010


Facebook’s Gone Rogue; It’s Time for an Open Alternative

It's day two after quitting facebook and more articles are confirming that it was high noon to leave that privacy eating monster. By the way, after requesting the deletion of my account I was notified that it will take two weeks before the actual deletion.

This one is from Wired: 

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Friday, May 07, 2010


Something to play with

In the past I only posted my photos on this blog. As I am migrating my social life away from facebook I will share more than my photos in this space. It will be a mix. And if you just want to view my photos you can always go to

So, here is a fun site to space out to and to play with. Very hypnotic.

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