Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
READY TO FEEL SMALL?
NASA has just released it biggest
of the Andromeda Galaxy.
It took the Hubble Telescope
3 years to photograph this image,
section by section.
The 4.3-gigabyte photo
is composed of 1.5 billion pixels.
The finished image is
60,000 x 22,000 pixels
and requires 600 HD TV displays
to view it all.
When you view this YouTube video
keep in mind each pixel is a star
with its own unique universe.
Ready to feel really, really insignificant?
Sunday, January 25, 2015
MY AFFAIR WITH SIMONE
I'm in love with Simone.
She moved here from Paris, France
to open a pâtisserie,
La Pâtisserie Chouquette,
a very special French bakery.
As the pâtissière,
she brought with her the
very special baking skills
for fantastic, authentic pastries
and heavenly croissants.
I visit Simone early Saturday mornings
just to have her amazing, flakey croissants.
She bags one up for me,
and I drive straight back to Kaldi's coffee
for a perfect Colombian espresso.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Oil on canvas, 1878 (Louis Breton, French)
This is a painting I frequently visit
to see at the St. Louis Art Museum.
Jules Breton regularly visited the coastal
region of Brittany to paint the
"mystical wildness" of Breton women.
Here he painted a coastal peasant girl
showing compassion for a wounded sea gull.
Interestingly, this was one of the first paintings
to be exhibited at the newly founded
St. Louis Art Museum in 1881.