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A Pac-Man table, spotted last weekend at the movies. #ThrowbackThursday #pacman #videogames

A Pac-Man table, spotted last weekend at the movies. #ThrowbackThursday #pacman #videogames

Lunar Eclipse = Front-Yard Astronomy (Photos)

Lunar Eclipse = Front-Yard Astronomy (Photos)

One of the nice things about a lunar eclipse is how accessible it is. You don’t need binoculars or a telescope (though it helps). You don’t need protective gear. You can see it from a city street with lights on. You don’t need to be in exactly the right spot to see it, since the viewing area is measured in multiple continents rather than a narrow track. And since it lasts longer than a solar…

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Eclispe Mosaic on Flickr.Four views of the moon over the course of tonight’s lunar eclipse, starting around 11pm and running until about midnight. I actually got some shots at the second stage without the phone line in the way, but I liked the way this looked.

Eclispe Mosaic on Flickr.

Four views of the moon over the course of tonight’s lunar eclipse, starting around 11pm and running until about midnight. I actually got some shots at the second stage without the phone line in the way, but I liked the way this looked.

Wait, FOUR flavors? Shouldn’t that be a Chocolate Quadrilemma? #picky

Wait, FOUR flavors? Shouldn’t that be a Chocolate Quadrilemma? #picky

Reading, Online vs. Off…or is it Screen vs. Print?

Usability researchers like Jakob Nielsen have long contended that people read differently online than on paper: they tend to skim, follow links, and jump off quickly if they don’t find what they want. (Rather than being judgmental, Nielsen simply advises that you tailor your online writing to this.)

Now it seems people are observing a spillover effect, with online skimming habits interfering with…

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A Wicked Weekend

I’ve been catching up on last year’s movies. I finally saw Frozen last week, which prompted me to track down the soundtracks to both that movie and Tangled (more about that later), and listening to those prompted me to dig out the cast album for Wicked for the first time in, well, forever.

I was reminded of why I hadn’t listened to it much. Aside from a handful of songs (“Corner of the Sky” and…

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Waves striking the pier.

Waves striking the pier.

itswalky:

Guys, you’ve got until next Thursday to introduce everything I’ll ever need.  

itswalky:

Guys, you’ve got until next Thursday to introduce everything I’ll ever need.  

Woodbridge Snow View 1 on Flickr.Today’s flashback from my archives for Flickr’s Twitter Tuesday theme: Lake.
Woodbridge Lake is an artificial lake in Irvine, California, surrounded by suburbs. On this occasion in 2008, the mountains in the distance were covered with snow — highly unusual since they’re all less than a mile high! Normally, the two highest peaks in this range, known collectively as Saddleback, get a light dusting once or twice each winter, but that year an unusual snowstorm covered the entire range.

Woodbridge Snow View 1 on Flickr.

Today’s flashback from my archives for Flickr’s Twitter Tuesday theme: Lake.

Woodbridge Lake is an artificial lake in Irvine, California, surrounded by suburbs. On this occasion in 2008, the mountains in the distance were covered with snow — highly unusual since they’re all less than a mile high! Normally, the two highest peaks in this range, known collectively as Saddleback, get a light dusting once or twice each winter, but that year an unusual snowstorm covered the entire range.