For all the other random-trivia fans out there, enjoy these fun state-themed facts:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
|Sunrise at St. Charles Bridge - Prague - Summer 2009 - K. L. H. Tanoue|
We awoke when it was still dark, clumsily snatching clothes, tying shoes, patting pockets for metro cards. The tram lurched down the grey quiet streets past the blocks and blocks of grey apartment towers built in Soviet functionalist style until the bleak cityscape gave way to the bright red roofs of ages past. A quick jaunt across cobblestone streets carried us to the riverfront, under the shadows of church bells and silent statues, past caution tape and grey dust that warned of 'improvements', around the garbage collectors and street sweepers and other denizens of the dawn. We paused against the cold stone walls that lined the walkway above the river and waited until the sun peeked over the eastern rooftops, washing over the streets in warm golden light, marking the beginning of day.
Monday, August 26, 2013
|Travel America 2014 Calendar - Rifle Paper Company|
This last year, we had this beautiful, illustrated cities calendar by Rifle Paper Company hanging on our kitchen wall. I think that this Travel America calendar would make a great follow-up.
|Map of Public Libraries across the US|
For the National Day of Civic Hacking, Grimes built this wonderful map of all 17,000 libraries in the US (that's more than Starbucks or McDonalds franchises, thankfully). This vast public library network manages to serve nearly 97% of all Americans.
|Map of Museums across the US|
There are even more museums (about 35,000) across America. These institutions (including zoos, aquariums, art galleries, arboretums, and more) seek to educate the public about some collection of some kind of things.
I take joy in seeing the reach of both the museums and libraries and comfort in knowing that, at least for now, you are more likely to find a place serving the education of the public than you are to find even the most ubiquitous fast food joint.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
|DC City Map - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation|
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
|San Francisco, CA - July 2009 - K.L.H. Tanoue|
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
|Proper's Foodshed Map|
Proper is a fun little restaurant that opened recently down on Congress and 5th Ave in downtown Tucson as part of Tucson's downtown restaurant renaissance. They focus on locally-sourced food and drinks served in an artful manner in a cozy corner of the historic Rialto building.
Reasons we love them:
1. Local food. In a time when the sources of most of our food are obscured by commercialized commodity chains, it's great to know where your food is coming from. The fact that Proper maps and publishes their food sources allow the consumer to do their research.
2. Tasty food. The House Board is awesome (it includes amazingly delicious duck and rabbit! - plus cheese and other goodies), and the churros are to DIE for. (Our favorite dinner arrangement= house board, 2 small plates, and churros to share)
3. Delectable (local) drinks. There's a wide selection of beers from AZ breweries on tap, as well as a number of local wines. Right now, Nate and I recommend the Four Peaks Brewery Peach Ale.
4. Did I mention their awesome map? I recommend sitting under the giant version of it on the back wall.
The Place: 32.222005,-110.966954
Proper | 300 E Congress St. | Tucson, AZ 85701
Hours: M-F | 11am-Midnight
Weekends | 9am-Midnight
|Photograph by Mikhail Metzel/AP|
Can bikes change the world?
I found this New Yorker article by Sally McGrane on a new bike share program in Moscow. From its exploration the tremendous impact of maps to project a movement's vision for the future to its commentary utility of bikes for political activism, it's definitely a worthwhile read.
(P.S. Want to know more about current political movements in Russia? Check out this article)
Monday, August 19, 2013
|US by Total Breweries - New Yorker Interactive Map|
This awesome, interactive mapping project by the New Yorker visualizes the craft-brewing explosion across the United States. Go check out the maps to see stats on craft beer production, growth, and density for all fifty states, as well as some neat brewery stats. See highlights of the project in this post by Daniel Fromson.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Evening Hymns - Arrows - Cardinal Sessions
It's finally the weekend! I hope you have fun weekend plans. Nate and I are planning to make it down to Peach Mania at Apple Annie's orchard in Willcox to pick some peaches fresh off the tree. Plus there will be plenty of trips to the dog park for Watson (and lots of studying for Nate).
Applying science to build a better pie
DIY Rope Bag
A foldable bike helmet
Find the legos
Innovative and compassionate care for dementia patients
Nate's birthday gift (it's a hit!)
How sperm whales hold their breath so long
Caring for your introvert
Have a wonderful weekend!!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
This documentary, exploring the reasons why many families go hungry in a nation with abundant food resources, is first on my next-to-watch list.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
I greatly enjoyed Braniac Tuesday from YouTube Geek Week. This video was my favorite of the bunch. (Who doesn't like to watch free falls into ball pits for science?)
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
|Monkeypod Tree by K.L.H. Tanoue|
Monday, August 12, 2013
|GEOTAIL satellite model by Papafoxtrot, via The Ghostly Store|
Who wants a satellite for their desk? (ME!)
|Map of the American Human Development Index|
On June 19th, the Social Science Research Council released the 2013-2014 Measure of America Report, a publication which aims to measure and compare quality of life across America by use of the American Human Development Index (HDI). Derived from the United Nations Human Development Index, this composite measure combines health, education, and income indicators to provide a portrait of well-being (defined as a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living). The MOA interactive map allows for visualization of the American HDI as well as a number of other health, education, and economic indicators at the state and county level. Check out the data here.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
|Burn #101 by David Nadal|
I forget sometimes that I am insane.
I forget that there is a creature in me watching, waiting for the most inopportune moment to burst out, screaming and cursing.
I forget the part of me that whispers the most dreadful things, strikes instant terror upon the heart.
I forget the crippling cringing despair that lurks just around the corner, that voice that mostly silenced by the powers of citalopram, but that from time to time breaks free to run rampant upon the street shouting "Fire fire! Abandon ship! All hope is lost for you!"
I forget the hand grasped tight around the chest, the unbearable weight upon the beating heart, the gasping for breath.
I forget the noise inside that sends the hands up around the ears as if to protect for the air raid sirens.
I forget the nights spent curled tight, blankets drawn, to defend against some unknown enemy.
I forget the teeth clenched, jaw aching, head pounding, pulsing pain of the mind.
This forgetting is good. I suppose it means that this is no longer normal, everyday, the mundane that I just shrug and try to bear.
Perhaps it means that I am mending.
But it feels like hell when the dam is broken and I remember.
|The Lake Project 20, 2002 by David Maisel via Slate|
My mind is not ordinary by any stretch of the imagination. I like it that way. I like being known as an innovator, a quick study, a speed reader, a problem-solver, an exceptional student. In the peculiarity of our American society, it seems an honor to be different. But what is a blessing can also be a curse.
Looking back, I see the trail of breadcrumbs that led to this current state-- the breakdowns here, the bullying there, the panic always around the corner, the family history that nearly ensured this day would come, the crises and overwhelming despair, the social isolation. The diagnosis came in high school: the near-blackouts, the chest pain, the racing heart, the dizziness, the shortness of breath were all in my head, kind of. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder. I went to counseling and kept clipping along, as well as one does in high school.
College was both better and worse. All started out well-- the heady independence fostered a spirit of adventure. But the anxiety kept creeping back in, sneaking under the door and through the hallway to knock quietly on my bedroom door. The panic attacks came more frequently and more severely. In my junior year, while on a research program in Denton, Texas, I realized that I was afraid to leave my room. I went back to therapy. It didn't help much. I blamed it on upcoming nuptials. The wedding came and went and still the terrors continued. I cried in the kitchen, in the bedroom, on the bathroom floor. I lost it in parking lots and parked cars and crowded parks. I had panic attacks about having panic attacks. My reckless, reeling mind nearly stole my husband's with it as it ran away. Living with crazy takes a tremendous toll.
I finally "copped out." My primary care physician prescribed 10 milligrams a day. I took them faithfully. The first two weeks were horrific- near-constant nausea, an even greater sense of pulsing anxious energy, more tears at the thought that things could indeed be worse.
And then the seas grew calm. The listing ship righted itself, and suddenly, for the first time in a long time, I could begin to pump the water out. I had somehow returned to the land of the normal, the place where a day could be spent in peace without panic hijacking the brain. This new lightness felt like bliss.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
|Large-scale Fractal Motions of Clouds, via Slow Factory|
Slow Factory makes silk scarves printed with images from the HUBBLE Telescope (so cool!).
I'm in love with this fractal-cloud scarf.