Saturday, 31 August 2013

Last Day of Summer

Good-Bye, Summer! Hello, Autumn!

Autumn in South Sihote-Alin

Have a nice day!

Friday, 30 August 2013

Foie gras

Foie gras (fatty liver) is a popular and well-known delicacy in French cuisine. Its flavor is described as rich, buttery, and delicate, unlike that of an ordinary duck or goose.

Two to three times a day, a worker grabs each bird, shoves a long, thick metal tube all the way down his throat, and an air pump shoots up to two pounds of corn mush into his esophagus. The industry always refers to the dry weight of the feed, which is about one pound per feeding. Adding oil and water doubles this weight, making it 20-30% of the bird's healthy body weight. Picture 30 one pound boxes of dry pasta and then add water. This is proportionally how much a 150 pound human would be force fed using this formula.

A duck's liver naturally weighs around 50 grams. However, to qualify as foie gras, the industry's own regulations require ducks' livers to weigh an absolute minimum of 300 grams.

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

View from the Window at Le Gras

In August 1826 Nicéphore Niépce created a photograph known as View from the Window at Le Gras.

View from the Window at Le Gras

Today it is the oldest surviving photo. In 2003 Life listed View from the Window at Le Gras among 100 Photographs that Changed the World.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Hoosier National Forest

The Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, provides a wide mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy.

Hoosier National Forest in Summer

Rolling hills, back-country trails, and rural crossroad communities make this small but beautiful forest a favorite! Forest managers work with the public to develop a shared vision of how this 202,000 acre Forest should be managed. 

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Wizard Island & Crater Lake

Wizard Island is a volcanic cinder cone which forms an island at the west end of Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.

Wizard Island. Credit: USGS

The top of the island reaches 2,113m above sea level, about 230m above the average surface of the lake. The cone is capped by a volcanic crater about 150m wide and 30m deep. The crater was named the "Witches Cauldron" by Will G Steel in 1885, who also gave Wizard Island its name at the same time. The land area of the island is just under 316 acres.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Resurrection Cathedral

The Resurrection Cathedral is a part of New Jerusalem Resurrection Monastery in Istra near Moscow.

Resurrection Cathedral

The New Jerusalem Monastery was founded in 1656 by Patriarch Nikon. The Resurrection Cathedral was built 1658-1685 as a similarity of a church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. It is the one of most grandiose buildings of 17th century Russian architecture. The model of the cathedral was brought to Russia by the Greek Patriarch Paisy in 1649.

Its magnificent domes framed with trees.

Russian Far East: Flood

Flooding may get worse as Russian Far East (Habarovsk, Birobijan, Blagoveshchensk) destroyed in deluge.

One of the biggest cities and business hubs in Russian Far East is in danger of being swamped by the most-powerful flood the region has seen in more than a hundred years.

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Thursday, 22 August 2013

The Blue Hole

The Mysterious Belize Great Blue Hole is a large underwater hole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 100 kilometres (62 mi) from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is perfectly circular in shape, over 300 metres (1000 ft) across, 3140 feet circumference and 125 metres (410 ft) deep.

It was formed as a limestone cave system during the last glacial period when the sea level was 400 to 500 feet below present time and was dryland. Last glacial period began about 120,000 years ago and end about 15,000 years ago. Reaching the maximum extension 26,500 years ago. At the end the ocean began to rise, the caves flooded, and the roof collapsed. Believed to be the world's largest feature of its kind, the Great Blue Hole is part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a World Heritage site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The hole itself is the opening to a system of caves and passageway that penetrate this undersea mountain. In various places, massive limestone stalactites hang down from what was once the ceiling of air-filled caves thousand of years before the end of the last Ice Age 15,000 years ago. 

Wednesday, 21 August 2013


August 21, 1732... First European boat reached Alaska. It was the Russian St. Gabriel.

Russian America was born. It was not only Alaska but pacific coast of British Columbia, Hawaian forts and Fort Ross in California.

The Russian settlement of St. Paul's Harbor, now Kodiak town, 1814.

In 1867 Russian America was sold to the United States for $7.2 million. 

Sunday, 18 August 2013

TransSib in Buryatia

Irkutsk-Naushki passenger train near Khuzhir railway station in Buryatia, Russia.

Irkutsk-Naushki passenger train

This is TransSib, the longest and the most awful railway in the World!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Panama Canal

99 years ago (August 15, 1914) Panama Canal was open. Cargo ship SS Ancon was first.

It is one of the seven wonders of the modern world.

Panama Canal, 1913

Now Panamax is a standart for size of ships.

It was a great job!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Orthodox monasteries

See old Russian postcards and Orthodox monasteries. Very nice photos…

Solovki Monastery. Anzer Skit

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Secure passwords

Many users fail to keep their passwords secure. This can be a result of several things.
-Any password that contains a single word that is found in the dictionary is extremely vulnerable.
-Any password using all letters or all numbers is extremely vulnerable.
-Any password using less than 8 digits is extremely vulnerable.
-Any password using less than 12 digits is weak.
-Any password containing personal information is weak.
-Any password used at more than one location or more than one site is slightly vulnerable.(Your basing the security of your site on the security practices of someone else)
-Any password saved on your computer or written on a paper found near your computer is slightly vulnerable.

Best password practices are as follows:
-A password containing 16+ digits.
-A password containing lower case letters and upper case letters.
-A password containing numbers.
-A password containing special symbols.
-A randomized password.
-A password unique to this site or application.

A secure password should be similar to the following: X91gt$1d.#4s9J1k(0sx

The password is 20 digits long, contains caps and lower case, contains numbers, contains special characters and is unique to this site.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Deadly Crocodile

The Nile crocodile is the largest crocodilian in Africa and is sometimes regarded as the second largest crocodilian after the Saltwater crocodile.

The male crocodile usually measure from 11.5 to 16 feet long (3.5 to 5 meters), but very old, mature ones can grow to 18 ft (5.5 m) or more. Males usually weigh about 1100 lbs (500 kg), but can very large & old specimens can reach up to 2000 lbs (909 kg).[5] The largest accurately measured male was shot near Mwanza, Tanzania and measured 6.45 m (21.3 ft) and weighed approximately 1,090 kg (2,400 lb). Like all crocodiles they are sexually dimorphic, with the males up to 30% larger than the females, though the difference is even more in some species, like the Saltwater crocodile.

Mature female nile crocodiles measure 8 to 13 feet long (2.5 to 3.9 meters) and typically weigh 227-300 kg (500-660 lbs).

It is Africa!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Colorado Day

August 1 is a Great Day for Colorado.

Mountains... Colorado is the highest state

This day in 1876... The Territory of Colorado became 38th state of the US.

Have a nice day.