Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween!

Happy, Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Have a nice night!

Monday, 29 September 2014

Amazing Haboob

A haboob is a meteorological phenomena that occurs during the monsoon season across the southwestern United States.

Haboobs are characterized by a wall of blowing dust and dirt that typically form from the outflow of a strong shower or thunderstorm. Similar to a dust storm, haboobs can cause a rapid drop in visibility down to near 0 miles in a matter of a few minutes or even less.


The word Haboob originated in Sudan where intense dust storms occur over the Saharan Dessert and other arid regions nearby and are more common than in any other part of the world. Haboobs can grow to be up to around 10,000 feet high as they propagate from a thunderstorm and typically only last about 10-30 minutes. Some of the stronger haboobs can last up to a few hours and travel over 100 miles. Given such durations and heights, haboobs can make for some spectacular photo opportunities, but they can also be quite dangerous if motorists and anyone outside gets caught in one.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Autumn or Spring?

Today is the Equinox.

Equinox

In the Northern Hemisphere, astronomical Autumn starts on 20 September. In the Southern Hemisphere, astronomical Spring starts!

Have a good day!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Hurricane Wilma


In 2005 Hurricane Wilma became the strongest Category 5 Hurricane in the Atlantic basin in recorded history with a barometric pressure of 882mb.


It slammed the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico then went on to hit Florida. Mike Theiss captured on video Hurricane Wilma's strong Category 2 force winds on Miami Beach, Florida on October 24th, 2005. He recorded on video Hurricane Wilma's fierce eyewall and then her calm eye. While inside Hurricane Wilma's eye Mike recorded a barometric pressure of 959mb. Hurricane Wilma lost some of her punch before hitting Florida but still caused an estimate 16.8 billion dollars in damage...

Have a nice day!

Credit: UltimateChase.com

Monday, 1 September 2014

Hello, Autumn!

Hello, Autumn!

Autumn, or Fall, is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn is the transition from summer into winter.

A foliage become diversicolorous.

Autumn leaves

Tagetes' are autumn flowers.

Tagetes

Jasper Francis Cropsey...

Friday, 15 August 2014

Panama Canal

100 years ago the Panama Canal was opening.

SS Ancon entering west chamber, Mira Flores lower locks

SS Ancon became the first ship to officially transit the Panama Canal. It was on August 15,1914. It is one of the seven wonders of the modern World.

It was the greatest day in Panama's history.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Second Cold or Third World War?

Russia bans food imports from West...

Chief foreign correspondent Margaret Warner talks to Gwen Ifill about the U.S. response to Russia’s new ban against most Western food imports, the E.U.’s growing resolve to stand with the U.S. and the growing potential for Russian troops to invade Eastern Ukraine.



She is a stupid. European economy will really suffer from Russian sanctions. Especially Poland and the Baltic countries.

The stupid World! Ebola virus is coming...

Robin Williams...

Famous comedic actor Robin Williams was found dead in his home in Tiburon, California on Monday. He was 63.

Authorities are investigating the death, and an autopsy is forthcoming, but initial evidence points to a suicide due to asphyxia.

Robin Williams

RIP, Robin... Memento mori!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Ebola epidemic

Leading Sierra Leone doctor Sheik Humarr Khan died from Ebola virus on Tuesday afternoon at Kailahun treatment centre in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Khan led the response in Sierra Leone to the current Ebola outbreak there and treated dozens of patients. On Thursday, Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency, quarantining Ebola epicentres.


The previous Tuesday, Minister of Health and Sanitation Miatta Kargbo announced Dr. Khan had contracted Ebola. Dr. Khan was moved to the Doctors Without Borders treatment center in Kailahun. A few days before he was admitted, three other senior staff in his department at the Kenema Government Hospital died from Ebola, including one, Nurse Mbalu Fonnie, with more than two decades' experience with hemorrhagic fever.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Hello, August!

August!

This is the last month of summer or winter (in Southern Hemisphere).

Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

But according Irish calendar August is an autumn.

Enjoy it!

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Moon!

45 years ago (July 20 (21), 1969) astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission.

Human on the Moon

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind", Armstrong said. 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Germany!

Germany have won the World Cup after defeating Argentina 1:0 at legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio. German substitute Mario Goetze scored in the 113th minute to account for the win before a capacity crowd of about 75,000 fans.

Germany won

And... Miroslav Klose becomes the top goalscorer in FIFA World Cup history!

Great victory!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Suya, only Suya

Suya is a spicy shish kebab like skewered meat which is a popular food item in various parts of Nigeria and is enjoyed as a delicacy in West Africa.

Suya is generally made with skewered beef, ram, or chicken. Innards such as kidney, liver and tripe are also used. The thinly sliced meat is marinated in various spices which include peanut cake, salt, vegetable oil and other flavorings, and then barbecued. Suya is served with further helpings of dried pepper mixed with spices and sliced onions.


Halal meat preparation methods are normally used, especially in the northern parts of Nigeria, were the suspicion of non conformation to Muslim dietary prohibitions in Suya preparation has been known to cause riots.

What a very nice thing!

Enjoy it!

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Facts About Genetically Modified Food

Cooked up in a lab and served on our plates, it's time to investigate the 10 most worrying facts about genetically modified foods.

From venomous cabbages to spine tingling diseases, this might put you off your dinner.


Have a nice day!

Friday, 4 July 2014

July 4, 1776

The Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

The Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the 13 American colonies, then at war with Great Britain, regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire.

Instead they now formed a new nation named the United States of America. John Adams was a leader in pushing for independence, which was unanimously approved on July 2.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Stonefish

Synanceia is a genus of fish of the family Synanceiidae, the Stonefishes, whose members are venomous, dangerous, and even fatal to humans. It is one of the most venomous fish currently known in the world.



They are found in the coastal regions of Indo-Pacific oceans as well as off the coast of Florida and in the Caribbean.



Yes, the fish is a very dangerous.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

100 years ago...

... at this day World War I began.

19-year-old Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinates Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Duchess Sophie, in Sarajevo, now Bosnia and Herzegovina, triggering the July Crisis and World War I.

Gavrilo Princip killing Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria

The War lasted until 11 November 1918. More than 9 million people were killed.

P.S. Gavrilo Princip died on 28 April 1918 at Terezin fortress 3 years and 10 months after it.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

June 24, 1945

Victory parade in Moscow... It marked the end of the Second World War in Europe (not in the World).


This video is colour...

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Allan Simonsen's Fatal Crash

One year ago Danish racing driver Allan Simonsen was killed at the 81st 24 Hours of Le Mans today, after his No 95 Aston Martin spun off the track.


He was 34 (he was born July 5, 1978), and this was his seventh time participating in the race.

R.I.P., Allan.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Solstice

June 21 and 22 are days of the Summer solstice in Northern hemisphere!

Four astronomical seasons

It is a good! The summer solstice occurs during a hemisphere's summer. It is better than the Equinox.

These days with the most hours of daylight in the year.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

On this day...

On June 11, 1955, more than 80 people were killed and more than 100 were injured after Pierre Levegh and Lance Macklin collided during the 23rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans sports car endurance race.


It was the worst accident in motor racing history. The photographer of this footage was injured but did survive the incident. Also Lance Macklin was survived. He died in 2002, aged 82.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Asha disaster

25 years ago...

The Asha disaster was a gas explosion on June 4, 1989 at 1:15 (UTC+5) near Asha in the Soviet Union, about 50 kilometers from Ufa. It erupts beneath two trains carrying more than 1,200 people.

It was the most deadly railway accident in Soviet and European history.

After disaster

The explosion occurred when a leaking natural propane and butane liquids pipeline created a highly flammable cloud that was ignited by sparks created by two passenger trains passing each other nearby.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Farage blames EU for Ukraine crisis

2014 UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage criticized Europe's foreign policy towards Ukraine, blaming the EU for the toppling of a democratically elected government in Kyiv.


Credit: RT.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Scores dead in northern India train crash

At least 40 people have been killed after a train crash in India's northern Uttar Pradesh state.

An express train collided with a stationary freight train near Chureb station in Basti on Monday, derailing several carriages of the passenger train.


Railway officials say rescue and medical teams were immediately rushed to the site to help the injured.

Six coaches of the Gorakhdham Express went off the rails and ploughed into the freight train at Chureb railway station on Monday morning. Rescuers are searching through the mangled coaches, with reports saying a number of people are trapped.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Great Chilean Earthquake

Sunday, May 22, 1960. It was Black Sunday in Chile and Pacific territories.

Great Chilean Earthquake was the most powerful earthquake in a human history, rating 9.5 on the moment magnitude scale. An epicenter was near Lumaco in the Araucanía Region.

A Valdivia street after the earthquake

The 1960 Chilean earthquake was actually a series of strong earthquakes that affected Chile between 21 May and 6 June 1960. The first was the Concepción earthquake and the strongest was the Valdivia earthquake.

Its resulting tsunami affected Chile, Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, Eastern Australia, New Zealand, and the Aleutian Islands in Alaska.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Eruption of Mount St. Helens

On May 18, 1980 a volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens 150 km south of Seattle, and 80 km northeast of Portland, Oregon. Always it was the most active volcano in the Cascade Range.

Month before 1980 eruption

It was the greatest eruption in the Contiguous States since 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

1974 smallpox epidemic

The 1974 smallpox epidemic of India was one of the worst (but one of the latest) smallpox epidemics of 20th century.

Great smallpox epidemic

At least 15,000 people died of smallpox between January to May 1974, mainly in the Indian states of Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal. There were thousands who survived but were disfigured or blinded. India reported 61,482 cases of smallpox to WHO in these five months. India had over 86% of the world's smallpox cases in 1974, primarily due to this epidemic.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Cyst

A cyst is a closed sac, having a distinct membrane and division compared to the nearby tissue.

Some cysts may need to be drained to relieve symptoms. That involves piercing the cyst with a sharp object and draining it.


A cyst is a closed capsule or sac-like structure, typically filled with liquid, semisolid or gaseous material; very much like a blister.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

1950 May Day Parade

The contrived hysteria of the 1950 May Day parade in Red Square.

All the Party heavyweights - Stalin, Molotov, Beria and Malenkov - are on the reviewing stand as a public address announcer bellows exhortations at the massive crowd. Notable by his absence is World War II hero Marshal Georgy Zhukov...


The second half of the film shows the post-parade festivities of a carnival, a fireworks display, and other Communist-type fun...

This video is under Creative Commons license!

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

English Holywar

Which is Britain's greatest university? Oxford or Cambridge?


Holy war forever!

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Ludlow Massacre

100 years ago at this day...

The Colorado National Guard attacks a tent colony of 1,200 striking coal miners in Ludlow, Colorado in the United States, killing 24 people.

Ruins after Ludlow Massacre

This casus is known as Ludlow Massacre. It is a part of Colorado Coalfield War.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Street Food in China

This street vendor sells a popular street food snack called Jian Bing. This is a popular snack in northern parts of China.


This popular snack was being sold in southern China, in the city of Guangzhou.

Chinese food is the best food in the World!

Enjoy it!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

2014 Boat Race

Oxford won!

But after 2014 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, the greatest boat race in the World, Cambridge have won the race 81 times and Oxford 78 times, with one dead heat.


Oxford powered to their fifth Boat Race victory in seven years (and 10 of the 15 last races) against University rivals Cambridge on the River Thames.

Friday, 4 April 2014

UNESCO World Heritage Collection

A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by the UNESCO as of special cultural or physical significance.

The list is maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 states parties which are elected by their General Assembly.

The programme catalogues, names, and conserves sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance to the common heritage of humanity. Under certain conditions, listed sites can obtain funds from the World Heritage Fund. The programme was founded with the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage, which was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972. Since then, 189 states parties have ratified the convention.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Zvenigorod

Zvenigorod is a city Moscow oblast, located on the Moskva River, 50 km west of Moscow.

After you’ve taken a stroll around the monastery’s grounds and lit a candle in its churches, you can have lunch at the monastic refectory of the Savino-Storozhevsky Monastery.


You can continue your cultural immersion by going to the Old Town’s Cathedral of the Assumption – one of the most striking of the ancient cathedrals in the Moscow hinterlands.


Welcome to Zvenigorod!

Tower of Babylon

Babylon was originally a Semitic Akkadian city dating from the period of the Akkadian Empire.

The Tower of Babel, held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, is a painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder that was completed circa 1563.

It depicts the construction of the Tower of Babylon, which according to the Book of Genesis in the Bible, was a tower built by a unified, monolingual humanity as a mark of their achievement and to prevent them from scattering.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The Tower of Babel

Bruegel completed a second painting of the same subject, known as the The "Little" Tower of Babel, at roughly the same time; it is held in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Belize Barrier Reef

The Belize Barrier Reef is a main place of interesting in the country.

Mainly the reef is fomous for the Mysterious Belize Great Blue Hole, which 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.

Goff's Caye

The Belize Barrier Reef is a series of coral reefs. It is the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Twitter



March 21, 2006 Twitter started.

Jack Dorsey published the first Twitter message at 9:50 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST): "just setting up my twttr".

It had 400,000 tweets posted per quarter in 2007. This grew to 100 million tweets posted per quarter in 2008. In February 2010, Twitter users were sending 50 million tweets per day.

Did you know in 2013, Twitter had roughly 200 million active users who sent over 400 million tweets daily?

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Harvard-Yale

The annual regatta between Yale and Harvard, the oldest rivalry in American college sports, has been taking place on the Thames River since 1878.


Each team has a permanent facility in Gales Ferry that makes the experience of this tradition more memorable. 

Enjoy it!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Paratha

Paratha is a flatbread that originated in the Indian Subcontinent.

The Paratha is an important part of a traditional North Asian breakfast. Traditionally, it is made using ghee but oil is also used. Some people may even bake it in the oven for health reasons. Usually the paratha is eaten with dollops of white butter on top of it. Sides which go very well with paratha are curd, fried egg, omelette, Ground mutton cooked with vegetable and spices, a lamb dish, zeera aloo potatoes lightly fried with cumin seeds, daal, and raita as part of a breakfast meal. It may be stuffed with potatoes, paneer, onions, qeema or chili peppers.


Ingredients: two cups chapati flour, four tbsp plus one tsp of vegetable oil or ghee, separated, 1/2 tsp salt, 2/3 cup water, 1/2 cup rice flour.

Enjoy it!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Hansel Valley earthquake

80 years ago, on the morning of March 12, 1934, Kelton was hit by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in Utah. At a magnitude of 6.6 and an intensity of VIII, the Hansel Valley quake and its aftershocks might have been devastating in a densely-populated area, but only two people were killed.

Abandoned foundation in Kelton, Utah

This earthquake occurred in the valley, a sparsely populated area.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Storm

A shade of Soli Storm Bailey, captured at P-PASS Micronesia.

The only Australian in the water and one of the youngest, during one of the biggest swells thats hit there.


STORM from Kaius Potter on Vimeo.


It is magnificent!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Acadia National Park

95 years ago, February 26, 1919 territory of Sieur de Monts National Monument became a Lafayette national park. It was a first NP in the United States east of the Mississippi River.



Later it was renamed Acadia in 1929... Today Acadia National Park is consists of more than 190 km2, including Mount Desert Island, Isle au Haut, parts of Baker Island and the Schoodic Peninsula.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Steamed Fish

This is one way took cook fish in a healthy way.

Ingredients:

1 whole white fish
1 chilli (deseeded)
2 stalks of spring onions
12 pieces of ginger slices
1 tablespoon of shao xing wine (optional if you can't take alcohol)



And...

Friday, 14 February 2014

Valentine's Day

Happy the Feast of Saint Valentine!

Valentine's Day

Have a nice day!

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Qeema

Qeema is a traditional South Asian meat dish. Originally this word meant minced meat.

It is typically minced mutton curry with peas or potatoes. Qeema can be made from almost any meat, can be cooked by stewing or frying, and can be formed into kebabs.


Ingredients. Salt ¾ ts, 1ts chilli powder, 1ts coriander powder, 1ts cumin seeds and ½ ts turmeric powder, garam masala ½ ts. Potatoes 2 md sz, 1 inch ginger, 1 whole md sz garlic, 1 md sz onion. Peas 1cup and tomatoes 2 md-large sz and fresh coriander. Cooking oil 1/2 cup.

Have a good day!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Goat Meat Pepper Soup

Nigerian Goat Meat Pepper Soup is the coolest soup in Africa!

Ingredients:
* 500 g Goat meat...cut into small sizes
* 2 spoonful Ground pepper soup spices
* Habanero/Chilli Pepper
* 2 teaspoonful Dry Uziza/basil leaves
* 1 tablespoonful of ground Crayfish
* 2 Stock cubes /seasoning cubes
* 1 medium Onion bulb (chopped)
* Salt 
* Water



If you would be using assorted parts of the goat, check out this assorted meat pepper soup recipe to guide you on how to cook the different parts.

Bye!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Turtle Soup

Turtle soup is soup or stews made from the flesh of the turtle. The dish exists in some cultures and is viewed as a luxury or delicacy.

Turtle before

The green turtle aka Chelonia mydas was commonly used for turtle soup in the United States; especially turtle soup is a great delicacy in Louisiana. Soup made from the snapping turtle was found mainly in the United States. Chinese and other East Asian cuisines use primarily soft-shelled turtles for turtle soup.

Where is a recipe? Here you are... 

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Space Shuttle Columbia

The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster occurred on February 1, 2003, when Columbia disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.

Official crew photo from mission STS-107 on the Space Shuttle Columbia

It was Columbia's 28th mission.

In 2004, President George W. Bush conferred posthumous Congressional Space Medals of Honor to all 14 astronauts lost in the Challenger and Columbia accidents.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Bye-Bye, January

Second month of winter and first month of year ended.

Winter Forest

Snow, snow, snow. Where is the Global Warming?

Hello, February!

Torre Ejecutiva Pemex

One year ago an explosion at the Torre Ejecutiva Pemex in Mexico City kills 37 people and injures more than 100.

Torre Ejecutiva Pemex is a skyscraper (214 m) with a heliport in Mexico City. It has been occupied by state-owned Pemex, one of the largest petroleum companies in the world.

Pemex explosion

At about 15:45 (CST), an explosion occurred in the basement of a parking garage adjacent to the main office building. The blast caused the first two stories of the fourteen-floor Building B-2 to partially collapse.

The cause of the blast was a gas leak that was ignited by an electrical fault.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Space Shuttle Challenger

28 years ago, 16:39:13 UTC, January 28, 1986 the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster occurred. It broke apart 73 seconds.

Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff killing all seven astronauts on board. It was 10th flight.

Disintegration of the Space Shuttle Challenger

When the Challenger explosion occurred, it shocked the nation, started a NASA investigation, and led to many changes in the shuttle program.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Apple and 1984

30 years ago, January 22, 1984...

The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous 1984 television commercial produced by Fairbanks Films, and directed by Ridley Scott.

Macintosh 128K, a Hero of Day

On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like 1984.

It was a great day.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Costa Concordia disaster

On 13 January 2012 Costa Concordia hit a rock off Isola del Giglio. A 53-metre (174 ft) long gash was made in the hull, along 3 compartments of the engine room (deck 0), and power to the engines and ship services was cut off.

Costa Concordia

About 300 people were left on board, most of whom were rescued by helicopter and motorboats. 32 passengers died, 64 injured, and 2 missing.

A salvage operation on September 2013 became the most expensive marine operation in history. On 17 September 2013 the Costa Concordia was brought to a vertical position through a parbuckling procedure.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Chichester Cathedral

The magnificent Chichester Cathedral, captured in a glorious winter day on the 2nd January 2014.

This shot was taken from the Palace Gardens and it gives an excellent view of all the Cathedrals towers (4 in total!)...

Chichester Cathedral

The cathedral one of the tallest in Britain with the central spire reaching 277' (84m) high and can be seen by sailors; as well as being the only English Cathedral that can be seen from the sea.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Blue-footed Boobies

Blue-footed Boobies by chdwckvnstrsslhm
Blue-footed Boobies, a photo by chdwckvnstrsslhm on Flickr.
Immature Blue-footed Boobies (Sula nebouxii) at Lake Skinner, CA in Riverside County. There are four individuals currently at this location that is very far north and inland from the northernmost area they are typically found (the Gulf of California in Mexico).