Are you ready for the historic solar eclipse that’s just days away?

A map of the United States showing the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.


Do you have what you need to see it safely?
You can see the eclipse no matter where you are in North America on Aug. 21!
August 21 will be a day for the history books. No matter where you are in North America, you’ll get to experience the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in nearly a century! The dark shadow of the moon will sweep from Oregon to South Carolina, putting 14 states in the path of totality and providing a spectacular view of a partial eclipse across all 50 states.

Eclipses are an incredible experience, but it’s important to view them safely. Join NASA scientists on Wednesday, August 16, from 6:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET and again from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET to show your viewers what they need to safely see the eclipse whether they’re inside the path of totality or not.

You should never look directly at the sun! The only safe way to look directly at the sun or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.

An eclipse is a striking phenomenon you won't want to miss, but you must carefully follow safety procedures.

Solar eclipses happen somewhere in the world about every 18 months, but much of the time it happens over the ocean. To have an eclipse travel across so much land where millions of people live is incredibly rare, and makes for a unique opportunity for so many to witness one of nature’s most impressive shows. 

You don’t normally have a reason to stare at the sun. During an eclipse, though, you might think that looking at the partially blocked sun is not so risky. But staring directly at even a partly obscured sun has been known to damage people’s eyes.

Endless Youth

Fairy ballet



Sarah Illengerger  pasta weave

Apples and oranges

Mathematicians finally developed a financial model to accurately compare apples and oranges. 

Any two kinds of fruit can be compared, although guavas still cause minor rounding errors.

Graham Parke


The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. 

Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious. Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets. The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. 
You can't squeeze blood out of a turnip . . . The beet is the murderer returned to the scene of the crime. The beet is what happens when the cherry finishes with the carrot. 

 An old Ukrainian proverb warns, “A tale that begins with a beet will end with the devil.” That is a risk we have to take. 

 Tom Robbins (Jitterbug Perfume)

Balloon cartoon

Friends are like balloons -- if you stab them they die


'Caisse', 1997 Bernard Frize Acrylic and resin on canvas

No experience has been too unimportant, and the smallest event unfolds like a fate, and fate itself is
like a wonderful, wide fabric in which every thread is guided by an infinitely tender hand and laid alongside another thread and is held and supported by a hundred others.

Letter Three (23 April 1903)
Letters to a Young Poet  is a collection of ten letters written by Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875–1926) to Franz Xaver Kappus (1883–1966), a 19-year-old officer cadet at the Theresian Military Academy

Ubuntu - "I am beacause we are."

A tiny home escape

WANTED:  Caretaker for my beach house
Also:  beach house
Also:  money for beach house

"The world is full of people who have never,

since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind." 

 — E.B. White

Moths in marketing?

Spacy camera GIF

Perseid meteor shower - right now is peak, esp. 8/12/17

Spider trees

An unexpected side-effect of the flooding in parts of Pakistan has been that millions of spiders climbed up into the trees to escape the rising flood waters. Because of the scale of the flooding and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, many trees have become cocooned in spiders’ webs.

People in this part of Sindh have never seen this phenomenon before, but they also report that there are now less mosquito’s than they would expect, given the amount of stagnant, standing water that is around. It is thought that the mosquito’s are getting caught in the spiders’ webs thus reducing the risk of malaria, which would be one blessing for the people of Sindh, facing so many other hardships after the floods. 


Sarah Ilengerger shuttlecock project

Word of the day


1. of or on a shore (sea, lake or ocean), especially a seashore; by the sea. 
2. inhabiting the shore of a sea or lake or the shallow waters near the shore.

3. a coastal region; a shore. 
4. The region or zone between the limits of high and low tides.

"I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves

 -- this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts -- possessions, outward success, luxury -- have always seemed to me contemptible.

Richard Misrach, On the Beach

"My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a 'lone traveler' and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude..."

From: The world as I see it:  An essay by Einstein

Summer reading - gratitude

"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people 

-- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. 

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...

Avigdor Arikha

Beach Huts, Mersea Island, Essex, England


Beach scenes

Summer scene

Capa sailingrace- Lofoten-islands-ha[1] NORWAY. Hankoe. 1951. Sailing race off the Lofoten Islands.

Daytona bch 1950s


Digging in the sand

The day we stop exploring is the day we commit ourselves to live in a stagnant world, devoid of curiosity, empty of dreams.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Flat dogs

There is sorrow enough in the natural way, 
from men and women to fill our day; 
But when we are certain of sorrow in store, 
why do we always arrange for more? 
Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware... 
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear. 

Rudyard Kipling 1909