social media: I hate it when it finally dawns on me via social media that some good friends from an earlier era are now separated/divorced. I had wondered because I would see one without the other, but dismissed the idea because I just could not fathom that this couple is no longer a couple. It hit me like a brick. But I learned a lesson: Take the extra effort to stay connected, call or send a personal note whenever I feel like there is too much time and distance between someone I consider a friend. Enough said …
Charlotte Knights, BBT Ballpark Opening Night 4.11.14, Budweiser Clydesdales: Wishing I were downtown! I’ve seen the Clydesdales once … just love those big guys!
PHOTO: , about to be unloaded at BB&T Ballpark @KnightsBaseball pic.twitter.com/1930CZPAf8
Full Pink Moon, ‘Blood Moon’, April 15, 4.15.14, Lunar Eclipse: Jack’s birthday …
A full Pink Moon will take place on April 15, 2014. A lunar eclipse will also take place, making it also a “Blood Moon.”
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the first full moon in April is referred to as the Full Pink Moon.
“This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this month’s celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn,” says the Almanac.
The name comes from Native Americans. It doesn’t mean the moon will be pink in color, but it refers to the color of the flowers.
In the Christian tradition, the moon coming April 15 is called the Paschal Full Moon–the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
The term “Blood Moon” is used because the moon can appear red during a total lunar eclipse.
weird British stereotypes, benches, personal space, Quora, oxymorons: The first time I saw a “bench” divided into separate seats was in Britain … an oxymoron, don’t you think?
As a Brit, where would I choose to sit?
The seat next to the lady? Certainly not. Far too close and intimate. I’d be invading her personal space and we’d both be uncomfortable with the possibility of conversation.
The seat next to that? No. I’d be on the same side as her, so we can still see each other. This is not ideal. I might consider this seat if all the others are full, but there are better options in this scenario.
The seat directly behind her? Definitely not. We’d be able to hear each other and there’s the vanishingly small probability that we might bang heads.
The correct answer, of course, is the nearest seat on the empty side – as far away from the lady as possible. This reduces any likelihood of social interaction to an absolute minimum.
Or even better, not to sit down at all.
Next time you’re in Britain, you can test this out for yourself. If someone on a bus or train has empty seats around them, plonk yourself down right next to them.
And watch their look of horror!
differences between the American and German ways of living, town planning context, Quora:
★What are the differences between the American and German ways of living, but in the town planning context?Edit
How the physical setting has been structured to support those differences?
One thing I could find:
There are enormous malls near motorways, sometimes they are so called dead malls. Usually building is surrounded by parking places to be able to drive from one side to another (they are so big). So it looks like a big building in the middle of nowhere. I did not see those kind of malls in Germany. Here they are usually adjusted to surroundings. I have never been to USA so correct me if I am wrong.
Patrick Cannon, Charlotte mayor scandal: Picture says a lot …
I guess Patrick Cannon isn’t welcome at BB&T ballpark. pic.twitter.com/dpRIol5DSy
NYC Grid: New York City Then and Now, Business Insider, graphic designer Paul Sahner: Really liked this photo essay.
Graphic designer Paul Sahner has been taking pictures of New York’s streets since he moved to the city nine years ago. He loves the feeling of capturing an ever-shifting urban landscape for posterity on his blog NYC Grid.
Inspired by the changing shops and street corners he saw while walking around, Sahner started a before-and after-series on NYC Grid. The photographer would match his own photos of New York City with old pictures from the Library of Congress or Flickr to showcase the transformation of the city’s landmarks and streets.
Slightly Foxed – The Real Reader’s Quarterly, books: Interesting …
A decade or so ago four people sat round a kitchen table and discussed the fact that, while publishers and bookshops were getting bigger, the number of interesting and original books being published seemed to be getting smaller. And they began to think about all the wonderful books that had slipped out of print, or disappeared from publishers’ backlists and bookshop shelves, which would still be enjoyed today if only people were reminded about them. Out of these discussions came Slightly Foxed which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary – an elegantly produced and much-loved quarterly book magazine, unaffected by the winds of publishing fashion and more like a well-read friend than a literary periodical, personal, unpretentious and entertaining.
After a while it became obvious too that many of the interesting books recommended by our contributors were no longer available. So in 2008 we launched Slightly Foxed Editions, a series of stylish little limited-edition pocket hardback reissues of classic memoirs which have proved hugely popular. This year the Editions have given birth to Slightly Foxed Cubs, a limited-edition series of outstanding historical novels for younger readers by the brilliant storyteller Ronald Welch which, by following the fortunes of a single family, join up the dots of English history in a remarkably vivid and human way.