End Of Year Happy #4

There’s much that could be said about the rhinoceros, from its fearsome strength, to its rapid and sad decline due to hunting, to the recent differentiation of northern and southern white rhinoceroses into two distinct species because they show such genetic disparity (making for six living species, the northern white being the rarest). In an…

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End Of Year Happy #3

Another interesting vending machine from our area. There are many dairies in the area, one right up the road from us, where customers still come with large tin milk cans to get raw milk fresh from the farm. I suppose the vending machine is for those who can’t be bothered to drive the extra ten…

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End Of Year Happy #1

I came across this vending machine for fresh oven pizza today, right next door to my favorite local fromagerie, the Michelin cheese shop. I’ve heard about these machines, but never had the privilege of seeing one for myself. The Italian restaurant that runs the machine is an excellent one, so I expect the pizzas will…

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Advent at the End

      Well, the twenty-four doors of the Bodleian advent calendar have all been opened. Not only is it Christmas Eve, but the optimistic calendar makers must not have been adherents of the most recent non-Apocalypse, because there were 24 days on the calendar, and not 21 to coincide with the now-defunct End of…

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Cosmic Dawn, Winter Solstice, End of Days, etc.

At the long-heralded End of Days for the Mayan calendar, it’s a relief to see that the good old first day of winter dawned after all. Not only that, it’s the earliest first day of winter since 1896. If one is permitted a favorite when it comes to milestones in our planetary spin around the…

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Between Rhône River bridges

I may be wrong, but in past years I think Geneva has had far more holiday lights up than this year. Usually all the trees that line the lake and rivers are strung with white garlands of light and the various bridges are lines of light as well. Energy saving measures? Cost-cutting? At any rate,…

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The Temporal Sweet Spot

A study carried out at Barrow Neurological Institute in Arizona looked into how humans perceive light. A discovery into the details of human light perception could change the way light-emitting devices are designed. Human visual perception can be leveraged to design better, more efficient lighting systems. “The discovery concerns the way humans perceive temporal modulations…

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Second chances

After two weeks of unrelenting cold and several snowfalls that were both deep and early, we are having a week of heavy and warmish rain to finish off the last official bit of autumn. As the rain melts the snow and exposes the gardening mistakes I made over the last few weeks, mistakes of neglect…

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