Saturday, April 30, 2016
St. Lazarus of the Armenians is a small island in the Venice lagoon. During the Middle Ages it was a leper hospital, where the infected people were confined (Lazzaretto is the Italian name of leper hospital).
Several Armenian monks took here shelter from the Ottoman invasion of their country.
Since the early 18th century, it’s home of an Armenian Catholic monastery, probably the most important site of the Armenian diaspora. Since then, it has been the main center of this culture, with its own printing house, library, with a large collection of old Armenian books and manuscripts.
The island can be visited every day at 3.25 pm.
A small mammal has sabotaged the world’s most powerful scientific instrument.
The Large Hadron Collider, a 17-mile superconducting machine designed to smash protons together at close to the speed of light, went offline overnight. Engineers investigating the mishap found the charred remains of a furry creature near a gnawed-through power cable.
The shutdown comes as the LHC was preparing to collect new data on the Higgs Boson, a fundamental particle it discovered in 2012. The Higgs is believed to endow other particles with mass, and it is considered to be a cornerstone of the modern theory of particle physics.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Total distance traveled in the big Dodge in two days: 1245 long, long miles.
The beginning: somewhere around Dunnigan going north on I-5
Shasta Lake - basically full - bye, bye drought!
The secessionist north - there's a grassroots movement to separate the northern part of the state, basically from Sacramento northwards, and form a new state of Jefferson, to escape the tyranny of LA and SF. Good luck.
The boy finished packing up from the dorm, the end of an era. Next year he's in an apartment.
Triples in Oregon. Keeping it weird on the freeway.
The boy pulling his shift behind the wheel
Mount Shasta, a menacing presence over the land. It's hard to picture how massive it is, and how it lords it over the landscape for miles and miles. If it ever erupts...
The sun goes down somewhere around Williams, bringing an end to two blood curdling days of roadwork.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Can anyone name a movie made over the last ten years that can hold a candle to these classic films, made by and for adults?