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physics + nature = a mystifying beauty

25 Jul

Images of sand formations, top from NJ and bottom from CA. Via Wired.




hearts + hands for Japan.

24 Mar

In the aftermath of the disaster(s) in Japan, Americans have donated about half of what they have to Haiti. Yes, Japan is one of the richest countries in the world but does that make them any less deserving of our aid? Remember, donations don’t just send money overseas, they send much-needed manpower and supplies that an overwhelmed government, however wealthy, may have difficulty rallying.

The first thing you should do is donate to whatever student or workplace group is trying to raise money. I find giving to real people always affects me like giving to a computer can’t and the people collecting funds will receive a boost of energy from receiving your donation (remember: asking people for money takes courage).

The next thing you should do is check out this site and, if you have another $10 dollars in you to give (I know you do), send it their way. You could win an amazing prize for your generosity.

Donations go to Shelter Box and Save The Children, two charities from which the Japanese government has officially accepted aid (uncoordinated giving has been an issue, see this article).

Before you go, check out these hauntingly beautiful photos from the NYT’s Lens blog.

we heart harry potter.

10 Mar

Just spent three days at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando. For someone who is dreading the last HP movie and hence the last new edition to the Harry Potter francise, it was really awesome to go there and geek out with a bunch of other fans (Though I’m not sure how many kids actually read the books these days. It’s not like when I was a kid and there weren’t any movies.).

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indo para o Brasil! (going to Brazil!)

24 Feb

I just got accepted to my study abroad program in Brazil next fall! The theme is Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology and it’s based out of Belém which is in the northern part of Brazil. Belém (Portuguese for “Bethlehem”), the capital of the state of Pará, was founded in 1616 and was the first European colony on the Amazon. While there I will be studying local environmental issues and completing a research project. Can’t wait.

Here’s a sneak peak:

more new york.

1 Feb

More pictures today but before we move on I’d like to direct your attention towards the best pizza I’ve ever eaten.

New York Magazine writes, “Tucking into Kesté’s ‘Regina Margherita’ can seem like eating pizza for the first time. A few bites in, and you’re struck by the sensation that life, such as it is, may have nothing more to offer.”

I can say that this is all 100% true. I got the special that night, a layer of fresh basil topped by a super soft mozzarella with cherry tomatoes on top. It was the most cheese I’d ever seen on a pizza but it was amazing. Just thinking about it right now hurts. It’s definitely the first place I’ll be next time I’m in New York.

Anyway, here are some more pics. Thanks to Thomas for letting me stay with him and for taking me around. And thanks to Megabus for selling tickets for $1!

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snowy new york.

30 Jan

The first sight that greeted me off the bus… and one that I would see many more times over the weekend.

I got in after a huge blizzard. The roads were mostly clear but the parks were mostly untouched. In Highline Park people had made tons of snow sculptures lining the path, and Central Park was like a snow wonderland which we had almost to ourselves! Some snow pics below, more NYC pics tomorrow.

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some people are too cool.

1 Nov

Makes me want to marry a guy who will wear red sneakers to our wedding… never thought I’d say that!

Wedding pic by Max Wagner. Is it creepy to look at other people’s wedding pictures? Because I do it a lot.