Monday, July 20, 2015

Space Exploration Day JULY 20, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Space Exploration Day

The origins of Space Exploration Day date back to man first walking on the moon, with the day itself first observed to commemorate this historic event during events held in the early 1970s. It is about more than just the moon landings though and is intended to pay homage to the incredible achievements of the past and fire up enthusiasm for the benefits of space exploration efforts to come in the future.
The Space Exploration Day website provides details of ways to take part, with these produced by the man behind the original idea for the event, J. David Baxter. These include taking a nature hike in the spirit of exploration, organizing public star gazing parties, setting off model rockets, or having a science fiction party to show a classic space movie. There are plenty of other options to have some fun and celebrate a universe to be explored.

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Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) A fragment of incombustible matter left after a wood or coal or charcoal fire.
Usage:Ella loved to read by the fire; her cruel stepsisters dubbed her "Cinderella," since her face was often blackened with cinder dust.

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Gregor Mendel (1822)

Mendel was an Austrian monk who laid the mathematical foundation for the science of genetics. While working in his monastery's garden in 1854, he began planning the experiments that led him to identify the basic principles of heredity. By crossing different varieties of pea plants, he determined that each parent plant contributes a "factor"—now known as a gene—to its offspring for a particular trait. His findings went unrecognized until the 20th century

Osorezan Taisai

Mt. Osore, located on the Shimokita Peninsula in the north of Honshu, Japan, is a spiritual center for many Japanese. It is known as a place where departed souls congregate. During the Osorezan Taisai Festival, or Osorezanrei Grand Festival, people flock to the mountain at Mutsu City, Aomori Prefecture, where psychics endeavor to summon the spirits of the dead by chanting. The priests who cross the weathered slopes of the mountain in procession add to the festival's grim and ghostly atmosphere

Toddler Gets 3-D Printed Implant after Head Swells to Three Times Normal Size

A Chinese toddler was reportedly helped when doctors used a 3-D printed titanium implant to reshape her skull after a rare birth defect left her head triple its normal size. Named Hanhan, according to Reuters and Getty Images, the girl underwent

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1859 - Brooklyn and New York played baseball at Fashion Park Race Course on Long Island, NY. The game marked the first time that admission had been charged for to see a ball game. It cost $.50 to get in and the players on the field did not receive a salary (until 1863). 

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1940 - "Billboard" magazine published its first listing of best-selling singles. Ten songs were on the list. 

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1942 - The first detachment of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, (WACS) began basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa. 

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1965 - Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" was released. 

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1969Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. became the first men to walk on the moon.

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1976 - America's Viking I robot spacecraft made a successful landing on Mars. 

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1985 - Treasure hunters began raising $400 million in coins and silver from the Spanish galleon "Nuestra Senora de Atocha." The ship sank in 1622 40 miles of the coast of Key West, FL.


If You Were Born Today, July 20

You possess personal magnetism and mental power, and you can also be very fixed and stubborn. Positively, you stick with something for a long time without giving up easily. Negatively, you might hold on to things or situations that have outgrown their worth, or you might become obsessive. You are success-oriented, but you don't abandon your basic values and traditions in the process of achieving your goals. You tend to be most successful in partnership, whether your partner is involved in what you do or not. Famous people born today: Carlos Santana, Natalie Wood, Kim Carnes, Josh Holloway, Judy Greer, Sandra Oh.

Picture of the day
Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition
An aerial view of the Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition, a belated celebration of the 100th anniversary of Tennessee's entry into United States held between May 1 and October 31, 1897, in what is now Centennial ParkNashville. Various exhibits were held. For instance, the host city built a full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon, whereas Memphis constructed a large pyramid.

Picture of the Yaqing Temple, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China

River of Ten Thousand Souls

Photograph by Thierry Bornier, National Geographic 
Dwellings housing Tibetan Buddhist nuns flank Yaqing Temple in China’s Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Thierry Bornier traveled here after learning about it from a friend. Relatively undiscovered, the place’s beauty remains untouched by modernism and tourism, he says. He spent four days near the temple to capture this image with a blue sky and big white clouds in order to give the landscape a 3-D quality.

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CrockPot Coq au Vin Recipe

The Ingredients.

--6 to 8 frozen chicken thighs
--6 slices cooked and crumbled bacon (I used turkey, but you could use PORK)
--8 oz sliced baby portabella mushrooms 
--1 cup baby carrots
--1 chopped yellow onion
--3 cloves chopped or minced garlic
--1/2 t black pepper
--1/2 t kosher salt
--1/2 cup chicken broth
--1 1/2 cup cheap red wine (you can use non-alcoholic wine, if you wish)
--2 large fresh thyme sprigs (I really think the fresh thyme is the key, here. Go steal some from your neighbors garden.)

The Directions.

Cook your bacon. I used turkey bacon, and baked it on a broiler pan. Dump the frozen chicken into your crockpot and start layering in the rest of the ingredients. This is really a no-fuss (albeit amazingly gourmetish) preparation. Just throw it all in.

Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. You could cook it on high for 4, but it won't taste as good. The flavors meld so nicely when cooked low and slow.

Serve with mashed potatoes or your favorite pasta. We did brown rice fusilli.

The Verdict.

I am hiding the leftovers in the back of the fridge so I can eat them all. This has such a great depth of flavor---the bacon provides a nice smokey flavor and the fresh thyme gives it a restaurant aspect that is such a nice surprise. It is purple, which means that it was automatically a hit with my girls.

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Interesting Button Art

15 Interesting DIY Button Projects

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Uncover the mysteries of the Arabia, legend by legend. Match 3 tiles in a row to remove them from the grid. Collect special objects by removing the tiles beneath and letting them fall to the bottom. Clear all the special objects to finish the level, then claim your riches!

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Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. - William James

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"Good Morning" in Mordvin (Russia) - Paro valske

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Coffee Pot Terrarium

My DIY Coffee Pot Terrarium

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1 comment:

  1. Only space I'm exploring today is gonna be in the shade! Too darn hot. I might play with some buttons though:)