Storia illustrata


You really do put interesting stories on your site, just love this one. Thanks Ian.


Callistemon species are commonly referred to as bottlebrushes because of their cylindrical, brush like flowers resembling a traditional bottle brush. They are found in the more temperate regions of Australia, mostly along the east coast and south-west.


Flower heads vary in colour with species; most are red, but some are yellow, green, orange or white. Each flower head produces a profusion of triple-celled seed capsules around a stem (see picture) which remain on the plant with the seeds enclosed until stimulated to open when the plant dies or fire causes the release of the seeds. (Ref)

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Queenslander architecture is a modern term for the vernacular type of architecture of Queensland, Australia. It is also found in the northern parts of the adjacent state of New South Wales and shares many traits with architecture in other states of Australia but is distinct and unique. The form of the typical Queenslander style residence distinguishes Brisbane’s suburbs from other capital cities. The type developed in the 1840s and still constructed today, displays an evolution of local style.

Queenslander BW

Vernacular architecture is a category of architecture based on local needs, construction materials and reflecting local traditions.

Queenslander buildings are primarily of timber construction and can be low or high-set, one to two stories. They are typically “tripartite” in sectional composition; underfloor (stumps), primary rooms (can be two levels), and roof. All have one or more veranda spaces, a sheltered edge of the building that is typically only part-enclosed and used as another living zone. This consideration for climate is the defining characteristic of the…

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Dick Dale and the Power Plant Printer Romance

Power Plant Men

Originally posted January 17, 2014.  I added more to the story:

When I first moved to Ponca City I carpooled each day to the Coal-fired Power Plant in North Central Oklahoma with Dick Dale, Jim Heflin and Bud Schoonover (See the post:  “Carpooling Adventures with Bud Schoonover“).  Dick Dale had moved to Ponca City a couple of years earlier after his divorce.  He didn’t want to continue living in Stillwater where he felt as if everyone knew about his tragic situation.  We had been friends from the first day we met when I was a summer help working out of the garage and he worked in the tool room and warehouse.

I wrote about Dick Dale this past Christmas, when I talked about his situation (See the post:  “Harmonizing with Dick Dale on Power Plant Christmas Harmonicas“).  I knew that even though it was a few…

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Scrips of life

Sier Wicked Romancer's Persuasive Poetry


Double scripts in life’s wicked flips three verbs, throwing nothing but reverb.
Twice the lyrical lines, avast steer clear of this lyrical pioneer with mystical lines & futuristic rhymes killing the physics of time.
My intellectual beauty its brilliance, resilience of this philosophical crazy mind with speeds in excess of a Maserati mind.
Only crazy is the vehicle of world’s transformation it’s life’s finicky essence of brilliant master’s of the mind’s..Live love with the sweat of fears, life’s wicked in so many way’s.

To the crazy mind’s of a crazed thinking way, crazy changed before crazy ever changed a crazy mind. Go for life of the amazing, choose what you want & be much more. Provocative model of a photograph, a clay sculpture of a lady in kind. Artist of provocative art’s mending an bending hour’s to love. Transducer of fear to fevers love’s virtues of unconditional greatest philosophy. To…

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Learnin’ ’bout ‘lectricity with Andy Tubbs

Power Plant Men

Originally posted January 18, 2013:

The day I became an electrician at the coal-fired power plant, I suddenly became an expert in electricity. I think it was on Tuesday, just one day after joining the electric shop that I was walking through the welding shop when someone stopped me and asked me how they would wire their living room with different light switches at different corners and make it work correctly. As if I had been an electrician for years. Luckily I was just finishing a house wiring course at the Indian Meridian Vo-Tech in Stillwater, Oklahoma and they had us figure out problems just like those.

Within the first week, George Alley brought a ceiling fan to the shop that he had picked up somewhere and was wondering if we could get it to work. My foreman Charles Foster thought it would be a good small project for me…

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Mâna iubirii

Denisa Aricescu

Mâna iubirii

Mâna iubirii era caldă
Când dragostea noastră
Punea sângele-n mişcare.

Mâna iubirii strângea suferinţele-n pumn,
Număra bucuriile pe degete
Şi purta fericirea ca brăţară.

Mâna iubirii stătea în buzunar
Când se temea să te-atingă.

Mâna iubirii amorţea sub soare,
Presărând bobocilor de trandafir, culoare.

Mâna iubirii fericea obrăjorii lui,
Reuşea să calmeze durerea
Şi s-o ascundă prin vene.

Mâna iubirii se zărea din mulţime,
Mâna iubirii eram noi.

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Have you noticed the pale blue dot? …. Our home!

It Is What It Is


~~January 21, 2015~~ 

Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astro-biologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. His contributions were central to the discovery of the high surface temperatures of Venus.

However, he is best known for his contributions to the scientific research of extraterrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation. Sagan assembled the first physical messages that were sent into space:  the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record, universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find them.

He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books.

“As it appears in …. “


#PreserveCherish #PaleBlueDot #OurHome #CarlEdwardSagan #AmericanAstronomer #Cosmologist #Astrophysicist #AstroBiologist #Author #SciencePopularizer #ScienceCommunicator #Astronomy #NaturalSciences #ExtraterrestrialLife…

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Radio signals from outer space detected

Dear Kitty. Some blog

This 19 January 2015 video is called Mysteries of Space: Epic ‘Cosmic Radio Burst’ Finally Seen In Real Time.

From National Geographic:

Astronomers Catch Mysterious Radio Blast From the Distant Universe

by Nadia Drake

Coming from far beyond the galaxy, an extremely energetic blast of radio waves has been snared by astronomers lying in wait. Lasting for just a few thousandths of a second, the burst is the first of an enigmatic class of objects to be observed in real-time, astronomers report today in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Called fast radio bursts, these extreme pulses of energy last for just a fraction of a second. They’ve confounded astronomers – who have no idea what they are – since West Virginia University’s Duncan Lorimer spotted the first burst in 2007. At the time, it appeared as though the beam of radio waves…

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