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Visit Beautiful Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft sent back photos today from its polar orbit of Saturn, showing literally never-before-seen images of its rings from above. There’s a gallery of photos available on NASA’s Cassini site, but this one really grabbed me because of it’s beautiful, almost painterly, subtle coloration. Just barely visible the fringes of the inner rings at about 4:00 and 6:00.


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A Little Music?

I’ve been pretty busy the last few weeks with rehearsals and concerts, and haven’t had time to post much. So without further ado, here are some MP3s of the latest Broadway Bach Ensemble concert. These are max-quality MP3s, so the files are fairly large; but be patient, good quality takes time. Brahms First Symphony First…

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Back when I started cooking, I used to try to make bread. The recipes I tried were a tremendously time-consuming, labor-intensive struggle against the ingredients, and I never quite won. Thanks to the NY Times’ Minimalist column last Wednesday, I found a winner.

Loaf of Bread

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South Mountain in Autumn

This afternoon Brandy and I enjoyed a warm sunny day walking through some of the scenic environs of South Mountain Reservation. One of our favorite spots has always been Hemlock Falls. After the three inches of rain earlier this week, this 35-foot cascade was in fine form.

Falls from a distance


Solar Photography

Here’s a photo of the sun, taken by the Super-Kamiokande observatory in Japan. A very unusual photo, not by natural light, infrared or ultraviolet. By neutrino emissions. What’s more, it was taken at night. How do you take a photo of the sun at night? Through the Earth

Sun by Neutrino Light


Newark Renaissance?

Newark has always been the place to go for good Spanish and Portuguese food, and NJPAC is a terrific concert hall. But there are other omens and portends in the air indicating that Newark may finally be turning a corner. Since any omens worth their salt come in threes, here are the ones I’ve seen:…


The Road

Post-apocalyptic fiction in its postwar versions has at least two common threads. One is, they tend to be cautionary tales. The most common of course being the threat of nuclear annihilation. There are too many examples of that to even list. But others themes include, “it’s not nice to mess around with germs” (“28 Days…

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