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Books:  Leaves of Grass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, A Short Stay in Hell, The Path, Material World, The Tennis Partner, Beloved, Sailing Alone Around the World, The Hiding Place, Two Years Before the Mast, Working, All Creatures Great and Small, Understanding Comics, Envisioning Information, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Dark Nights of the Soul, Grand Central Winter, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, Sum, Leap
Magazines:  Wired, Seed, Life, Colors, NYTimes Magazine, Technology Review, Good, The Sun, Esquire, The Economist, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Lapham's Quarterly, National Geographic, Fast Company, Foreign Affairs, Cabinet, Foreign Policy, NPQ, Outside
Film:  Baraka, The Up Series, Boyhood, Finding Vivian Maier, Silent Light, The Bothersome Man, Tell No One, Hoop Dreams, Limitless, My Dinner With Andre, Devil's Playground,  Sherman's March, Groundhog Day, Stone Reader
Radio:  Fresh Air, This I Believe, Diane Rehm, BBC
Music:  Gregorian Chant, Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, Albinoni Adagio in G Minor
TV:  Black Mirror, Six Feet Under, The Returned, Foyle's War, 60 Minutes, GPS, Charlie Rose, Mad Men, Planet Earth, A Glorious Accident, Connections, Turning Point
Art:  Van gogh, Michelangelo, da Vinci, Gauguin, Dale Chihuly, Chuck Close, Rembrandt, Brodsky & Utkin, kozyndan, Ron Mueck, Gustave Doré, Degas, Gustav VigelandErnst Haeckel,  Ward Shelley, Norman Rockwell, Gerard Michel,  Nicholas Felton, Sarah Simblet, Andy Gilmore, David Pearson, James Gilray, Albrecht Durer, Jean-Jacques Sempe, Mark Lombardi, Stefanie Posavec, Bouguereau, Tyler Lang, Keri Smith, Kerr/Noble, Bernini, Dan McCarthy, Thomas Hart Benton, Richard Wilkinson, Andy Goldsworthy, Stephen Wiltshire, Kelly Vivanco
Photography:   Howard Schatz, Chip Clark, Peter Menzel, Nicholas Nixon, Andrew Zuckerman, Massimo Vitali, Andrew Moore, Toni Frissell, Jan Reurink, Rachel Papo, Raul Gutierrez, Eric Lafforgue, Steve McCurry, Andreas Feininger, Eugene Smith, Ansel Adams, Eadweard Muybridge, Eve Arnold, Edward Burtynsky, Arnaud Frich, Patric Shaw, Giancarlo Rado, Ahmet Ertug, Lennart Nilsson, Mark Laita, G Dan Mitchell, Nina Leen, Thomas Wrede, Antonio Guillen, Lauren Greenfield, Mark Mahaney, Brent Stirton, Ernst Haas, Ivor Prickett, Bernhard Edmaier
Architecture:  Sagrada Familia, Thorncrown Chapel, Kölner Dom, Hallgrímskirkja, Guggenheim Bilbao, Church at Firminy, Sydney Opera House, Selexyz Bookstore, The Vatican, Beinecke Library, Hamilton College Unified Science Center, Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Hagia Sophia, The Alhambra
Ideas:  Steven Berlin Johnson, Kevin Kelly, Fareed Zakaria, George Friedman, Jason Kottke, Jonathan Harris, Matt Haughey, Cory Booker, Blaise Aguera y ArcosTerry Gross, Simon Schama, Rex Sorgatz, Juan Enriquez, Ray Kurzweil, Robert Cringely, Philip Greenspun, Maria Popova, Robert Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, Bill Bryson, Roger Ebert, Richard Branson, Chet Raymo, John Brockman, Bill Gates, Atul Gawande, Richard Saul Wurman, Caterina Fake, Ze Frank, Robert Wright, Tyler Cowen, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Craig Venter, Jorn Barger, James Burke, Alan de Botton, Manuel Lima, Sam Harris, Niall Ferguson, David Eagleman, E.O. Wilson, Albert Laszlo-Barabasi, Francis Collins, James Gleick, Douglas Hofstadter, Amy Chua, Mike Mullen, Craig Barrett, Mario Vargas Llosa, Daniel Gilbert, Jonathan Haidt, Tim O'Reilly, Edward Tufte, Theodore Zeldin, Elon Musk, Sebastian Junger, Francis Fukuyama, Anand Mahindra, Paul Bloom, Peter Diamandis, Michio Kaku, Eric Lander, George Church, Chris Glass, David Byrne, Stephen Wolfram, Robert Pinsky, Bryan Alvarez, Jason Silva, Dexter Filkins, Jeff Hawkins, Chris Hadfield, Lincoln Cannon
Ideas: Socrates, Seneca, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Erasmus, Spinoza, Newton, Smith, Hume, Mill, Goethe, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Blake, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Douglass, Lincoln, Darwin, Freud, Wittgenstein, Einstein, Sartre, Beckett, Borges
Subjects:  Art, History, Maps, Timelines, Visualization, Evolution, Religion, Mathematics, Medicine, Science, Technology, Philosophy
Quotations:
“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”   --Charles Darwin
"....no man who ever lived liked so many things and disliked so few as Walt Whitman. All natural objects seemed to have a charm for him; all sights and sounds, outdoors and indoors, seemed to please him."    --Richard Bucke
 "All collected data had come to a final end. Nothing was left to be collected. But all collected data had yet to be completely correlated and put together in all possible relationships. A timeless interval was spent doing that."
--Isaac Asimov
"When you are put into the Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it a tiny little mark, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says, "You are here."  --Douglas Adams

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The 2015 #QuikPro  Gold Coast is ON!!

Watch Round 1 LIVE: bit.ly/QuikProGCLIVE 
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The Nile River, Egypt | International Space Station
Samantha: "Just outside Cairo. How a river like the Nile can affect the landscape!

Credit: ESA/NASA, ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy
Image Date: January 7, 2015

+Samantha Cristoforetti 
+European Space Agency, ESA 

#NASA #ESA #Space #ISS #Earth #Egypt #Nile #River #Spacecraft
#BluePlanet #HelloEarth #Astronaut  #SamanthaCristoforetti #Flight
#Engineer #Expedition42 #Futura42 #ASI #Italy #Europe
#Photography #Art #Science #مِصر # النيل‎
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Valley View, another iconic Yosemite location. I am very happy with the image quality of the Zeiss 16-35mm F/4 FE lens. For best results on the Sony A7r, you have to use manual focus. This sensor is absolutely brutal when it comes to exposing focusing errors.

#yosemite
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Got science videos? +American Museum of Natural History's Youtube channel has plenty. Their new trailer highlights episodes featuring expeditions, collections, research, and exhibits.
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Fast DNA-sequencing machines are leading to simple blood tests for cancer http://idtb.io/JlVoc 
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Farewell London, Hello San Francisco

Thank you so much everyone in London for being so awesome and for building and living in such an amazing place!  I'll be back in a few months with a big announcement and another PhotoWalk 2.0!  I'm now on the way to San Francisco where I look forward to seeing my mom +susan ratcliff  (who I think is MORE active on social media than me!) and giving her a gift I've carried around the world 2 times from Africa!  I'll also be seeing ​+Bradley Horowitz (who is not auto-filling via Heathrow internet) and +Dave Besbris to see what is new around Googletown! :)  Always cool stuff they are working on...

I took this photo at sunset last night with good man +Stuart Davidson  (who does auto-fill for some reason).  You can see some of this amazing city here from above… I was with my friend Lee who knows London very well.  He says he has never seen so many cranes building new things, and he reckons it’s a sign that things are booming…  and I certainly get that feeling as well.  

Thanks again London - will be back soon. :)  
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Recent weekend in Laguna.
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Florida, USA | International Space Station
NASA astronaut Terry Virts took this picture of Florida in the United States on Feb. 14, 2015 while he was on the International Space Station. Virts is a Flight Engineer with Expedition 42.

Credit: NASA/JSC

+NASA Johnson Space Center 
+terry virts 

#NASA #ESA #Space #ISS #Earth #Florida #USA #UnitedStates
#Spacecraft #BluePlanet #HelloEarth #Astronaut  #TerryVirts #Flight #Engineer #Expedition42 #Futura42 #Photography #Art #Science
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When I Saw Bridges ...

I forgot the cold temperature ...

みなとみらいから横浜駅まで歩いた夜。いちばん気に入ったのはこの光景だった。

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PET Talk 2015 明日、明後日開催!
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会場: みなとみらい駅構内 Subway Gallery M

2月21日(土) 14:30~15:30
Jin Hamanaka 「こんなにも写真が楽しいなんてっ!」
Takafumi Ooshio 「小鳥を通して伝えたいこと感じてほしいこと」
Kouichi Hirayama 「光跡写真のススメ」
Akihiro Ishikawa 「お酒とツマミと写真の“ロマン”」
Shin-ichiro Uemura 「レッツ・ゴリゴリ=HDRしてみよう!」

2月22日(日) 14:00~15:30
Kazunari Otsuka 「未定」 http://kazunariohtsuka.tumblr.com/
taka waka 「今年はやるぞ! 写真(所信)表明、3つのテーマ」
Yumiko Sato 「真面目な廃墟の話」
takashi kitajima 「海外メディアにあなたの写真を!」
saori anzai 「なぜギャラリーの店長が写真を出展しているのか?」
masanobu tanzawa 「HDR作成における3つの工程」
Takahiro Yamamoto 「東京の青の捉え方」

写真展「JPCO Gallery Spring 2015 / 日本の写真文化を海外へ」
http://islandgallery.jp/10839

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Camera: Sigma DP1 Merrill

#日本の写真文化を海外へ #JPCOGallerySpring2015 #CoolJapan #Yokohama
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Guess what this is?

Image © CERN - for terms of use see http://cern.ch/copyright

(Answer will be posted on Monday...)
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Red Fuji

Sunset over the skyscraper district of Shinjuku, with the looming shadow of Mt Fuj in the distance.

145mm | ISO 100 | f/8 | 10sec
www.peterstewartphotography.com
#cooljapan  
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Binary star V471 Tauri: Wide-field view 
This picture shows the sky around the unusual double star V471 Tauri. The object itself is visible as an unremarkable looking star of moderate brightness at the center of the image. This picture was created from images in the Digitized Sky Survey 2.

Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2

+European Southern Observatory (ESO) 

#ESO   #Space   #Astronomy #Star #V471Tauri #Binary   #Cosmos
#Universe #Science
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