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From my great friend Sandy, who over the years has given me beautiful things like these

"There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds" —G.K. Chesterton

Photo and quote by my great friend Sandy, who over the years has given me beautiful things like these

Such a beautiful use of autumn colours, from my friend ArtistryBySandy

Screenshots from a beautiful NASA video - click any image to play

Thanks to my friend Sandy for this one!

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[LUX AETERNA, a beautiful video with music from Cristóbal Vila]

“We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle...

“I want to grow old without facelifts. I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made...

“Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it wasn't that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you.”

The timelessly beautiful Marilyn Monroe, photographed by Carl Perutz

Thanks to my friend Sandy for this one!

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."John Muir

A nice post that appeared in my friend Sandy's Green Eco Communities blog... and on occasions when I have eaten a bit too much, I really relate to that frog!

(Original post: July 10th, 2008)

The beautiful Israeli model Bar Refaeli, photographed in Jamaica by the Canadian fashion, art and music photographer Raphael Mazzucco (whose other work is well worth checking out). Fans of swimsuit models will probably like the original Bar Refaeli photoshoot and the rest of the same site!

"Desert Rose", by Nusha Amini (~Negshin)

These are just two of many beautiful images that you will find on the delightful SU pages of artistrybysandy (Sandy). Sandy doesn't post actual pictures (at least, she hasn't so far) but her pages are a treasure-trove of pointers to great pictures, interesting scientific stuff and much more, all reflecting her lovely personality.

(When I find out where Sandy has moved to, I'll update this!)

(Original post: October 8th, 2009)

From the page:

In a recent New York Times business trend piece, the small but growing movement to transform -- or at least disguise -- these ugly but crucial energy ducklings into aesthetically conforming swans is explored.

Most notable are SRS Solé Power Tiles from SRS Energy. The company is working with California's U.S. Tile to create tiles with embedded solar cells that mimic traditional tile roofing in Southern California and the Southeast. At a demo home in California (pictured below), a homeowner replaced terra cotta tiles on a portion of his roof -- about 300-square feet -- with Solé Tiles in about four hours. As a result, the homeowner's roof will generate about 2,400 kilowatt-hours of juice a year and his roof isn't festooned with bulky black squares that scream to neighbors and passersby, I have photovoltaics!

Whatever the commercial problems, the world will get to this one day. A great find from my friend Sandy.

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[My environment and technology page]

This HD video was shot at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Japan by Jon Rawlinson, a filmmaker, cinematographer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. The music is by Barcelona.

I am not sure what the world's largest aquarium tank is... the largest aquarium (well worth visiting, I believe) was the Georgia Aquarium in November 2005, although that may have changed by now...

Thanks for this one, Sandy!

(Original post: June 29th, 2009)

Michael Jackson: Gone Too Soon

This beautiful song is dedicated to Ryan White, a young victim of AIDS who Michael befriended prior to his death. Michael performed this song at the ball for former President Bill Clinton's first inauguration on January 20, 1993, where he highlighted the importance of supporting research for a cure to this disease.

Thanks so much to my friend Sandy for this poignant memory of a great, sad talent.

Sandy also recommended this beautiful video: Michael Jackson: Childhood - if you miss him, it might well make you cry.