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Electrifying – how the U.S.A. generates energy

September 8, 2021

The below animated .gif, which starts with data from 1990, displays the evolution of how electricity is generated in every U.S. state up until 2014.

In this stretch of just 24 years, the way we generate electricity has evolved dramatically:

Why is coal declining? The surge in the use of natural gas and renewables.

Natural gas power now generates 30% of the U.S. electricity, and renewable sources such as solar and wind have grown significantly in the last decade.

In 2005, there were zero states that generated more than 10% of their electricity from renewables. Today, that number is up to 11 states.

Original graphics by: Synapse Energy, RenewEconomy

Reposted from The Visual Capitalist

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Library tattoos

September 7, 2021

These literary tattoos may be found on the staff and librarians of the New York Public Library.

Read more here.

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Labor Day

September 7, 2021

To work is a blessing.  Even having a job you hate is better than not having a job at all. – Russel Honore

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

September 3, 2021
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What happened on September 2, 1666?

September 2, 2021

“In the early morning hours, the Great Fire of London breaks out in the house of King Charles II’s baker on Pudding Lane near London Bridge. It soon spread to Thames Street, where warehouses filled with combustibles and a strong easterly wind transformed the blaze into an inferno. When the Great Fire finally was extinguished on September 6, more than four-fifths of London was destroyed. Miraculously, only 16 people were known to have died.”

“The Great Fire of London was a disaster waiting to happen. London of 1666 was a city of medieval houses made mostly of oak timber. Some of the poorer houses had walls covered with tar, which kept out the rain but made the structures more vulnerable to fire. Streets were narrow, houses were crowded together, and the firefighting methods of the day consisted of neighborhood bucket brigades armed with pails of water and primitive hand pumps. Citizens were instructed to check their homes for possible dangers, but there were many instances of carelessness.”

From: History

Painting of the Fire of London, September 1666, Artist unknown

The devastation was immense, yet it paved the way for the newly imagined city of London by Christopher Wren, including the new St. Paul’s Cathedral, arguably Wren’s most famous structure.

Medieval St. Paul’s Cathedral
“New” St. Paul’s
Wren’s plan for London

See more Christopher Wren buildings here.

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It never occurred to me

September 1, 2021

Read more about it here

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Icons in Architecture: Art Deco

August 30, 2021
Ref: My Modern Met

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What am I sappy cat blogging?

August 27, 2021

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A Road Trip

August 26, 2021

We drove with friends to lovely Toledo, Ohio this weekend. Their mission was to see an exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art. My Sweetie’s mission was to visit his favorite painting that resides in the Toledo museum. I was along for the ride.

We had a beautiful day for a drive. We had a very good lunch at the Maumee Bay Brewing Company and then headed to the museum.

Recommended

The show my friends wanted to see was occult art, . . . yeah. It had some interesting items. I particularly liked the spirit painting by Choling Taha, “Bear Medicine.” It has bears. It has bees.

My Sweetie found his painting – and bought a print of it.

The Architect’s Dream by Thomas Cole

Then we wandered over to the Pavilion of Glass that is adjacent to the museum (think Libby and Owens Corning money.)

Do you play that game where you pick out the one piece in a museum or exhibit that you would choose for your own (thank you, Bill Bryson). My choice was this splendid miniature of a diner – completed constructed of glass. There is a tiny napkin on the floor, there is a little glass blackboard with a menu and prices, there are teeny, tiny salt and pepper shakers. I loved it.

It was created by Emily Brock

We topped off our trip with a visit to Toft’s Dairy for ice cream – oh, my!

Also highly recommended.

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Summer is waning . . .

August 23, 2021
Pokeweed berries are ripening
Jewelweed is blooming
And, it is fungus season

I call this one the potato chip fungus, but I have not keyed anything out yet.

I think lots of others will be popping up soon – it has been warm and very humid. I saw some jack-o-lantern fungi recently, but did not have my camera ready. Below is a specimen from last year.

They are pretty bright.