Natural History Museum

19 Jun 19
Repo Commentary

I sang my 145th MLB game Thursday night in West Palm Beach. I was also able to interview for jobs, edit the memoir I’ve been ghost-writing, chair a conference, and write some articles. I am still looking to re-enter the Securities Financing Market, so if you hear of anything… The Repo Commentary was on hiatus […]

19 Jun 19
Traversia

The scenic Western Ghats, with rich biodiversity and an exotic plethora of flora and fauna, are charming beyond words. From a family holiday to honeymoon destination to backpacking trips and adventure-filled road trips; hill stations of South India have an extremely tranquil, unmatched and peaceful environment that will fill you with adventure and contentment. The […]

19 Jun 19
Travels on Idun

The Isle of Arran is today’s goal.  We’ve seen its west side over the last few days, but now we’re going to the eastern shore.  It is the largest island in the Firth of Clyde and its economy is nowadays largely based on tourism.  I’ve heard Arran is sometimes called the jewel in Scotland’s crown, […]

19 Jun 19
Magnetic Poetry Tarot

Because this made me chuckle, I decided to do some research this morning. The silent movie era ranged from 1894 to 1929. Many of the early classics have been lost to decomposing nitrate film bases and outright destruction. This is information I found on filmsite.org. Nitrate film was also extremely flammable. The American Museum of Natural History […]

19 Jun 19
Adafruit Industries - Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!

Jeff J. Shi wrote this piece for The Conversation A valuable resource, largely hidden from view By researching variation among and within collection specimens, biologists have uncovered many ecological and evolutionary mysteries of the natural world. For instance, a recent study on bird specimens traced the increasing concentration of atmospheric black carbon and its role […]

19 Jun 19
Dreaming of Florence

There are many words that come to mind when I reflect on our tour at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo – inspiring, hopeful, dedicated, captivating, amazing. The first room we stepped into demanded our attention and left our jaws on the floor. An extremely powerful piece displayed the overuse of plastic in our world. The Museum […]

19 Jun 19
VOICE OF THE HWY

A fresh impact crater on the surface of Mars was spotted by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA/JPL/University of Arizona Sometime between September 2016 and February of this year there was a big blast on Mars that appears to have painted the surface of the red planet with other hues as well.  The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter […]

19 Jun 19
Skyscanner's Travel Blog
Melding together the sun-bleached beaches of the Mediterranean with the mystery and allure of the Middle East, Turkey is a fascinating destination to visit at any time of year. As an added bonus, the current pound to lira exchange rate also makes it a particularly inexpensive travel choice. Whether you’re planning a weekend city break or a long holiday in the sun, there are several different options to see Turkey on a budget. The best time to visit Turkey depends on the places you want to see, as well as the activities you have planned for your dream holiday. The summer months are ideal for catching some rays in the tourist hot spots of the Turkish Riviera. The weather in Dalaman and Antalya remains gorgeously balmy until late October. If, on the other hand, you’re planning to tour Turkey’s wealth of ancient sites, or go gallery-hopping and shopping in Istanbul, then it might be best to opt for a spring or early autumn holiday. We’ve picked the best things to do in three of the country’s most beautiful and affordable holiday destinations. All you need to do is bag the cheapest flight and hotel deals. And don’t forget to pack your sunscreen! Find cheap flights to Turkey Search hotels in Turkey What to do in Dalaman With cheap direct flights from 13 UK airports, Dalaman is one of the top destinations for a budget holiday in Turkey. Here landscapes of exquisite beauty meet enigmatic ancient landmarks and a bustling nightlife. As Dalaman’s most popular tourist attractions in Fethiye and Marmaris get really busy at the height of summer, it’s worth considering a mid-autumn holiday to take advantage of the cheap flight and hotel deals. And, to top it all off, you’ll have the area’s unspoilt beaches all to yourself! 1. Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon at Ölüdeniz The Blue Lagoon at Ölüdeniz is Dalaman’s star tourist attraction, a haven of turquoise waters surrounded by lush vegetation. One of the perks of visiting in the far more relaxed month of October is swimming alongside sea turtles shyly sticking their head out of the water. This is, after all, a protected natural park. 2. Check out the view from above If August is your month of choice and you find there’s little space to lay your beach towel, Ölüdeniz offers an even more spectacular alternative: you’ll find numerous companies providing tandem paragliding flights from the imposing Babadağ mountain. Although paragliding doesn’t come cheap, tandem flights here are some of the most affordable on offer. It’s little wonder Ölüdeniz is one of the world’s most sought-after paragliding destinations. Nothing beats the view of the Blue Lagoon from above! 3. Explore the wild beauty of the Hidden City View this post on Instagram Burası Arizona'da bir kanyon değil Fethiye Saklıkent Kanyonları'nın ta kendisi.. Eğer hala görmediyseniz yaz bitmeden sizi Saklıkent'e bekliyoruz.. 📷Fotoğraf: @dtasan ⚓#saklikent #saklikentkanyon #fethiye #muğla #instamugla A post shared by Insta Muğla 🧿 (@instamugla) on Jul 26, 2016 at 1:25am PDT Consider hiring a car to explore Dalaman’s spellbinding scenery at your own pace – it’s the best way to see Turkey on a budget (prices start at £27 in July). About 45km from the centre of Fethiye lies the 20km-long Saklikent Gorge, otherwise known as the Hidden City. An easy stroll along the boardwalk offers astounding views of the canyon. However, there’s nothing more fun than dipping your feet in the cold water and following the adventurous path away from the crowds. The towering limestone cliffs are a sight to behold. Book cheap flights to Dalaman Read more about Dalaman What to do in Istanbul Straddling Europe and Asia, Istanbul is the place to go if you want to combine Turkish tradition and contemporary culture, the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis and quiet backstreets full of old-world charm. Here are three of the best things to do in Istanbul on a budget. 1. Be inspired by historic grandeur in Sultanahmet Square Where once stood the Hippodrome of Constantinople (the capital of the Byzantine Empire) now you find Istanbul’s most buzzing and glorious square. Sultanahmet Meydanı is surrounded by some of the city’s most-visited historic monuments, including the massive ex-Byzantine church (and now museum) of Hagia Sofia, and the Blue Mosque with its impressive six minarets. The latter is free to visit, but it is best to avoid prayer times. 2. Haggle for souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar One of Istanbul’s most popular tourist attractions, the Grand Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı) has a rich history that stretches back over 5 centuries. Goods on sale in the 4400 shops under its vaulted ceilings include handcrafted shawls, ceramics, lamps and jewellery. They are not always authentic, or fairly priced, but haggling here is half the fun. If anything, it offers a great chance to chat with the local traders. And if you can bargain like a pro you’ll walk away with a handful of cheap and colourful treasures. 3. Capture the stunning panorama of the Bosphorus Bridge The Bosphorus Bridge, connecting Istanbul’s European and Asian sides, is hands down one of the city’s most photogenic sights. But you don’t need to spend a fortune on a dinner cruise or the nearby seafood restaurants to soak up the spellbinding panorama. Grab instead a delicious Turkish kumpir (baked potato) from the street food vendors in Ortaköy and find the perfect spot by the water to marvel at the 1,560 metre-long suspension bridge, illuminated at night by incredibly atmospheric LED lights. Book cheap flights to Istanbul Read more about Istanbul What to do in Antalya Dreaming of floating in aquamarine waters and walking winding trails in the woodlands? A gateway to the scenic routes of the Turkish Riviera, Antalya offers all of the above, as well as a vibrant city centre boasting a picturesque old town and an exciting culinary scene. Cheap direct flights from the UK will get you to one of Turkey’s best holiday spots in a little over four hours. 1. Get your first taste of the Turquoise Coast at Konyaaltı Beach You don’t have to travel far from the city centre for a dip in the Turkish Riviera’s strikingly blue waters. Konyaaltı Beach, near Kaleiçi (Old Town), is Antalya’s No1 attraction with showers, sunloungers and a range of restaurants and bars within easy reach. Fun things to do at the beach include jet skiing and walking down Konyaaltı’s palm-fringed promenade with Mount Olympus providing an unbeatable backdrop to the west. 2. Wander the ancient ruins of Aspendos and Perge About 50 km east of Antalya lies Aspendos, the Greco-Roman city best known for its stunningly preserved Roman amphitheatre. It dates from the 2nd century AD and, if you visit here during high season, you’ll also catch a host of opera and ballet performances. Guided day trips from Antalya cost between £50-60, so it’s worth hiring a car to explore the area’s splendid monuments and tourist attractions in your own time. Things not to miss are also the ancient city of Perge, the quiet seaside town of Side and the Duden Waterfalls. Hire a car in Antalya 3. Relax with a traditional Turkish bath There are several budget options for a Turkish bath around Antalya, but it’s worth making your first hammam an experience to remember. The 600-year-old Sefa Hamam is the city’s most atmospheric public bath house, popular with both tourists and locals. A traditional hammam here costs around £8 (40 Turkish liras). But, at these prices, why not splurge a little more and truly pamper yourself? Combine hammam, peeling, hot soap and oil massages for the bargain price of £24 (180 liras), and we promise: Your cheap holidays in Turkey will leave you feeling like royalty! Book cheap flights to Antalya Read more about Antalya Tempted? Start looking for cheap flights to Turkey from your nearest airport now 👇 Plan your trip to Turkey *Published on 17 June 2019. Prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change and/or availability. Sign up to our newsletter for more destination guides, flight deals and travel tips Looking for more travel inspo? 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19 Jun 19

Set out runnin’ but I take my time, a friend of the devil is a friend of mine… I’m not sure why long road trips immediately put me in the mood for some Grateful Dead, but this one in particular took us through Reno, NV, and so this song has basically been stuck in my […]

19 Jun 19
NYCity 1-2-3 : What's Happening / Manhattan's WestSide

Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/ JUNE 19, 2019 “We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3. For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “June NYC Events” It’s the most comprehensive list of top […]

19 Jun 19
Tanghal Kultura

Fall 2017, I represented my University at the Frankfurt International Book Fair. The trip was official but I made sure to have time to explore the city plus Cologne, the closest heritage city to Frankfurt. Back then, the only city I wanted to see outside of Germany was Brussels for a very practical reason: lack […]

19 Jun 19
Thoughts From Emma

Though few know her name, the likeness of Audrey Munson appears all over the city of New York. Born in 1891, Munson was a supermodel in the context of the early twentieth century, when models weren’t photographed, but sculpted nude into statues for the great Beaux Arts architectural movement. The so called ‘American Venus’ features […]

19 Jun 19
Marcus's Blogging Hotspot

Foreword: This is part of my new “Temple Stories” article in which I come to celebrate some of the world’s most beautiful temples, their history, uniqueness and story and how they’ve been successful temples. And to also come and celebrate their architectural success and what makes them famous, that’s the aim of the game.

19 Jun 19
Understanding Painting Media

My main task now is to be selective and link all my sketchbook work and research to my artistic voice. This is not a History of Painting degree and though putting in a good base and having an overview and awareness of art over time is great. I think now is the time to start […]

19 Jun 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
The La Brea Tar Pits, Tournament of Roses and the Watts Towers: All are considered Southern California cultural assets. Come this summer, the institutions will have another commonality — they will become exhibits at this year’s L.A. County Fair, which has been dubbed: “LA County Fair Goes Pop!” Fair organizers are scheduled to announce Wednesday a partnership with several prominent L.A. museums and organizations, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Autry Museum of the American West and the Natural History Museum. “We’re celebrating L.A. pop culture, and the best way of doing that was to bring iconic Southern California institutions to the fair so our guests can enjoy them,” Miguel Santana, president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, said by phone Monday afternoon. Some of these collaborations are not new, Santana said, but the fair has never partnered with all of them simultaneously. LACMA will be lending art to the Millard Sheets Art Center for the fair’s run. The connection between the two sites dates back to the 1930s, when the art center served as the original home for what is now known as LACMA. As part of the collaboration LACMA will be loaning “Available Light,” a 16-millimeter color film with sound transferred to high-definition, from artist Christopher Richmond, according to a news release. For the past year, Fair organizers have been in talks with museums to partner on various exhibits. “Even if you’ve lived here, you may have never visited the the Watts Towers. Hopefully, this will get you inspired to see them (at the Fair) and then see them in person,” Santana said. W. Richard West Jr., president and CEO of the Autry Museum of the American West, agrees the exhibits will give these institutions a chance to reach new audiences. The museum will be recreating a western town, similar to those made famous in Gene Autry movies, near the Grandstand. “Having our museum’s name in front of the 1.2 million guests who attend the Fair creates the possibility of new eyes discovering the Autry and everything we have to offer,” West said in a release. “This collaboration also opens a door to introducing Fair guests to lesser-known aspects of the American West and the many ‘imagined Wests’ that have been represented in popular culture over the years.” [cq comment=”Santana made the announcement Wednesday morning standing in front of another iconic landmark, the art installation known as Urban Light at LACMA.”]On the Fair hillside, visitors to the 2019 fair can expect to find larger-than-life pop art, which will pay homage to L.A.’s movies, music, art and architecture. That includes a replica of the Hollywood sign, and as Santana revealed, a replica of the Watts Towers as well as a pair of woolly mammoths fighting extinction in the La Brea Tar Pits The Tournament of Roses is supplying neon signs and educational elements on Rose Parade floats to the Fair’s Flower & Garden Pavilion, he added. The Discovery Cube is returning with its science programming while the L.A. Plaza de Cultura y Artes will once again bring its L.A. Troka mobile culinary and gardening workshop. These exhibits won’t be on display every day of the Fair’s run, Santana said. [cq comment=”The following content will display as an info box.”] Related links LA County Fair announces 2019 theme with a POP Route 66 theme helps increase attendance at 2018 LA County Fair, organizers say All things Route 66 will be celebrated at 2018 LA County Fair in Pomona How to apply for one of 2,000 seasonal jobs at the 2019 Los Angeles County Fair More LA County Fair news [cq comment=”This is the end of the info box.”] Another special exhibit this year is a partnership with Self Help Graphics and Art[cq comment=”on the weekend before Sept. 16 — Mexico’s Independence Day NEED TO VERIFY WHAT WEEKEND”]. Southern California-based artists will be at the Fair for one weekend, creating larger than life Loteria cards that reflect the Fair and Southern California culture. Those cards will then go on display at the En Memoria event in October, he said. “We really want to celebrate the best of Southern California,” Santana said. “Last year we went on a road trip through Route 66. Here, we’re playing tourist by featuring the best cultural institutions of Southern California [cq comment=”and spark some interest”].” The Fair runs Aug. 30-Sept. 22. This story is developing. Check back for updates.