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I love this photo from the Peak Terskol Observatory located in the northern Caucasus Mountains of Russia. Photo Caption: Observatory, Mountains, Universe Image Credit & Copyright: Boris Dmitriev (Night Scape) Explanation: “The awesomeness in this image comes in layers. The closest layer, in the foreground, contains the Peak Terskol Observatory located in the northern Caucasus…

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I love this photo from the Peak Terskol Observatory located in the northern Caucasus Mountains of Russia.

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Photo Caption: Observatory, Mountains, Universe
Image Credit & Copyright: Boris Dmitriev (Night Scape)
Explanation: “The awesomeness in this image comes in layers. The closest layer, in the foreground, contains the Peak Terskol Observatory located in the northern Caucasus Mountains of Russia. The white dome over the 2-meter telescope is clearly visible. The observatory is located on a shoulder of Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, with other peaks visible in a nearby background layer. Clouds are visible both in front of and behind the mountain peaks. The featured three-image composite panorama was taken in 2014 August. Far in the distance is the most distant layer: the stars and nebulas of the night sky, with the central band of the Milky Way rising on the image right.”

Posted by Joel on January 02 2015 • News

Harris Tweed

I know it sounds old school, but I love Tweed--Harris Tweed to be exact. But from what I read in the latest Esquire magazine, Tweed is in again this fall. It goes to show that if you hold onto something long enough, it comes back into style again. Increasingly, that cycle of what’s old is new is getting shorter. Nonetheless, only wool spun and dyed in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland can be called Harris Tweed. Any garment made from the cloth receives the official seal. Once highly sought after, the fabric has gone in and out of fashion. But the fabric has always had a loyal following, myself included.

It’s rather bookish too. According to Wikipedia, “the fictional character Robert Langdon, from the novels Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol, wears Harris Tweed[8], as does the fictional detective Miss Marple[9] , the eleventh portrayal of the fictional Doctor from the television series Doctor Who[10], and Glasgow University Rugby Football Club. Jasper Fforde also uses a fictional character named Harris Tweed in his Thursday Next series, most notably in Lost in a Good Book and The Well of Lost Plots.”

From Esquire’s Style Blog: “British comedian and actor Vic Reeves was given the uncommon opportunity to make the “Reeves Weave”: he picks the colors, visits the home weaver of and eventually has a suit made from his very own tweed on the Isle of Harris. While watching the silly but informative video — part two, here, and three are the best — we were struck with equal parts amusement, fascination, and jealousy.”

Posted by Joel on August 21 2010 • News