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Boxley Valley, Arkansas

Just before sunrise

Monday, after class

I usually don’t post stuff like this, but for some reason or another I am. Yesterday, The Mars Volta announced that they were indeed calling it quits. For those of you in Instagram land that know me personally, you may (or may not) know the ridiculous level of appreciation (and slight obsession) I have for this group of musicians. Every once in a while, a band comes along, I hear their music, and I’m like, yep, this is it, this is what I’ve been missing. The last time that happened was in ‘03 when I first heard these guys and I haven’t found anything quite like it. Yes, they’re annoying. Yes, they’re pretentious. And yes, they are progressive for progressive’s sake. While there are many people who find this band to be irritating, pompous, and outright boring, I found something that completely changed my attitude about music.



Lake Conway, Arkansas

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair:
Hover through the fog and filthy air.”


Kepler Mission Discovers its First Rocky Planet

NASA’s Kepler mission confirmed the discovery of its first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system.

…and it has potential for alien life.


Great Wall of Cygnus

Perhaps discovered by William Herschel on October 24, 1786. Discovered by John Herschel before 1833.

Image: Nick Pavelchak Info

This nebula is lying 3 degrees from bright Deneb, Alpha Cygni. Some people claim it may be visible to the naked eye under good, dark conditions, and a preferred object for amateur astrophotographers.

The distance to the North America Nebula is estimated at 1,600 light years. The North America Nebula was perhaps detected by William Herschel who cataloged a “faint, extremely large, diffuse nebulosity” near its place under his catalog number H V.37. John Herschel definitely found it and cataloged it as h 2096 and later as GC 4621. It was first photographed by Max Wolf on December 12, 1890.



Mushrooms, sliced garlic, and balsamic vinegar

Sautéed kale, pearl onions, and sliced garlic

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