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Image Credit & Copyright: Marco Burali, Tiziano Capecchi, Marco Mancini (MTM observatory, Italy)

Explanation: In the vast Orion Molecular Cloud complex, several bright blue nebulas are particularly apparent. Pictured here are two of the most prominent reflection nebulas - dust clouds lit by the reflecting light of bright embedded stars. The more famous nebula is M78, in the image center, cataloged over 200 years ago. To its left is the lesser known NGC 2071. Astronomers continue to study these reflection nebulas to better understand how interior stars form. The Orion complex lies about 1500 light-years distant, contains the Orion and Horsehead nebulas, and covers much of the constellation of Orion.

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So, in an effort, which really hasn't settled in yet, to get organized, Aaron and I decided to add more form and thus function, to our day. He's not taking classes this semester, I asked him not to and instead help me a couple of BIG projects of mine, which could be a recipe for disaster or at least for extreme laziness. So, starting with notes jotted down on paper to sticky notes on poster board to, finally, everything entered on Google Calendars, which automatically updated my cell thank you very much, we think we are on the right track.
          Well, I use Google Calendar while Aaron uses VieMinder.



 Isn't my week stunningly symetrical??
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My mission101 for 2017

no titleTask 17_Project_100 MOVIES (To include completed series)
In order to complete this task, I will need to watch about 10 movies per month, a task I completed for February
The first three are a mission101_task #77_Watch Captain America trilogy. Why, I'm not really sure, a recommendation from a friend perhaps but Aaron and I have now decided to watch most, if not all, of the other movies in this Marvel universe. I don't even remember how many others :)
11_Captain America: The First Avengers_2011_Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving
12_Captain America: The Winter Soldier_2014_Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan
13_Captain America: Civil War_2016_Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Robert Downey Jr.
The next is an excellent movie even if I'm not entirely sure what was going on. Maybe I need the book :)
13_Arrival_2016_Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker
The six last films I found on a list of like the Best Fifteen Art Films from this decade, some of which we had already seen, a couple of which looked not interesting. Each of these is terrific. And if you want to know more about any of them just ask.
15_Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery_2014_Biography/Documentary_Wolfgang & Helene Beltracchi
16_Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang_2016_Biography/Documentary_Cai Guo-Qiang
17_Revenge of the Mekons_Documentry_2013_The band & various music critics & so on
18_Art of Conflict_2012_Documentary_The street murals of Northern Ireland
19_The 100 Years Show_2015_Short Film/Biography_The life of Carmen Herrera, an minimalist who, after more than 50 years of painting, found fame in her early 80s. She is now 101.
20_Finding Vivian Maier_2013_Biography/Documentry_John Maloof
no titleTask 16_Project_50 BOOKS
In order to complete this task, I will need to read about five books per month which, frankly, is daunting but I managed last year so...maybe. And it is a task I completed for February.
Bookclub recommendation: I had read this already and was glad to read it again
6_Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
The first four of a seven book series which will be finished up in March!!
7_Prelude to Foundation by Isaac Asimov
8_Forward to Foundation by Isaac Asimov
9_Foundation by Isaac Asimov
10_Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov

I fought this stupid drawing for three months, which I never do.  Now on to something new :)
19_Two Month DRAWING YAY!!!
We repainted the interior of our house last year, from sage-y greens to grays and now the dining room chair seats, which were jewel tones and are now black, match.
59 to 61_Recover Dining room chair seat-covers
I receive catalogs. Aaron & I decided which pics represent how I should look, in an ideal world of endless money. I cut those out. I tape them in a binder organized by category. Old School. And VOILA!!
68_Create My Fashion Book
This is a project I started before Aaron was born wherein I write to him about our lives, the good, the bad, the indifferent. The general --went to car show last weekend-- to the specific --tonight for dinner, we had..... In it I also copy and paste my Livejournal entries. At the end of each year, I go through the entire document, usually around 40 or 50 pages @ 10pt. Aerial, and edit it mostly for spelling. And so, 2016 is done as done.
69_Edit Aaron's JOURNAL for 2016
70_Print (I love you, Office Max) and put into BINDER

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Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.           -Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor_1706-1790
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Once or twice in every generation a line is crossed so egregiously that where you stood on the issue will forever define you. -Kara Vallow, artist (b. 1967)

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This is the finished version of The New York Times puzzle I mentioned a while back, the front page of President Obama's second inaguration, that I purchased fro Aaron for Christmas. Because it was special-made it did take a while to arrive to us. Aaron and I put it together but most Aaron did :) Gotta lay praise where praise belongs. And it hurts, looking at this family, knowing what this man's presidency will bring and then remembering, realizing where we are now. Polar opposites, from class to crass. This too shall pass, right?


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...as long as I have on this planet and have never seen anything like this?!!?
We live in such a astonishingly beautiful place.

An Active Night over the Magellan Telescopes
Copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, TWAN)
Music: “Airglow” by “Club 220” (Creative Commons License)




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What a wild ride, man!! Two months and FOUR baked goods. Be still my beating heart :)
As you will not recall in Baked Goods Post Numero Uno we made Eggnogg Bread and Alex's Corn Muffins.
Now, Magic Muffins and Indian Spice Trail Muffins which, as you may have noticed, look basically the same :)

Below left are Magic Muffins and can handily be found on the side of a box of Gourmet all the way :)
And honestly, so so easy and so so good apparently, because they were gone in three or so days. Half were little for snaking, half were normal for dinner.
          While below right are Indian Spice Trail Muffins which beyond chopped pecans and in living up to their name, include ground cinammon, nutmeg and cloves.
          What next?? What next? I can never know :)

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All pretty in pink!!
HeartCloud_Kunze_960.jpg
A heart cloud that needs no description
AND The Cat's Eye Nebula from Hubble which really doesn't but I will describe anyway :)
From: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, HLA; Reprocessing & Copyright: Raul Villaverde

Explanation: To some, it may look like a cat's eye. The alluring Cat's Eye nebula, however, lies three thousand light-years from Earth across interstellar space. A classic planetary nebula, the Cat's Eye (NGC 6543) represents a final, brief yet glorious phase in the life of a sun-like star. This nebula's dying central star may have produced the simple, outer pattern of dusty concentric shells by shrugging off outer layers in a series of regular convulsions. But the formation of the beautiful, more complex inner structures is not well understood. Seen so clearly in this digitally reprocessed Hubble Space Telescope image, the truly cosmic eye is over half a light-year across. Of course, gazing into this Cat's Eye, astronomers may well be seeing the fate of our sun, destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution ... in about 5 billion years.
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All pretty in pink!!
HeartCloud_Kunze_960.jpg
A heart cloud that needs no discription
AND The Cat's Eye Nebula from Hubble which really doesn't but I will describe anyway :)
From: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, HLA; Reprocessing & Copyright: Raul Villaverde

Explanation: To some, it may look like a cat's eye. The alluring Cat's Eye nebula, however, lies three thousand light-years from Earth across interstellar space. A classic planetary nebula, the Cat's Eye (NGC 6543) represents a final, brief yet glorious phase in the life of a sun-like star. This nebula's dying central star may have produced the simple, outer pattern of dusty concentric shells by shrugging off outer layers in a series of regular convulsions. But the formation of the beautiful, more complex inner structures is not well understood. Seen so clearly in this digitally reprocessed Hubble Space Telescope image, the truly cosmic eye is over half a light-year across. Of course, gazing into this Cat's Eye, astronomers may well be seeing the fate of our sun, destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution ... in about 5 billion years.
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It seems like ever since we moved here, but probably not, around this time of year, large, pointy white tents sprout up right off our 85 freewy at the Taylor Street Bridge singnaling the yearly arrival of the circus!!!
The tents as seen from ground level.

Terrific advertising because every year at least once during a drive-by, David has said, 'Ya know, we should do that some day'. And every year I conveniently forget because I'm imagining major traffic problems getting out, if not in, and I don't want to deal. But this year, feeling benevolent, I gather-up the required information, and after asking for and recieving my fam's go-ahead, I bought tickets for Cirque du Soleil's Luzia.
          And am I glad I did!! Below a pic of the gift store with happy souvenir-shoppers.

Of the show itself, it is a joyful celebration of Mexico. I compelled myself not to live through the camera. I did take a couple though :) Gotta prove I was there, am I right? Below, as the tent fills up,

The narrative, of a hard-luck guy who finds his way, takes place at a beach resort in 1930s Mexico with a muscle man, a juggler, a contortionist, bathing beauties, and tropical 'birds', all underscored by gorgeous music, and much dancing and singing.
more photos under the cut )
And one final photo, also with waterfall because I loved the waterfall and I'm so glad others were able to get a decent photo of it. The two women spun and spun in their hoops making something you know is very difficult look so fluid and beautiful.

Attend if you can especially if you, like us, had never seen a Cirque du Soleil production before.

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NASA.jpg The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble_Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble, HLA:
Reprocessing & Copyright:
Jesús M.Vargas & Maritxu Poyal
Explanation: The bright clusters and nebulae of planet Earth's night sky are often named for flowers or insects. Though its wingspan covers over 3 light-years, NGC 6302 is no exception. With an estimated surface temperature of about 250,000 degrees C, the dying central star of this particular planetary nebula has become exceptionally hot, shining brightly in ultraviolet light but hidden from direct view by a dense torus of dust. This sharp close-up of the dying star's nebula was recorded by the Hubble Space Telescope and is presented here in reprocessed colors. Cutting across a bright cavity of ionized gas, the dust torus surrounding the central star is near the center of this view, almost edge-on to the line-of-sight. Molecular hydrogen has been detected in the hot star's dusty cosmic shroud. NGC 6302 lies about 4,000 light-years away in the arachnologically correct constellation of the Scorpion (Scorpius).

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Our local museum, the aptly named San Jose Museum of Art, hosts of monthly, Wendesday at nnon, hour-long Luncheon Lecture series each of which is tied into one of their current exhibitions. Aaron and I have been attending these fairly regularly of recent months, three I think in the past four months all tied to the exhibition Beauty_Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.
Last week's was Textile in Fashion and Beyond. Presented by Matt Gerring, instructor in the School of Fashion Merchandising, Academy of Art University, San Francisco who talked about trends in fabrics and fibers. Below: The 'crowd', the speaker, the museum -the old section and the new with sculpture.


Aaron, characteristically, took notes. His favorite takeaway:
Fashion, like other visual arts, allows us to find meaning in our own bodies, interactions, wider cultures and to explore beauty on an intimate level.
Not unreasonable that this should ressonate with a transmale :)

Mine: (And I'll explin in another post why this idea ressonates to me )
Beauty is an legitimate way to fight authoritarianism.

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NASA.jpg FROM: NASA Johnson
Published on Nov 23, 2015
Finalist_"Outer Space"_Sander van den Berg_Pijnacker, Zuid-Holland
Two minutes of the astonishingly beautiful! As is our galaxy wont to be :)

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society offered filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, real NASA imagery through “CineSpace,” a new short film competition. Entries used at least 10 percent publicly available NASA imagery and video collected throughout the agency's 50-year history. The inaugural competition drew 194 entries from 22 countries and 32 states. Prizes were awarded to the top three submissions and the two films that best demonstrated the themes "Benefits of Space to Humanity" and "Future Space Exploration."
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The 2016 CineSpace Videos can be found here.

More information about CineSpace can be found here

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Rotation of musical note From: YouTube_1000 young komuz players perform "Mash Botoy" at the second World Nomad Games in Cholpon Ata, Kyrgyzstan. First time in history 1000 players performed together.

From: Atlas Obscura:

   At an arena in Cholpon-ata, a lakeside resort in Kyrgyzstan, the 2016 World Nomad Games kicked off in spectacular fashion on September 3. Horse riders showboated their skills; some of them rode while on fire, others lay horizontally across the saddle. An armor-clad Steven Seagal was the guest of honor, as competitors paraded behind their national flags.

The World Nomad Games, which finish on September 8, are designed to promote the nomadic cultural and sporting traditions of central Asia. Although many of the sports are rarely played outside of a handful of countries in the region, 40 nations participate in the competition.

At the opening ceremony, however, one of the showpieces was musical rather than sporting. A thousand players of the komuz, the three-stringed national instrument of Kyrgyzstan, played a song in perform harmony and rhythm. The musicians lined up in rows, dressed in traditional attire and many men wearing the kalpak, a white felt hat. Women, men and children all played on one knee.

The dazzling performance ushered in five days of sporting events, including er enish (horseback wrestling), kok-boru (a form of polo played with a goat carcass instead of a ball) and jereed (equestrian javelin).

From: me: Astonishing!!
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We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty…We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason.
          – Edward R. Murrow


From: The Daily Beast
This is on us, not just journalists but all citizens who are committed to putting patriotism ahead of partisanship. This is our Murrow moment. “We can deny our heritage and our history,” Ed Murrow warned, “but we cannot escape responsibility for the result.”

Murrow famously risked his career to confront a popular and powerful conservative populist demagogue, Senator Joe McCarthy. He secured his legacy through a commitment to independence and integrity.

McCarthy used lies and innuendo to intimidate critics, famously parading a fake list of communists in the State Department, accusing a Democratic administration of participating in a vast conspiracy to subvert our sovereignty and falsely declaring that the ACLU a communist front group. In an ironic bit of symmetry, among his aides was a young true believer named Roy Cohn, who would later become attorney for both mob bosses and Donald Trump. It was from Cohn that Trump learned to never apologize, always attack.

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If you don't know about, or much about, Edward R. Murrow then let the
movie:
Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney,
be your introduction. Excellent film with David Strathairn givng a stellar performance.


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Feb. 2nd, 2017 03:28 pm
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NASA.jpg
From: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory_California Institute of Technology
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

The image combines two separate exposures taken on Nov. 20, 2016, by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. For presentation, the exposures were processed separately to optimize detail visible on both Earth and the moon. The moon is much darker than Earth and would barely be visible if shown at the same brightness scale as Earth.
          The combined view retains the correct positions and sizes of the two bodies relative to each other. The distance between Earth and the moon is about 30 times the diameter of Earth. Earth and the moon appear closer than they actually are in this image because the observation was planned for a time at which the moon was almost directly behind Earth, from Mars' point of view, to see the Earth-facing side of the moon.

In the image, the reddish feature near the middle of the face of Earth is Australia. When the component images were taken, Mars was about 127 million miles (205 million kilometers) from Earth.

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tumblr-logo-icon-7.png I thought I'd mention that there is a new-ish friending community, 2017 Revival, that I have joined because, frankly, while those who have remained on my friends-list throughout the ages are cherished, many others have moved on. The problem, I guess, with mainly being involved from the beginning with fandom and when that peters out, not entirely but some,not really knowing where to go next. My journal had become a little too one-sided. Me talking, no one listening. Can't help but wonder...why bother.
          So, I am now making new friends, those who post more about life, politics, art and such, and that, in turn, is making me pretty darn happy. Change is good. New friends are always good. So, just letting you know in case you are of a need to change things up a little too :)

One last thing. Livejournal has provided a cute little heart 'LIKE' button on the comments page of every post so that, if you don't feel you have anything to comment, you can click the heart 'LIKE' button and then people who are like me who get very very sad when no one comments to their painstakingly crafted, or not, posts can at least get 'LIKED'.And 'LIKED' is good. Very very good.
          I would like to thank [livejournal.com profile] connorblond for making me awae of this feature which, until he 'LIKED' something I'd posted, I had no idea even existed.
     Easy frickin' peasy. Yes?
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My mission101 for 2017

Task 17_Project_100 MOVIES (To include completed series)
In order to complete this task, I will need to watch about 10 movies per month, a task I completed for January.

If I had to rec a movie from this first list of 10 it would be Iris, a documentary about Iris Apfel, the 93-year-old, in 2014, style maven who shows that no matter how excentric, if you are true to yourself, and life coopertes just a little, you can lead a very genunine life. And yes, she is still alive at 95 :)

1_The Right Stuff_1983_Ed Harris, Scott Glenn, Chuck Yeager, Sam Shepard, Dennis Quai
2_Lantana_2001_Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Armstrong, Barbara Hershey, Geoffrey Rush
3_Woman in Gold_2015_Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds
4_The Infiltrator_2016_Bryan Cranston, Diane Kruger, John Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt
5_The Secret Lives of Pets_2016_Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Jenny Slate
6_Good Night, and Good Luck_George Clooney, David Strathairn, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson
7_Magnificent Seven_2016_Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Lee Byung-hun, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo,
          Vincent D'Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett
8_Guardians of the Galaxy_2014_James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper
9_Iris_2014_Documentary about Iris Apfel directed by Albert Maysles
10_Rewatched Game of Thrones

Task 16_Project_50 BOOKS
In order to complete this task, I will need to read about five books per month which, frankly, is daunting but I managed last year so...mayabe. And it is a task I completed for January.

If I had to rec a book from this first list of five, I couldn't. For me, books aren't like movies. They are more personal, more dependant on mood or, in the case of nonfiction, need. Maybe Watership Down which is a re-read. Or the playing-with-words of Norton Juster in Tollbooth. Hard to say :) The red indicates books read for a Book Challenge (which I snagged last year from [livejournal.com profile] fansee) within a my Read 50 Books task.

1_Book I've been meaning to read_Charlotte's Web by EB White
2_The 8-Minute Organizer by Regina Leeds
3_Watership Down by Richard Adams
4_Book recommended by spouse or child_The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
5_Focus by Daniel Goleman

Then there's the bits & pieces
I completed Tasks 64 throught 67_Organize Social Media which I posted about here.
          Weirdly, this has actually made a difference in my life.
And I completed Tasks 99 to 100_Organize Jewlery which I posted about here.
          This has just made me happy :D

In order to have a successful 2017 mission, I will need to complete about 10 tasks per month, which I did for January.
          I need to start strong out-the-gate because months will come when I will falter. Always happens and so, it's nice to have a little cushion.
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