Monday, June 29, 2015

Lighthouse of the Week, June 28-July 4, 2015: Aveiro, Portugal


According to some Web sites, though unconfirmed, this candy-striper might be the second tallest in Europe.   Here's what UNC's site says, in part:


"1893. Active; focal plane 66 m (217 ft); four white flashes every 13 s; in addition a green flash every 4 s is displayed at 54 m (177 ft). 62 m (203 ft) round stone tower with lantern and gallery, rising from the center of a 2-story keeper's house. 3rd order Fresnel lens (1937). Lighthouse painted with red and white horizontal bands; lantern painted red. This is the tallest Portuguese lighthouse. Standing directly on a barrier beach, it is exposed to Atlantic storms. A great storm in 1935 swept away the fog signal building, and sea walls have now been built to protect the lighthouse. The tower is unusual in having a elevator, installed in 1958, that rises through the middle of the spiral stairway. Located on the south side of the entrance to the Ria de Aveiro in Barra, the seaside neighborhood of Aveiro."

Four pictures below:  the last is by Sam Seyffert on Flickr.





Saturday, June 27, 2015

REALLY bad timing


Pretty, and very fast, Danish sprint specialist Jeannette Ottesen (who I have written about before) got hurt in a road rage altercation in Denmark. Her boyfriend got the worst of it.

While her injuries weren't traumatic, for a swimmer they're significant:  she broke a finger.

Jeannette Ottesen and boyfriend injured after assault in Denmark

The bad timing aspect of this is that the World Championships in Kazan, Russia start at the end of July, but the events that Ottesen would compete in don't start until August 2.   There is an event the first day, the 100 meter butterfly, she might compete in, but I'm not sure.  So she has time to get better and to stay on track for the championships.  But not a lot of it.


Michelle Mone can pick 'em -- and has 'em, too


Ultimo lingerie head Michelle Mone is pretty darned good at picking truly outstanding models for her lingerie lines -- Kelly Brook (briefly), Luisana Lopilato (outstandingly), Abbey Clancy (tremendously), and now Petra Nemcova (amazingly) are some recent examples. As well as her daughter, who modeled for girls with larger attributes (see here my discussion of that).


And Michelle herself shows that she's got her own particular set to display -- it's nice to see the president getting into her product.


Here's another example of her entrepreneurship. I think that's what it's called.


How to protect your eggs


Amazing, amazing, amazing video showing how a deep-sea squid keeps her brood of eggs safe (hopefully) in the deep dark waters of the ocean.  She wraps her arms around them - literally.




There is so much yet to discover in this world.  Let us hope some of the amazing things we have yet to discover will still be there when we have a chance to look for them.

Bluefin tuna get another assist

Five Mexican tuna fishing companies have declared that they won't catch bluefin tuna for several years, in an effort to give the stock chance to recover.

Top Mexican fishing companies withdraw from fishing bluefin

Individually, such actions may not make a big difference, but everything helps. Collectively, such actions can gain momentum and force public opinion to advocate for more action, which hopefullly other companies and governments decide to take. Applause to the Mexican fishing companies for taking this bold action.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Weather Channel pushes GOP climate change buttons


The Weather Channel, to their credit and much to John Coleman's chagrin, has a new series out on climate change.

The Weather Channel's Climate 25 (by Slate)


Here's the whole series:

Climate 25 - The Weather Channel


Here's Eli Lehrer on insurance risk


Well hello Elle


Elle Evans (aka Lindsey Gayle Evans) is so up-and-coming that she defines the term.  The "Blurred Lines" video got her noticed, and she's used that springboard to get her career moving.  And that includes a hip boyfriend, Matt Bellamy of the band Muse  (Kate Hudson's most recent ex).  She's just been seen in a music video for Muse.   Coincidentally, she's going to be in a movie named Muse.  Now that's confusing.

But she's not confusing.  She's just beautiful.

Elle and Matt sighted in London