Sunday, April 6, 2008

Quiet Weekend

It's largely been a quiet weekend. Hilary was up at a conference in the Cities, and I send a fair bit of time just taking care of errands. We could dearly use another day (or two) of weekend just for relaxing. Ah well.

As such, I haven't really got anything to report. Instead, Here are some pictures.

This is a part (not even the most sophistocated part) of the ATLAS detector/experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. Notice the guy hanging out in the low center. Yes, it's THAT big, and its hundreds of feet underground in the Alps. The eight rings arrayed around the central axis are enormous superconducting magnets that create a cavern-sized torroidal magnetic field. The big area in the middle, which has since been filled, is where the actual particle detectors are located. This photo was the astronomy picture of the day from Feb 25th. The picture was taken by a CERN employee named Maximilien Brice.

This is me Da hanging out at one of the lookout/sniper embattlements of the walls of Old San Juan.

These doors are a masterwork of Renaissance Florentine sculpture: the intricate brass doors of the Baptistry of St. Giovanni, which faces the Duomo cathedral of Florence. For an interesting read on the background of both the Duomo and Baptistry, read "The Feud That Sparked the Renaissance: How Brunelleschi and Ghiberti Changed the Art World."

The quaint streets of the hill town of Radda in Chianti.

More quaint streets, these in San Giminiano in an evening mist.

That's all I got for now. Look ahead to posts next weekend from the start of the (outdoor) Farmer's Market!

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