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August 2nd  is National Coloring Book Day! To celebrate, we’ve put together a second set of coloring pages based on images in our collection. The booklet features 11 nifty images that desperately need some coloring. Download the PDF (10 MB) on our website.

image on the left from Amateur Work Illustrated v.3

image on the right from Studies in Design by Christopher Dresser 

cover design by our graphic design intern Pamella Selby

Stan’s Donuts – a Santa Clara treasure, hiding in plain sight since 1959!

AlphaRoaming

Strict Paleos, folks who don’t work off their excess calorie intake, and those not interested in history, please keep moving…there’s nothing to see here!

Credit: Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd (www.Calipidder.com) Credit: Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd (www.Calipidder.com)

There is very little in Silicon Valley that’s more than a few decades old. Santa Clara County was mostly farmland until the 1960’s and 1970’s. Even the buildings from that era were low-density and have mostly been pushed aside in favor of even higher density construction. One beautiful exception to this “everything is new” situation are the Victorian and other older homes in the older core areas of San Jose, Santa Clara. Mountain View, and Palo Alto.

(All of which reminds me to stay away from the Apple construction site, where Wolfe and Homestead Roads have become a mess! http://alpharoaming.com/2013/12/06/new-apple-spaceship-campus/)

Then, there’s “Stan’s Donuts“! They’ve been in business since 1959, when Stan opened his shop in Santa Clara. He eventually…

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Stan’s Donuts – a Santa Clara treasure, hiding in plain sight since 1959!

AlphaRoaming

Strict Paleos, folks who don’t work off their excess calorie intake, and those not interested in history, please keep moving…there’s nothing to see here!

Credit: Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd (www.Calipidder.com) Credit: Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd (www.Calipidder.com)

There is very little in Silicon Valley that’s more than a few decades old. Santa Clara County was mostly farmland until the 1960’s and 1970’s. Even the buildings from that era were low-density and have mostly been pushed aside in favor of even higher density construction. One beautiful exception to this “everything is new” situation are the Victorian and other older homes in the older core areas of San Jose, Santa Clara. Mountain View, and Palo Alto.

(All of which reminds me to stay away from the Apple construction site, where Wolfe and Homestead Roads have become a mess! http://alpharoaming.com/2013/12/06/new-apple-spaceship-campus/)

Then, there’s “Stan’s Donuts“! They’ve been in business since 1959, when Stan opened his shop in Santa Clara. He eventually…

View original post 201 more words

cosmicvastness:

NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 2016 July 16 

The North Celestial Tower 

If you climbed to the top of this 13th century stone tower, it looks like you could reach out and touch the North Celestial Pole, the point at the center of all the star trail arcs. The well-composed image with scattered meteor streaks was recorded over a period of five and half hours as a series of 45 second long exposures spanning the dark of the night on July 7/8. The exposures were made with a digital camera fixed to a tripod near Marathon, Greece, planet Earth. Of course, the graceful star trails reflect the Earth’s daily rotation around its axis. By extension, the axis of rotation leads to the center of the concentric arcs in the night sky. Convenient for northern hemisphere night sky photographers and celestial navigators alike, the bright star Polaris is very close to the North Celestial Pole and so makes the short bright trail in the tower’s central gap.